Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Porsche Interior of the Week



      Porsche interiors are just as gorgeous as the exteriors. Often they bring the outside in with color, patterns, and put the life of the car behind the wheel. This racing Porsche is accented with deep red to balance the sleek black. Looking into this car from behind, over the engine and other mechanics you really get a great feel of how the car looks on the outside just by seeing the inside. This Porsche blends racing and road driving. The car looks comfortable but ready for speed, a great blend for a Porsche like this. 

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), LMP1 test at Magny-Cours (F)


Porsche 919 Hybrid concludes successful summer testing

Stuttgart. The Porsche Team is pleased with the results of its third and final track test with the Porsche 919 Hybrid during the FIA World Endurance Championship's (WEC) summer break. The innovative Le Mans Prototype (LMP1) ran for two-and-half days at the former Formula One circuit of Magny-Cours in France. LMP1 drivers Brendon Hartley (New Zealand) and Marc Lieb (Germany) were on duty, as well as the Porsche GT works drivers Michael Christensen (Denmark) and Frédéric Makowiecki (France). Enjoying the continuous fine weather conditions, in total they covered 1903 kilometres with the team’s test car.
 
Team Principal Andreas Seidl recapped: "We kept focussing on improving our race performance. After the introduction of our new aerodynamic package at the recent test at the EuroSpeedway, it was important for us to gain more experience with it on another racetrack with Marc and Brendon. Furthermore, we did set-up work on the car and the car’s systems, and, facing high temperatures in Texas, we have been evaluating a harder tyre compound from Michelin. Michael Christensen and Frédéric Makowiecki got used to the 919 Hybrid very quickly, were able to contribute to the programme and so we are very pleased with them. In terms of logistics, this test was a big challenge for us because, at the same time we were preparing and running the Magny-Cours test, we had to build up the two race cars for Austin and get underway with the airfreight to the US. We have made progress in almost every area since the Le Mans race, and we are ready for the second part of the season.”
 
The remaining five six-hour races will be in Austin (Texas, US) on 20th September, in Fuji (Japan) on 12th October, in Shanghai (China) on 2nd November, in Sakhir (Bahrain) on 15th November and São Paulo (Brazil) on 30th November. 


Please note: Photo and video material from the Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC is 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 2014 digital Porsche Motorsport Media Guide on the internet address https://presse.porsche.de/motorsport.


SOURCE: Porsche Motorsports Press Release Database

Ellen Pompeo Steals Patrick Dempsey's Porsche


      Grey's Anatomy starts Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey are both Porsche lovers. Through Instagram Pompeo shared a video of her stealing Dempsey's Porsche with her downtime. As you can see above she's very mischievous and enjoying the Porsche, and the stealing, a bit too much. Below are some screencaps from the short video she shared. The Porsche makes an appearance, but it's only the front driver's side wheel. Ellen's reactions show some great love for the car, and the person she's borrowing it from.  




Monday, September 15, 2014

Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC – LMP1 tests


Michael Christensen and Frédéric Makowiecki in the Porsche 919 Hybrid

Stuttgart. Porsche’s GT works drivers Michael Christensen (Denmark) and Frédéric Makowiecki (France) carry out a three-day test with the Porsche 919 Hybrid sports prototype since Tuesday in Magny-Cours (France). These tests help the Porsche team prepare for the next round of the Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC in Austin, Texas. This season, Christensen pilots a Porsche 911 RSR in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship in the United States, with Makowiecki as a regular driver in the 911 RSR fielded by Porsche Team Manthey in the WEC. 

“Michael and Frédéric have earned themselves this chance with their performances in our works GT campaign,” says Porsche’s head of motorsport Hartmut Kristen. “I’m particularly pleased that Michael, as a graduate of our junior programme and now a works driver, has proven himself worthy for such a test. Once again, this underlines that our systematic and long-term youth development concept is working.”

Porsche AG selected Michael Christensen as a Porsche junior in 2012 from its young driver initiative after the Dane excelled at a tough selection process against fierce competition from many other hopeful young aspirants from around the world. After just one season in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland with a victory in Hockenheim, he advanced into the international Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup where he clinched victory on the Nürburgring and won the rookie classification as the best Supercup new-comer. Prior to the 2014 season, the 24-year-old received a contract as a Porsche works driver and justified this trust by winning the Sebring 12 hour classic – only his second race in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship with the 911 RSR. 

“When I got the call to say I’d be testing the 919 Hybrid I couldn’t believe it at first,” says Christensen. “The car is totally fascinating. The extra boost from the electric motors almost takes your breath away. However, I quickly adjusted to the handling of the car. Marc Lieb helped me a lot with this. Less than a year ago he was a GT driver too and he can still remember his first LMP1 test kilometres.”

Frédéric Makowiecki was signed up as a Porsche works driver in 2014. This season the 33-year-old Frenchman, who has spent most of his professional racing career at the wheel of Porsche vehicles and won the Porsche Carrera Cup France in 2010, contests the Sports Car World Endurance Championship in the 911 RSR and will tackle his first race in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship on 20th September in Austin (USA). 

“The 919 Hybrid is a fantastic car,” says Makowiecki. “I very quickly built confidence in the driving behaviour and picked up the pace from lap to lap. What amazed me the most were the high corning speeds that are possible with this car.”

Michael Christensen and Frédéric Makowiecki first became acquainted with the 919 Hybrid last week in Weissach. There, a seat pan was custom-made for the GT drivers, and the LMP1 engineers explained the function of each switch in the cockpit. In addition, they had the chance to turn their first virtual laps with the innovative sports prototype in a simulator. In Magny-Cours they receive support from Porsche factory pilot Marc Lieb (Germany), who is also conducting tests over three days in France and can share valuable advice from his years of experience. Like his works driver colleague and compatriot Timo Bernhard, he too began his training to become a professional race driver as a Porsche junior. Today the pair are among the best sports car pilots in the world and are regulars in the 919 Hybrid at the Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC and the Le Mans 24 Hours. 

“I would never have become a professional racer without the youth development initiative from Porsche – the avenue through the various classes would simply have been too expensive,” says Marc Lieb. “Parallel to this, Porsche supported me so that I could finish my engineering studies. So Porsche plays a crucial role in my education. Since winning the selection process in 2000 to become a Porsche junior, I’ve dreamt of being part of Porsche’s return to the top class at Le Mans. It actually worked.”

Marc Lieb and Timo Bernhard have taken the path that Michael Christensen and the current Porsche juniors Klaus Bachler (Austria), Sven Müller (Germany), Connor de Phillippi (USA) and Alex Riberas (Spain) dream of. For 2014, these young men contest the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland and the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. Porsche supplies its juniors with the bulk of their budgets and provides coaching for the talented youngsters on and off the track. The training programme also involves close collaboration with the engineers and the analysis of telemetry data and lap times as well as media coaching and preparation for sponsor commitments. The junior pilots receive assistance similar to the internationally successful Porsche factory drivers. Another integral part of training as a professional race driver is extensive support from a sports physician as well as fitness tests with constantly adapted training plans.” There is no better signal for a works driver squad than well-functioning in-house promotion,” say Fritz Enzinger, Vice President LMP1. 

“As the LMP1-team, we’ve profited significantly from the excellent development and quality of the pilots in the GT field. Marc Lieb is the perfect example that the climb up the ladder from junior to the highest category at Porsche can work very well. By offering Michael and Frédéric this test, we can give something back within the Porsche motorsport family. Both have performed superbly and they’ve earned it.”


Please note: Photo material of the Porsche works drivers and the pilots in Porsche’s junior development programme is 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 Photo Shoot: Behind the Scenes



      Ever wonder how they get those Porsches to look so good on the cover of your magazines? Well here's a snapshot into how the magic is made. The Porsches are staged in the shooting area, here there's two Porsche GT3 RS parked and ready for their close up. The Photographer moves around the cars, in this instance laying on the tarmac to get an interesting shot. I'd guess that they work around the cars, not moving the cars until they need a different setup. It's very cool to see the photographer in the shot for once as opposed to the final product of the Porsche. 

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Tudor United SportsCar Championship, round 10 in Austin, USA



Factory squad campaigns three Porsche 911 RSR

Stuttgart. The Porsche North America works team fields a third Porsche 911 RSR for the first time this season at the Tudor United SportsCar Championship round in Austin/Texas on 20 September. Along with the 911 RSR run by the US customer squad Falken Tire, a total of four 470 hp GT Weissach racers based of the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports car will compete on the Circuit of the Americas. With just two rounds left on this season’s calendar of the new series that is contested in the USA and Canada, Porsche narrowly leads the manufacturer’s classification in the hard-fought GTLM class ahead of Chevrolet, SRT, BMW and Ferrari.

In the #911 Porsche 911 RSR, the Daytona winners Nick Tandy (Great Britain) and Richard Lietz (Austria) join forces with Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) to tackle the last race in the lead up to Petit Le Mans on 4 October as the season finale on the storied Road Atlanta circuit. Whether Richard Lietz will contest the Austin round depends on how well he has recovered from his accident during a practice session in Alton/USA at the end of August. Sharing driving duties in the number 912 Porsche 911 RSR are Michael Christensen (Denmark) and Patrick Long (USA), the winners of the 12-hour classic at Sebring. Contesting the Tudor United SportsCar Championship together for the first time are Frenchmen Frédéric Makowiecki and Patrick Pilet in the cockpit of Porsche North America’s third 911 RSR (#910). The Falken Tire outfit is banking on its regular pilots Wolf Henzler (Germany) and Bryan Sellers (USA), who recently scored their best result of the season with second in Alton. 

“The fight for the championship in the GTLM class remains exciting to the very end. This speaks volumes for the excellence of this new race series. Even in its first season, the series has enthralled fans with some great motor racing and has fulfilled all expectations,” says Porsche’s Head of Motorsport Hartmut Kristen. “By fielding a third 911 RSR with Porsche North America in Austin we want to maintain our good title chances as leaders of the manufacturer’s classification.”

A particularly heavy workload awaits Porsche works drivers Nick Tandy, Richard Lietz, Jörg Bergmeister, Frédéric Makowiecki and Patrick Pilet at the race weekend in the Texas capital: On the same day straight after the round of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship, they will all tackle the six-hour race on the demanding Grand Prix circuit as part of the Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC. As at previous WEC races this season, Porsche Team Manthey runs a pair of 911 RSR. 

The Tudor United SportsCar Championship race starts on Saturday, 20 September, at 12.35 hrs local time (19.35 hrs CEST) and runs over 2:45 hours. The race is broadcast live in the Internet on www.imsa.com. The WEC race takes off at 17.00 hrs local time (24.00 hrs CEST) and can be watched live on Eurosport. 


Please note: Photo material of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship and 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 Bedroom



      As a rule most believe that the cars belong in the garage and the beds belong in the bedroom, but this Porsche and home think differently. The room is very simple, clean, and elegant with an exposed ceiling and wall of windows opening onto a deck. The Porsche in the room is something totally different. The Porsche, maybe a 911 with racing details, is white and matches the color scheme in the room. The blue in the sofa matches the dark stripe in the car, and the white walls brings everything together. This house is quite a masterpiece, and the Porsche only makes it better. 

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