Thursday, October 2, 2014

Evolution of Porsche Collage



      This collage is great. It reminds me of those paint samples you get for free at the hardware store, but instead of paint colors it's Porsche pieces. The different car colors helps the differences in the models stand out, and it execution seems flawless here. This is art, I'd hang it on the wall. I'd even make it my computer background because there's just so much to look at and enjoy, and it's all Porsche.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), round 4, Austin (Texas, USA), LMP1 race


After a long time in the lead the Porsche 919 Hybrids came fourth and fifth in Austin

Stuttgart. After a strong qualifying performance and a long time in the lead in the race the two Porsche 919 Hybrids only finished fourth and fifth in the six-hour race on Saturday. Car number 14, driven by Romain Dumas (France), Neel Jani (Switzerland) and Marc Lieb (Germany), was leading the race for a long time, but suffered problems at the end and finished just in front of its sister car in Austin, Texas (USA). Timo Bernhard (Germany), Brendon Hartley (New Zealand) and Mark Webber (Australia) brought their number 20 car home in fifth place after an action packed fourth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), which was held half at night.

Starting drivers Dumas (P2) and Webber (P3) lost ground in the early stages of the race. They were running fifth and sixth when they came in for their first pit stops. After the first 100 minutes rain set in and led to chaos. On a track that was suddenly flooded half a dozen cars spun off and became stranded, car number 20 with Timo Bernhard at the wheel was one of them. The race was red flagged and stopped for 45 minutes. 

At the restart behind the safety car Jani was at the wheel of car number 14, and was third in the race on slick intermediate tyres. He soon took the lead, and after 105 laps handed over to Lieb who went out on slicks. After the final stop for fuel after 133 laps a loss of engine power forced him to drop back to fourth. 

Bernhard in the number 20 sister car was able to continue after the red flag and after he had been rescued from the gravel on full wet tyres, but soon changed to slick intermediate tyres as well. On lap 90 he was lying fourth and handed over to Hartley. For the last 30 minutes Webber returned to the car and finally crossed the line in fifth. 

Quotes:

Wolfgang Hatz, Board member for Research and Development Porsche AG: “Until shortly before the end it was a very encouraging weekend for us in which we were fighting for the race win. The team did a great job and it is a shame it has been unrewarded.”

Fritz Enzinger, Vice President LMP1: “Unfortunately we did not manage to turn the development work of the recent months and the good qualifying result into the amount of championship points we wanted. Similar to what happened in Le Mans, we had chances to get a podium, perhaps even a race win. We will carefully analyse what has led to the loss of power in car number 14 and get prepared for Fuji.”

Andreas Seidl, Team Principal: “The outcome of the race is obviously disappointing. It was hard work and mixed conditions. In the beginning of the race, when it was dry and hot, we could not go at the same pace as the leaders, but in the rain we have been surprisingly strong. For the restart we split strategies to increase our chances. The decision to put slick intermediate tyres on car number 14 enabled us to take the lead. In the end a problem in the powertrain cost us a podium finish.”

Drivers car no. 14
Romain Dumas (36, France): “In the beginning we suffered a bit because of the high temperatures of over 30 degrees Celsius. On a clear lap it was good, but in traffic we had too much understeer.”

Neel Jani (30, Switzerland): “When the rain set in it was completely crazy. Initially it was only wet in one corner, but then suddenly the circuit was flooded everywhere. I came uphill and then just slid away – through a gravel bed, onto the grass and back on track. The decision to restart on slick intermediate tyres paid off. I hoped the track would dry out quickly because of the heat, and then I managed to really take care of those tyres. I was leading by more than half a minute when I handed the car over. Our strategic decisions were all right, the team did a great job.” 

Marc Lieb (34, Germany): “This was a tough fight. Romain and Neel did a great job. It was super to take over the Porsche 919 Hybrid as the leading car. After my pit stop the engine suddenly lost power and, therefore, I couldn’t defend the lead in the end. The team did a great job in preparing the car, we really deserved a podium.”

Drivers car no. 20
Timo Bernhard (33, Germany): “It wasn’t my day today. My stint began well before the drizzle started. I went for slick intermediate tyres but when I left the pit lane it suddenly became heavy rain. I found myself floating, I was just a passenger. Then for the restart behind the safety car we went on the safe side and took full wet tyres, but this was a disadvantage. Later with the slick intermediate tyres it was all fine. However, that’s racing.”

Brendon Hartley (24, New Zealand): “When I took over from Timo we were already one lap down. The Porsche 919 Hybrid has left a strong impression, I enjoyed driving both in the day and night. At some point I hit a big part of debris on the track, which compromised the car’s aerodynamics a bit.” 

Mark Webber (38, Australia): “In the beginning it was a good battle with the Audi, but they have clearly been more comfortable in traffic and could easily pick various different lines. Temporarily I also did not have the full boost, but we were able to fix this while I was running. We have definitely learnt a lot in the high temperatures of the early part of the race and also later in the stints.”

Race result 6 hours of Austin (Texas):
1. Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer (CH/D/F), Audi R18 e-tron quattro, 157 laps
2. Di Grassi/Duval/Kristensen (BRA/F/DK), Audi R18 e-tron quattro, – 53,016 s.
3. Davidson/Lapierre/Buemi (GB/F/CH), Toyota TS040 Hybrid, – 1:03,945 min
4. Dumas/Jani/Lieb (F/CH/D), Porsche 919 Hybrid, – 1 lap
5. Bernhard/Hartley/Webber (D/NZ/AUS), Porsche 919 Hybrid, – 2 laps
6. Wurz/Sarrazin/Conway (A/F/GB), Toyota TS040 Hybrid, – 2 laps

FIA World Endurance Champonship (WEC) after 4 of 8 rounds,
Drivers’ standings:
1. Davidson/Lapierre/Buemi (GB/F/CH), Toyota, 96 points
2. Lotterer/Tréluyer/Fässler (D/F/CH), Audi, 85
3. Di Grassi/ Kristensen (BRA/DK), Audi, 72
4. Prost/Heidfeld/Beche (F/D/CH), Rebellion, 48
5. Dumas/Jani/Lieb (F/CH/D), Porsche, 45
6. Wurz/Sarrazin (A/F), Toyota, 43
7. Duval (F), Audi, 36
8. Gené (E), Audi, 36
9. Nakajima (J), Toyota, 35
10. Bernhard/Hartley/Webber (D/NZ/AUS), Porsche, 25,5

Manufacturers’ standings:
1. Audi, 157
2. Toyota, 139 
3. Porsche, 82



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

Porsche 918 Catches Fire in Toronto


      Porsches have a bad reputation of being reckless. The car itself cannot be reckless, more the driver inside but still when most people hear about Porsche in the news it's usually about a celebrity car crash. These photos were circulating around Tumblr and seemed interesting. This Porsche 918 caught fire at a gas station from the looks of it. 


      This is as close to a before photo as I could find. the car is on fire at the pump, but you can still see the front and most of the rear. The photo at the top is the same car more engulfed in flames. The remainder of the photos were taken after the car was put out. 


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC, round 4 in Austin/USA, GT: Best Porsche 911 RSR scores second


Stuttgart. At the six-hour race on the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, the Porsche 911 RSR finished second in the GTE-Pro class. At the action-packed fourth round of the Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC, the French Porsche works drivers Patrick Pilet and Frédéric Makowiecki looked like they might even bring home their second win of the season for the Porsche Manthey squad in front of 50.000 spectators. But although they held the lead until shortly before the finish, they were ultimately beaten to the flag after a spirited fight by a mere 16 seconds. 

The race on the Grand Prix circuit on the outskirts of the Texan city on Saturday afternoon set off under hot and humid weather conditions. Shortly before nightfall, torrential rain quickly flooded large sections of the race track. As a result the race had to be stopped. After the restart 45 minutes later, Porsche’s factory pilot Nick Tandy (Great Britain) took over the lead. At the wheel of the second Porsche Manthey-run 911 RSR which is based on the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports car and in which he shared driving duties with Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) for the first time, Tandy held the top position up until 85 minutes before the flag. He then lost two laps when his vehicle failed to start after a pit stop due to an electrical problem, and finally saw the flag in fourth place. 

For all four Porsche works drivers, this was their second race of the day: Previously they had contested the Tudor United SportsCar Championship in the 911 RSR fielded by Porsche North America. 

Hartmut Kristen, Head of Porsche Motorsport: “When you consider the incredible level of competition in the GT classes you realise just how good our results are. I take my hat off to our drivers who contested two races this weekend under very difficult conditions. And that also applies to those in the pit crew who worked both races. Obviously it’s very disappointing not to finish at the front, but we can build on all the efforts that the drivers and team put in today.” 
Patrick Pilet (#92): “Our car handled the wet track very well. We were able to take the lead and even build up a bit of a margin. But once the track dried up we had no chance against the Aston Martin. Still, we achieved a podium result and earned those all-important points. Overall, it was a tough weekend and physically very exhausting with two races under not so easy conditions. First it was hot and humid, then the rain came. But we all did our very best and we scored a good result for Porsche.” 
Frédéric Makowiecki (#92): “That was a tough race and we can be happy with the result. We’ve earned some good points towards the championship.”
Jörg Bergmeister (#91): “Nick did a great job, and so did the team. The pit stops were all perfect. Unfortunately we experienced a minor electrical problem in the final phase and from then on we were out of contention for a win.” 
Nick Tandy (#91): “For much of the race everything ran according to plan. We implemented our strategy perfectly and were on course to win. If the problem hadn’t have cropped up we would have stayed at the front. For me personally, today was really hard. I was leading in both races – and still didn’t win. That’s really disappointing, but we will continue to fight.”

In the GTE-Am class, Christian Ried (Germany), Klaus Bachler (Austria) and Khaled Al Qubaisi (Abu Dhabi) also claimed a podium place with third in the Porsche 911 RSR of the Proton Competition customer team.

The fifth of eight races in the Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC will be contested on 12 October in Fuji/Japan. 


Race result
GTE-Pro class
1. Turner/Mücke (GB/D), Aston Martin Vantage, 141 laps
2. Makowiecki/Pilet (F/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 141
3. Bruni/Vilander (I/SF), Ferrari 458 Italia, 141
4. Bergmeister/Tandy (D/GB), Porsche 911 RSR, 139
5. Rigon/Calado (I/GB), Ferrari F458 Italia, 137
6. MacDowall/O’Young/Rees (GB/HK/BRA), Aston Martin Vantage, 137

GTE-Am class
1. Dalla Lana/Lamy/Nygaard (CDN/P/DK), Aston Martin Vantage, 138 laps
2. Poulsen/Hansson/Stanaway (DK/DK/NZ), Aston Martin Vantage, 138
3. Ried/Bachler/Al Qubaisi (D/A/UAE), Porsche 911 RSR, 137
4. Perez Companc/Cioci/Venturi (ARG/I/I), Ferrari F 458 Italia, 137
5. Roda/Ruberti/Segal (I/I/USA), Ferrari F458 Italia, 136
6. Krohn/Jönsson/Collins (USA/S/GB), Ferrari F458 Italia, 135

The Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC
Sports prototypes and GT vehicles contest the sports car World Endurance Championship WEC in four classes: LMP1 (eg. Porsche 919 Hybrid), LMP2, LMGTE-Pro (eg. 911 RSR) and LMGTE-Am (eg. 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 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

New and Old Porsche Curves



      The rear end of a Porsche just does something for a Pfanatic. Here there's a classic model and a modern model to compare. The classic is rounder, shorter, and has more curve to it. The newer model is longer, has a more gradual slope and a little less curve. The tail lights are very different but add character to each model. Everything looks different when comparing these two, including color and attitude but illustrates that Porsches come in all shapes and sizes to accommodate any pfanatic's taste. 

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Tudor United SportsCar Championship, round 10 in Austin, USA: The fight for the GTLM title will go to the final race



Stuttgart. The fight for manufacturer honors in the GTLM class of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship will go to the final race of the season, the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on October 4. A third place finish by the No. 912 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR on the Circuit of the Americas in Austin helped the German marque retain the point lead in the class for road car-based racecars. Porsche won the 1,000-mile Petit Le Mans in 2013 and has won two of the most prestigeous endurance races in North America this year – the Daytona 24 Hours and the Sebring 12 Hours. 

The No. 912 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR led the way for the three factory-entered cars based on the iconic rear-engine sports car. Starting in third-position, Michael Christensen drove the first one-hour and 45-minutes of the race. The Dane turned the wheel over to Patrick Long (USA) for the final hour. He fought through the hot and humid conditions of the Austin, Texas summer to finish third following the tandem of Dodge Viper SRT across the finish line. 

The podium finish allowed Porsche to remain in contention with the lead now split with Dodge entering the Petit Le Mans. 

Finishing fifth was the No. 910 shared by Frenchmen Frédéric Makowiecki and Patrick Pilet. The lead Porsche 911 RSR, entered for the final two rounds, had possibly the most dramatic race of the day in the GTLM class. Having had their fastest qualifying lap disallowed at technical inspection for missing a roof camera pod, Makowiecki started last in the GTLM class. He did much with his series’ debut charging past nearly half the multi-class field in the first stint of the race. A “drive through” penalty for making contact with another car at mid-race would slow the 911 RSR’s fight to the front. However, a mistake-free effort in the second-half of the race would give Porsche North America two cars in the top-five. 

The No. 911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR of Nick Tandy (Great Britain) and Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) looked like the most likely class winner for the day. However, having led for 39 laps, the Daytona winner was retired with 20-minutes remaining in the race having lost drive. 

The fourth Porsche 911 RSR, the No. 17 Team Falken Tire entry driven by Wolf Henzler (Germany) and Bryan Sellers (USA), finished eighth in the GTLM class.

Patrick Long (#912): “We had a very clean pit stop and I put my head down and tried to close the gap to the Viper. After the issues for the race leading 911 RSR we took a safe approach to get to the finish. We were able to salvage some good points today.”
Michael Christensen (#912): “We had a good car. Track conditions were changing from the start to the finish of my stint. This made it quite tricky. We did our best to finish on the podium.”
Patrick Pilet (#910): “Fred did a great job at the beginning. He started last and came up to fifth. The car was running very well. We were the quickest on track. When I overtook the BMW in Turn 15, I was surprised by the car in front, a GTD car, and I touched it on the rear. After the stop-and-go I tried to push and come back and we finished fifth. I am sad for the guys because they did a very good job.”
Frédéric Makowiecki (#910): “It is not easy to start from the back. The first two laps I tried to quickly overtake the GTD cars and the back of the GTLM class. The car was really quick. I think we had what we needed to win the race if we did not start from the back.”
Nick Tandy (#911): “We pitted at the first opportunity and it couldn’t have worked out any better. The yellow came out before anyone else could pit. That gave us an edge and we were able to keep the lead. In the last 20-minutes, I was coming out of Turn 14 and lost drive. I was able to make it into pit lane and we confirmed our day was done.” 

As a result of the second-place finish in GTD class, the Magnus Racing Porsche 911 GT America of drivers John Potter (USA) and Andy Lally (USA) is still in the GTD point chase. The Team Seattle Alex Job Racing Porsche driven by Mario Farnbacher (Germany) and Ian James (USA) held the lead in class during the middle of the race, but fell out of contention when a mechanical problem caused the car to hit the barrier.

Race results
GTLM class
1. Bomarito/Wittmer (USA/CAN), Dodge SRT Viper, 76 laps
2. Goosens/D. Farnbacher (B/D), Dodge SRT Viper, 76
3. Christensen/Long (DK/USA), Porsche 911 RSR, 76
4. Fisichella/Kaffer (I/D), Ferrari F458 Italia, 75
5. Makowiecki/Pilet (F/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 75
6. Auberlen/Priaulx (USA/GB), BMW Z4 GTE, 75
8. Henzler/Sellers (D/USA), Porsche 911 RSR, 75

GTD class
1. Bleekemolen/Keating (NL/USA), Dodge Viper SRT, 73 laps
2. Lally/Potter (USA/USA), Porsche 911 GT America, 72
3. Cameron/Palttala (USA/SF), BMW Z4, 72
4. Snow/Heylen (USA/USA), Porsche 911 GT America, 72
5. MacNeil/Keen (USA/USA), Porsche 911 GT America, 72
6. Haase/Miller (D/USA), Audi R8 LMS, 72

The next Tudor United SportsCar Championship race will be the Petit Le Mans on the Road Atlanta circuit on October 4 in Braselton, Georgia, USA.


Please note: Photo material of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship 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 RSR Tearing Up the Track



      This Porsche 911 RSR is really doing some damage to this raceway. The image really captures the speed and intensity of the car, and the rocks or dirt flying into the air definitely adds to the overall feeling of the shot. The car has great racing stripes and a great rear profile. The light coming from the right brings out the green and red of the track as well as the white of the car, creating a great balance. I would frame this, and can imagine seeing it in a dealership, garage, or man cave. 

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