Friday, February 12, 2016

Porsche of the Week



      The Porsche of the week this week is a 1972 Porsche 911. The body is a deep grey/silver with some great aqua green stripes. The rear seems to have some logo sin the grill and a southwestern license plate. While no one in the photo is checking it out, this Porsche is sure to draw some attention and turn some heads.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

FIA World Endurance Championship WEC, LMP1


Porsche and the 919 Hybrid title defenders in the WEC and at Le Mans
Stuttgart. After the successful 2015 season when it took overall victory in Le Mans and won the constructors’ and drivers’ World Championship titles, Porsche finds itself in the role of the title defenders in 2016. Accordingly, the two Porsche 919 Hybrids with around 900 hp will carry the starting numbers 1 and 2. This was confirmed at today’s press conference in Paris by the Le Mans organisers, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), and the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).

Team Principal Andreas Seidl said: “Competing with the starting numbers 1 and 2 is an honour and a challenge at the same time. We expect even stronger competition in 2016, but still want to be able to fight for race victories and try to defend our titles. In February our intensive test and training programme kicked off in Abu Dhabi.”

For Porsche’s third season since the return to the highly sophisticated top category of Le Mans prototypes, the cutting-edge 919 Hybrids have been significantly developed with the basic chassis structure and the powertrain concept remaining the same.

Fritz Enzinger, Vice President LMP1: “Independently from our sporting targets, our most important task is to gather know-how for Porsche for future technologies. The WEC’s unique efficiency regulations, with the huge technical freedom, is the right platform for the company to develop and test innovations for road going sports cars.”

Back in November, Porsche announced the driver line-up that goes back to 2014 would remain unchanged: World Champions Timo Bernhard (Germany, 35), Brendon Hartley (New Zealand, 26) and Mark Webber (Australia, 39) will share the number 1 car. The number 2 sister car will be in the hands of Romain Dumas (France, 38), Neel Jani (Switzerland, 32) and Marc Lieb (Germany, 35).

By offering exceptional technical freedom, the regulations for Class 1 Le Mans Prototypes (LMP1) place strong demands on engineers. The hybrid system of the 919 combines cutting-edge downsizing turbo technology with efficient fuel direct injection for the two-litre, four-cylinder combustion engine, and uses a lithium-ion battery to store electricity from two different energy recovery systems (brake energy from the front axle and exhaust energy). The 919 Hybrid produces a system with power of almost 900 hp and provided Porsche with many important inspirations for the development of future road-going sports cars. The latest example is the 800-volt technology for the purely electrical powered Mission E concept car. The high voltage technology allows for extremely short charging times. The four-door concept sports car will go into production at the end of the decade.

Alexander Hitzinger, Technical Director and responsible for the 919 Hybrid: “After having built an entirely new 919 for the 2015 season, this time we keep the same chassis structure. Therefore there wasn’t an exact roll-out day for the new car, actually we change the car step by step to the 2016 specification. According to our simulation, the rule changes in terms of fuel consumption and fuel flow should cost us about four seconds per lap in Le Mans. We cannot estimate yet to what extent we can make up for that by improvements in other areas of the 919 Hybrid, or if that is even possible.”

From a historical perspective, the WEC picks up the tradition of the sports car world championship from the 1960s to the 1980s. After Formula One, the WEC is the world’s most important racing series on track. In 2016 it has nine rounds held in nine different countries. The season’s highlight is the Le Mans 24-hour race in France, where Porsche holds a record of 17 overall victories. The other eight races are six hours long. The campaign kicks off in Silverstone (UK, April 17) and Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium, May 7). After Le Mans (June 18/19) the German round of the championship is at the Nürburgring (July 24). New to the calendar is the race in Mexico City (September 3), followed by Austin (Texas, U.S., September 17), Fuji (Japan, October 16), Shanghai (China, November 6) and the finale in Bahrain on November 19. 

It was the opportunity for innovative technology that encouraged Porsche to return to top-level endurance racing. The total tally after 16 races for the Porsche 919 Hybrid since its debut in 2014 is: 12 pole positions, seven race wins with four of them being one-two results, five fastest race laps, two World Championship titles (manufacturers’ and drivers’). In 2015, no car other than a 919 made it onto the front row in qualifying.


SOURCE: Porsche Motorsports Press Release Database

Porsche Apparel by DNBK


      Every Pfanatic needs a Porsche t-shirt in their closet. While some enjoy racing shirts, others may want a more street look and DNBK has just the thing. The shirt above comes in several colors, many with a solid body color Porsche. The caption included information that this drawing was inspired by the 993 911. The shirts look great, the color options are on point, and it's a great way to be a Pfanatic for a decent price.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Germany’s tennis women guests of Porsche in Leipzig


Australian Open winner Angelique Kerber to join team today
Stuttgart. For Porsche Team Germany, the Fed Cup week in Leipzig began on Monday with a visit to the Porsche plant. Aiming to reach the semi-final against the strong Swiss team this Saturday and Sunday, the players, who are captained by Barbara Rittner, first tested the power of other top performers. Fully concentrated, they got behind the steering wheel of various Porsche models, did some hot laps around the plant’s own on-road circuit and off-road track and experienced at first hand the fascination of Porsche. To crown their day, they took the opportunity to sit in the passenger seat beside an experienced pilot in a 911 GT3 racing car. 

“Visiting Porsche was a fantastic diversion within our Fed Cup preparation,” said a thrilled Andrea Petkovic. “We all had a whole lot of fun. But from now on, we’ll be concentrating one hundred per cent on the matches against Switzerland.” Naturally the top topic of conversation in Leipzig was Angelique Kerber’s magnificent triumph at the Australian Open. Over the weekend, the Porsche Brand Ambassador performed brilliantly to beat the American Serena Williams 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in Melbourne and become the first German to win a Grand Slam final in 17 years. “What Angie achieved in Australia was unbelievable and it’ll give women’s tennis in Germany a major boost,” said a delighted Barbara Rittner, “If we can take the euphoria with us into the tough tie against Switzerland then I’m confident we’ll reach the next round.” 

Kerber, who after the win is the new world number two, is expected to join Porsche Team Germany in Leipzig today, Tuesday. Alongside Angelique Kerber and Andrea Petkovic, the other team members are Annika Beck and Anna-Lena Grönefeld. Tasting the Fed Cup atmosphere for the first time will be the reserve Anna-Lena Friedsam, who reached the last 16 in Australia, from the Porsche Talent Team Germany. 

Images and a video of the driving experiences enjoyed by the German women tennis players are available in the Porsche Newsroom (http://newsroom.porsche.de) and for accredited journalists in the Porsche press database (https://presse.porsche.de). 

911 Modell line: fuel consumption (in l/100 km) combined 12.7 – 7.4; urban 19.2 – 9.9; ex-urban 
8.9 – 6.0; CO2 emissions 296 – 196 g/km
Cayenne S Diesel: fuel consumption (in l/100 km) combined 8.2 – 8.0; urban 10.3 – 10.1; ex-urban 
7.2 – 7.0; CO2 emissions 215 – 209 g/km
Panamera S E-Hybrid: fuel consumption (in l/100km) combined 3.1;electricity consumption (in kWh/100km) combined 16.2; CO2-Emission 71 g/km


SOURCE: Porsche Motorsports Press Release Database

Porsche Interior of the Week



      A Porsche 911 by Singer is pretty epic from the outside. The colors are sleek and smooth with a little pop, and it just takes Porsche to the next level. The interior of a Porsche 911 by Singer, as seen above, pays attention to detail while keeping it sleek and minimal. The round dials are a huge plus, as is the deep dash color with silver accents. This car feels like it's going places and balances street with track in a great way.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, round 1: 24 Hours of Daytona, USA

Two podium spots for Porsche 911 at season-opener in Florida

Stuttgart. After 24 hours on the Daytona International Speedway, Earl Bamber missed out on victory by just twelve seconds. Driving the Porsche 911 RSR of Porsche North America, the Le Mans winner from New Zealand had held the lead at the long distance classic in Florida up until 36 minutes to the flag. After a fierce battle with gripping wheel-to-wheel duels, he and his teammates Frédéric Makowiecki (France) and Michael Christensen (Denmark) took the flag in third place and earned all-important championship points to kick off the season. The second podium spot for Porsche at Daytona went to the new Porsche 911 GT3 R campaigned by the Black Swan Racing customer team in the GTD class. 

At the traditional opening race of the IMSA SportsCar Championship, the GT classes in particular were immensely competitive and exciting down to the wire. Breathtaking fights for positions and constant changes at the lead treated fans lining the world famous racetrack to some enthralling motor racing, day and night. Right up until the last hour of racing, none of the competitors were able to build a decisive gap. In the end it came down to a nerve-wracking three-way battle between the Porsche 911 RSR with Earl Bamber in the cockpit and a pair of Chevrolet Corvettes. By this stage, BMW and Ferrari were no longer in contention. 

After the last round of pit stops, the 470 hp 911 RSR, which underwent modifications, particularly to the aerodynamics, to comply with the new regulations of the most import sports car championship on the North American continent, held a narrow lead. Despite Earl Bamber’s valiant assault, he had to let both Corvettes overtake him, and went on to score the last podium step. In the sister 911 RSR campaigned by Porsche North America, Le Mans winner Nick Tandy (Great Britain) had started from pole and taken the lead of the strong GTLM field, which his French teammates Patrick Pilet and Kévin Estre also managed to defend. But with five hours of racing to go, their 911 RSR with the starting number 911 was hampered by a faulty drive shaft which relegated them down the pack to finally finish on eighth place. However, they too took home important championship points from Daytona. 

The new Porsche 911 GT3 R mounted with the new ultra-modern four-litre flat-six with direct fuel injection celebrated a successful racing premiere at the 54th edition of the long distance classic. Competing in the 500 hp customer racer from Weissach for Black Swan Racing, Porsche works driver Patrick Long (USA), his compatriots Timothy Pappas and Andy Pilgrim as well as Dutchman Nicky Catsburg secured second place. Porsche has designed the 911 GT3 R for worldwide GT3 series based on the production sports car 911 GT3 RS. In developing the vehicle, the engineers at Weissach paid special attention to lightweight design, improving aerodynamic efficiency and reducing fuel consumption. 

Quotes after the race
Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Head of Porsche Motorsport: “That was a good start to the season. To finish just twelve seconds down after 24 hours is not really losing. It was a tough battle to the flag and we were always amongst the front-runners. But in the end it wasn’t enough for victory, unfortunately. But at Sebring we’ll do better. I’m extremely pleased with the strong performance of our new 911 GT3 R. It’s just as we had hoped for. To contest a 24-hour race with a new car and then finish on the podium is an incredible achievement. It’s a fantastic success for our customer squad, Black Swan Racing.”
Sascha Pilz, Manager GT Customer Racing: “I’m completely satisfied with the debut of our new 911 GT3 R customer racer. Congratulations to Black Swan Racing on an enthralling and flawless race, for which they were rewarded with second place. The strong showing of our customer teams and the good performance of the new car allows me to look to the future with positivity.”
Nick Tandy (911 RSR #911): “We underlined here that we have a fast car and that we’ll definitely be a tough opponent this season. The pit crew did an excellent job, and our preparation was perfect. That gives us confidence for the rest of the season, even though, unfortunately, this race didn’t end up exactly as we had imagined.”
Patrick Pilet (911 RSR #911): “We’ve earned important points towards the championship, and that’s critical. The race showed that we’re in the position to fight for victory. I’m proud of the team. The guys worked hard, but unfortunately they weren’t rewarded for it. We haven’t experienced technical problems for a very long time, but that can happen sometimes in motorsport. Now we can take a quick breather before we turn our full attention to Sebring.”
Kévin Estre (911 RSR #911): “My first race as a Porsche works driver was a fantastic experience. It’s great to work with such a professional team. We didn’t make any mistakes. I’m certain that we will win some races together this season.”
Frédéric Makowiecki (911 RSR #912): “That was a great race. Congratulations to the whole team. We did everything we could, but the faster car on the track won today. We have gained many useful insights from Daytona and we’re well prepared for Sebring. I’m positive that we have the chance to fight for victory there.”
Earl Bamber (911 RSR #912): “Until shortly before the finish, I tried everything to fend off the Corvettes. We had a great fight, but they were simply faster today. Third place is a great result for the team. The GTLM class is so competitive. The races this year will definitely be super exciting and just as tough as this one.”
Michael Christensen (911 RSR #912): “We had the best strategy, but the Corvettes were a little faster than we’d expected. Still, it was very close. The team has been rewarded with a podium for its efforts. Daytona is simply a great race and a lot of fun.”
Patrick Long (911 GT3 R #540): “I was certain after the tests that we would do well at this difficult race. But I didn’t anticipate that the new 911 GT3 R would be so fast and so good to drive. The car is simply phenomenal. Black Swan Racing also worked faultlessly under pressure. We achieved our goal and we’re simply happy. Congratulations to the winners from Magnus Racing. In Sebring we’ll do our utmost to turn the tables.”

Result 
GTLM class
1. Gavin/Milner/Fässler (GB/USA/CH), Chevrolet Corvette, 722 laps
2. Magnussen/Garcia/Rockenfeller (DK/E/D), Chevrolet Corvette, 722
3. Makowiecki/Bamber/Christensen (F/NZ/DK), Porsche 911 RSR, 722
4. Pier Guidi/Serra/Premat/Rojas (I/BRA/F/MEX), Ferrari 488, 721
5. Werner/Auberlen/Farfus/Spengler (D/USA/BRA/CDN), BMW M6, 721
6. Fisichella/Rigon/Vilander/Beretta (I/I/SF/MC), Ferrari 488, 709
7. Hand/Müller/Bourdais (USA/D/F), Ford GT, 690
8. Tandy/Pilet/Estre (GB/F/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 687
9. Briscoe/Westbrook/Mücke (AUS/GB/D), Ford GT, 560
10. Shaytar/Bertolini/Bruni/Calado (RUS/I/I/GB), Ford GT, 557

GTD class
1. Potter/Lally/Seefried/Rast (USA/USA/D/D), Audi R8, 703 laps
2. Pappas/Long/Catsburg/Pilgrim (USA/USA/NL/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 703
3. Keating/Robinson/Mosing/Foss/Faulkner (USA/USA/USA/USA/IRL), Dodge Viper, 
703
4. Dalla Lana/Lauda/Lamy/Stanaway (CDN/A/P/NZ), Aston Martin, 702
5. Ineichen/Basseng/Konrad/Wilsey/Babini (CH/D/D/USA/I), Lamborgini, 702
6. Marsal/Martin/Palttala/Krohn (USA/B/SF/SF), BMW M6, 701

This is the IMSA SportsCar Championship
The IMSA SportsCar Championship is a sports car race series contested in the USA and Canada, which was run in 2014 for the first time. The series was formed from the merger of the American Le Mans Series and the Grand-Am Series. Sports prototypes and sports cars start in four different classes: GTLM (GT Le Mans), GTD (GT Daytona), P (Prototype) and PC (Prototype Challenge). The Porsche 911 RSR runs in the GTLM class, with the new Porsche 911 GT3 R contesting the GTD class.


Please note: Photo and video material of the 24 Hours of Daytona and the IMSA SportsCar Championship 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 and photos from race tracks around the world. Journalists also have access to the digital 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.

Model range 911 (Type 991 II): Fuel consumption combined 9.3 – 7.4 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 216 - 169 g/km; efficiency class (Germany): F – D

911 GT3 RS: Fuel consumption combined 12.7 l/100 km; urban 19.2 l/100 km; extra urban 8.9 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 296 g/km; efficiency class (Germany): G


SOURCE: Porsche Motorsports Press Release Database

Metal Porsche Magnets and Stickers



      Ever want the Porsche crest on your fridge? Well now it's a possibility with this Tumblr. The caption and the link for the photo above led to an Instagram that was selling these crests for about $10 with shipping. I'm not sure how legit this is, but the crests themselves look great. I am a big fan of the silver, grey, and black. The detail looks accurate and clean, making these a great Pfanatic addition to any home or office.

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