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    The 36 most interesting facts and figures about Porsche and Le Mans

    What has the 919 Hybrid in common with the power supply of a village?

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    The 36 most interesting facts and figures about Porsche and Le Mans

     

    Stuttgart. The record of 18 overall wins is the most popular figure about Porsche and Le Mans. Double it, and this is how many further interesting facts you will find here. Discover what the Porsche 919 Hybrid has in common concerning the power supply of a small village, at what time did Mark Webber complete his first-ever lap in an LMP1 car and when Porsche celebrated its first hybrid race car success.

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    The initial roll-out of the first 919 was done by Porsche works driver Timo Bernhard on June 12 in 2013 at the Weissach test track. A little over two years later, he became world endurance champion with the further developed Le Mans prototype.

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    Hollywood stars entered Le Mans with Porsche. Steve McQueen’s attempt made it [...]

    Where Legends Are Made

    Ten particularly memorable moments.

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    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.

     

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    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 [...]

    24 Hours of Le Mans 2017 at Weissach – REGISTER NOW!

    JOIN US at the Weissach showroom on Sunday, June 18th from 5am to watch the final of the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2017 on the big screen over breakfast with friends. All clients are most welcome. Please RSVP below to confirm your place.

    Following this breakfast event we will convoy together at 9am to the 11th Annual Dundarave Show and Ride right in the heart of delightful Dundarave Village. This is PCA-CWR Good Works event with the purpose of raising money for medical research to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis, a deadly genetic disease affecting children and young adults across Canada. Money will be raised by means of a donation to the Canadian Cystic [...]

    Porsche 1,000,000th 911 sports car rolls off the production line

    Porsche makes its 1,000,000th 911 sports car and it is magnificent.

    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. Quickly establishing itself as an icon of ’60s cool. Now, it is considered as symbolic of all things related to Germany and automobiles. Over half of Porsche’s [...]

    The RUF Yellow Bird: The inside story on why it flies again

    Alois Ruf explains why his company ressurected its icon.

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    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 RUF 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.

    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.

    Autoblog: What made you decide to bring the Yellow Bird back this year?

    Alois Ruf: The most obvious reason was to celebrate [...]

    Two Trails – One Panamera

    Performance and luxury – the Panamera combines both characteristics. Journalists in Taiwan had the opportunity to discover the blend in a Two Trails Media Drive.

    Panamera Turbo, Two Trails Media Drive, Taiwan, 2017, Porsche AG

    Porsche held its first-ever Asia Pacific regional media drive of the new Panamera at Taiwan’s Sun Moon Lake. “Panamera: Two Trails” is designed to highlight how performance and luxury are reconciled more than ever before in the second-generation Gran Turismo. More than 80 media participants went behind the wheel of the Panamera, Panamera 4, and 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. Winding, mountainous roads, and high-speed expressways in sight in Nantou County. For the Luxury Trail, the Panameras cruised the vicinity of scenic Sun Moon Lake. After a [...]

    Getting the right tone

    With Porsche, life is not just fast but colourful, too.

    911 Targa 2.4 S in gulf blue, 2016, Porsche AG

    In short, the Porsche 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. Later exuding a certain charm and is 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 [...]

    It all depends on the end

    Naoto Fukasawa, talks about the purpose of design and why the rear of a car is like the final and perfectly shaped piece of a puzzle.

    Naoto Fukasawa, product-designer, 2017, Porsche AG

    The world of design has changed dramatically. Graphics, products, interior decoration, sound, film, and art influence one another all the time. We live in a world of walls. Between us and the walls are objects that we have created. The current trend is for these objects to wander, either toward the walls or toward us. The bulky television sets of the past have been replaced by flat screens that we hang on the walls. In contrast, those heavy old phones have migrated toward us and now nestle in our hands. Audio systems? They’ve moved either to the walls or to our ears. Lights, air-conditioning systems, refrigerators—they’ve moved closer to the walls than ever before. Our world is becoming cleaner, tidier, and more streamlined. That is a key aspect of the work of a designer. There are, of course, quintessential objects [...]

    Weissach Driver Education Track Day

    @AREA 27, Osoyoos. Only 5 spots left!

    SUNDAY, MAY 28TH 2017
    SOLD OUT!!
    MONDAY, MAY 29TH 2017
    5 PLACES REMAINING!

     

    JOIN US AT AREA 27 MOTORSPORTS PARK, OSOYOOS

     

    Feel the excitement of driving your sports car to its full potential under controlled track conditions. You are cordially invited to join us for our inaugural 2017 Weissach Driver Education Track Day at the Area 27 track in Oliver BC. Open to Weissach Porsche, Lotus & Lamborghini owners only.

    Registration includes:

    One driver registration. One night stay at the wonderful Spirit Ridge Resort in Osoyoos (includes parking) Private Welcome Dinner on Saturday, May 27th. Pre-track breakfast on Sunday, May 28th. Full driver education program on Sunday, May 28th from 9am-5pm (1 hour lunch break) Services of a full professional track team that [...]

    The Professor’s Book

    The history of the Porsche automobile brand began in 1948

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    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. [...]

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