Saturday, July 4, 2015

Maria Sharapova test drives the new Porsche Boxster Spyder


Porsche Brand Ambassador visits the Porsche Centre Mayfair in the lead up to Wimbledon
Stuttgart. For Maria Sharapova it was like an ace in Wimbledon: ahead of the traditional Women’s Tennis Association’s (WTA) pre-tournament party in London, the Porsche Brand Ambassador paid a visit to the Porsche Centre Mayfair on Thursday before taking the new Boxster Spyder out for a test drive. The purist sports car celebrated its world premiere at the New York International Auto Show in April and is the lightest yet most powerful Boxster that Porsche has ever made.

Four days before play starts in earnest at the year’s most important Grand Slam tournament, the superstar from Russia treated herself to a quite special driving experience with the new top model in the open two-seater series. It retains the independent character of the previous Spyder which has already attained cult status. The classical fabric roof is still opened and closed by hand and the sports car is only available with a manual transmission. As a true original roadster, the Boxster Spyder offers a traditional sports-car driving experience but with contemporary performance. This means a firm sports suspension with 20-mm lower ride height, brakes taken from the 911 Carrera and a 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine with an output of 375 hp (276 kW). The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h takes just 4.5 seconds.

Maria Sharapova piloted the Boxster Spyder around the streets of London’s Mayfair district and was visibly impressed. “This is huge fun – truly thrilling,” said the five-time Grand Slam winner after the test drive. “I love that this new Boxster Spyder is like a classic sports car, but at the same time feels so modern and sophisticated. It’s a fantastic car and I need to get one!.”

The distinctive design of the Boxster Spyder includes stylistic elements that recall the legendary sports and race cars from Porsche. For example, as a tribute to the 718 Spyder from the 1960s, the new Boxster Spyder has two prominent streamlined bulges that extend down along the long rear lid behind the headrests. The partially manually operated, lightweight top is suitable for everyday use and brings to mind roadsters from the past, while the fins that stretch back to the rear lend the vehicle’s silhouette its characteristic design.


Please note: the Porsche, Maria Sharapova and the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix photo libraries, a part of the Porsche Press Data Bank, are available to all accredited journalists at the internet address http://presse.porsche.de. Further contents can be found at www.newsroom.porsche.com, the new Porsche Communication service for journalists, blogger and online multipliers.

Porsche Boxster Spyder: fuel consumption urban 14.2 l/100 km; extra-urban 7.5 l/100 km; combined 9.9 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 230 g/km; efficiency class (Germany): G


SOURCE: Porsche Motorsports Press Release Database

Porsche Doggie on the Dashboard



      This Porsche Panamera interior shot was found on Tumblr and had to be shared because who would put their dog on the dash? I know little doggies are like handbags for some people, mainly women, and as much as I may put my own dog on the counter I draw the line at the dash of my Porsche. This dog is in a pink dress and is looking more mop or wig-like than dog-like. The dash is tan with black accents, and is a great look at the inside of a Porsche favorite. 

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Nick Tandy – from the Porsche one-make series to Le Mans victory

Junior Development Programme
Stuttgart. With his victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours in the Porsche 919 Hybrid, Nick Tandy has done his job brilliantly. On the trip home through the Eurotunnel, his wife Brittany staged a victory photo for the family album. Somewhere under the English Channel between Calais and Folkestone, she arranged the trophy on a seat and sat her daughter Eva in front of it. But the eleven-month-old whirlwind did not really do what her mother wanted. She quickly crawled away, then cheekily turned her back on the camera and raced into her father’s arms. 

“I’m not surprised. She doesn’t understand what has happened over the last days and how significant it is for us all,” explained Nick Tandy with understanding for his young child’s obvious disinterest. “And to be totally honest – it hasn’t really sunk in with me either. I can only say that it’s a great feeling to come home with this trophy.”

At some point before the Eurostar reached its destination in England they managed to snap the shot and shortly afterwards posted it on social media. Sharing the greatest triumph in his racing career in this endearing way with his friends all over the world is typical of Nick Tandy. The 30-year-old Briton, who had won the world’s most famous long distance race with Earl Bamber (New Zealand) and Nico H├╝lkenberg (Germany), is not someone who blows his own trumpet. He prefers to show what he can do on the race track with action – just like at Le Mans recently.

Nick Tandy has not forgotten his roots. He grew up on a farm in Pavenham, in a small village in county Bedfordshire. The rural setting and the people there have influenced him. Nick Tandy still lives nearby and, when time allows, he helps his parents on the farm and at harvesting time. But motor racing was always his passion. He celebrated his first success as the British champion of the Short Oval Stock Cars (1999 and 2000) and in the Mini Se7en Championship (2003). Notching up eleven victories, he won the BRDC Single Seater Series in 2005. As the winner of the Silverstone Scholarship he scored second the following year in the hotly-contested British Formula Ford Championship and third in 2007 – with an impressive six victories and 16 podium results. That same year he also clinched victory at the Formula Ford Festival.

The avid golfer and mountain biker’s first encounter with Porsche was in 2008 as a guest driver in the Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain. At his first race he clinched his first victory – and he was hooked. In 2010, he tackled the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland where he claimed runner-up honours in both series. “It was great fun driving the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup in this very competitive brand trophy series,” recalls Nick Tandy. “It was the type of racing that I’d always wanted to do. The cars are all identical which puts the onus firmly on the driver. That’s pure motor racing.”

After winning the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland in 2011 and the prestigious Porsche Cup in 2012 as the best private Porsche driver worldwide in a 911, he was contracted as a works driver. “I have always dreamed of this,” he said at the time. “It’s fantastic to feel so much trust. I will always do my very best to maintain this trust.” And so he began: He took off into the 2013 season with third place at the Sebring 12-hour classic with the Porsche 911 RSR. He followed up with a GT-class victory at the Budapest round of the European Le Mans Series and celebrated one of his greatest successes with the GT-win at Petit Le Mans on the demanding and storied Road Atlanta circuit. Another highlight followed at the 2014 season-opener when he also won his class at the Daytona 24-hour race with the 911 RSR. When Porsche gave several of its GT works drivers the chance to test the innovative Porsche 919 Hybrid, Nick Tandy grabbed it. His impressive performance earned him a seat in the third entry for the Le Mans 24 Hours.

“Every race driver dreams of such a cockpit,” he said after his promotion into the premier class of endurance racing. “It’s awesome how you’re noticed and supported in the worldwide Porsche motorsport family. Now I’ll do my utmost to prove that a good GT driver can also be a successful LMP1 pilot.”

And impressively, Nick Tandy did exactly that. One of his teammates with whom he fulfilled the dream of winning the toughest automobile race in the world, also received the finishing touch to his career in Porsche’s brand trophy series: Earl Bamber. As a reward for winning a junior selection process of the most talented one-make race drivers worldwide, Porsche gave the New Zealander the chance to contest the international Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in 2014 and provided him with a budget of 200,000 Euro for his campaign. In the flagship series of Porsche’s one-make cups, which is run as support to the Formula 1 races, the Porsche Junior again demonstrated his prowess and promptly clinched the title. In the Carrera Cup Asia, Bamber defended his title from the previous year. At his maiden race with the Porsche 911 RSR, he snatched second at Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, one of the long distance classics in the USA. 

After their success at Le Mans, Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy contest the Watkins Glen round of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship on 28 June in a Porsche 911 RSR. Tandy shares the cockpit with Patrick Pilet (France), while Bamber drives with Joerg Bergmeister (Germany). 

“We are all very proud of Earl and Nick. Their victory at Le Mans is yet another example of the success and the effectiveness of the Porsche youth development concept,” says Head of Porsche Motorsport, Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser. “And it also underlines the importance of Porsche’s brand trophy series as a career stepping stone for young race drivers who, like Earl and Nick, bring the necessary talent, a great willingness to learn and the critical will to succeed. Porsche opens all doors to those who are really fast.”


Please note: Photo and video material of the Le Mans 24-hour race and the Tudor United 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, photos and videos from race tracks around the world. Journalists also have access to the 2015 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 of the Week



      The Porsche of the week this week is a Porsche 911 Targa by Singer. The deep grey exterior really caught my eye, and while I'm not a huge Targa fan, this one is winning my heart. I love how the top opens to showcase the brown orange interior, and the silver accents draw even more attention to the grey which is what got me in the first place. It's so simple and sleek, elegant and classic. It doesn't have to be showy to turn heads and that's probably the main reason I keep staring at it. 

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Porsche First Class Excitement now available at Munich Airport as well

Unique travel experience above the clouds and on the road
Stuttgart. Waiting time cannot go any quicker. Porsche and Lufthansa are now offering flight passengers at Munich Airport exclusive driving experiences in Porsche vehicles. First-class passengers, HON Circle members and Private Jet guests can utilise their time at the Munich hub for an excursion at the steering wheel of a Porsche 911 or Panamera. Porsche and Lufthansa have already been getting passengers at Frankfurt Airport from the runway onto the road with this service since the end of 2013. Due to the great demand and positive feedback, this offering is now being extended to the Bavarian capital as well. "We are delighted that customers will now be able to experience this exceptional combination of exclusivity, emotion and mobility in Munich as well. That's what we call First Class Excitement," says Albert Moser, Director of Porsche Financial Services. 

The vehicles can be booked in advance or, subject to availability, on the spur of the moment in the First Class Lounge. A three-hour hire, including 150 kilometres, fuel and insurance, costs 99.11 euros. Reservations can be made online via lufthansa.com/porsche or by telephone on +49 6171 68 1377. Several different attractive routes in and around Munich are already pre-programmed in the vehicles' navigation systems. Whether taking a spin through interesting countryside or into the city centre, customers are able to enjoy typical Porsche driving pleasure at the highest level.

Porsche is intensifying with this service its close partnership with the largest German airline. Lufthansa has for several years already been using Porsche vehicles from the Panamera and Cayenne model ranges to take its first-class passengers and HON Circle members from the aircraft to the terminal or to chauffeur them out to their plane as soon as it is ready for take-off. Holders of the Porsche Card S can in addition park their Porsche for up to three days free of charge at all major German airports.


Porsche model range 911: combined fuel consumption 12.7–8.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 296–191 g/km; efficiency class (Germany): G–F

Porsche model range Boxster: combined fuel consumption 9.0–7.9 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 211–183 g/km; efficiency class (Germany): G–F

Porsche model range Cayman: combined fuel consumption 10.3–7.9 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 238–183 g/km; efficiency class (Germany): G–F

Porsche model range Cayenne: combined fuel consumption 11.5–6.6 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 267–173 g/km; efficiency class (Germany): F–B

Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid: combined fuel consumption 3.4 l/100 km, combined energy consumption 20.8 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 79 g/km; efficiency class (Germany): A+

Porsche model range Panamera: combined fuel consumption 10.5–6.4 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 245–169 g/km; efficiency class (Germany): F–B

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: combined fuel consumption 3.1 l/100 km, combined energy consumption 16.2 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 71 g/km; efficiency class (Germany): A+

Porsche model range Macan: combined fuel consumption 9.2–6.1 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 216–159 g/km; efficiency class (Germany): E–B

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+


SOURCE: Porsche Motorsports Press Release Database

Vintage Porsche 911



      This vintage Porsche 911 appears to be in a medium grey or even a light green color in the body with classic brown leather in the interior. Inside isn't too clear since someone is in the driver's seat, but the over the shoulder shot practically begged to be shared with like minded Pfanatics. The car is looking awesome and the interesting angle makes it even more amazing. 

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Earl Bamber – from Porsche Junior to Le Mans winner in one year

Junior Development Programme
Stuttgart. There are days and moments in the life of a race driver that will never be forgotten. For Earl Bamber that day was June 14th, 2015, and the moment was the award ceremony after the Le Mans 24 Hours. Standing on the podium high above the pit lane alongside his teammates Nick Tandy (Great Britain) and Nico H├╝lkenberg (Germany) after just winning the world’s most famous endurance race in the Porsche 919 Hybrid, he revelled in the exuberant cheering of ecstatic fans. 

“It was overwhelming to hold this trophy in my hands and be cheered by so many people,” says the 24-year-old New Zealander. “When you dream of winning Le Mans that would normally be about the time you wake up. But this dream continues in real life.”

The sensational victory on the Circuit des 24 Heures marks the pinnacle of his meteoric career from Porsche Junior to works driver and celebrated Le Mans winner – all in just over a year. 

Earl Bamber is no stranger to success. But thanks to Porsche’s support and his racing campaigns in Porsche’s brand trophy series, his career, which began in karting in 2004, got a significant boost. The first critical step was beating all other aspirants from the worldwide make cups to win the junior selection shootout. In a comprehensive selection process, the eight candidates had to not only turn fast laps but also demonstrate their technical understanding and analytical skills in setting up the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. And no one did this better than the newly-crowned winner of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia from Down Under. 

As a reward, Porsche gave him 200,000 Euros and the chance to prove himself in the international Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup for the 2014 season. And in the flagship series of Porsche’s one-make cups run as support to Formula 1 races, Earl Bamber shone again. As a Porsche Junior, he won the season-opener on the Circuit de Catalunya on the outskirts of Barcelona, and collected victory number two on the demanding Ardennes circuit of Spa-Francorchamps. At the end of the season he was crowned champion. In the Carrera Cup Asia he scored eight victories and ten podium spots to take home the title for the second time, and also added two race wins in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. To top off his banner season, he climbed into the cockpit of the Porsche 911 RSR for the first time and promptly pocketed second place at Petit Le Mans on Road Atlanta, one of America’s long distance classics. 

“Receiving backing from Porsche was the chance of a lifetime as a race driver,” says Earl Bamber, who lives in Kuala Lumpur/Malaysia, recalling his first phenomenal season with Porsche. “Right from the start I felt I was in good hands and that gave me a lot of confidence. I’ve met some really terrific people and as a race driver I’ve reached a whole new level in every respect.”

Things continued at this pace. For 2015, he was signed on as a works driver and, after successful tests in the Porsche 919 Hybrid, quickly stepped up into the LMP1 programme. After Spa-Francorchamps, Le Mans was only his second race in the premier class of endurance sport. This task did not faze Earl Bamber either: he confidently mastered the most extreme situations as if he had spent his whole life at the Circuit des 24 Heures. The same can be said for his teammate Nick Tandy. The Briton also celebrated his first major success in Porsche’s brand trophy series. In 2011 he won the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, and picked up the Porsche Cup the following year as the most successful private Porsche driver worldwide. Tandy joined the Porsche factory squad in 2013. At the wheel of the Porsche 911 RSR he immediately snatched victory at Petit Le Mans and in the 2014 season at the 24 Hours of Daytona as well as at the WEC race in Silverstone. After their Le Mans victory, Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy will now contest the Watkins Glen round of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship in the USA on 28 June in a Porsche 911 RSR. 

“We are all very proud of Earl and Nick. Their victory at Le Mans is yet another example of the success and the effectiveness of the Porsche youth development concept,” says Head of Porsche Motorsport, Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser. “And it also underlines the importance of Porsche’s brand trophy series as a career stepping stone for young race drivers who, like Earl and Nick, bring the necessary talent, a great willingness to learn and the critical will to succeed. Porsche opens all doors to those who are really fast.”


Please note: Photo and video material of the Le Mans 24-hour race and the Tudor United 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, photos and videos from race tracks around the world. Journalists also have access to the 2015 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