It’s both revered and demonized. The Nürburgring elicits strong reactions like no other racetrack in the world. Opened on June 18, 1927, the track will turn ninety in just a few weeks.
Date: July 17, 1927 Winner: Otto Merz Car: Mercedes-Benz Type S Distance: Eighteen laps of 28.265 kilometers (Nordschleife and Südschleife; north and south loops) Winner’s average speed: 101.8 km/h
Ferdinand Porsche’s act of will
Thirty days after the Nürburgring opens, the German Grand Prix is held before a crowd of eighty-five thousand spectators. After just under five hours and nearly five hundred kilometers, Mercedes sweeps the podium, led by Otto Merz, the thirty-eight-year-old son of a mechanic from Esslingen. It’s also a great victory for Ferdinand Porsche. He created the engine of the Mercedes-Benz Type S, the powerhouse of the compressor era: 6,800 cc of displacement and up to 134.2 kW (180 hp). Thanks to Ferdinand Porsche, [...]
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Vehicle number ‘one-million’ rolled off the company’s Zuffenhausen production line, trimmed specially to reflect the first 911 from 1963, with Dr. Wolfgang Porsche sat in the driver’s seat. It’s painted in an attractive ‘irish’ green colour, with trim and badging contrasting in gold, and a luxurious interior featuring a houndstooth seat trim, plus a wooden steering wheel.
Based on a 911 ‘Carrera S’, the 1,000,000th Porsche ‘911’ is powered by a 414 bhp turbocharged engine and is capable of 191 mph, while accelerating from 0-62 mph in 4.3 s. Purist-Porsche-fans can also relax – it’s mated to a manual gearbox. the ‘911’ vehicle ‘one’ was powered by a 128 bhp, reaching a top speed of 131 mph with an 8.3 sec 0-62 time, while quickly establishing itself as an icon of ’60s cool. Now, it is considered as symbolic of [...]
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The Geneva Motor Show is like a compilation album of greatest hits from the world’s most exclusive automakers, so it’s difficult for smaller companies to stand out and capture the attention of show-goers. Just ask Alpina, Rimac, or even Morgan. Storied German brand RUF is the exception to the rule this year.
RUF surprised us a few days before the show opened its doors by announcing plans to propel one of its signature models – the 1987 CTR, also known as the Yellow Bird – into the 21st century. Company boss Alois Ruf sat down with Autoblog to explain why the time is right to release a modern-day Yellow Bird, and why it’s already a smash hit.
Autoblog: What made you decide to bring the Yellow Bird back this year?
Alois Ruf: The most obvious reason was to celebrate the car’s 30th anniversary, but there’s more to it than that. The [...]
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Porsche held its first-ever Asia Pacific regional media drive of the new Panamera at Taiwan’s Sun Moon Lake. “Panamera: Two Trails” was specifically designed to highlight how performance and luxury, two contrasting characteristics, are reconciled more than ever before in the second-generation Gran Turismo. At the event, more than 80 media participants went behind the wheel of the Panamera, Panamera 4 and Panamera 4S, to experience the sports car among luxury saloons. A Panamera Turbo was also on display at the base venue.
The drive was split into two trails with its own distinct character and routes – the Performance Trail and the Luxury Trail. Under the guidance of Porsche certified instructors, drivers tested the mettle of the cars on the Performance Trail via winding, mountainous roads and high-speed expressways in Nantou County. For the Luxury Trail, the Panameras cruised the vicinity of scenic Sun [...]
With Porsche, life is not just fast but colourful, too – hardly any other car manufacturer has shown as much confidence with colour. And the chameleon-like quality of the 911 has also spread to other models.
Text first published in the magazine “Porsche Klassik 10”. Text by Achim Peitzmeier Photos by Markus Bolsinger
In short, the 911 simply looks good in everything. Whether pure white, refined black or strident yellow. Cheeky orange or rich green, blazing red or dignified blue. Even coffee brown suits it – the sportscar model is a perfect fashion model, made for the car catwalk. Never does it look embarrassing; nothing seems unsuitable. On the contrary, particularly bold colours make a statement which should always reflect the driver’s self-confidence. Often it is just those paint finishes that generate the most passionate discussion, that later exude a certain charm and are in hot demand with collectors. Which means: If you discover a colourful gem on these pages, there is only thing one for it: buy!
Every time and every generation has its colours. Hardly any other motor vehicle reflects this maxim so enduringly as the 911. [...]
Text first published in the Porsche customer magazine Christophorus, Nr. 380 Text by Naoto Fukasawa Photos by Markus Bolsinger
As a child, I often had the task of peeling potatoes, and I could never get rid of every last trace of soil on them. No matter how hard I tried, the potatoes were always still a little dirty. But as soon as I immersed them in water, they were clean—and suddenly became sculptures that fit beautifully in my hand. That’s something I have never forgotten. Decades later, when designing a cell phone, I pictured users reaching for it in their pockets. That reminded me of my experience with potatoes, so I deliberately chose not to draw aerodynamic lines. Our hands instinctively seek edges; they want to feel textures, to play with them or use them for orientation. Cars are no different in this respect, even though we use our eyes instead of our hands to constantly trace [...]
The history of the Porsche automobile brand began in 1948, but the groundwork for the company was laid in the design office of Professor Ferdinand Porsche. The first order book in 1930 recorded the start-up phase of a legend in the making.
It sits unremarkably in a gray safe in a climate-controlled room: the first ledger of the Porsche design office, stored in a fireproof room in the archive of the Porsche Museum. In the timeworn ledger one can find order number 1, placed on August 21, 1930. The job involved manufacturing individual components for a “Hesselmann engine,” a cross between a diesel and a gas engine—a sign of the company’s innovative spirit since its inception. Order number 7 was of another dimension altogether. “Small-car project,” reads the description in the ledger. The Wanderer company planned to motorize the masses and needed a concept with which it could economically and inexpensively develop what was then [...]
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Unapologetic, uncompromising and built to win, Lotus has announced the development of the mighty Exige Race 380 – the track-only sibling of what has been hailed as one of the marque’s most significant and sensational cars, the critically acclaimed Exige Sport 380.
Combining Lotus’ vehicle development skills with its motorsport pedigree, the class-leading competition car will set the pace when the first production cars reach owners in May 2017. As part of the current Exige’s development cycle, the Race 380 will become the race car of choice for teams as well as privateers for the 2017 / 2018 season.
Taking one of the world’s best supercars, the Exige Sport 380, the new model provides the ultimate in race-bred engineering and comes with a host of competition-focused components as standard.
Gearbox, suspension, aerodynamics and electrical systems are among the items that have been modified to reflect the car’s role but, despite the fact that the new [...]
Beautiful weather, great comradery and driver training that was second to none! Weissach hosted the first ever driver training program at the brand new Area 27 racetrack on Sunday, October 2nd. 28 super cars came together including a mix of Porsche, Lotus & Lamborghini. Saturday morning kicked out with a relaxing convoy drive from Vancouver to Osoyoos before checking in lakeside, to the stunning Watermark Beach Resort Hotel.
After a good night sleep and a light breakfast on Sunday morning, drivers set off together to the race track approx 15 mins from the hotel. The rest of the day was only short of spectacular.
Racing legend Mr. Richard Spenard introduced himself along with the very talented and experienced driving instructions who shared their knowledge with the group for the next 8 hours. The morning started with level division, followed by coaching on different areas of the track. After a well needed lunch, adrenaline was pumping for the [...]
Words: Ollie Marriage Photography: Rowan Horncastle Top Gear Magazine (October 2016)
Koenigsegg has a vision of the future. In it, 1,500bhp hypercars have cloaking devices. They’re not only massively effective, rendering the car utterly invisible, but also activate almost instantaneously. Ingeniously, the system is linked to throttle position. So, say you’re being pursued through a dystopian city by a rampaging gang of social-media supercar baggers, all you have to do is briskly take the throttle to ooh, about 30 per cent, a puffy white cloud appears and all they’re showing on Periscope is the inside of that thick, choking cloud while, somewhere off in the distance, a plainly furious T rex is bellowing in pursuit of a hapless triceratops.
I have never experienced anything that bonfires its tyres like the Koenigsegg Regera. Anything. Despite the best tractive efforts of the vast 345-width Michelins, they’re as nothing in the [...]