Monday, November 30, 2015
There have been tons of Porsches indoors lately, most of them as accent pieces or art in the rooms. This room looks like a basement space given then concrete floor (or at least it looks that way) with a few pieces and display cases here and there. The Porsche is the main piece with its bright blue paint job and track ready appearance. While this room seems to be coming together still, the Porsche is a great choice.
Sunday, November 29, 2015
With snow flying in almost all parts of the country, it was time for a Sunday drive in the snow. This drive appears to be in Colorado but it really could be in a variety of place. The white Porsche is now caked in road spray and dirt, but the whole series was a great look at snow, nature, and all the places you can take your Porsche. Where is your Sunday drive taking you?
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Porsche keychains are a great way to share your Pfanatic love without having to foot the bill of an actual Porsche. While not all keys look good on the ring, Porsche is the only one who really shines, it's okay enough to put your non-Porsche key on the ring. These keychains are very simple with a flashy Porsche crest. They come in multiple colors, as shown above, from classic black to a flashy yellow or green.
Friday, November 27, 2015
The new champions: Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Mark WebberThree characters, one title: By finishing fifth at the 6 Hours of Bahrain, the three Porsche works drivers Timo Bernhard (34, Germany), Brendon Hartley (26, New Zealand) and Mark Webber (39, Australia) have won the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship drivers’ title. Each of them is a top athlete in his own right – together they have been unbeatable. Since the 2014 season they have shared a Porsche 919 Hybrid. In 16 races they achieved six pole positions and four race wins.
It is a varied trio: of them Timo is the most successful in endurance racing. A member of the Porsche family since 1999, he has won titles in all categories. Especially when the programme was in its infancy, it was up to him to guide the newcomers Brendon and Mark, who had just joined Porsche for the programme with the class one Le Mans prototype. Timo, Brendon and Mark have now won the first Drivers’ World Championship title in their careers.
What the World Champions say:
Timo Bernhard: “Winning the FIA World Endurance Drivers’ Championship today is an exceptional moment for me and truly the icing on the cake. It was great seeing the team winning in Le Mans and clinching the one-two with our second place. The Manufacturers’ Championship for Porsche was another highlight for me. And now Brendon, Mark and myself even won the drivers’ title. I owe Porsche so much. It was Porsche who gave me the chance to be a professional racing driver. Together we have celebrated so many successes in different categories of motor racing. To secure the drivers’ title is incredible. I have Porsche in my heart, this is the brand I am living for. Today a dream has come true.”
Brendon Hartley: “I am very, very proud. My earliest memories are watching my father at the racetrack. I was six years old when I started racing go-karts and always dreamt of being a World Champion. I am extremely proud of sharing this moment with Mark, Timo and the entire Porsche Team. A big thanks to the guys at the computers behind the pits, the mechanics fixing the car in the box, the crew of car number 18, who did an incredible race to take the victory. And, of course, to Mark and Timo. We were all managing issues on the track. Every single person in the Porsche Team contributed to this. I will never forget this day, I am very proud!”
Mark Webber: “It’s the first World Championship for me – this feels beautiful. That’s not an easy thing to achieve, so to have won this title is very special. But to win it wearing a Porsche suit is even more special to me. The last time Porsche won this Championship was 29 years ago with Derek Bell.”
The World Champions at a glance:
... has won every major sports car endurance competition: Le Mans, Daytona, Sebring, he has even won the 24-hour race in the Nürburgring outright no less than five times. Before becoming a World Champion, he had gained major international recognition after overall victory in Le Mans in 2010, which he won with Romain Dumas and Mike Rockenfeller for Audi. Back then he was out on loan from Porsche to its group partner.
Timo is the most senior Porsche works driver. He began his successful Porsche career in 1999 as a Junior and, to date, is the only works driver to become a champion in all the categories in which Porsche participates: In 2001 he won the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany, in 2004 the GT title in the American Le Mans Series and in 2007 and 2008 he was LMP2 champion in that series in a Porsche RS Spyder. In his leisure time he is involved in rallying. In 2013 he won an event in the German rally championship in a 911 GT3 near his home region. In 2014 he went on to win the Homburger ADAC hill climb – once again in a 911 GT3 Cup and on home ground. In the same year Bernhard succeeded in winning the Rallye Baden-Württemberg, which was part of the ADAC Rallye Masters-Championship. Also at home is “Team 75 Bernhard”, which is managed by his father Rüdiger. Despite all his international successes, Timo keeps his feet firmly on the ground. In 2013 he and his wife Katharina became proud parents of little Paul.
Timo experienced the tough beginning of the LMP1 programme, and drove the first 919 Hybrid on 12th June 2013 at the roll out. “An honour,” he said, and explained: “This was not just a new Le Mans racing car, it was a Porsche." He reminisced: “When I drove my very first company car in the village there were children standing around. I couldn't hear them, but I could see by their mouths what they were saying: It's a Porsche!"
… started with go-karts at the age of six, inspired by his father Bryan and his older brother Nelson, named after Nelson Piquet. Back home in New Zealand – Brendon Hartley grew up in Palmerston North on the North Island – he launched into formula racing. After a series of wins in Formula Ford and further successes, it was soon evident he had the talent to make a career out of it, but lived at the wrong side of the world. At the age of 16 he jumped in at the deep end – moved to Europe. He took up residence in the east of Germany and raced in a Formula Renault 2.0 in the German and European Championships. In 2007 he won the World Series by Renault. That was a defining time for him in a foreign country. He joined the Red Bull talent pool and worked hard.
Then he had a coup de main in 2008 at the Formula 3 Grand Prix in Macau: started 20th on the grid, finished third, including fastest lap. He was still taken by complete surprise when the phone call came from Red Bull, asking if he could stand in for the injured Mark Webber at a Formula One test. “Wow, this was what I had been working for all my life. I phoned home straight away and let it ring until I had woken my whole family.” He did well and moved from Germany to Milton Keynes in the UK, and it at least gave him the chance to live somewhere where they spoke his language.
He had a Formula One contract up to and including 2013 – first as a test driver for Red Bull Racing, and then for the Mercedes Team. His simulator work was highly regarded, but a racing driver has to race. In 2012 he started his second career in endurance racing: European Le Mans Series, Grand Am, 12 hours in Bathurst, 24 hours in Daytona and Le Mans. “My goal and hope was that one day I would attract the attention of a manufacturer. The fact that it was Porsche, the most successful brand at Le Mans – it’s a dream come true.”
… has had a roof over his head for two years now, but its been a car he has had to share with two others. After 215 Formula One Grands Prix, and winning nine of them, he left the F1 paddock at the end of 2013. Sharing the Porsche 919 Hybrid with two other drivers requires compromises for seats, pedal systems and set-up. It is vital and beneficial that the better a driver feels, the faster he will be, and in that context they certainly take good care of each other. “I surprised myself by how much I enjoyed sharing after a short period of familiarisation,” he said.
Mark left his home in Queanbeyan in New South Wales, Australia, at the age of 19. In England he was one of many of those without a sponsor. He won the prestigious Formula Ford Festival in Brands Hatch, drove Formula 3 and Formula 3000. He was invited to join the sports car programme at Mercedes. In Le Mans the car became airborne. Mark survived two dramatic crashes unharmed, but his career seemed to have run out of steam. The page turned, however, with a successful Formula One test for the Benetton team, which secured him a test and reserve driver position with the team in 2001. In 2002 he started his first Grand Prix and finished fifth in Melbourne – with an uncompetitive Minardi.
In 2005 he scored his first podium with the former BMW WilliamsF1 team. He had his first F1 win at the 2009 German Grand Prix with Red Bull Racing in his 131st race. In 2010 and 2012 he won the Monaco Grand Prix.
In 2014 he returned to Le Mans, was leading the race for some time, but retired with engine failure with two hours to go. In 2015 the car he was sharing with Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley was leading for an even longer period, but dropped back after a penalty and came second behind the winning sister Porsche 919 Hybrid. This is what Mark calls “unfinished business“. After the 2015 World Championship title he wants the Le Mans win in 2016 – in a Porsche. “To me this brand means highly developed sports cars that make the grade without being overstated – perfect for everywhere and in every scenario.” Being the private owner of 918 Spyder, a 911 GT2 RS and a GT3 RS 4.0, he is well prepared.
Please note: Photo and video material is available for accredited journalists from the Porsche Press Database and can be found at the following 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 Porsche Motorsport Media Guide on https://presse.porsche.de/motorsport. Porsche Communication provides further content for journalists, bloggers and online multipliers under www.newsroom.porsche.com.
Porsche 918 Spyder: Combined fuel consumption 3.1–3.0 l/100 km; combined electrical consumption 12.7 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions 72–70 g/km; efficiency class: A+
SOURCE: Porsche Motorsports Press Release Database
This week's Porsche of the week is a Porche 911 T 2.0 Targa. The body color appears to be custom, but it may have been an upgrade at the dealership at the time. The roof is retracted, the hood and rear are open, and this Porsche is just looking stunning. What a beautiful Porsche.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Brilliant season finale for Porsche – fourth win and three championship titlesWhat an end to the season for Porsche in the Sports Car World Championship WEC (World Endurance Championship): On Saturday at the six-hour race in Bahrain, the Porsche 911 RSR driven by Frenchmen Frédéric Makowiecki and Patrick Pilet not only scored the fourth GTE-Pro class win of the season – Porsche also netted three championship titles with the 470 hp winning racer from Weissach, which is based on the iconic 911 sports car.
With this victory at the Bahrain International Circuit, Porsche overtook Ferarri in the manufacturers’ classification. The Porsche Manthey squad secured the team championship, and Porsche works driver Richard Lietz convincingly defended his title in the FIA World Endurance Cup for Drivers. Fifth place at today’s race with his teammate Michael Christensen from Denmark was enough for the Austrian to secure this honour. With this, Porsche continues on its winning path after also scoring three GT titles at this season’s North American Tudor United SportsCar Championship.
The success on the Grand Prix circuit in the desert, a racetrack known to put extreme stresses on the tyres, was also a race for strategists. The tactic of not going all-out in qualifying to clinch pole position but instead to concentrate on preparing for the race and save a fresh set of tyres also worked perfectly at this season finale. Patrick Pilet took up the race from the fifth grid spot and immediately put the GT-class frontrunners under pressure. Third place after one lap, second after two – and after eleven laps he had taken the lead. Putting in a strong drive and clocking consistently fast lap times, the champion of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship and his teammate Frédéric Makowiecki fended off repeated attacks from their rivals over the rest of the race. At the flag, the duo held a comfortable lead of almost 40 seconds.
In the sister 911 RSR fielded by the Porsche Manthey team, start driver Michael Christensen and his teammate Richard Lietz, who have notched up victories this season at the Nürburgring, in Austin and Shanghai, initially took things a little cautiously. In the first half of the race they kept out of any trouble, with the plan of catching the leading group at nightfall. But right to the end they held back from taking unnecessary risks, and were satisfied with fifth place, which secured Porsche all three GT championship titles.
With two podium spots in the GTE-Am class, Porsche customer teams also celebrated a successful season finale. Klaus Bachler (Austria), Khaled Al Qubaisi (Abu Dhabi) and Marco Mapelli (Italy) saw the flag in second place with their 911 RSR campaigned by Abu Dhabi Proton Racing. For Dempsey Proton Racing, Patrick Long (USA), Christian Ried (Germany) and Marco Seefried (Germany) finished third. This season, the squad with US actor and racing driver Patrick Dempsey in the cockpit, won the race at Fuji and finished second at the Le Mans 24-hour race. Due to filming commitments in Great Britain, Patrick Dempsey was unable to compete in Bahrain.
Comments on the race
Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Head of Porsche Motorsport: “We fought hard and gave our utmost. And we were rewarded for this with three titles. Richard Lietz is a worthy champion, and the team definitely deserves the title, too. Ultimately, our strong catch-up campaign after Le Mans with four victories tipped the scales for us. We never gave up and we deserved to win. Right to the end, we benefitted from our consistency. Our pit stops were perfect, the drivers didn’t make any mistakes. The WEC is a fantastic arena for an automobile manufacturer. The fight against Ferrari was incredibly gripping – for fans it couldn’t have been better.”
Richard Lietz (911 RSR #91): “It wasn’t just a thrilling race, the whole week was full-on. Many thought, because of my points’ lead, I could just coast along and bring home the title. But today was six hours of pressure; a nonstop fight against cars in all classes. After all, championship titles were at stake for many and therefore they didn’t hold back. Our strategy worked. Patrick and Fred went for victory in their 911 RSR, we erred on the side of caution. Porsche did everything right today. I’m proud to be part of this team.”
Michael Christensen (911 RSR #91): “To claim three titles is certainly more than we’d expected at the start of the season. But we gave our utmost as a team at every race, never stopped fighting and we coped with all the setbacks. And that’s why we’re standing here today as champions. Of course, we didn’t tackle the race too aggressively; there was simply too much at stake. That was the right tactic. We have achieved what we set out to do at the season finale.”
Patrick Pilet (911 RSR #92): “A perfect day for Porsche. Our strategy to save a fresh set of tyres in qualifying is a complete success. That was the key to our victory today. Congratulations to Richard on becoming champion. He definitely deserves it. I would like to thank the drivers from Aston Martin and Ferrari for the great season. We fought really hard at every race, but it was always fair. That’s how motor racing should be.”
Frédéric Makowiecki (911 RSR #92): “We had to wait for our first win of the season until the very last race. But it was worth it. Before the start, I said to Patrick that on no account did I want to go home without a victory. The year was not easy for us. We took a while to get where we wanted to be. But we fought at all times and therefore deserve this success.”
1. Pilet/Makowiecki (F/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 173 laps
2. Bruni/Vilander (I/SF), Ferrari, 173
3. Turner/Adam (GB/GB), Aston Martin, 173
4. Nygaard/Sörensen/Thiim (DK/DK/DK), Aston Martin, 173
5. Lietz/Christensen (A/DK), Porsche 911 RSR, 172
6. Rigon/Calado (I/GB), Ferrari, 172
7. MacDowall/Rees/Stanaway (GB/BRA/NZ), Aston Martin, 171
1. Dalla Lana/Lamy/Lauda (CDN/P/A), Aston Martin, 170 laps
2. Bachler/Al Qubaisi/Mapelli (A/UAE/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 170
3. Long/Ried/Seefried (USA/D/D), Porsche 911 RSR, 170
4. Perrodo/Collard/Cressoni (F/F/I), Ferrari, 169
5. Bertolini/Shaytar/Basov (I/RUS/RUS), Ferrari, 169
6. Roda/Ruberti/Poulsen (I/I/DK), Chevrolet Corvette, 169
7. Castellacci/Goethe/Hall (I/D/GB), Aston Martin, 168
Points’ standings GTE-Pro after 8 of 8 races
FIA World Endurance Cup for GT Manufacturers
1. Porsche, 290 points
2. Ferrari, 286
3. Aston Martin, 192
FIA World Endurance Cup for GT Drivers
1. Richard Lietz, Porsche, 145 points
2. Gianmaria Bruni, Toni Vilander, Ferrari, 131.5
3. Michael Christensen, Porsche, 127
4. Davide Rigon, James Calado, Ferrari, 123
5. Frédéric Makowiecki, Porsche, 118
6. Patrick Pilet, Porsche, 100
FIA Endurance Trophy for GTE-Pro Teams
1. Porsche Team Manthey, #91 Porsche, 154 points
2. AF Corse, #51 Ferrari, 149
3. AF Corse, #71 Ferrari, 137
4. Porsche Team Manthey, #92 Porsche, 118
5. Aston Martin Racing, #99 Aston Martin, 100
6. Aston Martin Racing, #95 Aston Martin, 95
The Sports Car World Championship WEC
Sports prototypes and GT vehicles contest the Sports Car World Championship WEC (World Endurance Championship) in four classes: LMP1 (eg. Porsche 919 Hybrid), LMP2, LMGTE-Pro (eg. 911 RSR) and LMGTE-Am (eg. 911 RSR, 2014 homologation). They all compete together in one race but are classified separately.
Please note: Photo and video material of the Sports Car World Championship WEC (World Endurance 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.
1) 911 Carrera model range: Combined fuel consumption 12.7–7.4 l/100 km, urban cycle 19.2– 9.9 l/100 km, extra-urban cycle 8.9–6.0 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 296–169 g/km; efficiency class (Germany) G-D.
SOURCE: Porsche Motorsports Press Release Database
A Porsche 917 sketch was posted when this Tumblr user reached 500 followers. The sketch or drawing is in color, looks like mixed media of some sort. The blue and oranges are dead on for the racing kit, and the thick black of the wheels and edging gives a very unique feel to the piece. There's some feeling of forward motion when I look at the car, and it feels very race day without being too detailed.