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Porsche Press Release – 918 Spyder prototype in attractive Martini Racing design

Prototype Porsche 918 Spyder in Martini Racing design

New edition of a successful partnership

918 Spyder prototype in attractive Martini Racing design

July 31st, 2012 Press Release

Stuttgart. Driving trials of the Porsche 918 Spyder are entering the next phase. A permanent fixture of the test programme for the 918 Spyder – and in the tuning process for all Porsche vehicles – is the 20.8 km long challenging Nürburgring-Nordschleife race circuit. After all, a lap time of less than seven minutes and 22 seconds is one of the development goals of the innovative super sports car with a plug-in hybrid drive.

Prototype Porsche 918 Spyder in Martini Racing design

The 918 Spyder combines a high-performance internal combustion engine with electric drives at the rear and front axles to achieve extraordinary driving performance and excellent efficiency. The system power of all three drives together is 770 hp. The car’s NEDC fuel consumption is forecast to be only around three litres per 100 km, which is equivalent to CO2 emissions of about 70 g/km.

Prototype Porsche 918 Spyder in Martini Racing design

The monocoque, consisting of carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP), reduces the car’s weight and delivers remarkable rigidity and precision. Other highlights are the car’s fully variable aerodynamics, adaptive rear axle steering and “top pipes” exhaust system which routes the pipes upwards. All of this makes the Porsche 918 Spyder a super sports car for the future, even though the styling of the prototypes is reminiscent of historical models.

Prototype Porsche 918 Spyder in Martini Racing design

The latest test vehicle is now turning laps in the legendary Martini® Racing look of many historic Porsche race cars, particularly from the 1970s. More than nearly any other race car design, the Martini® Racing look quickly attained cult status in those times and is still in vogue today. Martini® was already the official partner of the Porsche factory team between 1973 and 1978.

Back then, the attractively designed “Martini® Porsche” race cars with their numerous victories were a centre of conversation. These victories included finishing first overall at Targa-Florio in 1973, winning the Sports Car World Championship in 1976 and overall victories at the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1976 and 1977.

Porsche Typ 917 Kurzheck (“Short Tail”) Coupé (1971)

As early as 1971, a Porsche 917 finished first in the legendary endurance race in Le Mans with the support of Martini®. Whether a Porsche 908, 917, 935 or 936 or one of various 911 RS or RSR models, common to all of these race cars was the memorable Martini® Racing design implemented in a wide variety of forms.

Now, a new edition of this successful partnership is making the Martini® Racing design exclusively available to the innovative 918 Spyder. Porsche AG and the Martini® brand, represented by Bacardi & Company Limited of Switzerland, have once again signed a partnership agreement to make this possible.

Specifications of the Porsche 918 Spyder*

Body: Two-seater Spyder; carbon fibre reinforced plastics
(CFRP) monocoque interlocked with CFRP unit carrier;
two-piece Targa roof; fixed roll-over protection system.

Drivetrain: Parallel full hybrid; 4.6-litre V8 mid-engine with drysump
lubrication; hybrid module with electric motor and
decoupler; electric motor with decoupler and gear unit
on front axle; electrical system recuperation; four
cooling circuits for motors, transmission and battery;
thermal management.

Engine Power: > 570 hp (V8 engine)
~ 90 kW (hybrid module on rear axle)
~ 80 kW (electric motor on front axle)
> 770 hp (combined)

Suspension: Double-wishbone front axle; electro-mechanical power
steering; multi-link rear axle with adaptive electromechanical
system for individual rear wheel steering;
optional electro-pneumatic lift system on front axle.

Brake system: High-performance hybrid brake system with adaptive
recuperation; ceramic brake discs (PCCB).

Energy supply: Lithium-ion battery with 6.8 kWh capacity (BOL
nominal), 202 kW maximum power and mainscompatible
plug-in charger.

Performance: Top speed > 325 km/h
purely electric > 150 km/h
Acceleration: 0 – 100 km/h < 3.0 s
Consumption
(NEDC): Total ~ 3.0 l/100 km
CO2 emissions: Total ~ 70 g/km
Range: Purely electric > 25 km
* Provisional specifications

SOURCE: Porsche AG Media Database

Communication Porsche AG
Technology Communication

 

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Joerg Bergmeister sets fifth quickest qualifying time American Le Mans Series, rd 5 Mosport, Canada

Joerg Bergmeister sets fifth quickest qualifying time

American Le Mans Series, round 5 in Mosport, Canada

Stuttgart. In the qualifying for the Grand Prix of Mosport, round five of the American Le Mans Series, Porsche works driver Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) posted the fifth quickest time in the well supported GT class.

At the wheel of the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR fielded by Flying Lizard Motorsports, the four-time Mosport winner drove only four laps on the challenging course in the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, formerly known as Mosport International Raceway close to Toronto.

“Our car handles well, but the Corvettes in particular were faster on the straights,” said Joerg Bergmeister, who recently claimed the first victory of the season for Porsche with his works driver teammate Patrick Long (USA).

In the two free practices, he drove the quickest time in both sessions, but in the fight for pole position he couldn’t do any better.

 

 

“After four laps we decided to stop our session and to save our tyres for the race. Our race set-up is good and we will try to bring home a podium result with a good strategy and perfect pit stops.”


At the wheel of the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of Paul Miller Racing, Sascha Maassen (Germany) claimed the seventh spot ahead of Porsche factory pilot Wolf Henzler (Germany),

who netted the eighth quickest time with the 911 of Falken Tire.

Team owner Seth Neiman (USA) planted the second Flying Lizard Porsche on the eleventh spot. Underlining just how competitive the GT class of the American Le Mans Series is in Mosport is the fact that four different manufacturers, Chevrolet, BMW, Ferrari and Porsche, are in the top five in qualifying.

The race in Mosport takes off on Sunday, 22 July, at midday local time (18.00 hrs CEST) and is broadcast in the internet live on http://www.americanlemans.com.

Result Qualifying 

GT class
1. Jan Magnussen (DK), Chevrolet Corvette, 1:15.478 minutes
2. Oliver Gavin (GB), Chevrolet Corvette, + 0.304 seconds
3. Bill Auberlen (USA), BMW E92 M3, + 0.533
4. Johannes van Overbeek (USA), Ferrari F458 Italia, + 0.711
5. Jörg Bergmeister (D), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, + 0.734
6. Dirk Müller (D), BMW E92 M3, + 0.920
7. Sascha Maassen (D), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, + 1.485
8. Wolf Henzler (D), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, + 1.582
11. Seth Neiman (USA), Porsche 911 GT34 RSR, + 5.132

GTC class
1. Damien Faulkner (IRL), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 1:21.615 minutes

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This is the American Le Mans Series
The American Le Mans Series (ALMS) was created in 1999 for sports prototypes and GT vehicles.

The field is divided into five classes that start together but are classified separately: 
GT class: This most popular class amongst car manufacturers traditionally receives the most support: Slightly modified standard sports cars with 440 to 500 hp and a minimum weight of 1,245 kilograms (e.g. Porsche 911 GT3 RSR).
GTC class: This class is reserved for vehicles from one-make race series like the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
LMP1 class: Sports prototypes with up to 550 hp and a minimum weight of 900 kilograms.
LMP2 class: Sports prototypes with ca. 440 hp and a 900 kg minimum weight.
LMPC class: Prototype brand trophy series for the ORECA FLM 09.

SOURCE:  American Le Mans Series  / Porsche AG Media Press Database  
Communication Porsche AG / Motorsportpress

 

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New Porsche Design Store Hong Kong, Iconic Style on Queen’s Road Central

Porsche Design Store Hong Kong

Iconic Style on Queen’s Road Central

New Porsche Design Store in Hong Kong

Stuttgart. Porsche Design Group (Porsche Lizenz- und Handelsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG) is opening its first own Porsche Design Store in Hong Kong. The store in the well-known Queen’s Road Central, which has a floor area of 148 square meters, follows a new store concept which focuses on the substantially extended fashion collection for women and men and highlights the iconic essence of Porsche Design products.

Porsche Design Store Hong Kong

At the opening on July 12, 2012 the luxury brand is presenting a limited edition wristwatch, all sales proceeds from which will go to the Suicide Prevention Services in Hong Kong.

“With the new store in the Queen’s Road we are bringing Porsche Design right to the centre of Hong Kong”, says Juergen Gessler, CEO of Porsche Design Group. “In the last business year we increased our sales by 30 percent.

Porsche Design Store Hong Kong

And the first half of the current business year again shows a really positive trend, with an increase in double figures. We intend to support this growth by our ongoing sales and product offensive for Porsche Design. And the new location in Hong Kong is just the first step of many others that are going to follow soon.”

Porsche Design Store Hong Kong

In the new Hong Kong store the complete product portfolio of the Porsche Design luxury brand will be presented, ranging from the fashion collection for men and women and the sport collection, through luggage, eyewear, watches and writing tools, to cell phones, jewellery and accessories.

As a highlight at the opening of the store on July 12, the luxury brand will be presenting a very special version of the chronograph Porsche Design P’6620 Dashboard. This version, limited to three pieces priced at 58,888 Hong Kong dollar apiece, has a special engraving on the glass of the case back. All the proceeds from the sale of the three watches will be donated to the Suicide Prevention Services, a Hong Kong based charitable organization established in 1995.

Porsche Design Store Hong Kong

The shop design of the store in the Queen’s Road Cetnral follows a global concept which highlights the iconic essence of the Porsche Design products. The characteristically light, fresh feeling underscores the lifestyle of the luxury brand and enables it to be experienced on a day-to-day level. Particular attention has been paid in the store to the aspect of sustainability: all the lighting installations use state-of-the-art LED technology – with the result that energy consumption has been reduced by more than 50 percent compared to the previous concept.

With regard to the product portfolio of Porsche Design, the influence of the present concept is expressed mainly in the greatly enlarged fashion collection for women and men. It also provides for a separate area for the presentation of watches. The lounge area of the store invites customers to relax in comfort, while a large-format LCD screen brings the luxury brand to life.

Porsche Design Store Hong Kong
30 Queen’s Road Central (Entertainment Building)
Hong Kong

SOURCE:  Porsche Design PressPortal Media Database

 

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1992 Porsche Schuppan 962CR – Prototype Chassis Number #1 on the Auction Block

The legendary Schuppen 962CR on offer is confirmed by the vendor to be the prototype chassis number one. Chassis number one, is arguably the purest of supercars and must be amongst to be the rarest of any road going supercar ever produced.

 

Location: Oxfordshire, UNITED KINGDOM

Registration Number: J248 UJM
Chassis Number: AS962CRP1

Has been entered by the Southgate Family. Paul Southgate loved life!  Paul was renowned for owning some of the world’s most important Porsches– from 935’s through to Kremer CK5‘s and CK’8’s along with his collection of various important Formula 1 cars. Paul sadly passed away in 2008. He was a well-liked, very down to earth self-made man. Coys are proud to be appointed to offer this car from his collection on the open market for the first time in many years.

The Schuppan 962CR was a vehicle built and designed in the early 1990’s by the Legendary Australian racecar driver Vern Schuppan. The 962CR is based on the dominant Le Mans-winning Porsche 962 race car of which Schuppan raced and owned with his own team.

By 1989 many 962’s were around but Porsche made the decision to stop manufacturing the chassis.

The legend, Vern Schuppen thought there might be an opportunity to upgrade the aluminium tub to the ‘new’ carbon fibre material. The racing composite versions of the 962C raced at spa in 1989, Japan and Daytona and Le Mans in 1990/91 under the Team Schuppen banner.

The 962CR was a mid-engine,rear-wheel drive vehicle powering the car is a 3.3-litre Type-935 Flat-6 featuring twin KKK turbochargers that gave 600 hp.

This was mated to a five-speed manual transmission. This unit was borrowed nearly directly from the standard Porsche 962 unit used in the North American IMSA GT Championship with a slight decrease in displacement.

The car’s top speed is 230 mph with a 0–60 mph acceleration time of 3.5 seconds.

The chassis and body were built entirely by Schuppan, although it featured design elements from the 962 race car. Assembly took place at the VSL 60,000 ft² race and production facility in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England.

Funding was provided by Japanese investors who supported Schuppan’s race team that ran in the all Japan Sports Prototype Championship- ART Corporation.

At just over US$1.5 million new in the early 90’s , the Schuppan 962CR is among the most expensive new vehicles ever sold .

Rumours circulated for several years that the 962CR was sold new for US$2.5 million but this rumour was eventually dispelled by author and Porsche enthusiast Karl Ludvigsen who listed a price of ¥195 000 000.

By 1992 3prototype’s were built and the first production batch of 25 out of 50 cars were ready to roll. However before this could proceed, ART sport pulled the financial plug and their project ground to a holt. The timing was bad all round; the supercar market moved into decline, which drove the Art Sport decision -because the project faltered, the model could not be homologated for Le Mans.

This, coupled with the high cost of the car’s construction and a worldwide economic recession, forced Schuppan to declare bankruptcy, folding not only his car company but his race team as well.

The legendary Schuppen 962CR on offer is confirmed by the vendor to be the prototype chassis number one. It was purchased by the current vendor in 1999 indirectly through ART Corporation.

Confirmed and regarded internationally to be the car that featured in ‘The Story of Porsche’ and driven by Alain De Cadenet AS962CRP1 has featured in many magazines and Porsche books.

CRP1 has been the subject of much recent work- with various bills and receipts available in the car’s file. Bills include a £10,000 re-spray in 2004, and a thick file for mechanical work,where thousands had been spent from 2001 to 2006- too much work to list.

The engine- now a 3.3 turbo, was built by Julian Godfrey, and was mated to the correct type 962CR Porsche 962 gearbox, suspension and steering.

Chassis number one, is arguably the purest of supercars and must be amongst to be the rarest of any road going supercar ever produced.

This is a once in a life opportunity to acquire a 962CR – and offers its new owner a once in a life time opportunity to own and enjoy a pure blue chip investment.

For further information or to arrange a viewing, please contact Coy’s sales department.

Auction Information:

Coys

Blenheim Palace
Oxfordshire, TW9 2LL
PH: 011-44-208-6147888
Website: http://www.coys.co.uk
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Joerg Bergmeister crowns 100th race with 1st win of the season,American Le Mans Series, rd 4 Lime Rock, USA

Joerg Bergmeister crowns 100th race with first win of the season

Jörg Bergmeister, Patrick Long

Stuttgart. A perfect anniversary for Joerg Bergmeister: At his 100th race in the American Le Mans Series, the Porsche works driver scored the first win of the season for Porsche. With his works driver teammate, Patrick Long (USA), he won the fiercely-competitive GT class in the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR fielded by Flying Lizard Motorsports at round four of the racing series featuring the world’s fastest sports cars. This marks his 35th victory in the American Le Mans Series and his sixth in Lime Rock.

Patrick Long, Jörg Bergmeister

The race on the short 2.478 kilometre circuit in the picturesque countryside of the US state of Connecticut, two and a half hours’ drive from New York City, was not for the faint-hearted. Fans watching from the grass banks along the track witnessed a varied race with tough battles for positions, particularly in the GT class, the heart of the American Le Mans Series.

Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Flying Lizard Motorsports: Jörg Bergmeister, Patrick Long

At the halfway point in the race, Patrick Long moved to the front of the strong field and handed the # 45 silver and red 911 to Joerg Bergmeister as the leader after 100 laps. Bergmeister rejoined the race in third on the narrow circuit after a pit stop, snatched the lead back after several laps and fended off all attacks to the flag. At times the first four GT vehicles were running within a mere second..

Jörg Bergmeister

“We’ve waited a long time for this win. Now we’re all off to Manhattan to celebrate,” said Joerg Bergmeister after his anniversary race.

“We made several mistakes this season, for example our pit stop in Laguna Seca, but mostly it was just bad luck that prevented us from securing podium results. Today, everything ran smoothly, from the performance of the drivers to the pit stop strategy. The Porsche is fantastic. We are still learning about setting up the RSR but today we took a giant step forward.”

Patrick Long

Patrick Long said, “We really earned this victory. It’s a great achievement to beat such a strong GT field. Thanks to the new aero kit we have more grip and a better performance compared to last year.”

Early on in the race, Falken Tire’s Porsche 911 GT3 RSR driven by Bryan Sellers (USA) also led the very strong GT field for a time, only to have tyre damage in the 35th lap throw him far back down the field.

Bryan Sellers

At the flag, he and Porsche factory pilot Wolf Henzler (Germany) finished in seventh place.

Wolf Henzler

Directly behind him came the 911 fielded by Paul Miller Racing with Sascha Maassen (Germany) and Bryce Miller (USA)

Sascha Maassen

Bryce Miller

as well as the second Flying Lizard Porsche with Porsche works driver Marco Holzer (Germany) and team owner Seth Neiman (USA).

Seth Neiman

Marco Holzer

In qualifying, Marco Holzer had set the second fastest time, but the stewards of the meeting banned the Porsche to start from the back of the field due to a ride height that was too low.

Round five of the American Le Mans Series takes place on 21 July in Mosport/Canada. 

Result
GT class
1. Bergmeister/Long (D/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 160 laps
2. Magnussen/Garcia (DK/E), Chevrolet Corvette, 160
3. Gavin/Milner (GB/USA), Chevrolet Corvette, 160
4. Sharp/van Overbeek (USA/USA), Ferrari F458 Italia, 160
5. Hand/D. Müller (USA/D), BMW E92 M3, 159
6. Auberlen/J. Müller (USA/D), BMW E92 M3, 159
7. Henzler/Sellers (D/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 158
8. Maassen/Miller (D/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 157
9. Holzer/Neiman /D/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 157

GTC class
1. Keen/MacNeil (USA/USA)), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 151 laps
2. LeSaffre/Faulkner (USA/IRL), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 151
3. Welch/LeSaffre (USA/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 150

Points’ standings 
GT class
Drivers
1. Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner, Chevrolet, 72 laps
2. Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia, Chevrolet, 64
3. Joey Hand, Dirk Müller, BMW, 60
4. Jörg Bergmeister, Patrick Long, Porsche, 39
5. Scott Sharp, Johannes van Overbeek, Ferrari, 39
6. Bill Auberlen/Jörg Müller, BMW, 36
7. Wolf Henzler, Bryan Sellers, Porsche, 25
9. Sascha Maassen, Bryce Miller, Porsche, 23
10. Seth Neiman, Porsche, 20
11. Marco Holzer, Porsche, 15

Manufacturers
1. Chevrolet, 78 points
2. BMW, 68
3. Porsche, 59
4. Ferrari, 55

Teams
1. Corvette Racing, Chevrolet, 78 points
2. BMW Team RLL, BMW, 65
3. Flying Lizard Motorsports, Porsche, 44
5. Team Falken Tire, Porsche, 25
6. Paul Miller Racing, Porsche, 23

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This is the American Le Mans Series
The American Le Mans Series (ALMS) was created in 1999 for sports prototypes and GT vehicles. The field is divided into five classes that start together but are classified separately:
GT class: This most popular class amongst car manufacturers traditionally receives the most support: Slightly modified standard sports cars with 440 to 500 hp and a minimum weight of 1,245 kilograms (e.g. Porsche 911 GT3 RSR).
GTC class: This class is reserved for vehicles from one-make race series like the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
LMP1 class: Sports prototypes with up to 550 hp and a minimum weight of 900 kilograms.
LMP2 class: Sports prototypes with ca. 440 hp and a 900 kg minimum weight.
LMPC class: Prototype brand trophy series for the ORECA FLM 09.

Source: American Le Mans Series – Porsche AG Media Press Database

Communication Porsche AG
Motorsportpress

 

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UPDATE: Porsche 917-021 Book – Last laps before checkered flag

You are all champing at the bit to get your hands on this eagerly-awaited book and I am too! The publisher/author Jacques Breuer would like to publish it as soon as possible.

They haven’t forgotten you, but to bring out a book like “Porsche 917-021, the fabulous story” means that they must be precise and accurate in every respect. That’s why they’re in the process of finalising the texts. Last-minute clarifications will make this book all the more interesting.

In the meantime, you can see the fabulous Porsche 917-021 in several videos below made by Daniel Frey.

Or by going to the site www.917-021.com

It talks about the book and as soon as they start printing it, the author will be able to announce its publication date.

All around the Porsche 917-021

View some exclusive pictures extracted from the 500 photographs collected in the book.

 

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