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Porsche adds support for vintage racers

Porsche adds support for vintage racers

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Among today’s car manufacturers, Porsche is certainly at the forefront in recognizing and celebrating cars from its history. The company restores older Porschesthrough its Porsche Classic Workshop, its museum attends and competes in vintage racing eventswith cars from its collection, and its Rennsport Reunions have become must-attend events for vintage Porsche racing fanatics. It was no surprise, then, that Porsche took the next logical step by announcing a complete support program for vintage racers campaigning Porsches.

While Porsche Motorsport North America has long supported racers of newer 911s and even rebuilt engines for select historic Porsche race cars, it recently announced that it will expand racing support to owners of Porsches of all ages. That support includes everything from restoration and service to storage and race preparation.

The announcement comes as PMNA plans to move its headquarters from Santa Ana, California, to Carson, California, where the company is building its West Coast Experience Center, a facility that will include a three-mile-long test track, workshops, and a “human performance laboratory” that will allow drivers to improve their skills behind the wheel.

“Race cars have to race, not rust,” said Achim Stejskal, Director of the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany. “We want to keep the memory of Porsche’s many racing successes alive by not just putting our legendary race cars on display but by letting them actively compete in events that celebrate historic motorsports.”

PMNA plans to open its West Coast Experience Center next fall. Porsche already operates three Experience Centers – at Silverstone in Great Britain; in Leipzig, Germany; and in Shanghai, China – and is building another as part of its new U.S. headquarters complex in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Porsche Launches Powerkit And Aero Enhancements for the 911 Carrera S

Porsche is thinking of their performance oriented customers real hard and they’ve come up with something to further enhance the Porsche 911 Carrera S with some performance and aero enhancement options. First of all, the power enhancement kit.

It boosts the power of the 3.8-litre boxer engine from 400 hp (294 kW) to 430 hp (316 kW), producing even better driving performance. Thanks to this Powerkit, the 911 Carrera S Coupé only needs 4.0 seconds to sprint from zero to 100 km/h with PDK in Sport Plus mode. The kit also increases the top speed by four km/h: to 306 km/h with PDK and to 308 km/h with a seven-speed manual gearbox. However, the enhanced power has not affected fuel economy: fuel consumption values in the NEDC are unchanged despite a power increase of over seven per cent.

More power without higher fuel consumption is made possible by carefully tuned modifications and adaptations to the electronic engine management. The core elements of the Powerkit are special cylinder heads with different camshafts and an entirely new variable resonance intake system design with six air flaps and a resonance flap. An additional centre radiator keeps the higher specific power from overloading the thermal management system of the six-cylinder engine. Low exhaust back pressure is achieved by the sport exhaust system that is equipped with two sets of twin tailpipes with independent styling; this system is also included with the Powerkit.

At the press of a button, the exhaust system is dethrottled, the two exhaust lines are merged and they generate a powerful engine sound. The Powerkit also includes the Sport Chrono package with dynamic engine mounts for even sportier driving properties. A visual trademark of the Powerkit is the car’s modified engine compartment styling with titanium coloured engine cover and carbon inlays.

Porsche Exclusive also offers aerodynamically tuned exterior components that offer customisation over various expansion levels. The basic component is the front apron that extends low and has powerful air intakes from the Sport Design package. This package also includes a fixed rear spoiler in legendary “ducktail” form. The top upgrade is the Aerokit Cup with an additional fixed rear wing over the rear spoiler and a special front spoiler lip with additional air intakes.

Other new Porsche Exclusive products for the 911 Carrera include tinted privacy glass for the side and rear windows and the Exterior package with various components in body colour. Inside, Porsche Exclusive also offers numerous upgrades such as interior packages with decorative trim ranging from brushed aluminium to carbon.

We haven’t got the pricing information from Porsche for these power and aero enhancements, but we do like what we see in terms of looks and performance figures. But we are eaferly awaiting to see the 991 model’s Turbo, GT3, GT2 and other performance oriented version of the highly successful vehicle from the Stuttgart based manufacturer.

Porsche Launches Powerkit And Aero Enhancements for the 911 Carrera S

Porsche Launches Powerkit And Aero Enhancements for the 911 Carrera S

Porsche Launches Powerkit And Aero Enhancements for the 911 Carrera S

Porsche Launches Powerkit And Aero Enhancements for the 911 Carrera S

ADV.1 Covers a Porsche 911 Turbo With Some Bronze

Looks like several weeks have passed with Miguel having the same old set of wheels on his white Porsche 911 Turbo. A really long time for him to be rocking the same set.

But fear no more ladies and gentlemen, the natural order of things has been restored! Migz got a new set and oh boy did he get a gorgeous one!

His choice for his white Porsche are wheels finished in something you don’t see every day and which is our general conclusion here at the office, we love to see on any white vehicle. Yeah, a bronze finish was chosen!

This is what ADV.1 calls polished bronze and it looks great. Period. Nothing more to say! After all the black, white, naked and such finishes we were getting a bit bored by the wheel makers using the same old finish. Something like this or Challenge Gold that D2FORGED offers is definitely a welcome sight.

Wheels on this app are 20″ staggered setup of ADV05 Track Spec SL’s speaking volumes on things that are not played out and we welcome the decision to go individual. Enjoy!

ADV.1 Covers a Porsche 911 Turbo With Some Gold

ADV.1 Covers a Porsche 911 Turbo With Some Gold

ADV.1 Covers a Porsche 911 Turbo With Some Gold

ADV.1 Covers a Porsche 911 Turbo With Some Gold

ADV.1 Covers a Porsche 911 Turbo With Some Gold

ADV.1 Covers a Porsche 911 Turbo With Some Gold

ADV.1 Covers a Porsche 911 Turbo With Some Gold

ADV.1 Covers a Porsche 911 Turbo With Some Gold

ADV.1 Covers a Porsche 911 Turbo With Some Gold

Camp4 returns to Canada in 2012

A few years ago, Porsche Canada shocked the Canadian auto scene by declaring they would no longer be spending their advertising budget on car shows. Instead, they planned to host quality driving events that offered participants a real taste of the Porsche lifestyle. Some of these events are dealer invite type events, where others are purely driving events where anyone with the inclination and space on their credit card can attend. Camp4 is one of these events.

Originally held only in Finland, Camp4 is a traveling driver training event that puts the emphasis on Winter driving skills. 2012 will be the second time that Camp4 has come to ski country in rural Quebec, setting up at the wonderful Mecaglisse track.

To give you an idea of just how cool this is, check out my report from the 2011 edition of Camp4 Canada. Participants this Winter will have the added bonus of driving the newest Porsche 911. On ice!

I know this will sound like an advertorial, but I personally guarantee that Camp4 will be one of the most memorable driving experiences you will ever have!

Porsche Canada press release with all of the details after the break, along with some Porsche Winter driving video goodness.

MISSISSAUGA – October 6, 2011 — Late this coming January, a fleet of over 20 Porsche Caymans and 911 Carrera models will again descend on the Mecaglisse snow- and ice-driving facility, marking the return of Porsche’s thrilling Camp4 Canada driving program to the Mont-Tremblant region. Defying the conventional wisdom that says sports cars should be garaged for the winter, Camp4 Canada will in fact be the first opportunity for North American customers to experience the next-generation Porsche 911 from behind the wheel.

Behind the wheel of powerful rear- and all-wheel drive sports cars, including the all-new “991” generation 911 Carrera S, Camp4 Canada participants will learn valuable winter driving skills and explore multiple specialized snow-bound tracks at Mecaglisse, a dedicated snow- and ice-driving facility outside of Montreal. Two road courses are complimented by an enormous winter skidpad, all of which allow drivers to explore the Porsches’ limits in safe and controlled situations.

“We are very excited to be hosting a Camp4 for the second time in Canada,” said Joe Lawrence, President and CEO of Porsche Canada. “Porsche has long provided drivers the skills to drive with precision, performance and mastery in all kinds of adverse conditions. This year, on top of the three-day Camp4 program, we are upping the ante. Drivers who have previously completed Camp4 or another Precision-level Porsche Sport Driving School course can step up to Camp4S, which incorporates an additional snow-and-ice track, even higher speeds and more challenging exercises.”

Using the new Esterel Suites Spa & Lake as its base, Camp4 Canada is ideally situated in one of the most picturesque parts of the country. Located about one hour from Montreal, the unique resort is surrounded by two lakes and miles of forests and combines fine cuisine and modern décor for participants from Canada, the U.S. and around the world. The Mont-Tremblant location also makes it easy for participants to integrate Camp4 Canada into a more extended holiday that might include skiing in the Laurentian mountains.

Camp4 Canada once again serves as the highlight of a larger winter marketing campaign, which begins today on www.porsche.ca. Designed to convince potential customers that all Porsche vehicles, including the sports cars that form the basis of Camp4 Canada, are all-weather machines, the campaign includes a winter-themed microsite, winter displays at Porsche Centres nationwide and special offers on winter wheels, tires and accessories.

Porsche Canada will offer only two three-day waves of Camp4 Canada and one wave of Camp4S. Wave 1 runs from January 31 to February 3, 2012; wave 2 from February 3-6 and wave 3, Camp4S, from February 7-10; corporate one-day programs are also available. The price of $4,995 for Camp4 (Camp4S pricing TBD) includes accommodations, food and transfers between the hotel and the driving centre. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-PORSCHE or by visiting www.porsche.ca/camp4.

Porsche unveils the 2012 911 in North America

Porsche unveiled the new 2012 911 Carrera for the first time in North America last weekend, at the Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV event, held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The thoroughly redesigned car, known internally as the 991, boasts reduced weight, increased power, and some of the latest technology inside and out, but will also come with an increased price when it reaches dealers in February.

 

The new base model 911 Carrera has a 3.4-liter engine producing 350hp, while the Carrera S model produces 400hp from its 3.8-liter motor. The new aluminum/steel composite body loses around 100 lbs (45kg) lighter than the 2011 model, while improving rigidity and reducing front and rear lift. A new seven-speed manual PDK double-clutch transmission, start/stop functionality, and improved cooling add up to increased efficiency and reduced emissions compared to the 2011 model. Handling is boosted by a 3.9 increase in wheelbase, a wider track, a new rear axle, and new electro-mechanical power steering. The Carrera S also can be equipped with Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, an active roll stabilization system. 0-60 times are also improved, 4.4 seconds (claimed) for the standard Carrera and 4.1 for the Carrera S, or, when using thee optional Sport Chrono package’s launch control, 4.2 seconds and 3.9 seconds for the base and S models.

The styling is refreshed inside and out. The cockpit caters to the driver with a short distance between the high-mounted shifter and the steering wheel, a large centrally-mounted tachometer, and a multifunction LCD display in the cluster. Externally, the car receives new LED head- and tail-lamps, and the side mirrors are now mounted on the upper surface of the doors.

When the new 911s arrive in the US, they will carry MSRPs of $82,100 for the Carrera, and $96,400 for the Carrera S.

Porsche announces GT3 Cup Challenge Canada

As regular readers of The Garage know, Canada has a played an important role in Porsche’s rich racing history. Some of the top Porsche drivers over the past 5 decades have been Canadians, while the wildly popular Rothmans Porsche series of the 80′s was considered by many to be the top single marque series of all time.

“Canada has always been a part of the Porsche motorsport family,” said Joe Lawrence, President and CEO of Porsche Canada. “Canada was the stage for one of the most competitive one-make Porsche series in the 1980s and Mosport has hosted the American IMSA GT3 Challenge every year. It’s great to once again have a Canadian series and Porsche Canada looks forward to playing a more active role in the worldwide Porsche motorsport community.”

With that history in mind, Porsche announced today that Canadian race fans will once again be able to cheer for a Porsche series on home soil instead of just seeing them on television. The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada is the 20th such series around the globe, and will take place at 3 separate events in Ontario and Quebec.

Series Schedule

  • May 14, 15 at Calabogie Motorsports Park, just outside of Ottawa.
  • June 3, 4, 5 at Circuit ICAR, at Mirabel, near Montreal.
  • July 23, 24 at Mosport as part of the Mobil 1 Presents the Grand Prix of Mosport American Le Mans weekend.

Competitors will be driving Porsche GT3 Cup cars which are derived from the popular GT3 RS road car specifically for the Challenge Cup world wide. The series is being coordinated by IMSA, an organization that has a long history at Mosport and also organizes the American GT3 Cup series. For the Mosport round, American competitors will be included on the entry roster. This combination of both series very well make the GT3 Cup the most exciting race of the weekend.

The Rothmans Porsche series included some of the top names in motorsport 20 years ago and many of those drivers are still active in racing. While the entry list has yet to be finalized, one has to wonder if guys like Ron Fellows, Ken Wilden and Richard Spenard are going to be drafted into service.

Keep checking back, as we will be sure to keep you up to date on any series developments as the season approaches.

Professor Ferdinand Porsche passes at age 76

Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche passed away earlier this morning in Salzburg, Austria. The son of Dr. Ferry Porsche and his wife Dorothea, F.A. Porsche was more than the son of a prominent sports car manufacturer. His vision of the ultimate sports car became the standard by which all sports cars would forever be judged. F.A. Porsche created the iconic Porsche 911.

Regardless of what country one grew up in, every motoring enthusiast around the globe has been touched in some way by the 911. Likewise, most of those who are not inclined towards the automotive lifestyle can instantly identify the shape as a Porsche. The 911 is nothing short of a cultural icon.

Every motoring enthusiast can cite the origins of their passion. While the seeds of mine were planted when I was a toddler, they were fertilized from the age of about 8 or 9, when I first visited my friend’s garage and got up close with the 911 that sat within. I learned that it was one of the oldest 911′s in the World. At that young age, that knowledge meant little compared to my reality that I was able to sit in a real Porsche. Even then, I knew the car was special.

In 1962, F.A. Porsche took over the design department at the company bearing his family’s name. The first product to emerge from his studio was to be called the 901 and it took the World by storm. The successor to the 356, the 901 was revealed to the public at the 1963 Frankfurt Motor Show. Not long afterwards, at the Paris Auto Salon, Peugeot made claim to the 901 model name and the car was renamed the 911.

As I grew into my Teens, I began to understand that this car was not actually a 911 at all, rather it was a 901 and an early one at that. Number 27 was originally on display at the 1963 London Motor Show, before making its way to Canada. That one car played a pivotal role in forming my automotive addiction.

Likewise, the myriad of 911 models to follow would mold the passion of millions of enthusiasts, each with their own story to tell.

We have a gallery of images from F.A. Porsche’s professional life, along with the official press release from Porsche after the break.

Porsche Cayenne GTS: The Best Sporty 4×4 Ever?

Porsche already has a fast 4×4 in the form of the Cayenne Turbo, but thought there was still room for a new GTS – the more driver focused version without the two turbochargers, but with more thorough tuning on the 4.8-litre V8 engine. It falls short 79bhp on the Cayenne Turbo and a notable 136lb ft of torque but is considerably cheaper. It’s never been the Porsche way to dwell on the numbers as they’ve always let their cars do the talking on the track/road, so if there’s a lack of power on first glace then this is probably for a reason or justified somewhere else.

You might think that in this current economic climate a car such as the Cayenne Turbo is a somewhat pointless car. Frugality is taking over and people seek power that is balanced with sound environmental credentials. The figures tell a different story though as the last Cayenne Turbo sold over 15,000 units – accounting to a strong contribution to overall Cayenne models. This bodes well for the new GTS then. Maybe there is a market?

Is this what the Cayenne GTS is then? A gap filler? A slightly cheaper and slightly more economical version of their flagship turbo charged 4×4?

This is the 2nd GTS to go on sale and is a full 160kg lighter than the last one, with 20bhp more. This bodes positively for Porsche as does the new Sound Symposer which allows the engine sound to be channelled into the cabin with variable exhaust flaps. It sits 24mm lower than the Cayenne S and comes with 20-inch alloys as standard and a tasty 8-speed automatic gearbox is available allowing the engine to stay in that ‘sweet spot’ for as long as possible. It’s looking like a nice car then, but what we really want to know is how well it drives!

In good news; the Cayenne GTS proves that it is even possible to make a two-tonne 4×4 handle and behave like a sporty estate car – such as the Audi RS4 or BMW M5. Most impressively is that the GTS proves naturally aspirated engines are still fast and there isn’t always the requirement for a turbo charger. The engine feels natural and powerful, yet not overwhelming – it is reassuringly powerful yet tame. You can get to 62mph in just 5.7 seconds too, proving the speed of the GTS is properly fast. Not just for an SUV, but full stop. The ride is decent too, and even on sports mode where the suspension is at its firmest it was relatively comfortable meaning you really could live with this car. This could be the perfect compromise when it comes to sports car handling and 4×4 practicality, although you’d have to be mad to actually take the GTS off-road with its low clearance, lack of locking differential and those huge tyres.

You get to experience a fairly nimble and fast car with the upright driving position that a 4×4 offers – and this is probably its greatest strength. The engine is punchy and the steering precise and tidy. It’s unlikely that you’ll buy one of these to test it to the max, but it’s nice to know it could handle a getaway situation.

Why you should buy one:

If you’re in the market for buying or leasing a fast 4×4 with bold styling and an alternative to the Range Rover – then yes. The Cayenne GTS is fast enough for anyone, relatively spacious with a great driving position and best of all costs over £20,000 less than the Cayenne Turbo.

You wouldn’t call this model ‘stripped out’ either, as the interior is pleasant and there are plenty of mod-cons available as options. The GTS really does the offer the compromise that many brands try to achieve, so for £67,000 this could be the car for you.

Why you shouldn’t buy one:

For a large car there is a lack of rear legroom, which can be an immediate problem if you have a family or plan on ferrying children or passengers around in the back. The gearbox is also a little sluggish and doesn’t change up and down as responsively as you’d like. If fuel economy is what you’re looking for then it still won’t be massively in the favour of the GTS. A good drive can realistically average out at around 18mpg which is hardly sensible, so this is worth bearing in mind.

It’s also unlikely that you need the power of this model, so a BMW X5 or Range Rover Sport could be more suitable, but this comes down to personal taste. Who realistically needs over 400bhp in a car that sits this high up?

Verdict:

A great new SUV from Porsche that will make a fine choice for any business lease or family ‘thrash-around’. It suffers from the same problems that other competitors do, but it gets round them through its styling and presence. A class leader in the non-off road 4×4 market.

This review is courtesy of Nationwide Vehicle Contractswho specialise in car leasing and contract hire.

Prototype Spied: 2013 Porsche 911 Targa

Though the sneaky engineers at Porsche tried to disguise the 911 Targa prototype as a standard convertible, the clever ruse did not fool spy photogs! This prototype will be the latest 991-series Porsche 911, a version many are looking forward to driving. Rent a Porsche 911 today for a full brand experience.

2013 Porsche targa

2013 Porsche Targa

The Targa features a soft-top roof that could be acting to mask a fixed center roll bar like the first 911 Targa in 1967. The front may be an oversized glass panel covering the entire roof and lower automatically behind the center roll bar. Some think the new Targa will be very similar to the Carrera or Carrera S, with the above-mentioned differences.

2013 Porsche targa

Would you like to get behind the wheel?

Specs should include a 3.4—liter flat-six pumping out 350 horses and paired to Porsche’s special 7-speed dual-clutch manual. AWD variants are possible, so expect a Targa 4 and a Targa 4S sometime next year.

2013 Porsche targa

I am sure the driver did not mind the wet conditions

2013 Porsche targa

Smooth in black

2013 Porsche targa

Stay tuned!

Porsche For Sale – Knowing Various Products That May Fit Your Needs

Typically, if someone hears about Porsche, he or she might think of luxury and power. Why? Just look at its badge—a black horse that lifts its front legs—symbolizes the force of free people during World War II in a part of southern Germany, Stuttgart—the capital of the state of Baden-Wurttemberg. It was the period of the European confrontation that affected Porsche to develop its products, from the typical vehicles till heavy tanks. It’s not surprising if Porsche never abandons its European style among other cars because of its history.

Nevertheless, something that has grown from a quite long time might not be always out-of-date. Porsche is an example of such thing that is still well-liked until this very moment. You can see it when there is Porsche for Sale in your country. Sometimes, however, people find some difficulties to find Porsche for sale in their area. It is because of the price and the rarity of this car’s event.

By going to some luxury car dealers, you may see Porsche for sale there. How much the price you will get depends on the year and the model itself for sure. Since Porsche has been producing a range of series including the second model 911, Boxster and Caymen as sports cars, it is more helpful if you know a few of them and what the differences in advance.

Let’s start from some, 1998 up to the present’s models, 996 series, which were in the time when water-cooled engines replaced the previous 911′s air-cooled engines. Porsche 996 has some creations in its production such as the turbo in the Carrera and Carrera 4. However, when they are compared with the 996 Turbo X50 which comes later, it has different bumpers with air vents and dissimilar front lights. Another design, which is intended for club racing, is GT3 that is more highlighting on its handling and performance. The absence of rear seats in this type racing-car makes it lighter in weight and more focused on its speed.

For you who don’t like much specifically racing car and more like graceful-outer shell–car moving on the public road you drive on, you can choose Porsche Panamera. It is considered less expensive than its challenger, Mercedez-Benz S63 AMG. When Porsche for sale offers more than one version of Panamera, you can ask the seller what engine and transmission the car has. For example, Panamera S and Panamera 4S have V8 engine version with rear-wheel drive as standard, while Panamera Turbo consists of four-wheel drive. It may be different with the transmission, as Panamera S has 6-speed manual transmission, Panamera 4S and the Turbo version have ZF 7-speed PDK dual clutch transmission. All of them, however, must have Porsche Traction Management (PTM) as standard, which means perfectly controlled, four-wheel drive system.

You get more pleasure if Porsche for sale around you offers Porsche Cayenne, the SUV type that gets its part with the Volkswagen Touareg. Like other previous types, the Cayenne also has some different engines. You can find this when Panamera Cayenne first generation (face-lifted) launched in 2008 varies in engines, start from V6 Turbo Diesel, VR6, V8 (S), V8 (GTS), V8 (Turbo) to V8 (Turbo S). Whichever engine you choose, you only have to fit it based on your expectation in driving your speed.

Now, with at least some ideas about Porsche in your head, you are able to make your own choice. What makes these luxury cars fit for people is of course their appreciation to equip all the vehicles with various exteriors and interiors matched with people’s needs.

Though, don’t ever be deceived by its only reputation. As purchasers, when you get Porsche for sale either for the used Porsche or the new one, you have to do some steps formerly. First, you have to check the documents in order to confirm that there are no serious accidents, damages or illegal procedures in the past. Second, you ought to make sure that the V.I.N numbers are placed properly. If there are some troubles, you just have to ask and get the reasons from the dealers. Getting as much information as possible is absolutely for your own benefit. Just get your own glory by Porsche in your hands now!