Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pink Porsche Headed to the Mountains



      I have never seen a pink Porsche on the road, but I'd love to see this one. It's chunky and curvy, and the pink could be obnoxious but I think it's kind of cool. The photo helps break up the pink with the shadow and I mean who cares what color it is when you're driving in a landscape like that?! The mountain is magnificent and if I were driving we'd be going to the top ASAP. Just a great photo and a great situation to be driving in, sunny day, mountains as a backdrop, perfect. 

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Monday, October 20, 2014

FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), round 5, Fuji (J), LMP1 Race

Podium finish and fourth place for the Porsche 919 Hybrid

Stuttgart. The Porsche Team celebrated its second podium finish of the season for the Porsche 919 Hybrid, while the sister car finished fourth in the six-hour race at Fuji, Japan. The fifth out of eight rounds of the FIA Endurance World Championship was a straightforward and dry race. Drivers Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Mark Webber finished third with car number 20. They were followed by their teammates Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb in car number 14. Furthermore, Mark Webber set the fastest overall race lap on the 4.563 km long Fuji Speedway (1:27.759 minutes on lap 12). 

How the race went for car number 14:
After the battles in the opening laps, Marc Lieb settled into fourth and was then lying third when he handed over the car to Neel Jani after 36 laps. Jani changed tyres after 73 laps and handed over the car to Romain Dumas at the end of lap 110. Dumas stopped for tyres and fuel after lap 147. Also, due to other competitors’ pit stops, the car was in third when Marc Lieb jumped in again for the final stint at the end of lap 184. He came in for another splash-and-dash after 220 laps and brought the car home in P4.

How the race went for car number 20:
Mark Webber was fighting for the lead when he had to come in for an early pit stop after ten laps because of a puncture. Afterwards he did a double stint on a single set of tyres before he handed the car over to Timo Bernhard at the end of lap 84. Bernhard did a double stint as well, but he also changed tyres when refuelling after 122 laps. After lap 160 Brendon Hartley took over driving duties. He had his last stop for fuel and tyres at the end of his 197th lap before bringing it home in third.

Quotes:

Wolfgang Hatz, Member of the Board, Research and Development, Porsche AG: “We have reached the target we set ourselves for this race – we have one car on the podium and we finished the race with both cars. In the beginning we were even strong enough to fight for the lead, and in the end we have secured P3 and P4. This was a nice step forward, and we should continue this way.”

Fritz Enzinger, Vice President LMP1: “This result is a great joy for us. Most importantly I am very proud of the progress we made over the course of the weekend. The first free practice on Friday was difficult, but we managed to improve in every session, had a great qualifying and this time we have also turned our performance into a good race result.”

Andreas Seidl, Team Principal: “P3 and P4 are very good results for us and this is down to a great performance from all the drivers and the team – not only from the crew on site but also from the guys back home in Weissach. In our fifth race with the 919 we have, for the first time, been able to get both cars to complete the entire race distance without noteworthy problems. P3 and P4 are down to our own merits. With car number 20 the strategy worked out perfectly. Despite the early stop, the pit stop windows were ideal. This way number 20 was able to finish ahead of number 14 who’s drivers did a great job too. Congratulations to Toyota for a strong one-two finish.”

Drivers Porsche 919 Hybrid number 14
Romain Dumas (36, France): “Finishing in third and fourth is a good and also an important result for the team. But we won’t forget there is still a lot of work ahead of us. By no way have we fully exploited the 919’s potential yet.”

Neel Jani (30, Switzerland): “I did a double stint. It was quite tricky to drive today and it wasn’t possible to do that distance on a single set of tyres. A big problem was the rubber on the track. The tyres pick up the marbles as soon as you leave the racing line to lap other cars, and then you can’t get rid of that sticky stuff. The longer the race lasted, the worse it became.” 

Marc Lieb (34, Germany): ”I was the start and the finish driver in our car. The opening lap was pretty tricky with lots of position changes. I managed to stay out of trouble, and later I was also careful when lapping the GT cars. The tyre degradation wasn’t as massive as expected, but still too much to do double stints. However, the Porsche 919 Hybrid has definitely improved.“

Drivers Porsche 919 Hybrid number 20
Timo Bernhard (33, Germany): “I had a trouble free double stint. However, because of our early tyre change, I was out of the normal rhythm and basically racing against the clock instead of having someone in sight to fight. That’s not really easy. The pick up on the tyres was tricky. We have achieved our second podium finish by our own merits – there was nothing more we really could have asked for. I am absolutely happy for our mechanics and engineers.”

Brendon Hartley (24, New Zealand): “I really enjoyed the race. It is a great feeling to step onto the podium as a Porsche works driver for the second time. Despite the puncture shortly after the start, we made the most out of the situation and also tried to do double stints with the tyres. I am really proud to have Mark and Timo as my teammates. All of us – the drivers as well as everybody in the team – have a steep learning curve this season. We have to continue like this, and then we might be able to fight for our first race win soon. The car was really good. Here we made two steps forward.”

Mark Webber (38, Australia): ”I had a good start and was able to put pressure on the Toyota, but then a punctured rear left tyre hurt our race. We then tried to do a double stint with the next set of tyres, but lost some time by doing this. The puncture was cruel, but Timo and Brendon did a great job to get the car back into third.”


Race result 6 hours of Fuji (Japan):
1. Davidson/Buemi (GB/CH), Toyota TS040 Hybrid, 236 Runden
2. Wurz/Sarrazin/Nakajima (A/F/J), Toyota TS040 Hybrid, – 25,627 s
3. Bernhard/Hartley/Webber (D/NZ/AUS), Porsche 919 Hybrid, – 1 Runde
4. Dumas/Jani/Lieb (F/CH/D), Porsche 919 Hybrid, – 2 Runden
5. Di Grassi/Duval/Kristensen (BRA/F/DK), Audi R18 e-tron quattro, – 2 Runden
6. Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer (CH/D/F), Audi R18 e-tron quattro, – 3 Runden

FIA World Endurance Champonship (WEC) after 5 of 8 rounds,
Drivers’ standings:
1. Davidson/Buemi (GB/CH), Toyota, 122
2. Lapierre (F), Toyota, 96
3. Lotterer/Tréluyer/Fässler (D/F/CH), Audi, 93
4. Di Grassi/Kristensen (BRA/DK), Audi, 82
5. Wurz/Sarrazin (A/F), Toyota, 61
6. Dumas/Jani/Lieb (F/CH/D), Porsche, 57
7. Nakajima (J), Toyota, 53
8. Prost/Heidfeld/Beche (F/D/CH), Rebellion, 48,5
9. Duval (F), Audi, 46
10. Bernhard/Hartley/Webber (D/NZ/AUS), Porsche, 40,5

Manufacturers’ standings:
1. Toyota, 183 
2. Audi, 175
3. Porsche, 109



Note: Photos and video material relating to the World Endurance Championship (WEC) are available to accredited journalists in the Porsche press database at https://presse.porsche.de. You can also activate the Porsche Motorsport SMS information service there, which provides you with all the main news and information. Via @PorscheRaces on Twitter you can get the latest information and photos relating to Porsche Motorsport live from racetracks all over the world. The digital 2014 Porsche Motorsport Media Guide can be accessed by journalists at https://presse.porsche.de/motorsport. 


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1973 Porsche 911 Carrera in Red, White, and Blue



      This 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera is done in great style and taste. The solid white base color helps the chrome accents pop, and the black tires create a great contrast. The red and blue stripes seem to be done as racing stripes on the back fin as well as tasteful stripes on the sides from hood to tail light. While we only get to see half the car I'm very impressed with what we can see. The car looks sharp and ready for speed. 

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC, round 5 in Fuji/Japan, Race GT

911 RSR victim of first-corner shunt at Mount Fuji

Stuttgart. Bad luck for the Porsche Team Manthey at the six-hour race in Fuji: The No. 92 Porsche 911 RSR, which won the season opener at Silverstone, lost all its chances for clinching a top spot in the GTE-Pro class shortly after the start on the challenging Grand Prix circuit at the foot of Mount Fuji. Heading into the race from a promising second grid row position, Patrick Pilet (France) became tangled in a collision caused by another competitor, which resulted in major damages to his 911 RSR. Repairs on the 470 hp GT racer from Weissach, which is based on the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports car, took a total of seven laps to complete. Re-entering the race at the back of the GT field, Patrick Pilet took up the chase, and in front of over 40,000 fans, he and his compatriot Frédéric Makowiecki saw the flag in sixth place. Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) and Richard Lietz (Austria), competing together for the first time for Porsche Team Manthey in Fuji, planted the sister 911 RSR two positions in front. 

In the GTE-Am class, the Porsche 911 RSR fielded by Prospeed Competition secured third place after a gripping fight to the flag with an all-French driver line-up of Francois Perrodo, Emmanuel Collard and Matthieu Vaxivière. With this achievement, the customer team ensured that the Porsche 911 RSR notched up another podium spot in the fiercely-contested GT classes at the fifth round of the 2014 World Endurance Championship WEC. After the double victory at the Silverstone season-opener, the best-placed 911 RSR run by Porsche Team Manthey finished second at both Spa/Belgium and Austin/USA, and third at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. 

Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Porsche Head of Motorsport: “Unfortunately we couldn’t do any better today. With one car we lost it all in the first corner. That was a shame and we couldn’t recover lost ground. The second crew did a great job but nothing more could be done there either. Something positive today was that our cars ran faultlessly, precisely as we had imagined. In the GTE-Am class our two customer teams put in a strong performance and went head-to-head for third place right up to the last metre.”
Jörg Bergmeister (#91): “We already saw in free practice that tyre wear would play a decisive role. We struggled right from the start, particularly with the rear axle where the tyres deteriorated badly.”
Richard Lietz (#91): “We certainly made the best out of the situation. The team did a great job and the pit stops were perfect. And we experienced no technical hiccups. So we should be satisfied, even if the result is not exactly what we had expected.” 
Patrick Pilet (#92): “After just one corner our race was over. The Aston Martins crashed, one kept his foot on the throttle, swung to the inside and hit the side of my car. I had no chance to avoid contact. Our car was so badly damaged I had to pit and that was basically the end of our race. It was simply bad luck. Now we’re turning our attention to Shanghai. Hopefully we’ll have more luck there.”
Frédéric Makowiecki (#92): “Obviously that wasn’t quite the result we had anticipated. Over and out after just the first corner, but that’s what happens sometimes in motor racing. For us it was important to reach the flag without any further incidents and earn points. We managed this and that’s one positive thing we can take home from Fuji. At the next round in Shanghai we now have to try everything to make up for what we lost.”

The sixth of eight rounds in this year’s Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC is held in Shanghai/China on 2 November.


Race result
GTE-Pro class
1. Bruni/Vilander (I/SF), Ferrari 458 Italia, 208 laps
2. Rigon/Calado (I/GB), Ferrari F458 Italia, 208
3. MacDowall/O’Young/Rees (GB/HK/BRA), Aston Martin, 207
4. Bergmeister/Lietz (D/A), Porsche 911 RSR, 207
5. Turner/Mücke (GB/D), Aston Martin, 204
6. Makowiecki/Pilet (F/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 201

GTE-Am class
1. Poulsen/Heinemeier-Hansson/Thiim (DK/DK/DK), Aston Martin, 207 laps
2. Lamy/Dalla Lana/Nygaard (P/CAN/DK), Aston Martin, 207
3. Collard/Perrodo/Vaxivière (FRA/FRA/FRA), Porsche 911 RSR, 204
4. Ried/Bachler/Al Qubaisi (D/A/UAE), Porsche 911 RSR, 204
5. Curtis/Bleekemolen/Skeen (USA/NL/USA), Ferrari F458 Italia, 203
6. Wyatt/Rugolo/Bertolini (AUS/I/I), Ferrari F 458 Italia, 169

The Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC
Sports prototypes and GT vehicles contest the WEC (Sports Car World Endurance Championship) in four classes: LMP1 (e.g. Porsche 919 Hybrid), LMP2, LMGTE-Pro (e.g. 911 RSR) and LMGTE-Am (e.g. 911 RSR). They all compete together in one race but are classified separately. 


Please note: Photo and video material of the Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC are available for accredited journalists from the Porsche Press Database under the internet address https://presse.porsche.de. On this website you can also activate the Porsche Motorsport SMS Info Service to receive the latest news and information. The Twitter channel @PorscheRaces provides live updates with the latest information, photos and videos from race tracks around the world. Journalists also have access to the 2014 Porsche Motorsport Media Guide on https://presse.porsche.de/motorsport. Porsche Communication provides a new service for journalists, bloggers and online multipliers under www.newsroom.porsche.com.


SOURCE: Porsche Motorsports Press Release Database

Porsche 356 in Robin's Egg Blue


      Car shows and exhibits are a great way to see Porsches that you wouldn't run into every day. This Porsche 356 is gorgeous and being shown at an outdoor exhibit definitely brings it out more than if it were inside a garage. The color is brilliant and unique, drawing attention to the piece. It being a 356 makes it even more of a draw, everyone likes the classic look and with this great color it makes quite the pair. I can see people standing around talking about it, admiring it, and the owner stepping up to point out all the details, show the interior, and share stories with other Pfanatics. 

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC, round 5 in Fuji/Japan, Qualifying GT

Best Porsche 911 RSR on the second grid row

Stuttgart. Porsche has secured a good starting position to tackle the six-hour race in Fuji, Japan. At the qualifying for round five of the Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC, which is held on the challenging Grand Prix circuit at the foot of Mount Fuji on Sunday, the Porsche works drivers Patrick Pilet and Frédéric Makowiecki from France planted their Porsche 911 RSR on the third grid spot in the GTE-Pro class. Their factory pilot colleagues Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) and Richard Lietz (Austria), who join forces for the first time in the WEC for the Porsche Manthey team, posted the sixth quickest time. 

Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Porsche Head of Motorsport: “We’re not totally happy about this result. One of our cars is not really where it should be. Still, it’s a good starting place for the race. We are ahead of the two Ferrari and that’s our objective at the moment. We’ve concentrated on the race and the balance and set-up are good, so we’re feeling quite confident.”
Frédéric Makowiecki (#92): “We found a good set-up in free practice. We have to change a few things for the race, but we’re on the right track. We’re matching Ferrari’s pace. The race runs over six hours and we’ll do our very best.”
Patrick Pilet (#92): “That wasn’t an easy stint. My tyres worked really well for two laps but then they dropped off rapidly and this made our car hard to drive. For the race we have to improve the balance, but basically it’s good. In qualifying it’s not quite enough yet for a front spot, but the situation could look very different in the race.” 
Jörg Bergmeister (#91): “The car proved difficult to drive at first but then it progressively improved. Had I not made a mistake in my last lap I would have been further up the grid.” 
Richard Lietz (#91): “I did my best and I’m happy with the result. The car felt good. Unfortunately, the balance came a little late and I had to pit again. I think we’ve found a good race set-up and this makes me optimistic. We knew we’d have it tough in qualifying, but the race is six hours long and a lot can happen.”

The race in Fuji starts on Sunday at 11.00 hrs local time (04.00 hrs CEST). TV station Eurosport airs a one-hour wrap-up at 10.30 hrs CEST. 


Qualifying result
GTE-Pro class
1. MacDowall/O’Young/Rees (GB/HK/BRA), Aston Martin Vantage, 1:39.886 minutes
2. Turner/Mücke (GB/D), Aston Martin Vantage, + 0.345 sec.
3. Makowiecki/Pilet (F/F), Porsche 911 RSR, + 0.459
4. Rigon/Calado (I/GB), Ferrari F458 Italia, + 0.485
5. Bruni/Vilander (I/SF), Ferrari 458 Italia, + 0.514
6. Bergmeister/Lietz (D/A), Porsche 911 RSR, + 0.597

GTE-Am class
1. Lamy/Dalla Lana/Nygaard (P/CAN/DK), Aston Martin Vantage, 1:40.230 minutes
2. Wyatt/Rugolo/Bertolini (AUS/I/I), Ferrari F 458 Italia, + 0.394 sec.
3. Poulsen/Heinemeier-Hansson/Stanaway (DK/DK/NZ), Aston Martin, + 0.408
4. Curtis/Bleekemolen/Skeen (USA/NL/USA), Ferrari F458 Italia, + 0,446
5. Collard/Perrodo/Vaxivière (FRA/FRA/FRA), Porsche 911 RSR, + 0.600
6. Ried/Bachler/Al Qubaisi (D/A/UAE), Porsche 911 RSR, + 0.765

The Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC
Sports prototypes and GT vehicles contest the WEC (Sports Car World Endurance Championship) in four classes: LMP1 (e.g. Porsche 919 Hybrid), LMP2, LMGTE-Pro (e.g. 911 RSR) and LMGTE-Am (e.g. 911 RSR). They all compete together in one race but are classified separately. 


Please note: Photo and video material of the Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC are available for accredited journalists from the Porsche Press Database under the internet address https://presse.porsche.de. On this website you can also activate the Porsche Motorsport SMS Info Service to receive the latest news and information. The Twitter channel @PorscheRaces provides live updates with the latest information, photos and videos from race tracks around the world. Journalists also have access to the 2014 Porsche Motorsport Media Guide on https://presse.porsche.de/motorsport. Porsche Communication provides a new service for journalists, bloggers and online multipliers under www.newsroom.porsche.com.


SOURCE: Porsche Motorsports Press Release Database

Porsches Look Like They're Straight Out of a Video Game



      This photo caught my eye because it looks like something I would see in a Call of Duty game or something. The way the image is filtered reminds me so much of a video game I'm half tempted to Google for what this game could be. I would totally buy a game that looked like this and involved Porsches. It looks very European withe the wall in the background and the cobblestone street, and the license plate really tops it off. The Porsches look great as well. The close up is a great color and great rear end. The white Porsche in the background looks great as well showing the profile and almost waiting for us in anticipation of what is to come.

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