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VIDEO: Porsche LMP1 Regulations and Technology

2014 will see the introduction of completely new rules for the FIA World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

These rules will restore prototype sport to the status which has always been a hallmark of the highest class in long-distance motor racing: putting tomorrow’s technologies through their paces today in the toughest of motorsports tests.

The LMP1 Regulations and Technology

The LMP1 Regulations and Technology

Find out about the technical challenges in the new WEC regulations for the Porsche 919 Hybrid, our contestant for the 2014 24h of Le Mans in this video.


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Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, race 12 in Zandvoort/Netherlands, Sean Edwards wins in rain chaos

Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 07 Zandvoort 2012

Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, race 12 in Zandvoort/Netherlands

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Sean Edwards (GB)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 07 Zandvoort 2012

Stuttgart. At first it looked like a comfortable fifth win of the season for points’ leader René Rast (Team Deutsche Post by tolimit) – but then things were turned upside down at race 12 of the Carrera Cup Deutschland in Zandvoort.

When the race was stopped after eight laps due to torrential rain, Rast’s teammate Sean Edwards was announced as winner.

Sean Edwards (GB)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 07 Zandvoort 2012

This marked the fourth win of the season for the Briton. Nicki

Nicki Thiim (DK)

Thiim was as thrilled with his surprising second place (Denmark, Hermes Attempto Racing) as Jaap van Lagen (FE Racing by Land-Motorsport) was about securing the last podium spot at his home round.

Jaap van Lagen (NL)

What had happened? Both the leader René Rast as well as second-placed guest driver Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands, Attempto Racing) were handed a drive-through penalty which was then changed to a 30-second penalty.

Sean Edwards (GB)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 07 Zandvoort 2012

The pair had accelerated too early at the end of the safety car phase that was initiated when Dutchman Harrie Kolen (Land-Motorsport) flew off the track in lap three.

For points’ leader Rast (Germany), the consequences were not too dire: Because the race was red-flagged before 75 percent of the 14-lap sprint had been run, only half the amount of points were awarded. Nevertheless, this win puts title rival Edwards close on his opponent’s bumper.

For two-time winner this season and pole-sitter for Sunday’s race, Nicki Thiim’s second position has given him an extra boost in the overall standings. The Dane now ranks fourth and sits just three points shy of third place, currently occupied by his French teammate Kévin Estre. The reigning champion of the French Carrera Cup and points’ leader of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup saw the flag on the North Sea coast as fourth.

Austria’s Clemens Schmid (SWITCH IT Lechner Racing) regarded his seventh grid spot in qualifying as a good omen for some long-awaited progress.

Clemens Schmid (A)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 07 Zandvoort 2012

So he was all the more delighted to repeat his Norisring result and see the flag in fifth.

Jeroen Mul (NL)

Sixth and seventh position went to Jeroen Mul and Sebastiaan Bleekemolen,

Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 07 Zandvoort 2012

two guest drivers from the Netherlands competing for Team Bleekemolen.

Clemens Schmid (A)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 07 Zandvoort 2012

For Porsche Junior Klaus Bachler (Team Deutsche Post by tolimit), the day ended rather positively with eighth at Saturday’s race. After qualifying in 13th, the Austrian was disappointed. But now he and other drivers behind him profit from the fact that guest drivers are not eligible to earn points and the points-earning regular pilots move up.

Klaus Bachler (A)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 07 Zandvoort 2012

Philipp Eng (Austria, MRS GT-Racing) and Hoevert Vos (Land-Motorsport) round off the top ten. Finishing in tenth overall, the Dutchman celebrated his fifth win of the season in the amateur classification.

Philipp Eng (A)

Rank 20 was the result of the second Porsche Junior Michael Christensen after a bungled race. Driving for the Konrad Motorsport squad, the Dane had taken up the race from ninth on the grid, but made a misjudgement while overtaking, spun and rejoined the race at the back of the field.

Race 13 of the season takes off tomorrow at 9.30 hrs and can be viewed in high quality live on the official Porsche website ( – with editorial clips prior to the actual live-streaming, live-timing and a commentary in German and English.

As always, on the Monday after the race weekend (27 August), news station N24 televises the 30-minute “Porsche Carrera Cup Magazin” at 18.30 hours. And on Sport1, Carrera Cup highlights will be aired on Saturday, 1 September, from 15.00 to 15.30 hours.

Sean Edwards (winner):

“That was the craziest race of my life. When the safety car phase came to an end I was surprised that René and Jeroen were so early on the throttle. It would have been better for me if the safety car had been deployed again and we could have finished the race. But nevermind. The main thing is that I’m now closer to René in the drivers’ classification.”

Sean Edwards (GB)

Nicki Thiim (second):

“In the first half of the season I experienced a lot of bad luck, now it plagues the others. After my win on the Nürburgring everything’s going smoothly. Tomorrow I start from pole position and I aim to win.”

Nicki Thiim (DK)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 07 Zandvoort 2012

Jaap van Lagen (third):

“My start was okay, I started and finished on fifth. At the end of the safety car phase I drove really carefully. I didn’t want to make any mistakes. It’s a shame that the race was stopped. A change to wet tyres would have given the spectators a great show! Now we only receive half the points and that’s a pity.”

Jaap van Lagen (NL)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 07 Zandvoort 2012

Klaus Bachler (Porsche Junior, eighth):

“My starting position was nothing to rave about, so I tried to do better in the race. Because of all the incidents I finished in eighth which is better than I had expected. It was crazy when the rain set in. I told myself to take it easy. What a shame they halted the race, it would have been great fun.”

Klaus Bachler (A)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 07 Zandvoort 2012

Michael Christensen (Porsche Junior, 20th):

“My start was okay and I was able to match the pace in the first laps. When I tried to overtake Jeroen Mul he closed the door on me. We touched and I spun. The mistake was mine. I had to let the entire field go past – and that was an awful feeling. Then the rain started and I was the first driver to pit for wet tyres. Unfortunately, the race was red-flagged a few seconds later.”


Michael Christensen (DK)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 07 Zandvoort 2012

Result race 12 
1. Sean Edwards (GB), Team Deutsche Post by tolimit, 15:14.551 minutes
2. Nicki Thiim (DK), Hermes Attempto Racing, + 0.695 seconds
3. Jaap van Lagen (NL), FE Racing by Land-Motorsport, + 1.210
4. Kévin Estre (F), Hermes Attempto Racing, + 1.974
5. Clemens Schmid (A), SWITCH IT Lechner Racing, + 2.980
6. Jeroen Mul (NL), Team Bleekemolen, + 3.558
7. Sebastiaan Bleekemolen (NL), Team Bleekemolen, + 5.028
8. Klaus Bachler (A), Team Deutsche Post by tolimit, + 8.386
9. Philipp Eng (A), MRS GT-Racing, + 10.141
10. Hoevert Vos (NL), Land-Motorsport, + 10.670

Result amateurs
1. Hoevert Vos (NL), Land-Motorsport, 15:25.221 minutes
2. Wolf Nathan (NL), FE Racing by Land-Motorsport, + 5.275 seconds
3. Bill Barazetti (D), MRS GT-Racing, + 12.607

Driver classification after 12 of 17 races
1. René Rast (D), 175 points
2. Sean Edwards (GB), 167
3. Kévin Estre (F), 131
4. Nicki Thiim (DK), 128
5. Norbert Siedler (A), 125

Amateur classification
1. “Bill Barazetti” (D), 186 points
2. Wolf Nathan (NL), 175
3. Harrie Kolen (NL), 151

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SOURCE: Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland Porsche AG Media Press Database


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UP FOR SALE: Porsche 962 Derek Bell Signature Edition a dream road-legal race car

One of the true petrolhead dreams: a road-legal race car.

Amazing road registered Porsche 962. Built at a cost of around U.S. $ 2 million this astonishingly quick road car is based around an aluminum monocoque with integral rollcage Fabcar. Believed to have been built for the Dyson Racing team in the USA IMSA who prepared and raced Porsche powered race cars.

There was a time where you could buy a sports racer of the peg drive it to the track, thrash the yambags off it and then drive it home, but as cars became more dedicated to the track, the ‘road’ part became an untenable dream.

Well, the car you see here wouldn’t have a hope of winning a proper FIA GT race, but boy you’d be the toast of any trackday you frequented.

Not to be confused with the Schuppan 962CR or Dauer 962, nor a home-brew conversion; this is chassis no. 00 of a planned (but aborted) run of road-legal Porsche 962‘s.

It was built at a cost of about $2 million and based around an aluminium Fabcar engineering  monocoque originally destined for the Dyson racing IMSA team in the USA, an outfit that raced Porsche-powered racing cars.

The standard 2.8 litre flat-6 race engine is totally unsuited for road use (and no doubt a bugger to start on a cold morning), so a more mundane twin turbo 993 GT2 engine with ‘only’ 580bhp and 547lb/ft of torque is fitted.

The legendary LeMans racer Derek Bell

gave his name to the car, but alas only the one was built.

It’s for sale too; POA. But hey, if you have to ask…

Engine Capacity:



5 Speed 962 Manual

Body Style:

Long Tail



In Stock Now, Road Registered, 700 BHP Per Tonne
In stock now is this amazing road registered Porsche 962. Built at a cost of around $2 Million USD this astonishingly quick road car is based around an aluminium Fabcar monocoque with integral rollcage believed to have been built for the Dyson Racing IMSA team in the USA who prepared and raced Porsche powered race cars. On top of this chassis is a full carbon fibre long tailed body.

Engine wise the standard 962 2.8 litre unit would be no good for road use so instead the car is fitted with a twin turbo 993 GT2 engine running 580 BHP and giving a colossal 741Nm of torque.

When the car weighs just 830kg that equates to around 700 BHP per tonne. To put this figure into perspective the iconic McLaren F1 is 550 BHP/tonne, a Carrera GT is 442, a Pagani Zonda C12S is 437 etc. For long distance endurance the car features a 120 litre fuel tank.

This power would be pointless if the car didn’t handle and stop well enough, to that end the car is fitted with top quality Koni adjustable suspension with hydraulic adjustable ride height (it will go up quite steep drives and speed bumps without issue). Stopping is taken care of by monster 350mm floating Brembo brakes with adjustable bias.

Interior wise the car has two leather bucket seats with Willans harnesses, it features aircon to keep the cockpit cool, parking sensors, an intercom system for driver and passenger comfort and electric mirrors. A removable steering wheel makes entry and egress from the vehicle much easier.

For track use the car features air jacks, a fire extinguisher and towing straps front and rear.

This has to be the ultimate fast road or track car which is as thrilling to drive as it is superb to look at.

The racing legend Derek Bell put his name to the car which was planned to be manufactured in greater numbers, the inside of the door shut bears a copy of his signature and the build number 00.

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Location:Malton, North Yorkshire,United Kingdom

Website:Specialist Cars of Malton Ltd

Phone:0844 7000997


Specialist Cars of Maltonwe ensure our cars are the best quality cars in the country, this attention to detail has seen us voted Independent Porsche Sales Garage of the Year by 911UK members three years running!

We start off by picking the best cars for stock, of the 3 or 4 cars we get offered every day we buy only the best one or two a month.

Upon sale each and every car is taken to our workshops where it goes through our thorough 74 point check to make sure everything works as it should and is in good condition. Next the car is given a major service and the service book stamped accordingly. We carry out a 4 wheel alignment on the cars and an aircon service on cars with airconditioning. The car will then go to a local independent MOT station for a year’s MOT. We tax the car for a year and fill the fuel tank.

Next the cars go to our team of professional detailers who spend up to a week preparing the car cosmetically. Any stonechips are removed, the wheels refurbed if necessary and the wheel hubs are painted. The seats are removed and cleaned. Next the car is detailed using Zymol professional products to give a long lasting lustre.

Finally, and arguably most importantly, we warranty every car for a year from bumper to bumper, anywhere in the world. This is not a bought in warranty, we stand by each and every car we sell for a year.

We believe we are the only Porsche specialist in the UK to offer a service like this.

We offer full dealer facilities such as part exchange, finance, service and parts.

We have a covered transporter and can deliver vehicles anywhere in the UK.

We are also experts in shipping cars and can deliver anywhere in the world also helping to minimise import duties.

For more details or to arrange to come and drive the car please call 0844 7000 997, email or Skype SpecialistCarsMalton Out of hours you can reach Mark on 07074 944 911 or John on 07794 911 911.

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VIDEO: Porsche plans return to Le Mans in 2014 – 24hr at the limit

“Motorsport was always an essential part of the Porsche brand,” emphasises Matthias Müller, President of the Executive Board at Porsche AG. “So for us it was only a matter of time before we returned as a factory to the top league of racing. Porsche’s successes in Le Mans are unrivalled. We want to follow up on this with the 17th outright victory.”

Matthias Müller, President of the Executive Board at Porsche AG

With the RS Spyder sports prototype that was run with great success from 2006 to 2008 by the factory-backed Penske Racing team in the USA and to 2010 by several customer teams worldwide, Porsche has set the benchmark recently in the LMP2 category.

“With the RS Spyder we proved that our motorsport engineers in Weissach are at the forefront,” says Wolfgang Hatz, Board Member for Research and Development at Porsche AG. “For instance, we were the first to run a high-revving race engine with direct fuel injection, DFI, setting new standards in performance and efficiency. Recently, with the 911 GT3 R Hybrid, we adopted a completely new drive technology for racing purposes and achieved a considerable reduction in consumption.”

Hartmut Kristen, Head of Porsche Motorsport, is already prepared for one of the most challenging development programmes in the company’s history.

“We’re looking forward to the task of developing new technologies and to continue on with the success of the Porsche RS Spyder. After the conclusion of our works-supported sports prototype programme in the American Le Mans Series we have kept up with the latest technological advances. Now we will begin with detailed research in order to evaluate the various concept alternatives for our new car. These obviously depend on how the regulations for the year 2014 look in detail. In principle, these regulations are interesting for us because the integration of our hybrid technology in the vehicle concept is one possible option.”

Held every year since 1923, the legendary 24-hour race at Le Mans draws an annual crowd of more than 200,000 spectators to the French region of La Sarthe.

Around the world, this long-distance motor racing classic is viewed as one of the greatest challenges for man and machine. For Porsche, Le Mans is not only the place of famous victories and the ultimate proving ground. It is also their spiritual home.

Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood claimed the first overall victory for Porsche in 1970 with the legendary 917 short-tail. The 16th and by now last overall win was secured by Laurent Aiello, Stéphane Ortelli and Allan McNish in 1998 with the 911 GT1. In the years 2008 and 2009, the Porsche RS Spyder sports prototype won the title in the LMP2 category.

16 overall victories. Countless records. That’s Porsche Motorsport in Le Mans. For more than 60 years: the fastest race cars. The toughest drivers. And now: the best scenes.

Le Mans 24hr at the limit

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German Artist: Bernd Lehmann – Automotive Unique Old Master Etchings

“Bernd Lehmann, born in 1950, is a contemporary painter of beautiful objects. His works speak from within, and in their perfection they rank among the supreme achievements of the etching technique.”

The artist –  Atelier-Bernd Lehmann

Bernd Lehmann, born in 1950, is living in Germany in the countryside near Hamburg. He is a freelance artist since 17 years now. Before he worked for several companies in Hamburg and the surroundings as a lithographer. In a very sensitive and empathic way he brings out the deep characters of his illustrations. Their charisma may touch the contemplator’s soul. His style is a composition of realism and impressionism.

The technique

Lehmann sways the mature technology of etching. He cuts his mirrored  pictures into a metal surface to create a design in intaglio just like the old masters Rembrandt or Dürer did. He inks the metal plate with one color and puts it with a moistened sheet of paper in a high pressure  printing press. The numbers of the crafted impressions are low to keep  up the value. Every single print will be finished in a special way and  colored as may be necessary. So every print is a genuine original.


The artists reputation

Connoisseurs all over Europe appreciate the impressive quality of his fine etchings. His etchings of flowers and portraits of musicians, poets and other characters of the contemporary history and also views from vintage cars to lighthouses formed his kudos. His works could be seen at the Frankfurt Book Fair, Frankfurt Ambiente, IAA Frankfurt Car Fair and Art Fair Europe.

Hans Herrmann-Le Mans 1970 – Original-Radierung

Lehmann crafted etchings for clients such as Caterpillar, Volkswagen, Porsche, Airbus, Lamborghini, Breitling, Rolls Royce and Bentley

A German philosopher and university professor characterized his works as “truly gorgeous, technically perfect and equally absolutely romantically empathetic.” “His art concentrates the beauty of the moment”, a doctor of literature lauded Lehmanns etchings.

The Dream of Flying

AIRBUS etchings by Bernd Lehmann, focusing on the A380


Bernd Lehmann
Platenkamper Strasse 12
Neuenkirchen-Tewel, 29643
Tel: +49 5195 933296
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Fax: +49 5195 933532
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Warpaint: The Graphic Design of Racing Cars

Warpaint: The Graphic Design of Racing Cars

Go Faster by Sven Voelker gives deep insight into racing-car graphic design

You’d never guess it, but these big toys for big boys were at the height of their design.
Mechanics and team members – adorned racecars with all of those flashy stripes, logos, numbers and colors prevalent race today.
A whip-fast lesson in competitive “WAR PAINT”, visual anarchy and car designs.
They were to LOOK dangerous and be the WINNER.
This video provides a very interesting look at the design of racing cars in 70s. The graphics on these cars are incredible — very minimal and nothing at all like the logo-plastered cars of NASCAR.

Go Faster is a book by a German university professor, Sven Voelker giving the clear insight into the glory of racing-car graphic design.

This book makes car fans familiar with the fact that most of the racing cars like Porsche and Ferrari were given looks not by marketing strategists or designers, but by chance.

Go Faster –The Graphic Design of Racing Cars

by Sven Voelker



Go Faster is a collection of over one hundred examples of racecar design that documents the carefree anarchy in which they were created. In the book, each colorful racing car is featured next to a blank, white model.
Thanks to this juxtaposition, Go Faster shows its readers exactly how graphics modulate the look of the vehicle.
The neutral models also give readers ample opportunity to imagine their own possibilities for graphic design in motor sports.
This makes the book an ideal gift for anyone interested in racing and high speeds.

go faster

Stripes, numbers, colors, and logos – the graphic visual look of a racecar has to stand out from all the others as they go zooming by.
Most people don’t know that racing cars from the likes of Porsche, Ferrari, Maserati, and Lotus were given their looks not by marketing strategists or designers, but by pure chance.
Go Faster is a collection of over one hundred examples of racecar design that documents the carefree anarchy in which they were created.
In the book, colorful racing cars are featured next to blank, white models.
Thanks to this juxtaposition, Go Faster not only takes its readers on a breakneck ride through images of racing history, but also shows them exactly how the graphics modulate the look of the vehicle.
The neutral models in the book also give readers ample opportunity to imagine their own possibilities for graphic design in motor sports.
The time and effort invested in the look of racecars is strangely out of balance compared to that used to shape the bodywork or engineer the technology present in the car.
But perhaps it is precisely this amateur quality, this anarchy and randomness that results in the irresistible attraction that racing cars and their graphics have on us.
There are, of course, countless books on racing cars, but Go Faster is the first to focus on the graphic design of these machines.
This makes the book an ideal gift for anyone interested in racing and high speeds.Sven Voelker
is a car enthusiast and graphic designer in Berlin.
He is responsible for the global corporate design of the Suzuki Motor Corporation and other clients.

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This book with 144 pages and 21 × 26cm format was release on January 2010 and is priced at $ 40, 00. The book is the collection of more than hundred examples on race car design, documenting the carefree anarchy which these vehicles were created in.

At the same time, the book not only gives the readers a chance to know how graphics modulate the look of the vehicle but also the opportunities to imagine their own possibilities for graphic design in motor sports.

Go Faster gives meticulous attention to minutest details and discusses how the numbers, stripes, logos and colours in vehicle are not a willy nilly affair but purposefully placed by the designer team. Well, this book comes out to be a perfect gift for the racing nerds and car freaks.

While the go-faster stripe is a classic design element of the racing car, the look of these vehicles is rarely created by a designer. Sven Voelker looks at the unexplored area of fast and furious graphic art in the new book,…….


Go Faster…

The Graphic Design of Racing Cars
Release Date:
January 2010
Sven Voelker
144 Pages, full color, hardcover
21 × 26 cm
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