Thursday, May 28, 2015

24 Hours of Le Mans and WEC, LMP1

Race operation at the limit – three Porsche 919 Hybrid in Le Mans

Stuttgart. Twenty-four hours of racing are a long time. But the “Le Mans“ operation lasts a lot longer. On May 18 the Porsche Team began its build-up in the paddock of the famous circuit in the North-West of France. An advance party of 12 people is setting up the two-storey steel hall behind the garage and also the two-storey container building for storage and the drivers’ rooms. On May 27 the fully loaded team trucks will leave Weissach for their 800 kilometre long journey to the town in the Sarthe department. Eight team members will prepare the garage for the three Porsche 919 Hybrids. At the same time further build-up teams will set up the Team and Media Hospitality in the paddock, the guest hospitality in the new Porsche Experience Center, the fan area in the so called Village, the guest lounge at the Porsche curves and the rooms above the garage. Plus: a camp for 750 employees from all the Porsche headquarters will be prepared. They will all come to cheer the company’s most extreme cars when they face their ultimate challenge, carrying technology for future road going sports cars. The powerful hybrid race cars, with around 1000 HP, represent an ideal development platform for innovative powertrain engineering. 

Everything that’s needed to operate the three 919 Hybrids needs to be in place for the official pre-test on May 31. When the race starts, 13 days later, 120 team members, 2,500 media representatives from 49 countries and 270,000 spectators will be on site.

Under the guidance of Fritz Enzinger, Vice President LMP1, it is Team Principal Andreas Seidl who is in charge of all things operational. His location during the race will be what is known internally as the “Space Station” at the front of the garage – the nerve centre where all information is gathered. Working next to Seidl will be Crew Chief Amiel Lindesay. In conjunction with the race engineers, the New Zealander will delegate the tasks to the 19 mechanics via radio. He informs them which tyre set is to be fitted next, how much fuel needs to go into the car and what else has to be done during a pit stop. Seidl is in contact with the cars by radio as well as with the engineers who he talks to by the pit channel and the “Interkomm” channels. Be it the drivers’ comments, the technical state of the cars, tyre choice, pit stop strategy, observation of the weather or the competition – Seidl is the central point for everything. He has to keep a level head, channel all sorts of information and take instant decisions. The Bavarian is well aware that: “To coordinate three cars means once again a bigger challenge for all of us. The race in Spa gave us a taste of what it takes, but this was only a six-hour event. We have used our 30-hours of testing to play through many eventualities. However, it is impossible to simulate Le Mans – and without a super professional crew you just cannot stay the course successfully.”

The race engineers sit in their covered stands at the pit wall with six screens in front of them. Only the race engineers talk on the radio to the drivers. On a separate pit radio channel and on the Interkomm they touch base with Lindesay, Seidl, other engineers and further team members. There is one such stand per car on the pit wall. The number 17 red prototype is driven by Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Mark Webber. At the wheel of the black number 18 are Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb. The white number 19 car is shared by Earl Bamber, Nico Hülkenberg and Nick Tandy. The Race engineer for the number 17 car is Kyle Wilson-Clarke (Great Britain). In the stand for the number 18 car sits race engineer Mathieu Galoche (France) and for the number 19 car Stephen Mitas (Australia) is in charge. The Australian is also the leading race engineer for all three Porsche 919 Hybrids.

Twenty-three people form the crew for each car: race engineer, performance engineer, data engineer, hybrid engineer, engine engineer, systems performance engineer, 12V engineer, software engineer, engine application engineer, gearbox engineer, track aerodynamics engineer, number one mechanic, front axle mechanic, rear axle mechanic, engine mechanic, gearbox mechanic, composite mechanic, electrician, refueller, tyre man, storeman, one mechanic to look after the air hose and the fuel bowser and one spare person. Sixty eight men and one woman (a gearbox engineer) are fully focused on their respective cars. 

The 90-page sporting regulations define how a pit stop must be carried out. There is a speed limit of 60 km/h in the pit lane, the car must park at least 50 cm from the wall or from the line marking the limits of the working area, no more than four team members are allowed to push the car into the garage if needed. The car may only restart when parallel to the track in the working area in front of the garage – and, please, with no wheel spin, otherwise a stop and go penalty will be applied. At all pit stops the engine has to be switched off and during refuelling (tank capacity 68.5 litres) the car has to remain with its wheels on the ground. On the 13.629 kilometre long track in Le Mans the Porsche 919 Hybrid can use a maximum of 4.76 litres of fuel per lap, which results in a range of 14 to 15 laps. Two mechanics are allowed to carry out refuelling, another one has to stay ready with a fire extinguisher and the cut off valve attendant is at his post. At the same time two mechanics are allowed to clean the car’s windscreen, headlights, mirrors and cameras, to pick up recorded data and to earth the car. 

A driver change can happen during refuelling, but the time it takes is too long for it to be finished during a pit stop for fuel only. Therefore, driver changes only happen when new tyres are required. 

After refuelling a pneumatic jack lifts the car. For the tyre change a maximum of two mechanics are allowed to work on the car at the same time, and only one wheel gun can be used at that time. A second wheel gun and two other mechanics are involved in a relay-like procedure. After clever choreography they speed out of and back into the garage to loosen the wheels, take them off, supply the new ones and secure them. A perfect wheel change at the Porsche Team takes 19 seconds. In Le Mans it is scheduled at the earliest after two stints, at night the teams try to double the interval between tyre changes. Then a driver stays in the car for a period of nearly four hours, which is more than the race distance of two Formula One Grands Prix. 

If necessary, extra people are allowed to change the data recorder or the fuel flow metre. In any case, all personnel must be back in the garage before the driver restarts. Then he has only himself to rely on. If a technical problem occurs out on the track, he can only use the basic on-board tool kit.

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Porsche Design P' 3681 Humidor

      Porsche Design comes up with Porsche centric accessories for all aspects of any lifestyle. This P' 3681 is a desktop humidor. This is one fancy cigar box. The glossy finish highlights the carbon fiber type design below. It's got dark edging and a medium grey look overall, complete with white lettering and a very Porsche logo. This would be great for any Pfanatic who is also a cigar aficionado. Porsche adds their quality and high class to almost anything. The humidor will hold 50 cigars, and costs $3,000. 


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

British motoring magazine Autocar gives two awards to Porsche

Wolfgang Hatz honoured with 'Issigonis Trophy'

Stuttgart. The British motoring magazine Autocar presented its prestigious annual prize for achievement today to Wolfgang Hatz, Board Member Research and Development Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche AG, at an awards ceremony in London. Hatz received the honorary 'Issigonis Trophy' from the oldest automotive magazine in the world in recognition of his long career as an engineer, but in particular for the successful development of outstanding Porsche sports and racing cars. In addition, the 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid super sports car was recognized with a 'Five Star Award', identifying it as one of the highest performing cars tested last year by Autocar.

Autocar Editor-in-Chief, Steve Cropley, emphasized in his speech that Wolfgang Hatz has contributed with the the expansion of the Porsche model range to the unique success story of Porsche. Moreover, the creative approaches that Hatz applies in developing the Zuffenhausen sports cars inspires colleagues throughout the business. "I see the 'Issigonis Trophy' as confirmation that it was right to transfer the DNA of the iconic 911 to new vehicle segments. Whether Cayman GT4 or Macan, all models stand for extraordinary driving dynamics, emotion and high engineering skills," said Wolfgang Hatz at the ceremonial presentation of the award.

In 1989, Hatz led the first 'test department Formula 1' of Porsche AG. This was followed by numerous positions in engine development and racing departments in the automotive industry. From 2001 to 2007 he was head of the powertrain development unit of Audi AG, and in 2007 Head of Corporate Powertrain Development and General Representative of Management Volkswagen AG. In 2011, he was appointed as head of Research and Development on the Executive Board of Porsche AG. A proven engine and drivetrain expert, Wolfgang Hatz has been a strong advocate of the hybridization of motorsport and production vehicles. Consequently, in 2014 Porsche was the world's first manufacturer to offer three plug-in hybrid series production models in its range. In addition, last year the company returned with the Porsche 919 Hybrid to the top class of the FIA World Endurance Championship, where it is fighting for race victories and research findings. At Porsche, there is always the objective to accelerate development of highly-efficient drive technology for production models on the race track.

The best example of the cross-fertilization of motorsport and production development is the Porsche 918 Spyder, which last year won the highest possible test scores in individual tests by Autocar. The powerful two-seater convinced both by its technical concept as well as its performance: it combines an eight-cylinder racing engine and two electric motors in a carbon monocoque chassis. Offering a total of 887 hp, the super sports car from Zuffenhausen set new records for hybrid models – both in terms of driving dynamics and fuel efficiency.

The 'Issigonis Trophy' is named after the British automotive engineer Sir Alec Issigonis. This is the second year Autocar has presented the award in recognition of outstanding achievements in the European automotive industry. As the oldest car magazine in the world, Autocar is one of the most internationally-renowned automotive publications.

1) Porsche 918 Spyder: Combined fuel consumption: 3.1 – 3.0 l/100 km; combined energy consumption: 12.7 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions: 72 – 70 g/km; efficiency class (Germany): A+

2) Model line Porsche 911: Fuel consumption urban 19.2 – 11.3 l/100 km; extra-urban 8.9 – 6.6 l/100 km; combined 12.7 – 8.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions: 296 – 191 g/km; efficiency class (Germany): G – F 

3) Porsche Cayman GT4: Fuel consumption urban 14.8 l/100 km; extra-urban 7.8 l/100 km; combined 10.3 l/100 km; CO2 emissions: 238 g/km; efficiency class (Germany): G

4) Model line Porsche Macan: Fuel consumption urban 11.8 – 6.7 l/100 km; extra-urban 7.8 – 5.7 l /100 km; combined 9.2 – 6.1 l/100 km; CO2 emissions: 216 – 159 g/km; efficiency class (Germany) E – B

SOURCE: Porsche Motorsports Press Release Database

Porsche Interior of the Week

      This is the interior of a  2015 Porsche 918. With a red and black interior, this Porsche seems to merge luxury and racing. The steering wheel seems to be covered in a black suede, and the bright red dash and sides adds a striking pop of color. The silver accents and round dials give the feeling of a cockpit or racing car, while the rest seems to be the epitome of luxury. The view is only from the driver's window but I can only imagine what the rest of the car looks like. 


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

In elegant black: Porsche Boxster and 911 Carrera Black Edition

Exclusive special sports car series with added features
Stuttgart. Porsche has created a special series of the 911 Carrera and Boxster: the Black Edition. The combination of black paintwork and black interior emphasises the timeless, classy elegance of the sports car. The standard equipment on the 911 Carrera and Boxster Edition models includes Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with navigation module, automatically dimming rear-view mirrors, rain sensor, cruise control and Sport Design steering wheel. 

The 911 Carrera Black Edition is based on the basic model with a 3.4 litre flat engine developing 350 hp (257 kW). It is offered as coupé and convertible versions with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. The special edition runs on 20-inch 911 Turbo wheels and the LED headlights including the Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS+) are part of the standard equipment. The black interior simply looks sophisticated. The driver and passenger sit on heated sports seats, and the standard Bose® Surround Sound System provides excellent sound quality. In addition, operating the 911 special edition is effortless due to the telephone module and Park Assist at front and rear, which includes a reversing camera.

The Boxster Black Edition is certainly no less attractive. The mid-engine roadster is powered by the 2.7 litre flat engine with 265 hp (195 kW). The colour concept remains consistent when it comes to the soft top and rollover protection bar, which are both in black. The wind deflector helps to avoid undesirable turbulence when the soft top is down. The 20-inch Carrera Classic wheels and the bi-xenon headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) set distinctive highlights. The driver and passenger can enjoy a higher level of personal comfort with the two-zone air conditioning and heated seats. The sound system in the Boxster Black Edition is the high-quality Sound Package Plus.

All five Black Edition models go on sale on May 18, 2015. In Germany, prices including value-added tax and country-specific equipment will be:

Boxster Black Edition: 59,477 euros
911 Carrera Black Edition: 95,058 euros
911 Carrera 4 Black Edition: 101,484 euros
911 Carrera Cabriolet Black Edition: 105,530 euros
911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet Black Edition: 111,956 euros

911 Carrera Black Edition models: Fuel consumption: urban 13.1–11.3 l/100 km; extra-urban 7.5–6.6 l/100 km; combined 9.5–8.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 223–191 g/km; efficiency class (Germany): G–F

Boxster Black Edition: Fuel consumption: urban 11.8–10.9 l/100 km; extra-urban 6.4–6.2 l/100 km; combined 8.4–7.9 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 195–183 g/km; efficiency class (Germany): G–F

SOURCE: Porsche Motorsports Press Release Database

1965 Porsche Formula V

      This 1965 Porsche Formula V racing car is being hauled in a 1960s Volkswagen transporter. The Porsche has a clean white body with black no frill tires. The Transporter is a great fire engine red with white accents and wood panelling in the rear. Both are looking shiny and new, but if I had to guess I'd say both were restored. This seems like something from a museum exhibit given the layout of the shot, but wherever it is it's a great find and quite the sight.


Monday, May 25, 2015

Maria Sharapova claims her 35th WTA title in Rome

Porsche Brand Ambassador enjoys a successful French Open dress rehearsal

Stuttgart. Successful French Open dress rehearsal for Maria Sharapova: One week before the year’s second Grand Slam in Paris, the Porsche Brand Ambassador won the 35th WTA title of her career in Rome. In the final on Sunday, she defeated Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 to celebrate her third success in the Italian capital after 2011 and 2012. The only other tournament that the superstar from Russia has been able to capture three times is the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. She was victorious at the long-standing Stuttgart event in 2012, 2013 and 2014. The win in Rome has returned Maria Sharapova to No. 2 in the WTA world rankings. 

One week before the start of the French Open, where she will looking to retain her title and where she will be seeded No. 2 after her success in Rome, Maria Sharapova appears to be in excellent form. Against Carla Suarez Navarro, a clay court specialist, she initially went a set down but was soon 3-1 up in the second. Though the Spaniard countered to level at 3-3 and 5-5, Maria Sharapova then stepped up a gear to secure the set with an impressive battling performance. In what was for long periods a high class final, she then raced through the third set to clinch her second WTA title of the year – the first came in Brisbane – after a match that lasted two hours 35 minutes. 

“It’s a wonderful feeling to win this tournament for a third time,” said Maria Sharapova after her 11th career clay court title. “The week was a great warm up for the French Open. Now I’m looking forward to Roland Garros.“

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SOURCE: Porsche Motorsports Press Release Database