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Maria Sharapova driven to Pre-Wimbledon party in a Porsche 918 Spyder by Mark Webber

20 Jun
French Open winner, Maria Sharapova, is picked up from The Goring hotel in Central London by Porsche Works Driver and ‘world’s fastest chauffeur’ Mark Webber, in the plug-in hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder and driven to the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Pre-Wimbledon Party at the Kensington Roof Gardens.  Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 19, 2014. Hitting 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds and with a top speed of 214 mph, the 918 Spyder is the most powerful road car Porsche has built to date, yet is exempt from the Congestion Charge as the plug-in hybrid super sports car emits less CO2 than most small cars and many other hybrid vehicles. Photo credit  should read: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

French Open winner, Maria Sharapova, is picked up from The Goring hotel in Central London by Porsche Works Driver and ‘world’s fastest chauffeur’ Mark Webber, in the plug-in hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder and driven to the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Pre-Wimbledon Party at the Kensington Roof Gardens. Photo Picture date: Thursday June 19, 2014. Hitting 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds and with a top speed of 214 mph, the 918 Spyder is the most powerful road car Porsche has built to date, yet is exempt from the Congestion Charge as the plug-in hybrid super sports car emits less CO2 than most small cars and many other hybrid vehicles. Photo credit should read: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

Stuttgart. Their first appearances at the world’s most famous tournament traditionally come not on the green grass but on the red carpet – at the WTA’s Pre-Wimbledon Party.

Porsche Brand Ambassadors Maria Sharapova and Mark Webber arrive with a Porsche 918 Spyder super sportscar for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Porsche Brand Ambassadors Maria Sharapova and Mark Webber arrive with a Porsche 918 Spyder super sportscar for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

As the partner of the prestigious event, Porsche for the first time ensured that the players were driven quickly and safely from their hotels through London’s traffic to the Kensington Roof Gardens venue.

 French Open winner, Maria Sharapova, is picked up from The Goring hotel in Central London by Porsche Works Driver and ‘world’s fastest chauffeur’ Mark Webber, in the plug-in hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder and driven to the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Pre-Wimbledon Party at the Kensington Roof Gardens.  Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 19, 2014. Hitting 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds and with a top speed of 214 mph, the 918 Spyder is the most powerful road car Porsche has built to date, yet is exempt from the Congestion Charge as the plug-in hybrid super sports car emits less CO2 than most small cars and many other hybrid vehicles. Photo credit: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

French Open winner, Maria Sharapova, is picked up from The Goring hotel in Central London by Porsche Works Driver and ‘world’s fastest chauffeur’ Mark Webber, in the plug-in hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder and driven to the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Pre-Wimbledon Party at the Kensington Roof Gardens. Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 19, 2014. Hitting 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds and with a top speed of 214 mph, the 918 Spyder is the most powerful road car Porsche has built to date, yet is exempt from the Congestion Charge as the plug-in hybrid super sports car emits less CO2 than most small cars and many other hybrid vehicles. Photo credit: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

Superstar Maria Sharapova had the pleasure of not only an exceptional car but also a special chauffeur: the Porsche Brand Ambassador and recent French Open winner was chauffeured by Porsche works driver Mark Webber in a Porsche 918 Spyder, the super sports car with its innovative plug-in hybrid technology.

Porsche Brand Ambassadors Maria Sharapova and Mark Webber arrive with a Porsche 918 Spyder super sportscar for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Porsche Brand Ambassadors Maria Sharapova and Mark Webber arrive with a Porsche 918 Spyder super sportscar for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

The CO2 emission of the 918 Spyder is so minimal that it is exempted from the London Congestion Charge. When arriving at the red carpet, the exceptional car and its famous occupants both attracted a lot of attention from the waiting fans.

“What a fantastic way to arrive at the party,” enthused Maria Sharapova. “To be in the fastest Porsche with a racing driver like Mark is amazing. And it’s great too to be driving in a city like London running only on electric power – the 918 Spyder is an unbelievable car!”

 French Open winner, Maria Sharapova, is picked up from The Goring hotel in Central London by Porsche Works Driver and ‘world’s fastest chauffeur’ Mark Webber, in the plug-in hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder and driven to the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Pre-Wimbledon Party at the Kensington Roof Gardens. Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 19, 2014. Hitting 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds and with a top speed of 214 mph, the 918 Spyder is the most powerful road car Porsche has built to date, yet is exempt from the Congestion Charge as the plug-in hybrid super sports car emits less CO2 than most small cars and many other hybrid vehicles. Photo credit : Matt Alexander/PA Wire

French Open winner, Maria Sharapova, is picked up from The Goring hotel in Central London by Porsche Works Driver and ‘world’s fastest chauffeur’ Mark Webber, in the plug-in hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder and driven to the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Pre-Wimbledon Party at the Kensington Roof Gardens. Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 19, 2014. Hitting 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds and with a top speed of 214 mph, the 918 Spyder is the most powerful road car Porsche has built to date, yet is exempt from the Congestion Charge as the plug-in hybrid super sports car emits less CO2 than most small cars and many other hybrid vehicles. Photo credit : Matt Alexander/PA Wire

“Having just driven the Porsche 919 Hybrid race car at the Le Mans 24 Hours last weekend, I already know that this technology can produce incredible results,” said Mark Webber. “The 918 Spyder is the closest thing to a road-going version, and it’s just as amazing – especially as it can be driven into London for free. And of course it’s great fun to drive Maria around in it!”

Mark Webber, Porsche works driver

Mark Webber, Porsche works driver

Other top tennis stars like Serena and Venus Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Eugenie Bouchard, Ana Ivanovic and Andrea Petkovic were all chauffeured to the red carpet in a Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid.

Andrea Petkovic arrives with a Porsche Panamera for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Andrea Petkovic arrives with a Porsche Panamera for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Andrea Petkovic arrives with a Porsche Panamera for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Andrea Petkovic arrives with a Porsche Panamera for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Victoria Azarenka arrives with a Porsche Panamera for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Victoria Azarenka arrives with a Porsche Panamera for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Eugenie Bouchard arrives with a Porsche Panamera for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Eugenie Bouchard arrives with a Porsche Panamera for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Dominika Cibulkova arrives with a Porsche Panamera for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Dominika Cibulkova arrives with a Porsche Panamera for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Daniela Hantuchova arrives with a Porsche Panamera for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Daniela Hantuchova arrives with a Porsche Panamera for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Wimbledon is the third Grand Slam tournament of the year and begins on the grass courts of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in the London suburb on coming Monday. Porsche Team Germany’s Angelique Kerber, Sabine Lisicki, last year’s runner-up, and Andrea Petkovic are all seeded.

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