Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunday Drive Porsche Style



      These classic Porsche 356s aren't in motion, but I can only imagine the Sunday drive the three of them would have together. They are in great patriotic colors, parked amazingly well for this shot. I have no clue where they are but this would be quite a find any day. Can you imagine see these three in a caravan down the freeway? Or being out on your own Sunday drive and stopping at this place, finding them just off the street hanging out? This photo was just too good not to share. 

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, race 3, Nürburgring-Nordschleife

Lights-to-flag victory for Porsche Junior Sven Müller on the Nordschleife

Stuttgart. Porsche Junior Sven Müller (Lechner Racing Middle East) celebrates his maiden win in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. On the 25.378 kilometre long Nürburgring-Nordschleife combination, the 23-year-old German clinched victory on Saturday ahead of Philipp Eng (A/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1) and Christopher Zöchling (A/Konrad Motorsport). This marks the first time a Porsche Junior has won a Carrera Cup race on the Nordschleife. “That was awesome! It was my dream to win here. I’m over the moon,” said an ecstatic Müller.

The foundation for Müller’s success at the wheel of his 460 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup was already laid at the start. Taking up the race from pole position, he pulled clear at the head and held on to his lead to the flag. Eng, who started from the second grid spot, at times came within a second of the leader. “Every lap in the nine-eleven on the Nordschleife is unbelievable fun. My start was really good and I almost got past Sven. But ultimately it’s the points that are important to me,” explained the reigning champion of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. Zöchling from Austria also put in an impressive performance. Coming from sixth on the grid, he moved up into third shortly after the start. “Unfortunately four laps on the Nordschleife are not enough. It was really cool to drive here. My car was superb and I’m very happy with my podium result,” said the Konrad Motorsport pilot.

Michael Ammermüller (D/The Heart of Racing by Lechner) saw the flag as fourth, with Alex Riberas (E/The Heart of Racing by Lechner) trailing him in fifth. Bad luck plagued two-time Hockenheim winner Christian Engelhart (D/TECE MRS-Racing): The 28-year-old’s car sustained radiator damage after a slight contact with another competitor, which forced him to park his car in the pit lane. He went home empty-handed. 

Porsche Junior Matteo Cairoli (I/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1) pushed through from tenth on the grid to claim seventh. “I’m happy with my performance. At the flag things got tight and I had to fend off the guy behind me. Luckily it worked and I could hold on to my position,” said the 18-year-old champion of the Porsche Carrera Cup Italia.

Porsche Junior Connor de Phillippi (USA/Land-Motorsport) from America damaged his vehicle so badly on Friday during qualifying that his car could not be repaired in time for the race the next day. Thanks to the sportsmanlike gesture of his New Zealand teammate Peter Scharmach, who as a guest driver lent him his car, de Phillippi could still contest the race. Due to the vehicle swap, the American had to start from the very last grid position and worked his way up through the pack from 23rd to eleventh. “It’s difficult, of course, when you come from the very back. Still, I managed to make up a lot of positions. My thanks go to Peter, because the points I earned could ultimately be decisive in the championship,” said the 22-year-old. 

Leading the overall rankings is Jeffrey Schmidt (CH/Lechner Racing Middle East) with 42 points, ahead of Engelhart and Eng (both 40 points). Races four and five of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland are contested from 29 to 31 May on the Lausitzring.

Race 3 result:
1. Sven Müller (D/Lechner Racing Middle East)
2. Philipp Eng (A/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1)
3. Christopher Zöchling (A/Konrad Motorsport)
4. Michael Ammermüller (D/The Heart of Racing by Lechner)
5. Alex Riberas (E/The Heart of Racing by Lechner)
6. Jeffrey Schmidt (CH/Lechner Racing Middle East)
7. Matteo Cairoli (I/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1)
8. Nicki Thiim (DK/Team 75 Bernhard)
9. Ben Barker (GB/Land-Motorsport)
10. Sean Johnston (USA/Market Leader Team by Project 1)

Points’ standings after 3 of 17 races:
Driver classification
1. Jeffrey Schmidt (CH/Lechner Racing Middle East), 42 points
2. Christian Engelhart (D/TECE MRS-Racing), 40 points
3. Philipp Eng (A/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1), 40 points
4. Ben Barker (GB/Land-Motorsport), 39 points
5. Alex Riberas (E/The Heart of Racing by Lechner), 37 points

Rookie classification
1. Richard Charles Goddard (AUS/TECE MRS-Racing), 5 points
2. Alexander Toril (E/Market Leader Team by Project 1), 3 points
3. Pepe Massot (E/KÜS Team 75 Bernhard), 3 points

Amateur classification
1. Wolf Nathan (NL/Land-Motorsport), 54 points
2. Rolf Ineichen (CH/Konrad Motorsport), 40 points
3. Ralf Bohn (D/Herberth Motorsport), 18 points

Team classification
1. Team Deutsche Post by Project 1, 69 points
2. Lechner Racing Middle East, 66 points
3. The Heart of Racing by Lechner, 61 points


SOURCE: Porsche Motorsports Press Release Database

Porsche GT3 Ping Pong



      Porsche and ping pong come together in a very interesting way. The gif above was found on Tumblr and is of two men playing ping pong on the tail of a Porsche GT3. The tail is quite short length wise so they have to play very high compared to using a normal table. It seems they are having some fun, although I'm not sure how the tail fared by the end of this. Apparently have Porsche, will entertain self in more ways than just driving it.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, Qualifying for race 3, Nürburgring-Nordschleife

Pole position on the Nordschleife for Porsche Junior Sven Müller

Stuttgart. The 23-year-old Porsche Junior Sven Müller (D/Lechner Racing Middle East) locked out the first grid spot for the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland race on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. On the 25.378 kilometre circuit, the qualifying times of the fastest one-make cup drivers were extremely close. On Saturday, Müller planted his 460 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup on the top of the time sheets ahead of Philipp Eng (A/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1) and Michael Ammermüller (D/The Heart of Racing by Lechner). “This is my first pole position in the Porsche Carrera Cup. My car was like a rocket here and it was a real thrill driving on the Nordschleife,” stated Müller.

As the sun set, the 24 pilots contesting this year’s Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland battled for the decisive fractions of seconds. The distribution of grid positions for race three underlined how fiercely competitive this Porsche brand trophy series is. Turning the pole-setting lap in 8:34.992 minutes, Müller narrowly beat Austria’s Eng by almost eight-tenths of a second. Eng was enthusiastic about the combination of the Grand Prix circuit and the Nordschleife (northern loop): “As a driver it’s the coolest thing to compete here. But you also notice how mentally stressful it is to drive six laps at the limit in qualifying. I’m pleased with second position.” Ammermüller from Bavaria qualified on third in a time of 8:36.749 minutes. “On my last lap the yellow flag suddenly came out, otherwise I would have been faster. I’ll perform even better in the race on Saturday,” said Ammermüller. Lining up alongside him on position four is Spaniard Alex Riberas (The Heart of Racing by Lechner), who placed just one-tenth of a second behind Ammermüller. Germany’s Robert Renauer (Herberth Motorsport) from Bavaria takes up the race on Saturday from fifth. 

After a gripping qualifying session, Porsche Junior Matteo Cairoli (I/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1) claimed the tenth grid position. The 18-year-old champion of the Porsche Carrera Cup Italia contests his first year in the German Carrera Cup and has little experience on the Nordschleife. “My result is okay. Unfortunately on my second set of tyres I encountered a lot of traffic on the circuit. Now I’m looking forward to the race,” declared the youngster. Porsche Junior Connor de Phillippi (USA/Land-Motorsport) was unable to finish the 60-minute qualifying session after leaving the circuit and damaging his car so badly that it was no longer driveable. On the time sheet he was allocated twelfth. The 22-year-old underwent a health check at the Nürburgring Medical Centre but was released shortly afterwards. “That was quite an impact. I hope my car can be repaired in time for the race,” said the Californian.

Race three of Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland takes place on Saturday at 9.17 hours on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.

Qualifying Nürburgring-Nordschleife
Grid lineup for race 3 
1. Sven Müller (D/Lechner Racing Middle East), 8:34.992 min.
2. Philipp Eng (A/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1), 8:35.749
3. Michael Ammermüller (D/The Heart of Racing by Lechner), 8:36.749 
4. Alex Riberas (E/The Heart of Racing by Lechner), 8:36.851
5. Robert Renauer (D/Herberth Motorsport), 8:37.824
6. Christopher Zöchling (A/Konrad Motorsport), 8:37.833
7. Nicki Thiim (DK/Team 75 Bernhard), 8:38.087
8. Klaus Bachler (A/Konrad Motorsport), 8:38.531
9. Jeffrey Schmidt (CH/Lechner Racing Middle East), 8:38.617
10. Matteo Cairoli (I/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1), 8:38.849


SOURCE: Porsche Motorsports Press Release Database

Porsche of the Week



      This custom Porsche Panamera 4S is looking good in two tones. The base body color is a satin pearl white, and the black is satin as well. The windows seem to have a dark tint which matches the black top and rear. The wheels were painted black and the calipers were painted red (per the caption provided with the photo). The silver accents in the back really pop and pull the contrasting colors together. This car is looking clean and amazing. The off white and black is a great color combination and definitely makes this Porsche pop a lot more than the usual factory colors. 

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

World premiere at the Nürburgring: Lighter, more economical, faster: the new 911 GT3 R


Stuttgart. Based on the 911 GT3 RS production sports car, Porsche has designed a customer sport race car for GT3 series around the world: The 911 GT3 R. In developing the more than 368 kW (500 hp) racing nine-eleven, special attention was paid to lightweight design, better aerodynamic efficiency, reducing consumption, improved handling, further optimised safety as well as lowering service and spare parts costs. 

Adopted from its production sibling, the 911 GT3 R features the distinctive double-bubble roof, and the wheelbase which had been lengthened by 8.3 centimetres compared to the previous generation. This ensures a more balanced weight distribution and more predictable handling particularly in fast corners corners in comparison to the previous GT3 R. By applying systematic lightweight solutions for the body, add-on parts, and suspension, the engineers significantly optimised the centre of gravity position of the GT3 R compared to the predecessor model. The lightweight body design of the 911 GT3 RS production sports car featuring intelligent aluminium-steel composite construction has proven to be the ideal basis for the race car. The roof, front cover and fairing, wheel arches, doors, side and tail sections as well as the rear cover are made of particularly light carbon-fibre composite material (CFRP). All windows – and for the first time even the windscreen – consist of polycarbonate. 

Powering the new 911 GT3 R is a cutting-edge four-litre flat-six unit which is largely identical to the high-performance production engine of the road-legal 911 GT3 RS. Direct petrol injection, which operates at pressures up to 200 bar, as well as variable valve timing technology ensure a particularly efficient use of fuel. Moreover, the normally-aspirated engine offers significantly better driveability and a broader usable rev range. Power from the rear engine is transferred to the 310 mm rear wheels via a Porsche sequential six-speed constant-mesh gearbox. As in the GT road-going models of the 911, the driver changes gears via shift paddles conveniently positioned on the steering wheel.

The aerodynamics of the 911 GT3 R also follows the example of the road car. The distinctive wheel arch air vents on the front fairings increase downforce at the front axle. Measuring two metres in width by 40-centimetres in depth, the rear wing lends aerodynamic balance. From its 911 RSR big brother, the GT3 R has adopted the concept of the centrally-positioned radiator. By eliminating the side radiators, the position of the centre of gravity was improved, the radiator is better protected against collision damage, and the venting of hot air through louvers in the front cover was enhanced.

The brake system of the 911 GT3 R also underwent further modifications and, thanks to increased stiffness and more precise control of the ABS, is even better suited to long distance racing. At the front axle, six-piston aluminium monobloc racing brake callipers combined with ventilated and grooved steel brake discs with a diameter of 380 millimetres ensure outstanding braking performances. Fitted at the rear axle are four-piston callipers and discs measuring 372 millimetres. 

Another development focus was on the safety features of the GT3 R. The capacity of the further-reinforced FT3 safety fuel cell was increased by twelve litres to now hold 120 litres, with the tank now featuring a fuel cut-off safety valve. The doors and the side windows can be removed, and the escape hatch in the roof is now larger. In the event of an accident, the new racing bucket seat offers pilots even better protection.

The new Porsche 911 GT3 R can be ordered immediately for 429,000 Euro plus country-specific VAT and will be delivered from December 2015. 


Technical description Porsche 911 GT3 R (991)

Single-seat customer race car based on the Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Engine
- Water-cooled six-cylinder boxer engine (rear mounted)
- 4,000 cm3; stroke 81.5 mm; bore 102 mm
- Output: over 368 kW (500 hp) subject to FIA BoP (air restrictor)
- Four-valve technology
- Direct fuel injection
- Dry sump lubrication

Transmission
- Porsche sequential six-speed constant-mesh gearbox
- Mechanical slip differential 
- Pneumatic gear-shift activation (paddle shift)

Bodyshell
- Lightweight body featuring intelligent aluminium-steel composite design 
- Integrated (welded) roll-cage according to FIA Appendix J
- Removable escape hatch in roof 
- Lightweight exterior design:
- CFRP doors, rear cover, rear wing, wheel arches, front and rear fairing
- Polycarbonate glazing
- Removable polycarbonate door windows 
- FT3 safety fuel cell, approx. 120 litres, with fuel cut off safety valve in accordance with FIA regulations
- Air jack system (four jacks)


Suspension
- Front axle McPherson strut, adjustable in height, camber and toe
- Wheel hubs with centre-lock wheel nuts 
- Adjustable anti-roll bar blades (left and right)
- Power-assisted steering with electro-hydraulic pressure feed 
Rear axle
- Multilink independent rear suspension, adjustable in height, camber, toe
- Wheel hubs with centre-lock wheel nuts 
- Adjustable anti-roll bar blades (left and right)

Brake system
Two separate brake circuits for front and rear axles; adjustable by driver via brake balance bar system
Front axle
- Six-piston aluminium monobloc racing brake calliper
- Ventilated and grooved steel brake disc, D = 380 mm, aluminium disc bell
Rear axle
- Four-piston aluminium monobloc racing brake calliper
- Ventilated and grooved steel brake disc, D = 372 mm, aluminium disc bell

Wheels/tyres
Front axle
- One-piece BBS alloy wheels according to Porsche specification and design, 12.0J x 18 offset 17, tyre dimension: 300/650-18 front; 13J x 18 offset 37.5, tyre dimension: 310/710-18 rear

Electrics
- COSWORTH power module IPS32
- Race ABS
- Traction control

Weight/dimensions
- Total weight: ca. 1,220 kg (subject to BoP)
- Overall length: 4,604 mm
- Overall width front axle: 1,975 mm
- Overall width rear axle: 2,002 mm
- Wheelbase: 2,463 mm

Car price
429,000 Euros plus country-specific VAT



Please note: Photo and video material of the Porsche 911 GT3 R is available for accredited journal-ists 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 infor-mation, 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 Commu-nication provides a new service for journalists, bloggers and online multipliers under www.newsroom.porsche.com.


SOURCE: Porsche Motorsports Press Release Database

Porsche Turbo Housing as Pencil Holder


      Porsche can be everywhere, even in your home office. The turbo housing from a Porsche Turbo 998 is being repurposed here as a pencil holder. Actually it's more like an office supplies holder with a ruler and pencil sharpener also on the piece, but it's a great way to use something from a Porsche in your office, and on your desk. It would look great in any office really, as long as it fit the overall flow. I'm sure most Pfanatics have Porsche things in their office so why not use a part to fit your needs. 

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