Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sports Car World Championship WEC, round 1: Silverstone/Great Britain, LMP1


New Porsche Team gets into its rhythm at Silverstone

Stuttgart. The newly formed Porsche Team with the two Porsche 919 Hybrid Le Mans Prototypes had a good first day of practice at the Silverstone Circuit, where the first round of the World Endurance Championship (WEC) is taking place as a six-hour race on Sunday, the first of eight world championship rounds. Track conditions were ideal, sunny and dry with ambient temperatures between ten and 15 degrees. The Porsche Team completed a total of exactly 150 laps on the first day of the event, which is 883.65 kilometres. 

Team Principal Andreas Seidl said: “Both sessions went fine, on both the technical side as well as in terms of operational procedures. This was an important experience for the team on this very special weekend, which marks Porsche’s return to the highest class of the sports car World Endurance Championship. With both cars we were able to complete our programme as planned, which focused on race preparation and tyre evaluation.”

The first two free practice sessions:
For the first free practice session Neel Jani and Marc Lieb shared driving duties at the wheel of the Porsche 919 Hybrid no. 14. Neel focussed on set-up work, Marc did the tyre comparison and clocked the overall fastest lap of the session (1min 44.042sec) on a fresh set of rubber.

The Porsche 919 Hybrid no. 20 was in the hands of Timo Bernhard for the first half of the morning session. After he had worked on the baseline set-up, he handed the car over to Brendon Hartley. Car no. 20 was sixth fastest overall (1min 45.157sec).

In the afternoon session Marc Lieb (car no.14) and Brendon Hartley (car no. 20) did a 25-lap long run each before handing over to teammates Romain Dumas and Mark Webber respectively for further long runs. 

Drivers’ quotes:

Porsche 919 Hybrid #14

Romain Dumas: “We have had a good Friday with both cars running smoothly, which obviously is a good sign. We have been testing several set-up options and will now have a look at what lessons we have learnt. For sure we still have room for improvement, but that’s normal. With the new Porsche 919 Hybrid we are in Silverstone for the first time, and we are almost starting from scratch while our competitors have a great deal of experience. We will continue step by step.” 

Neel Jani: “I saw myself in P1 after only two laps, which was quite an enjoyable way to start. Obviously it doesn’t mean a lot in free practice, but nevertheless it was an enjoyable feeling. I have been concentrating on set-up work. We have made progress but, of course, there is still room for improvement.”

Marc Lieb: “We have had a very good and mostly trouble free first session. We were able to complete our entire programme in terms of set-up work and evalution of the Michelin race tyres. Everything went smoothly, so I am very happy. Also the long-run in the second session was good, as well as for me personally as it was a good exercise to manage traffic from a new perspective. In the GT car I was used to being the one who was overtaken, but now it is the other way round.“

Porsche 919 Hybrid #20 

Timo Bernhard: “The first free practice session in the morning was very useful to get back into a rhythm. We have focussed very much on the car’s set-up and got a first impression of what to expect here in Silverstone. Nevertheless, so far it is difficult to judge from the lap times. There is still some work to do on the set-up as the car tends to understeer.“

Brendon Hartley: “It felt so good to get into the car for an official session after all the test and development work. We have had only a few minor issues but nothing major. It was a good start. Also we got a feel for the traffic, which was pretty interesting and occasionally a bit crazy. For me Silverstone is a home race as I can sleep in my own bed every night, which is a very nice bonus on top of everything else.”

Mark Webber: “Operationally it was a very rewarding day for the guys with two smooth sessions with both cars, which is very important for us at this early stage. With every lap we do we're learning a lot. We've got some performance to find, but we know what we need to work on. The team did a great job in getting a lot of the boxes ticked in terms of reliability and some other things we were a bit concerned about getting right today. I always love driving here at Silverstone, it's a beautiful track and it's great to be back here again with a roof over my head for the first time since 1998. I am used to having better visibility in the F1 car, so that was something to get used to as with the closed cockpit the visibility is a bit more restricted. I have already got a little bit of that endurance feeling, with a lot of different little things which I have clocked in my memory. I'm still a bit of a rookie to be honest, but I'm really enjoying it.“ 

Der Porsche 919 Hybrid:
With two different energy recovery systems the Porsche 919 Hybrid is the most complex race car the sports car manufacturer has ever built, and serves as the fastest mobile research laboratory for future road cars. The lightweight prototype is trimmed for extreme performance and efficiency. Besides the kinetic energy recovery system (MGU-K) under braking, the 919 Hybrid recuperates thermal exhaust energy (MGU-H) when accelerating. The combination of these two systems means a step into unknown territory for Porsche and a unique feature in the entire WEC. When the driver recalls the stored energy from the liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery packs, an electric motor drives the two front wheels with more than 250 hp. This power adds to the over 500 hp combustion engine (downsizing 2.0 litres V4-cylinder, turbocharged with direct injection) and this way the two systems result in temporary all-wheel drive. 

“Home of British Motor Racing“
You can’t miss the message that Silverstone is the Home of British Motor Racing – the slogan welcomes you in huge letters at the main gate. The first circuit was built in 1948 in the grounds of a military airbase. Today’s track layout features a 5.891 km long and flat Grand Prix circuit with 18 bends. Many of their names are mentioned with great respect by drivers. For example the great combination of Maggots-Becketts-Chapel, which leads onto the Hangar straight, ending at the sharp right hander of Stowe corner. Silverstone is located in Northamptonshire, 130 kilometers Northwest of London.

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 and 911 GT3 RSR). They all compete together in one race but are classified separately. 

The 2014 races
20 April Silverstone/Great Britain
03 May Spa-Francorchamps/Belgium
14/15 June Le Mans/France
20 September Austin/USA
12 October Fuji/Japan
02 November Shanghai/China
15 November Sakhir/Bahrain
30 November Sao Paulo/Brazil 


SOURCE: Porsche Motorsports Press Release Database

Porsche Interior of the Week



      Porsche interior shots are popping up all over the place lately. They're interesting because the really give the car personality. Plus it feels like you're in the driver's seat looking at the dash, gauges, and steering wheel. This week a Porsche Targa was chosen, and for good reason. First off the crest in the steering wheel is different. While most are a crest/logo inlaid or stuck on, this one is part of the material covering the wheel, or the wheel itself (it's hard to tell from this angle). Secondly the brown of the dash really demands attention. The gauges are great, seeming classic while getting the job done. This dash is great because it seems average but has detail, making me want to lean in and give a closer look before putting it in drive and heading down the road. 

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Porsche Team Germany confident ahead of the Fed Cup semifinal against Australia


“The aim is to get to the final”

Stuttgart. Andrea Petkovic will open for Porsche Team Germany in the Fed Cup semifinal against Australia. Playing in the Pat Rafter Arena in Brisbane, the 26-year old, who celebrated her biggest career success two weeks ago when winning the WTA tournament in Charleston, will face the former US Open winner Samantha Stosur on Saturday. The second singles of the semifinal tie will be between Angelique Kerber and Casey Dellacqua. Team captain Barbara Rittner has also nominated Julia Görges and Anna-Lena Grönefeld for Sunday’s doubles against Ashley Barty and Casey Dellacqua.

“I’m glad I’m first on court as I lose loads of energy cheering on the others,” said Andrea Petkovic after the draw which was made in the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary on Friday. Angelique Kerber, who has won all her Fed Cup matches on hard courts to date, was also pleased with the draw: “I prefer to play the second match. Our aim is to get to the final. The title is a dream.” 

“The girls are all fit and raring to go. Our chances are now better than they have been for a long time,” said Barbara Rittner who was a member of the team when Germany last won the Fed Cup back in 1992. Australia is definitely not an easy opponent and every match will come down to who is better on the day. However she is quietly confident: “Ability wise we are certainly capable of mastering the challenge.” On Sunday, Porsche Team Germany will take the quickest possible route from Brisbane to Stuttgart where all four players are due to play in the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. 

The second Fed Cup semifinal will see the Czech Republic take on title holders Italy in Ostrava.

TV tip: Porsche Team Germany’s Fed Cup matches in Australia will be televised live on Sat1 Gold – on Saturday from 4.00 am and on Sunday from 4.45 am CEST.


Please note: the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Porsche Team Germany and Porsche Talent Team Germany photo libraries, a part of the Porsche Press Data Bank, is available to all accredited journalists at the internet address http://presse.porsche.de.


SOURCE: Porsche Motorsports Press Release Database

You're Never Too Sick to Drive a Porsche




      Tumblr is a unique sort of blogsphere. People share anything that gets them going, funny pictures, stories, and even personal stuff. This story was shared recently, and I had to pass it along. 
      The Porsche above was posted along with this story: "So yesterday I was stuck in a hotel room throwing up for 16hrs but somehow got better and caught my flight to Dallas this morning and had this beauty waiting for me to drive to Oklahoma. Pretty big swing in the last two days for me. Hoping I don’t puke in this pretty pcar. #911 #ifyouregonaspew #spewintothis #porsche"
      First off, the Porsche is beautiful. It's got a unique color, interesting rims, and definitely would get my attention. The story is great as well. We've all been there, getting sick in a random place. At least this time there was motivation, get home to get back in the Porsche. Pfanatics love to share their Porsche stories, so I'm glad I found this one. Way to get home to your baby, and attempt to enjoy it in the process. 

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Porsche Napkin Holder




      Porsche is always flashy, but somehow stays classy. So when I saw this unique piece, I had to share it. From what I could figure out, there was a Porsche center at an airport, complete with Porsche napkin holders. This shot above is a real gem, with the reflection of the car holder shown on the wood. The silhouette is very detailed and pops off the table. While many kitchens are complete without Porsche labeled holders, I'm sure a man cave can benefit from a few napkins, and a stylish way to hold them without it getting girly in there. It's gold, or gold plated or whatever, and it's simple but still brings your favorite car into any room you place it in. What a find. 

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sports Car World Championship WEC, round 1: Silverstone/Great Britain

Race debut for the Porsche 919 Hybrid

Suttgart. The season-opening race of the sports car World Endurance Championship WEC at Silverstone on 20 April marks the return of Porsche to top-level motorsport. On the storied British race track, the newly-formed Porsche Team campaigns two Porsche 919 Hybrid vehicles in the LMP1 class. In the GTE-Pro class, the Porsche Team Manthey squad fields a pair of Porsche 911 RSR. Silverstone hosts the first of eight WEC rounds this season, with the Le Mans 24 Hours as the ultimate highlight in June. 

The Porsche drivers
Six works drivers contest the LMP1 class on the Silverstone Circuit with the 919 Hybrid: Romain Dumas (France), Neel Jani (Switzerland) and Marc Lieb (Germany) share the cockpit of the number 14 vehicle, with Timo Bernhard (Germany), Brendon Hartley (New Zealand) and Mark Webber (Australia) teaming up in the number 20 prototype. Six works drivers tackle the GTE-Pro class with the Porsche 911 RSR: Joerg Bergmeister (Germany), Patrick Pilet (France) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain) in the number 91 vehicle with Marco Holzer (Germany), Frédéric Makowiecki (France) and Richard Lietz (Austria) in the number 92 sports car.

The Porsche race cars
The newly-developed Porsche 919 Hybrid is the most complex race car Porsche has ever put on wheels. Because the LMP1 regulations have stipulated a decrease in the allowable fuel quantity available per lap by around 30 percent compared to 2013, the vehicle has been designed for extreme performance and efficiency. With the combination of two different energy recovery systems and a downsized turbocharged engine, it also serves as a research platform for fundamental technology for future production models. The Porsche 911 RSR campaigned in the GTE-Pro class is based on the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports car. The 470 hp winning racer from Weissach celebrated its race debut last season and promptly scored a brilliant double victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. For 2014, the 911 RSR received improvements in many areas. This season it has already clinched victories at the long distance classics at Daytona and Sebring. 

The schedule
The six-hour race in Silverstone starts on Sunday, 20 April, at midday local time (13.00 hrs CEST) and is broadcast live on the internet under www.fiawec.com. Eurosport airs the final hour of the race live from 18.00 hrs CEST. 

Quotes before the race
Porsche Team (LMP1)
Fritz Enzinger, Vice President LMP1: „Time has flown since Porsche announced its plan to return to the World Endurance Championship. That was on June 30th, 2011. Assembling the entire team to now number 230 employees, the infrastructure, vehicle development and construction – this was an unbelievable phase. But now it is high time to go racing and see where we stand. The main priority for the first race outing of the 919 Hybrid is that we finish at Silverstone. We drove six hours at a stretch several times during testing, but racing is always a special challenge. The debut for the team and the vehicle will be very exciting for us all.“
Romain Dumas (#14): “To compete with the 919 Hybrid in the WEC is a big, new challenge for us – for the drivers, for the team, for Porsche. Everything is new and different. We have to be very focussed. 2014 requires the most intelligent drivers and teams.”
Mark Webber (#20): “The hybrid technology is all about efficiency and performance which are both in Porsche's DNA anyway. There is a lot of crossover between racing and road cars which fits well to the brand. For us in the cockpit it’s pretty busy but the best guys will still find a way to be quickest. For me Silverstone is like a home race and it is also the venue where I won my last Grand Prix back in 2012. I can't wait to turn the first laps there with the 919 Hybrid.” 

Porsche Team Manthey (GT)
Hartmut Kristen, Head of Porsche Motorsport: “With the victories at the long distance classics at Daytona and Sebring in the USA, the 911 RSR made a very successful start to the season. Now we are keen to carry this positive momentum into the WEC. From a technical point of view, the official tests at Le Castellet ran well and the Porsche Team Manthey, which is by and large a newly-formed squad, has left a good impression too. And the new driver line-up also works well. Now at Silverstone we just have to pull it all together against the toughest competition. We’re looking forward to an exciting season.”
Patrick Pilet (#91): “We’re heading to Silverstone feeling very confident. The balance of the 911 RSR has become much better especially in the fast corners. That’s why the track should suit us well. The whole car and tyre package fits. We’re going for the title this season and we hope to be first off the mark against very strong opposition from Aston Martin and Ferrari.” 
Marco Holzer (#92): “I look forward to my first WEC race and I’m pleased that the season is finally starting. At the tests at Le Castellet I found the 911 RSR easy to drive. In fact, the tests in general were very positive and we made some good progress. In any case, we’re well prepared for Silverstone.”

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 and 911 GT3 RSR). They all compete together in one race but are classified separately. 

The 2014 races
20 April Silverstone/Great Britain
03 May Spa-Francorchamps/Belgium
14/15 June Le Mans/France
20 September Austin/USA
12 October Fuji/Japan
02 November Shanghai/China
15 November Sakhir/Bahrain
30 November Sao Paulo/Brazil


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 Restoration Project




      Barn finds are a favorite of mine. Maybe it's because it reminds me of watching car shows with Ray, maybe it's the prospect of turning something back to how it used to be, whatever it is I get excited about them. So when I found this series of Porsche pictures on Tumblr, I had to share it. 
      The picture above was the first I saw, and the Porsche logo is what caught my eye. Even with all the weather, sanding, and rust that fell upon this Porsche, the red in the crest still remained as a reminder of what could be. The angle of this shot is also really great. The iconic round headlights frame this well, and the overhead shot showcases the beating this car took. 
      The next picture I wanted to share is below, rounding out the post with the rear of the same car. The rust continued, and it really looks rough, but I kind of like it. The color is great and shows the prospect of something much greater ahead for this beauty. The Porsche logo still clings to the tail of the car, and the grill remains. This car has some potential, I can feel it.


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