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Neel Jani races the LMP1 Porsche, Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC and Le Mans 24 Hours

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Stuttgart. Another driver has been confirmed to contest the top class of the sports car World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the Le Mans 24 Hours. The ex-Formula 1 test pilot Neel Jani (29) from Switzerland will join Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Romain Dumas (France) for testing and from 2014 onwards will take the wheel of one of the two new LMP1 vehicles from Weissach.

Jani’s contract with Porsche extending over several years begins on 1st July. In addition to test driving the Porsche, the experienced sports car pilot will complete his planned race schedule for 2013 with the Rebellion team in the American Le Mans Series and in the sports car World Endurance Championship WEC.

Neel Jani began his career in the classical way at the age of 12 in karting and at age 16 went on to race single-seaters. In 2002 he concluded the European Formula Renault 2000 championship as runner-up.

The following season he clinched vice championship honours in the European Formula Renault V6 series. In 2003 and 2004 Jani was a Formula 1 test driver for Sauber and in 2005 he scored two GP2 victories. During the winter season of 2005/2006, he secured second overall for Switzerland in the global A1GP series and in 2006 was signed on as test and reserve driver for the Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula 1 team. In 2007 he switched to the American Champcar Series and clinched three podium places. For the 2007/2008 season he returned to the A1GP, took home the title after four victories and went on to secure yet another runner-up title the following year. In 2009 Jani contested the Le Mans 24 Hours for the first time and finished twelfth in the LMP1 class. Since 2010, he has competed for the Rebellion Racing team.

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“To compete for Porsche in the sports car World Endurance Championship WEC and at the Le Mans 24 Hours is a dream come true,” says Neel Jani. “I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel for the first time and contributing my test driving experience.

Porsche is incomparable with any other marque in sports car racing and I’m proud to now be a part of the Porsche works team. My goal is to win the Le Mans 24 Hours and secure the WEC World Championship title with Porsche. I don’t just want to build on Porsche’s successful history, I want to add a new chapter.”

 

“Neel Jani is extremely talented and is currently one of the best sports car pilots altogether. I’m delighted that we can already confirm three drivers for the 2014 season of the World Endurance Championship and the Le Mans 24 Hours,” says Wolfgang Hatz, Board Member for Research and Development at Porsche AG.

 “Neel fits very well into our Porsche motorsport family. He is incredibly fast, he has a wealth of experience in international long distance racing as well as at the Le Mans 24 Hours and he’s a real team player,” adds Fritz Enzinger, Head of the LMP1 project.

SOURCE: Porsche AG

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Porsche 911 – Double driving fun even in snow and ice

Porsche Driving Experience in Finland


Porsche Driving Experience in Finland

Press Release 15/02/2013

911 Carrera is the ideal vehicle in all weather conditions

Double driving fun with the Porsche 911 – even in snow and ice

 

Porsche Driving Experience in Finland


Porsche Driving Experience in Finland

Stuttgart. Like no other vehicle, the 911 unites such seeming contradictions as sportiness and everyday usability, having stood for sheer driving pleasure for 50 years now – and not just when the sky is blue and the sun is shining but also in winter driving conditions. Against this backdrop, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that there are numerous Porsche customers in regions in which winter is the rule during most of the year.

The northernmost Porsche Centre in the world, for instance, is located in Tromso, Norway: there are loyal 911 drivers even at the Arctic Circle. In fact, in Norway alone, there are four more Porsche Centres; in Sweden are six and in Finland are three Porsche Centres available to customers.

Porsche Driving Experience in Finland


Porsche Driving Experience in Finland

Many 911 customers enjoy driving in snow and ice also in Alpine countries like Switzerland: vehicle sales have been growing there year after year. Alongside the Cayenne, the sports car icon is the most successful model in Switzerland. Last year alone, 656 vehicles were delivered to customers there. And the 911 is popular in Switzerland not only as a coupé. Cabriolets accounted for 42% of the 911 sports cars delivered in 2012.

911 Carrera 4


911 Carrera 4

No wonder: Even in cold temperatures, the driver of a 911 Carrera Cabriolet enjoys a climate comfort coming closer to that of a coupé than ever before. Thus, for instance, the external material is lined in its entirety by an insulating mat. The lateral parts are also completely covered with material so no technical components are visible any more when the top is closed.

911 Carrera 4


911 Carrera 4

The 911 with all-wheel drive, in particular, is ideal for driving in winter. The Porsche Traction Management (PTM) translates the great driving-performance potential optimally in all weather conditions. Within a split second, the optimum power distribution between front and rear axle can be controlled via a multi-plate clutch. Depending on the driving situation, this means more driving stability, a more agile handling and outstanding traction even on slippery road surfaces.

In short: Even more driving fun with more safety, especially on snow and icy roads. Because that’s where the premium on traction really shows its stuff.

911 Carrera 4


911 Carrera 4

This makes the 911 the ideal vehicle for all seasons:

“For me, the Carrera with all-wheel drive is the perfect everyday car. Thanks to its technology, it is safe for active driving on ice and snow; on the other hand, it always offers the self-assurance of a thoroughbred sports car.

Owing to its excellent all-round visibility and the storage space behind the front seats, the car is very suitable for the city and for shopping as well,” says Walter Röhrl, twice holder of the rally world championship.

Porsche enthusiasts can also satisfy their curiosity about the advantages of the 911 Carrera by selecting from the various courses and sessions of Porsche Driving Experience: At two training sites in Finland’s far north 1,350 drivers will have the opportunity to test the Porsche 911 at first hand in extreme weather conditions this winter. Beginners and advanced drivers will have the chance to expand their driving skills under the guidance of Porsche instructors and learn to control their car even better in three training steps that build on one another.

Porsche Driving Experience in Finland


Porsche Driving Experience in Finland

On snowbound tracks and ice lakes at temperatures up to minus 30° Celsius. The rear-focused design of the all-wheel drive, typical for Porsche, offers optimal support. You will find the dates and other information on all winter offers of Porsche Driving Experience on the Internet at: http://www.porsche.de/driving-experience-winter/.

SOURCE: Porsche AG Medai Database

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VIDEO: Porsche 924 on Snow (5°Snowfall) and Winter Maintenance

Porsche 924 Photo By Maxime Jouet / El-Astic

Porsche 924 Photo By Maxime Jouet / El-Astic

Porsche 924

Patrick Riva’s daily driver engaged on the Swiss slippery roads (some years ago)

Check out the videos below.

The photo montage extrapolating frames from the video that a friend had made for him.

PATRICK RIVA'S daily driver engaged on the Swiss slippery roads (some years ago) .. I did the photo montage extrapolating frames from a movie that a friend of mine has made.

 

 Make sure your Porsche 924 is ready for wintertime. 

This makes me think that everybody’s ride needs a little checkup once in a while.

Even Santa’s Sleigh needs a little tightening before it takes off in the cold, snow, and ice.

Make sure you don’t get stuck in the snow waiting for a reindeer or a tow truck to help you.

Get your car checked before the icy grip of winter settles in.

A little word of caution. The winter months are hard on your car. Everything from the extreme cold to the dirt and corrosive materials brought in by snow can do lots of damage. Getting your car a winter maintenance check before the cold weather sets in can go a long way in preventing problems from popping up.

If you don’t have a fully functional spark plug with working spark plug wires and a clear well maintained fuel delivery system your engine could have some trouble starting and warming up in the cold. The cold can also cause parts of your engine to crack going from the extreme cold to heat if they’re not treated properly.

Of course it goes without saying that your tires and your brakes should be in top working condition for those icy roads too. Check your anti-freeze to make sure the mixture is right and that your engine doesn’t seize up in the cold and make sure your tires are safe and sound.

Bad tires can very quickly turn your car into a sled when you are going down an icy hill.

Driving down an icy road in subzero temperatures isn’t the time to think about what your car needs to survive the winter. A Winter maintenance check is designed to make sure your car is ready to withstand the icy roads and harsh temperatures.Be sure you are getting someone who is going to take care of your car and treat it like the valuable high performance machine that it is.

Happy Holidays! And safe driving….

 
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