RSS

Category Archives: Dedeporsches Blog

24 hours of Le Mans, Interview with Wolfgang Hatz, “Porsche is part of Le Mans, and Le Mans is part of Porsche”

 

24 hours of Le Mans, Interview with Wolfgang Hatz

“Porsche is part of Le Mans, and Le Mans is part of Porsche”

Stuttgart. This coming Sunday on June 1, the entries for what will be the 82nd running of the legendary 24 hours of Le Mans will be testing at the famous track. It is the final test prior to arguably the toughest motor race in the world. Porsche vehicles have been on the starting grid continuously for 63 years, and the German sports car manufacturer is the record holder with 16 overall victories and 103 class victories. The most recent class victory was last year with two 911 RSRs one-two in the GTE Pro category. To date, the last overall victory was 16 years ago, as Porsche has not competed in the top class since 1998. Porsche returns there this year and faces the new FIA-efficiency regulations with the innovative 919 Hybrid, which limits the energy consumption per lap. In parallel to this, the GT team is trying to build on the success of the previous year. A gigantic factory involvement. There are also six private Porsche teams starting the event; the most well known driver and team owner is Patrick Dempsey, racing car driver and American actor. As Member of the Executive Board, Research and Development, at Porsche AG, Wolfgang Hatz is responsible for the Porsche factory involvement.

Wolfgang Hatz, Porsche Motorsport Night of Champions 2013

Wolfgang Hatz, Porsche Motorsport Night of Champions 2013

Mr Hatz, when and why did Porsche decide to return to the top class of the sports car World Endurance Championship (WEC) and Le Mans?

Wolfgang Hatz: “This was in 2011. We were and still are well positioned in the GT category, but it is time for the brand to re-enter at the elite level. The options for this are easily understandable. There is Formula 1, and there is the WEC with Le Mans. An essential criteria for the decision was the desire to establish the project at Porsche itself, so the expertise would be developed and remain in-house. The World Endurance Championship including Le Mans suits us best, it is a real team sport. This is especially true of the team of drivers. But we also needed to create the infrastructure for this first: new buildings, a team of 230 people, every other one of which is an engineer.”

Did the historical connection to Le Mans also play a role?

Wolfgang Hatz: “Porsche is part of Le Mans, and Le Mans is part of Porsche. They fit together. Nevertheless, no one makes these kind of investments due to nostalgia; they have to pay off in the future. As far as I can remember, there was never a regulation that gave the engineers so much freedom and required so much innovation. The obligation towards producing a hybrid and the efficiency formula represent revolutionary challenges. I am proud that our engineers ventured the furthest of any. Ultimately, Porsche customers will benefit from this.”

Porsche Team: Alexander Hitzinger, Wolfgang Hatz (Vorstand Forschung und Entwicklung Porsche AG), Fritz Enzinger, Leiter LMP1 (r)

Porsche Team: Alexander Hitzinger, Wolfgang Hatz (Vorstand Forschung und Entwicklung Porsche AG), Fritz Enzinger, Leiter LMP1 (r)

Can you explain this in laymen’s terms?

Wolfgang Hatz: “Our combustion engine is the finest and most efficient engine ever developed by Porsche. This compact two litre, four cylinder, turbo engine with direct fuel injection and a performance of over 500 PS drives the rear axle. It is the smallest engine with the least number of cylinders in the top category of the race. Our engineers also combined a fundamentally new exhaust gas energy recovery system with this engine. No one else has that. We store the energy recovered from the otherwise unproductive flow of escaping exhaust gasses in a battery. We store energy, which we generate during braking on the front axle in the same battery. When the driver retrieves energy from this reservoir comprised of the latest type of battery cells, several hundred horsepower drive the front axle. During this phase, the driver has a powerful all-wheel drive at his disposal. Our car is the only one in the field which converts energy that would otherwise simply be wasted and makes it useable, not only when braking, but also when accelerating. This represents an immense potential for future road sports cars.”

Porsche Team: Romain Dumas, Wolfgang Hatz (Vorstand Forschung und Entwicklung Porsche AG)


Porsche Team: Romain Dumas, Wolfgang Hatz (Vorstand Forschung und Entwicklung Porsche AG)

Are the efficiency regulations not to the detriment of racing itself?

Wolfgang Hatz: “Not at all; the races at Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps have demonstrated this. The prototypes have plenty of power available; whether this is from the internal combustion engine or electrical does not matter. They must use all of the energy on each lap, otherwise it is a waste. Nothing can be saved here. These endurance races are sprints over incredible distances.”

The World Championships comprises eight races, but the focus is on Le Mans. When would the factory involvement be considered a success?

Wolfgang Hatz: “It would be terrific, if the GT team could build on the success of the previous year. However, that is literally more difficult because we had to add weight in accordance with the regulations. Porsche Team Manthey headed by Hartmut Kristen has extensive experience, which may make the decisive difference at Le Mans. The situation is completely different in the case of the Porsche team headed by Fritz Enzinger in the LMP1 class: We have no experience there at all. 2014 is a year of learning. Not admitting that would mean miscalculating Le Mans. At Spa-Francorchamps, the Porsche 919 Hybrid impressively demonstrated that the necessary speed is there with pole position and the fastest race lap. Our competitors know we are a force to be reckoned with. However, the 919 Hybrid has not yet covered the complete Le Mans distance in racing conditions. In this respect, it would be a success if one LMP1 finishes the event. Succeeding with both would be fabulous.”

Porsche Team: Timo Bernhard (l), Wolfgang Hatz (Vorstand Forschung und Entwicklung Porsche AG)

Porsche Team: Timo Bernhard (l), Wolfgang Hatz (Vorstand Forschung und Entwicklung Porsche AG)

At Silverstone, we saw you emotionally applauding the podium place in the overall standings in the pouring rain. Isn’t that the high demand Porsche imposes on itself?

Wolfgang Hatz: “That was a great moment of joy. But I am not losing sight of reality over this. We were not top-notch at Silverstone. We also benefited from the competition’s problems. But we did complete the first six-hour race with this extremely complex car and a team that has never competed before at a circuit. All the processes, especially under chaotic weather conditions, worked very well for the debut. And everyone worked extremely hard for this. The drivers showed their enormous skills but also a lot of discipline. The podium was a great experience for all of us. And we had a one-two in the GT class. The picture we saw on Sunday in England was terrific.”

Where will you be watching the 24 hour race from?

Wolfgang Hatz: “I will be on duty and will not be a spectator. Of course, I spend most of the time in the pit. I attend every race and was at the tracks for almost all the tests. Mostly, by the way, by the side of Matthias Müller, Chairman of the Executive Board, and that will also be the case on June 14/15. Come, what may.”

Source: Porsche Product and Technology Communication, Motorsport Press

Advertisements
 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

VIDEO: 911 50th Anniversary Edition-PORSCHE CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF THE 911 WITH EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION MODEL

Image

Stuttgart. The Porsche 911 resolves apparent contradictions like no other sports car – such as between tradition and innovation or between exclusivity and high social acceptance, and of course between performance and efficiency. And so, Porsche is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 911 at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt with a special anniversary model based on the 911 Carrera S: like the original 911, the 911 50th Anniversary Edition is a coupé with a flat-six rear engine and rear wheel drive.

Image

Its efficient performance, active sport suspension – and special body have current relevancy: the anniversary 911 features the wide body, which is typically reserved for the all-wheel drive Carrera 4 models. This special edition will be limited to 1963 cars, a number that represents the year of the 911 world premiere.
Image
Porsche will present the limited edition model in time for the 50th anniversary of the 911 at the IAA motor show in Frankfurt, which opens its gates to the public on September 12, 2013. In 1963, Porsche presented the original model to the public at this leading international show for the automotive industry.

Since its first presentation – initially as the type 901 – the sports car icon has excited automotive fans across the globe, and today it is considered the reference for all other sports cars. Since making its debut in 1963, the model series has progressively developed without interruption. In the process, the unique character of the 911 was always preserved.

Image

The result of this evolution over a 50-year period – which included countless race victories as well – is a sports car that fully embodies the authenticity of the Porsche brand. Its DNA is reflected in all Porsche models.
Image
This limited edition of the 400 hp (294 kW) 911 Carrera S includes features that have contributed to the 50-year success story of the 911. For example, the limited edition includes Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) with special tuning to complement its increased track width and to add support to the exceptional cornering dynamics of the 911.

Image

The sport exhaust system outputs a fitting emotional sound. Special 20-inch wheels are a visual tribute to the legendary “Fuchs” wheels and are finished in matte black paint with machine-polished centres. Chrome trim strips on the front air inlets, the fins of the engine compartment grille and the panel between the rear lights emphasise the distinctive appearance of this limited edition model. Another technical highlight of the car’s equipment is the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) with bi-xenon headlights and dynamic cornering lights

Image
Two unique colours are available for the anniversary 911, a darker graphite grey and a lighter geyser grey metallic. In addition black monochrome is also available. Each of the cars has a two-tone 3D-effect badge on the rear lid with the numbers “911 50”. This is repeated in three colour embroidery on the headrest and in two colours as a logo on the tachometer and the aluminium door sill plates. It can also be found on the cup holder panel  together with the limited edition number of the individual vehicle. Other exterior characteristics of the special model are high-gloss window frames and sport design exterior mirrors on the doors panels.
Image
There are tributes to the original 911 in the interior as well: green labelling on the instruments with white pointer needles and silver caps on the instrument pivot pins, just like 50 years ago. Another special feature is the centre panels of the leather seats, which are designed with a fabric pattern reminiscent of the “Pepita” tartan design from the 1960s. The full-leather interior is designed in agate grey or black with decorative stitching, some in contrasting colour. The driver and front passenger experience typical 911 driving fun in 14-way sport seats or optional 18-way sport seats plus. The gear shift or selector lever – which matches the decorative panels on the dashboard, doors and centre console in brushed aluminium – comes from the Porsche Exclusive program.
Image
The 911 50th Anniversary Edition sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds (4.3 with PDK) and can reach a top speed of 300 km/h (298 with PDK).

Image

The car’s NEDC combined fuel consumption is 9.5 l/100 km (8.7 with PDK), which equates to CO2 emissions of 224 g/km (205 with PDK). The limited edition models will be available at Porsche dealers starting September 23, 2013, and in Germany they will cost 121,119 euros including VAT and country-specific features.
Image
Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition: Fuel consumption City 13.8–12.2 l/100 km; Highway 7.1–6.2 l/100 km; Combined 9.5–8.7 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 224–205 g/km

Source: Porsche AG Media Database

Product and Technology Communication
Product Communication

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

STOLEN 1955 Porsche 356 Bendwindow Coupe close to the Nürburgring in Germany…need help!

356_diebstahl_en

ATTENTION: Porsche People…ANOTHER STOLEN PORSCHE!!

A friend of mine had his 1955 356 Bendwindow Coupe STOLEN !

PLEASE SHARE!

HELP FIND THIS CAR! SPREAD THE WORD,

SHARE ON YOUR FACEBOOK PAGES/PROFILES, WEBSITES AND CONTACT YOUR MEDIA FRIENDS.

LET’S GET THIS CAR BACK SAFELY!

Porsche Everyday – Dedeporsches Blog

Dear Dede,
thanks for sharing this.The car was stolen last Saturday May 18th 2013 at 0:20 a.m. right in front of the Steigenberger Hotel in Bad Neuenahr close to the Nürburgring in Germany. It is a black car with beige interior. The Vin is #54146. It has an 1956 1600cc A engine #61327.  More infos will be on the website we are currently creating which can be reached under www.356-diebstahl.de.
It would be very kind of you to spread the word wherever you can.
Kind regards,
Marcus

356_diebstahl_de

356_diebstahl_de_1

356_diebstahl_en_1

 

 

Tags: , , , , , , ,

VIDEO: Porsche Painting by Nicolas Hunziker Happy New Year! All the best in 2013!

Happy New Year 2013   Nicolas Hunziker Automotive Fine Art   YouTube

Nicolas Hunziker Automotive Fine Art

Directed by Heather Norwood

Music by POND5.com / Magnetic

Nicolas is a well known Porsche artist licensed by Porsche, you can also visit his website too @http://nicolashunziker.com/ for more automotive goodness, CHECK it out! I have a COOL Gulf jacket from him.

Happy Shopping! Good way to start out the New Year!

Either click on the link above or the picture below to take you to Nicolas Hunziker’s website.

Very cool new t-shirt designed by Nicolas Hunziker, featuring 1971 Monza... - NHAFA-1G

 

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Dedeporsches.com Blog 2012 in Review Presented By Wordpress.com

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys

prepared a 2012 annual report for Dedeporsches.com Blog.

Your 2012 year in blogging.png44

Here’s an excerpt:

About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 290,000 [actually the stats say 401,295] times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 5 years for that many people to see it. Dedeporsches blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!

Your 2012 year in blogging.png2The busiest day of the year was November 2nd with 3,490 views.The most popular post that day was: Porsche Project: Janis Joplin’s psychedelic painted 1965 Porsche 356C Cabriolet

Your 2012 year in blogging.png4

Some visitors came searching, mostly for porschejanis joplin porsche,angelique kerbermatthew drendel, and sabine lisicki.

The top referring sites in 2012 were:

  1. facebook.com

  2. geenstijl.nl

  3. darkroastedblend.com

  4. reddit.com

  5. twitter.com

Your 2012 year in blogging.png5

That’s 191 countries in all!
Most visitors came from The United States. Germany & The United Kingdom were not far behind.

Top Views by Country for all days ending 2012-12-30 (Summarized)

Country Views
United States FlagUnited States 76,283
Germany FlagGermany 21,411
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 17,296
France FlagFrance 13,444
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 12,429
Canada FlagCanada 11,419
Italy FlagItaly 7,765
Australia FlagAustralia 6,520
Belgium FlagBelgium 5,414
Spain FlagSpain 5,174
Brazil FlagBrazil 4,847
Poland FlagPoland 3,795
Switzerland FlagSwitzerland 3,376
Sweden FlagSweden 3,303
India FlagIndia 3,275
Japan FlagJapan 3,201
Portugal FlagPortugal 3,029
Russian Federation FlagRussian Federation 2,948
Mexico FlagMexico 2,676
Turkey FlagTurkey 2,565
Austria FlagAustria 2,219
Czech Republic FlagCzech Republic 2,065
Thailand FlagThailand 1,902
Denmark FlagDenmark 1,834
Argentina FlagArgentina 1,798
Hungary FlagHungary 1,771
Greece FlagGreece 1,682
Romania FlagRomania 1,597
Indonesia FlagIndonesia 1,445
Malaysia FlagMalaysia 1,435
Norway FlagNorway 1,430
Hong Kong FlagHong Kong 1,421
New Zealand FlagNew Zealand 1,397
Ukraine FlagUkraine 1,392
Taiwan, Province of China FlagTaiwan 1,384
South Africa FlagSouth Africa 1,306
Philippines FlagPhilippines 1,288
Finland FlagFinland 1,184
Korea, Republic of FlagRepublic of Korea 1,114
Ireland FlagIreland 1,108
Bulgaria FlagBulgaria 1,027
United Arab Emirates FlagUnited Arab Emirates 902
Serbia FlagSerbia 893
Croatia FlagCroatia 858
Slovakia FlagSlovakia 853
Singapore FlagSingapore 756
Slovenia FlagSlovenia 698
Colombia FlagColombia 676
Israel FlagIsrael 654
Chile FlagChile 653
Pakistan FlagPakistan 583
Saudi Arabia FlagSaudi Arabia 537
Viet Nam FlagViet Nam 527
Egypt FlagEgypt 470
Peru FlagPeru 389
Lithuania FlagLithuania 346
Estonia FlagEstonia 313
Luxembourg FlagLuxembourg 299
Kuwait FlagKuwait 297
Lebanon FlagLebanon 262
Puerto Rico FlagPuerto Rico 258
Latvia FlagLatvia 251
Georgia FlagGeorgia 239
Venezuela FlagVenezuela 239
Bosnia and Herzegovina FlagBosnia and Herzegovina 227
Morocco FlagMorocco 217
Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of FlagMacedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic 209
Cyprus FlagCyprus 207
Moldova, Republic of FlagMoldova 197
Azerbaijan FlagAzerbaijan 192
Qatar FlagQatar 190
Dominican Republic FlagDominican Republic 177
Sri Lanka FlagSri Lanka 166
Belarus FlagBelarus 162
Ecuador FlagEcuador 147
Iceland FlagIceland 146
Costa Rica FlagCosta Rica 139
Algeria FlagAlgeria 139
Albania FlagAlbania 136
Iraq FlagIraq 136
Jordan FlagJordan 136
Bangladesh FlagBangladesh 134
Malta FlagMalta 132
Uruguay FlagUruguay 124
Tunisia FlagTunisia 117
Bahrain FlagBahrain 113
Armenia FlagArmenia 105
Montenegro FlagMontenegro 103
Panama FlagPanama 98
Oman FlagOman 98
Guatemala FlagGuatemala 97
Trinidad and Tobago FlagTrinidad and Tobago 97
Syrian Arab Republic FlagSyrian Arab Republic 85
Nigeria FlagNigeria 74
Paraguay FlagParaguay 67
Monaco FlagMonaco 63
Macao FlagMacao 61
Jamaica FlagJamaica 57
Kenya FlagKenya 57
Mongolia FlagMongolia 56
El Salvador FlagEl Salvador 48
Mauritius FlagMauritius 47
Nicaragua FlagNicaragua 46
Brunei Darussalam FlagBrunei Darussalam 42
Libya FlagLibya 37
Myanmar FlagMyanmar 36
Bolivia FlagBolivia 36
Andorra FlagAndorra 32
Cambodia FlagCambodia 30
Mozambique FlagMozambique 29
Barbados FlagBarbados 26
New Caledonia FlagNew Caledonia 26
Bahamas FlagBahamas 26
Guernsey FlagGuernsey 25
Ghana FlagGhana 25
Liechtenstein FlagLiechtenstein 23
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines FlagSaint Vincent and the Grenadines 22
Nepal FlagNepal 20
Angola FlagAngola 18
Yemen FlagYemen 18
Côte d'Ivoire FlagCôte d’Ivoire 17
Kazakhstan FlagKazakhstan 15
Jersey FlagJersey 14
Guadeloupe FlagGuadeloupe 14
Aruba FlagAruba 14
Honduras FlagHonduras 13
Réunion FlagRéunion 13
Ethiopia FlagEthiopia 13
Guam FlagGuam 12
Uganda FlagUganda 12
Afghanistan FlagAfghanistan 11
Northern Mariana Islands FlagNorthern Mariana Islands 10
China FlagChina 10
Suriname FlagSuriname 10
Sudan FlagSudan 9
Madagascar FlagMadagascar 9
Maldives FlagMaldives 9
Isle of Man FlagIsle of Man 9
Netherlands Antilles FlagNetherlands Antilles 8
Åland Islands FlagÅland Islands 8
Dominica FlagDominica 8
Gibraltar FlagGibraltar 7
Seychelles FlagSeychelles 7
Botswana FlagBotswana 7
Zimbabwe FlagZimbabwe 7
Zambia FlagZambia 7
Cape Verde FlagCape Verde 6
Bermuda FlagBermuda 6
Tanzania, United Republic of FlagUnited Republic of Tanzania 6
Rwanda FlagRwanda 6
Faroe Islands FlagFaroe Islands 5
Senegal FlagSenegal 5
Fiji FlagFiji 5
Lao People's Democratic Republic FlagLao People’s Democratic Republic 5
Martinique FlagMartinique 5
Bhutan FlagBhutan 5
Benin FlagBenin 5
Namibia FlagNamibia 4
Iran, Islamic Republic of FlagIran, Islamic Republic of 4
Cameroon FlagCameroon 4
French Polynesia FlagFrench Polynesia 4
Guyana FlagGuyana 3
Cayman Islands FlagCayman Islands 3
Kyrgyzstan FlagKyrgyzstan 3
Tajikistan FlagTajikistan 3
Saint Lucia FlagSaint Lucia 3
Palestinian Territory, Occupied FlagPalestinian Territory, Occupied 3
Greenland FlagGreenland 3
Grenada FlagGrenada 3
Lesotho FlagLesotho 3
Vanuatu FlagVanuatu 2
Burkina Faso FlagBurkina Faso 2
Gabon FlagGabon 2
Saint Kitts and Nevis FlagSaint Kitts and Nevis 2
Djibouti FlagDjibouti 2
French Guiana FlagFrench Guiana 2
Togo FlagTogo 2
Norfolk Island FlagNorfolk Island 1
Cuba FlagCuba 1
Mauritania FlagMauritania 1
San Marino FlagSan Marino 1
Anguilla FlagAnguilla 1
Sierra Leone FlagSierra Leone 1
Haiti FlagHaiti 1
Falkland Islands (Malvinas) FlagFalkland Islands (Malvinas) 1
Papua New Guinea FlagPapua New Guinea 1
Malawi FlagMalawi 1
Liberia FlagLiberia 1

Your 2012 year in blogging.png3

Attractions in 2012

These are just a few of the posts that got the most views in 2012.

Dedeporsches Blog

IT’S ALL ABOUT PORSCHE…IF YOU’RE AN OWNER OF A PORSCHE,OR A BIG ENTHUSIAST OF PORSCHE CARS, PORSCHE MOTORSPORTS, PORSCHE DESIGN, PORSCHE HISTORY, OR A MEMBER OF A PORSCHE CLUB….JOIN ME ON FOCUSING JUST ABOUT PORSCHE!!

My Facebook Page

Thanks for flying with Dedeporsches Blog.com in 2012. I look forward to blogging for you again in 2013! Happy New Year!

See you in 2013!
 

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

 
%d bloggers like this: