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VIDEOS: Porsche in Le Mans – The Future

Porsche Returns to Le Mans

Porsche is commemorating both 60 years of racing at Le Mans and its 2014 return to the storied endurance race with a series of videos.

Porsche will make its return to the LMP1 class of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2014. To celebrate, it has released another teaser video that highlights the brand’s history at the famous race from the early years.

Porsche has more wins at Le Mans than any other manufacturer, including Audi. The company has 16 overall victories, including seven in a row from 1981 to 1987. Scores of famous racers have sat in the driver’s seat, including Jacky Ickx, Derek Bell, Hurley Haywood and Hans-Joachim Stuck.

When the announcement of Porsche’s return came last summer, Penske Racing made it known that it would love to back a Porsche team at Le Mans. Roger Penske said his organization wanted to follow up on its success with the Porsche RS Spyder LMP2 in the American Le Mans Series, though no deal has been made.

The company won’t be back until 2014, which means that Porsche still has some hurdles to jump, such as finding a pilot or two and, well, building a car.

The world’s oldest endurance race for sports cars, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, has tested the abilities of both drivers and manufacturers since 1923. German automaker Porsche has set numerous records and claimed 16 total victories since the inception of this monumental race, more than any other entrant. Porsche presents us with this compilation of hand-chosen clips from the early days of Le Mans, highlighting the car manufacturer’s achievements in the days preceding its era of dominance with the Porsche 936, 935, and 917 between 1970 and 1980. The promotions are in anticipation of Porsche’s triumphant return in 2014 to the circuit.

 

Porsche owned large swathes of the 1970s at Le Mans, with five overall victories. Starting with the 917 at the dawn of the decade – and leading to the 936 and 935 – legendary drivers paved the way for complete dominance by Porsche in the 1980s. The manufacturer – the most successful in the history of the gruelling endurance race – is now set to return to Le Mans in 2014 with an LMP1 sports prototype.

Building on the great successes of the 1970s, Porsche drivers swept all before them in the following decade, with an incredible seven overall victories throughout the 80s. With the Jacky Ickx/Derek Bell team winning in the 936 in 1981, and then leading in an incredible Porsche 1-2-3 win the following year in the newly developed 956, this was a legendary era for the manufacturer. Enjoy the greatest moments here.

 

365 km/h top speed. And top performances. In the ’90s, the 24 Hours of Le Mans are again dominated by Porsche Motorsport. New race cars. New drivers. And now, a new show.

A glorious past. And now, a mission: In 2014, Porsche Motorsport will return to Le Mans. With a LMP1 prototype and the determination to add another chapter to this success story.

We’ll definitely be watching. The company is setting up its YouTube channel for a running series of these teaser videos, so stay tuned.

 

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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

More information to start the web special: http://www.porsche.com/microsite/lemans/international.aspx

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SOURCE: Porsche AG Media Database

 

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ebay Porsche Auction of the Day: 1989 Porsche 953 Rothmans Rally Tribute

Another fantastic ebay auction

You asked for it.  You got it.  You wanted an all-wheel-drive Rothmans Rally Car and here it is.


“Ferris Buellers Day Off” Movie House & a Rothmans Porsche 911 Rally Tribute Car by jeremycliff, on Flickr

There’s some serious lust for Porsches–especially those with a more esoteric flare. Its a clone/tribute of the Rothmans Porsche 953 rally cars that ran around Africa in the early eighties. Very nicely put together and going for a fraction of the cost of a real deal version.

If you remember July of 2010 when the 2-wheel-drive 1980 Rothmans Rally Car sold to GoPro for upwards of $70,000 on eBay.   Although that car was stunning in everyway the owner knew he needed something more.  He searched the country high and low for the perfect donor and finally found an accident free, perfectly maintained, weekend driver, pilot owned, all original with every factory option 1989 1/2 Porsche 964 C4.

This is how the car started… a gorgeous, perfectly maintained 1989 Porsche 964 Carrera 4

1989 Porsche 911/964 by jeremycliff, on Flickr

Short description from the eBay ad…
Meet AWD Paris…
She is an absolutely stunning freshly completed Porsche 911 Paris, Alger, Dakar Winning 953 Off Road Rally Tribute Car that has been painstakingly built over last year. She was built as a tribute to the winning Porsche 953 raced from Paris to Dakar in 1984 Piloted by Rene Metge and Dominique Lemoyne. Paris originally started life as a 1989 1/2 Porsche 964 Carrera 4 in PERFECT condition and is perfectly street legal and plated and titled in Illinois.

There is only three (3) of these factory cars, two (2) owned by Porsche and one in private hands.  Although this is a reproduction, most observers will swear this is the real deal…


Porsche 911 Paris/Dakar Rally Tribute by jeremycliff, on Flickr

Over the last couple months Jeremy Cliff has been shooting and prepping photos and video of “Paris”, this Rothmans Porsche 911 Tribute Car, the time has finally come to put the car up for sale and release the photos. Jeremy wanted to do something very different and have a unique location wise…. I’m sure most of you will recognize it, but for those that do not the “house” location is actually the house that was used in the famous 1986 movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. What better spot to shoot a historic vehicle then in a historic location?

The car is currently for sale on eBay and can be found here:

Porsche : 911 | eBay

Check out the video below of the car in action!


Rothmans 911 Rally Tribute & a RUF by jeremycliff, on Flickr


“Ferris Buellers Day Off” Movie House & a Rothmans Porsche 911 Rally Tribute Car by jeremycliff, on Flickr


“Ferris Buellers Day Off” Movie House & a Rothmans Porsche 911 Rally Tribute Car by jeremycliff, on Flickr


“Ferris Buellers Day Off” Movie House & a Rothmans Porsche 911 Rally Tribute Car by jeremycliff, on Flickr


“Ferris Buellers Day Off” Movie House & a Rothmans Porsche 911 Rally Tribute Car by jeremycliff, on Flickr


“Ferris Buellers Day Off” Movie House & a Rothmans Porsche 911 Rally Tribute Car by jeremycliff, on Flickr

Some pictures at the shop


Porsche 911 Paris/Dakar Rally Tribute by jeremycliff, on Flickr


Porsche 911 Rally Tribute Car by jeremycliff, on Flickr


Porsche 911 Rally Tribute Car by jeremycliff, on Flickr


Porsche 911 Rally Tribute Car by jeremycliff, on Flickr

This is how the car started… a gorgeous, perfectly maintained 1989 Porsche 964 Carrera 4

1989 Porsche 911/964 by jeremycliff, on Flickr 


1989 Porsche 911/964 by jeremycliff, on Flickr


1989 Porsche 911/964 by jeremycliff, on Flickr

Car was built with the intention of being a daily driver or a weekend warrior which means it has some very key options. 

-Cruise Control
-Sunroof
-Climate Control
-Power Mirrors
-Power Locks
-Power Windows
-Differential Lock
-ABS
-Every factory option available.

 


Details on Paris

Tires- Michelin ZEL 70’s 16/65-15 mounted on authentic Porsche rims.

Wing- GT Racing 911/930 Turbo Tail. 

Brakes- Upgraded and rebuilt 964 brakes

Suspension- Complete 4 corner KW Clubsport Coilovers (http://blog.kw-suspension.com/archives/4660)

Steering- Power steering with factory Porsche steering rack, modified steering tie rods.  Front body tub where tires would rub on tight turns was modified to accommodate lock to lock steering and increased suspension travel.

Roll Bar- Custom fabricated by one of the leading pro-trophy-truck chassis builders in the United States.  No expense spared.  1 and 3/4 inch .095 4130 Chro-moly.  Roll bar integrates front and rear strut tower braces and winch mounting plate.  Custom tube clamps to allow every day easy access.

Winch- Superwinch with remote capabilities and cockpit switch.

External remote plug integrated into front bumper into fairlead.

Lightpod- Removable custom lightpod attached to hood.  Four (4) Hella 55 watt motorcycle DOT fog lights internally flush mounted with external milled plastic bezels for adjustment (all stainless steel hardware), aircraft grade stainless steel turn buckles bank.

Oil Cooling- Stainless steel oil lines and AN oil fittings for plumbing oil lines to custom mounted factory Porsche oil cooler with factory oil fan.

Seats- Recaro adjustable racing seats with Schroths 5 point harness

Doors- Fabricated aluminum door panels.  RS America door exit straps.  Porsche window switch and Porsche leather armrest all incorporated into door panel.

Exhaust- Custom one off Meisterschaft exhaust

Modified aluminum SC bumpers

Custom fabricated aluminum skid plate

Custom fabricated skid plate for oil thermostat

Complete custom paint job by Chicago’s premiere custom shop, Autowerks of Northbrook.  (www.e-autowerks.com)

 


There are TONS more photos on Jeremys Flickr here: 1989 Rothmans Porsche 911 – a set on Flickr…..check out the slideshow here


 
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Posted by on April 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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RACING …SUPER SLOW MOTION EYE CANDY AT IT’S BEST!

RACING …SUPER SLOW MOTION EYE CANDY AT IT’S BEST!

The speed, the excitement, the competition, the danger, just everything. “Racing is Life”….

It is difficuilt to find good super slow motion footage from races, but when they are shown they’re awesome. Things are happening too fast in the motor racing world that sometimes you need to see the whole action in slow motion.

These slow motion video’s are Mattzel89‘s way to describe the awesomeness of racing, and I think every petrolhead on this planet will thank him for this great video. This video is the third of the Racing in Slow Motion series, you can see the first two parts below, they are worth your time too.

Slow Motion 3

Just know this is a long and slow video, if you’re not prepared to sit through 8 minutes of slow motion, move on. This is for the motorsports fans. A stunning collection of 3 video’s that captures racing in a way that we usually don’t get to see it in the fine details..

Slow Motion 2

Racing is often so fast paced that the human eye misses details…..

Slow Motion 1

“super slow motion” videos for an incredible look at the details the human eye can miss …

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