Categories
Automotive news In the News

Celebrating 20 years of the Porsche 911 GT3

The unveiling of the first Porsche 911 GT3 in March 1999 at the Geneva Motor Show signalled the start of a new era for discerning sports car drivers. More than any other Porsche 911, the GT3 embodies the hallmarks of Porsche Motorsport. Developed by two-time World Rally Champion Walter Röhrl, race engineer Roland Kussmaul and the Porsche Motorsport specialists from Weissach, the Porsche 911 GT3 brought race track agility to the road. Since then, this athlete has become faster, more precise and more dynamic with every generation. With a naturally aspirated engine, manual transmission and rear-wheel drive, it remains the most popular Porsche 911 among purists to date. Around 80 per cent of all 911 GT3 ever produced are regularly driven on race tracks across the globe.

The race versions of the Porsche 911 GT3 have written motorsport history. In addition to countless class wins, the GT3 achieved numerous overall victories in major endurance races, including the 24 Hours of Spa, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 24 Hours Nürburgring, which it has won seven times since 2000. One of the main success contributors is the fact that innovations and experience gained from motorsport are incorporated into the development of the road versions.

 

ADVERTISEMENT

Successor to the 911 Carrera RS 2.7: the first GT3 made its debut in 1999

Featuring advanced racing technology, the Porsche 911 GT3 continued the tradition that had started in the 1970s with the legendary 911 Carrera RS 2.7. For the first time, the model was not given the designation “RS” for Race Sport, but the name GT3, directly referencing the GT class in which the motorsport versions were to compete. The water-cooled 3.6-litre six-cylinder boxer engine delivered 360 hp (265 kW). As such, it was hardly a surprise that the Porsche 911 GT3 had already earned its first laurels before its debut in Geneva. With Walter Röhrl at the wheel, the new model completed the 20.8 kilometre Nürburgring Nordschleife in less than eight minutes, setting a new benchmark for street-legal sports cars.

Such exceptional performance was made possible not just by the race-proven boxer engine, but also thanks to a precisely tuned overall package: the chassis was lowered by around 30 millimetres and the brakes uprated. The six-speed manual transmission originated from the Porsche 911 GT2. The gearbox ratios, axle geometry, anti-roll bars and springs could be adapted depending on the circuit conditions. Lightweight construction came before comfort. A distinctive sign of its motorsport origins was the fixed rear wing of the 911 GT3. As an option, customers were able to order their 911 GT3 as a Clubsport variant, which also included a built-in roll cage.

The first Porsche 911 GT3 vehicles rolled off the production line in Weissach in May 1999. The new model provided the foundation for the successful race versions 911 GT3 Cup, 911 GT3 R and GT3 RSR.

Porsche 911 GT3

New generations in quick succession

After the great success of the first 911 GT3, Porsche presented a new evolution stage of the street-legal sports car with racing genes every three to four years. In 2003, the power of the boxer engine increased to 381 hp (280 kW), thanks to the use of the VarioCam, the variable camshaft control system. The GT3 was now also available with ultra-high-performance Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB). The next increase in power to 415 hp (305 kW) followed three years later. For the first time, the Porsche 911 GT3 featured the sporty Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM). In 2009, engineers increased the displacement of the six-cylinder boxer engine to 3.8-litres and the power to 435 hp (320 kW). The all-new rear wing and full underbody panelling produced a substantial increase in downforce (almost double in comparison to its predecessor).

On the 50th birthday of the Porsche 911 in 2013, the fifth generation of the 911 GT3 celebrated its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show, with a completely new engine, transmission, body and chassis. The drivetrain consisted of a 3.8-litre naturally aspirated engine with 475 hp (350 kW), featuring active rear axle steering and a dual-clutch transmission (Porsche Doppelkupplung, PDK), for the first time. The model completed the Nürburgring Nordschleife in just 7:25 minutes —more than half a minute faster than the first ever 911 GT3 back in 1999.

The latest version of the 911 GT3 was launched in 2017. The focus of development had been on the six-cylinder boxer engine: its displacement increased to 4.0 litres and the power output is 500 hp (368 kW). Customers can choose between a manual six-speed transmission and PDK. In addition, a Touring Package is available which replaces the fixed rear wing with an automatically extending spoiler.

ENJOY THE VIDEO BELOW:

ADVERTISEMENT

Categories
Performance News

TECHART transforms the Porsche Panamera Turbo into the GrandGT Selective

When building a car, you have to make it thrilling for both the driver and the spectator. The unique edition »Selective« of the TECHART GrandGT based on the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo embodies this feature like no other. A hand-crafted 2+2 bi-color interior and new carbon fiber elements create an impressive look. The sporty edition Selective takes its place next to the elegant edition Supreme TECHART presented in spring and forms the top of the range of the TECHART GrandGT equipment.

GrandGT, as you didn’t know it yet.

ADVERTISEMENT

The design and appearance of the TECHART GrandGT is very striking. The edition »Selective« contains new carbon fiber elements. The combination of full carbon fiber attachments such as the aero hood, side mirrors, rear panel and carbon-coated highlights such as the front apron, rear apron, extensions, front splitter, diffuser and air outlet panel provide the sporty look. TECHART titanium tailpipes with carbon fiber coating must not be missing.
The two-part paintwork is a masterpiece of craftsmanship and unique in the result. A detail-loving interaction between the high-gloss carbon fiber, the matt paint and the high-gloss riviera blue accentuation. The new TECHART 22-inch Formula V alloy wheels get an effect paintwork matching the body color and calipers in riviera blue with black TECHART lettering.


One interior, two facets.

Focus on driving and the cockpit. That’s the concept of the 2+2 Bi-Color interior. The visualization is created by the Alcantara interior in black and riviera blue. There are more riviera blue accents on the driver’s side. A color stripe on the roof of the car transfers the division of the interior to the exterior. The doors have a fine decorative stitching in riviera blue. Dashboard top and the side center console are covered with riviera blue Alcantrara. The vehicle roof in deep black Alcantara has a riviera blue median stripe similar to the exterior. Decorative parts at the doors are painted in high-gloss black. Shift lever and Sport Chrono housing in riviera blue.

The floor is completely made out of deep black Alcantara. Floor and boot mats in exclusive wool / Alcantara combination with sewn-in »Selective« lettering. You see, nothing remains untouched and you can literally lose yourself in the details.

Feel the performance.

TECHART also transfers the clear message of the edition »Selective« to the technology.

The TECHART TECHTRONIC Powerkit* for the Panamera Turbo changes standard 550 hp into

640 hp. The torque rises from max. 770 Nm to powerful 900 Nm. 0 to 100 km/h:
3.4 seconds. Top speed: 306 km/h.

ADVERTISEMENT

Categories
Events Coverage

Salon Privé the most exclusive automotive Garden Party

Salon Privé, firmly established as one of the longest-running and most successful motoring events in the UK, opened its doors as Britain’s most exclusive automotive Garden Party.

Whilst there are an ever-growing number of automotive events to choose from, Salon Privé has justifiably earned its status as a ‘must-attend’ event and like Revival, it is an event cherished by enthusiasts and collectors from all over the world.

ADVERTISEMENT

It’s a place where owners, collectors and enthusiasts from all walks of life can meet and indulge themselves in a lifelong passion. Salon Privé is though much more than ‘just’ a Classic Car competition attracting the most prestigious super & luxury cars from around the world.

This year’s prestigious event marks a particularly special milestone as Salon Privé relocates to the foot of Blenheim Palace to become the first event ever to be located on the Palace’s famous Cricket Pitch.

Visitors of the 13th edition of Salon Privé were able to savour an exceptional world-class collection of automotive glamour and royalty adorning the stunning Blenheim Palace lawns. More than 50 cars, 17 of them international entries, and 20 motorcycles were judged during the day in the Concours d’Elégance by an expert panel of 17 judges, the Concours committee was chaired by the distinguished five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell MBE.

Following its most successful edition ever at Blenheim Palace, the Bagley brothers of Salon Privé have great delight in announcing the 2019 dates as Thursday 5th to Saturday 7th September where once again they host Concours Masters, celebrating 100 Years of Bentley.

ADVERTISEMENT

Categories
Feature Coverage Videos Test Driven

The Porsche 718 Boxster GTS a future blast from the past

Our story begins today from the late 1950s when the German manufacturer Porsche decided to enter the race arena with a revolutionary car: the “718”.

The “718” of the 1950’s shocked all race enthusiasts by being able to out-race its competitors equipped with a relatively smaller four-cylinder mid-engine. This phenomenon car created a new milestone in the history of automotive racing and manufacturing.

ADVERTISEMENT

Fast forward 40 years later to 1996, Porsche introduced the first generation of Boxster, this particular car is one of the main factors that contributed to the financial recovery of Porsche at that time.

To be followed later on with three successful generations of Porsche Boxster, out of which is this 4th generation amazing machine.

Taking our time machine back to the current present, we have decided to experiment the legend of the 718 mixed with the lucky charm of the Boxster adding to it the GTS badge: “The Porsche 718 Boxster GTS”, and there is no better place to go enjoy this experience other than the empty paved desert roads of Dubai.

Our Journey in Dubai began with a Rendez-vous with Two Porsche Boxster fanatics and owners trying to understand the passion behind their attachment to the Boxster previous generations: Mario Maatouq owner of a Porsche Boxster generation II and Melanie Schindler owner of Boxster Generation III GTS and of course I had to show up with the fourth generation Porsche 718 Boxster GTS.

As expected, stories were swapped across about our passion for the Porsche brand especially that I’m a Porsche fanatic myself and the life they lived inside their Porsche noting that both of them own several Porsche as well.

After going through the history of the Boxster and trying to prove which is the best generation, we took a pause and decided to put the 3 cars next to each other for a visual evolution of this amazing machine.

If I want to talk about the car I’m driving: the 4th generation of Boxster, it was clear that this generation has the slickest appearance with the adoption of “Sport design” by Porsche backed up by its completely new front bumper and the latest technology and design for the front and tail headlights.

Paradoxically, although Mario and Milani were dazzled by the new design, Mario was hooked on his second generation Boxster that for him had a unique family value. Melanie insisted that she is somehow connected to her third-generation Boxster from first sight despite the fact that they own several Porsche cars at home. However, the fourth generation had a different appeal for everybody and from here our journey begins.

Once inside the cabin, you cannot but notice that the car you are driving is a GTS by all means. The Porsche 718 Boxster GTS features two standard Sport Seats Plus engraved with the GTS logo on the headrest, a GTS logo on the RPM dials reminding you at all times that this is not an ordinary vehicle. In addition, and for that extra athletic design the Porsche 718 Boxster GTS cockpit comes with Alcantara materials, carbon fiber, and brushed aluminum laid out on most cabin design parts.

The dream starts at the first engine spark as the “GTS” logo welcomes you on the TFT screen coped with a unique symphony emanating from that sporty exhaust system. In just a few seconds, I was pumped up and ready to roll joined by my two Porsche fellows with their 2nd and 3rd generation Boxster. Rooftop down, I was enjoying my time with the new “PCM” infotainment system keeping me company, entrained and connected at all times with the easy to use touch-screen as we cruise the urban side of Dubai.

Unfortunately, Mario and Melanie’s journey came to an end as we reached the last metropolitan scenery of Dubai and started to enter the empty free roads of the tranquil desert. The silence was torn by the thunder of the Boxster’s revving; I was living a performance experience like no other “within speed limits off course” that brought back the history of the legendary 718 in the 1950s taking its competitors by surprise with a smaller engine size.

A quick comparison between the third and fourth generation engines came as a surprise: the first is a 3.4-liter V6 engine and the second is a four-cylinder 2.5-liter turbocharger, however despite the smaller displacement, the 718 produced an additional 35 hp reaching a total of 365 horsepower and an acceleration of 0-100 km/h in 4.1 seconds and a maximum speed of 290 km/h coped with the PDK gearbox.

On the drivability level, the adrenaline rush and action flairs don’t come only from engine performance, it is a combination of several factors that make the Boxster GTS one of the most stable vehicles in speeding cornering. In addition to the mid-car location engine, the complex systems of suspension and stability control using Porsche’s experience in racing give the driver an unprecedented sensation of joy. The 718 Boxster GTS comes equipped with Porsche Active Suspension System “PASM”, PSM Sport and PTV coped with a mechanical rear differential lock, allows aspiring drivers to get closer to the maximum vehicle limits without taking the risk of losing control.

For me, one of the most important features of the fourth generation is the “PTPA” application, allowing the driver to record driving data directly from the race ring on his smartphone and being able to share it on his social media accounts or even analyze his driving techniques.

And if that isn’t enough, for straight line racers like myself the “Launch control” function is what makes it all worthwhile and don’t get me started on that small button on the steering wheel “Sport Response button” that gets you all drooling to get the maximum rush for 20 seconds simulating Hollywood movies experience or even race games.

ENJOY THE VIDEO BELOW:

ADVERTISEMENT

Categories
Automotive news In the News

World premiere: Porsche presents the new Macan

Porsche has unveiled the new version of its compact SUV. The Macan has been a great success since its launch in 2014, and has now been enhanced in terms of design, comfort, connectivity and driving dynamics, resulting in the model remaining as the sporty flagship in its segment. Staying true to the Porsche design DNA, the new Macan features a three-dimensional LED tail light strip and LED headlights as standard. The most striking innovations inside the vehicle include the 11-inch touchscreen of the new Porsche Communication Management (PCM), re-designed and re-positioned air vents and the GT sports steering wheel familiar from the 911. The PCM also enables access to new digital functions, such as intelligent voice control. The vehicle’s range of comfort equipment has also been expanded to include an ioniser and windscreen heating.

LED headlights and new tail light strip as standard

ADVERTISEMENT

The new Macan now has an even sportier and modern appearance, thanks to a number of changes to the exterior. Numerous details reflect the DNA of the iconic 911 and the 918 Spyder sports cars, including headlights featuring LED technology as standard. The Macan’s high-quality lighting system which features modules with a three-dimensional design can be further optimised if desired with the Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS) that adaptively controls light distribution. The front end of the Macan has also been meticulously re-worked, with it now appearing wider, while the comprehensive overhaul at the rear builds on the sleek design of the previous model. The three-part, three-dimensional LED light strip at the rear represents another typical Porsche design feature. The four-point design of the brake lights also reflects the brand’s identity.

New options: GT sports steering wheel and ioniser

The new Macan’s link to the 911 is further emphasised in the interior of the model with the optional GT sports steering wheel. The mode switch plus Sport Response Button integrated into the steering wheel is also showcased in the compact SUV as part of the optional Sports Chrono Package. Porsche has extended the list of comfort options to include a heated windscreen and an ioniser to improve the air quality in the interior. New exterior colours such as “Miami Blue”, “Mamba Green Metallic” “Dolomite Silver Metallic” and “Crayon” combined with new interior packages ensure that the Macan is now more customisable than ever before.

11-inch touchscreen display and full connectivity

Through the new Porsche Communication Management (PCM), the Macan offers total connectivity and numerous digital functions. Above the typical Porsche rising centre console, a full-HD touchscreen enlarged from seven to eleven inches has been incorporated seamlessly into the newly designed instrument panel. Similar to the Panamera and Cayenne, the user interface on the infotainment system can be customised using predefined tiles. The air vents have also been re-designed and are now positioned below the central screen.

Each Macan is equipped with a Connect Plus module, making every vehicle fully networked as standard. Using the new Offroad Precision App, it is also possible to record and analyse off-road driving experiences in the model.

Optimised chassis with new tyres and wheels

Thanks to its optimised chassis, the new Macan is able to consolidate its exceptional status as a sports car in the compact SUV segment. Fine-tuning of the chassis delivers enhanced neutrality while maintaining stability and improving comfort. Although unusual for the SUV segment, the Macan still features mixed tyres with different widths on the front and rear axles. As with Porsche sports cars, this arrangement enables the driver to take full advantage of the intelligent, all-wheel drive Porsche Traction Management (PTM) when it comes to driving dynamics. Newly developed tyres with improved performance characteristics enable even better lateral dynamics for enhanced driving pleasure, while the new 20 and 21-inch wheels also offer greater scope to customise the design.

A model of success: more than 350,000 Macan deliveries since 2014

The Macan is a genuine success story. The combination of typical Porsche performance on any terrain coupled with a high degree of everyday practicality impressed customers right from its debut. Since 2014, Porsche has delivered more than 350,000 units. With over 100,000 deliveries to-date, the model is especially popular in the Chinese market where Porsche unveiled the redesigned compact SUV. The version of the model presented in Shanghai will be offered exclusively in the Chinese market. A range of Macan derivatives will be launched for other regions in due course.

ENJOY THE VIDEO BELOW:

ADVERTISEMENT

Categories
Performance News

TECHART Formula V alloy wheels for Panamera (971) and Cayenne (9Y0)

Flashback. IAA 2013. With the Formula IV TECHART started into a new era of wheel design. The Formula IV became an etablished refining part for all porsche models. Both alloy and forged wheels. The clear and detailed five-spoke design of the Formula IV fits perfectly to every Porsche body design.

And now TECHART presents the new Formula V design. This multi-spoke wheel takes its place next to the  Formula IV. A further step. Followed by many more. The Formula V wheels will be available at the end of August. The portfolio starts with the 22-inch alloy version for the Panamera (971) and Cayenne (9Y0).

The second evolution stage is ready: TECHART Formula V

ADVERTISEMENT

Multi-spoke design is the next topic in the product expansion of TECHART. Impressive, elegant and clean. The independet design makes the wheels look bigger than they really are. And 22-inch is not small. An optical advantage that meets the demands of the bigger Porsche models like the Panamera and Cayenne.

The color design sets highlights at the striking spots. There are two standard bicolor combinations. Grey/gloss turned as an understatement choice and black/gloss turned for the sporty touch. Just the right thing for all tastes. Should it once be more special? There are no limits for individual color combinations! Besides the attractive standard color variants, all TECHART wheels are also available in individually matched custom colors.

New wheel design, new model program

The product launch of the Formula V includes the alloy wheels for the Panamera (971) and Cayenne (9Y0) for the moment. This wheel set will be an elementary part of the new refining kit for the Porsche Cayenne. You’ll get more informations about this in September.

TECHART Automobildesign. The Brand. The Company.

TECHART Automobildesign GmbH, with its headquarters in Leonberg near Stuttgart, sets global standards in terms of premium refinement for Porsche cars. Founded in 1987, TECHART has been living this passion for over 30 years. With consistent implementation of own ideas and developments, high quality standards and continuous brand development, the company became an internationally renowned trademark with over 75 headquarter-based employees and sales partners all over the world.

TECHART’s product range offers refinement options for any Porsche model and every section of the vehicle: aerodynamic improvement and exterior styling, technical optimizations such as engine powerkits, exhaust systems, wheels, suspensions or assistance systems, as well as bespoke interior personalization, manufactured by TECHART’s inhhouse saddlery and upholstery shop.

Approved as an internationally registered vehicle manufacturer and certified as Authorized Economic Operator (AEO-F) by the European Union, TECHART is the premium brand for the refinement of Porsche cars worldwide.

ADVERTISEMENT

Categories
Automotive news In the News

Porsche achieves fabulous Nürburgring lap time with hybrid prototype race car

Porsche 919 Evo Hybrid Nürburgring (2)

Last Friday morning Timo Bernhard (D) lapped the 20.832 kilometre (12.94 miles) Nürburgring Nordschleife race circuit in 5 minutes and 19.55 seconds – a new record. This results in an average speed of 233.8 km/h (145.3 mph) on what is revered by race drivers, engineers and enthusiasts alike as the world’s most difficult track. Driving the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo, Bernhard beat the previous lap record, set by Stefan Bellof, by 51.58 seconds.

For 35 years and 31 days Bellof’s 6:11.13 minutes record remained uncontested. The German driver from Gießen, who tragically died at Spa-Francorchamps in 1985, counted as the biggest racing talent of his time. He drove his record on May 28 in 1983 at the wheel of a powerful 620 bhp Rothmans Porsche 956 C during practice for the 1000-kilometre WEC sports car race. Also his average speed was over 200 km/h.

Proud and relieved Timo Bernhard, five-time overall winner of the Nürburgring 24-hours, two-time outright winner of the Le Mans 24-hours and reigning World Endurance Champion with the Porsche 919 Hybrid, clambered out of the tight Le Mans prototype cockpit. “This is a great moment for me and for the entire team – the 919 programme’s icing on the cake. The Evo was perfectly prepared and I have done my best on this lap. Thanks to the aerodynamic downforce, at sections I never imagined you can stay on full throttle. I’m pretty familiar with the Nordschleife. But today I got to learn it in a new way”, said the 37-year old from Germany. He is a huge admirer of Stefan Bellof. In 2015, on the thirtieth anniversary of Bellof’s fatal accident, Timo raced at the Spa-Francorchamps 6-hour race of the FIA World Endurance Championship with a helmet carrying the famous black-red-gold design of the 1980s star. “For me Stefan Bellof is and remains a giant”, he emphasises. “My respect for his achievement with the technology available back then increased even more.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Friday’s success is the second track record on the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo tally: On April 9 this year in Spa, the dramatic evolution of the three-times Le Mans winner lapped faster than a Formula One car with Neel Jani at the wheel. The 34-year old Porsche works driver from Switzerland – Le Mans outright winner and Endurance World Champion of 2016 – set a lap of 1:41,770 minutes on the 7.004 kilometre (4.35 mile) Grand Prix circuit in the Belgian Ardennes mountains. He topped the previous track record, set by Lewis Hamilton in 2017 qualifying, by 0.783 seconds. The British Mercedes driver took pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix in 1:42.553 minutes.

The Evo version of the Porsche 919 Hybrid is based on the car that took outright victory at the Le Mans 24-Hours and won the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Over the winter, it was freed from some restrictions previously determined by the regulations. Thus, its hybrid power train now develops a system output of 1160 hp. The Evo weighs 849 kilograms and its modified (and now active) aerodynamics generate over 50 per cent more downforce compared to the WEC model. Top speed at the Nürburgring was 369.4 km/h (229.5 mph).

LMP Team Principal Andreas Seidl commented: “As a race team we constantly search for challenges that push a car, driver and team to operate on the limit. Conquering the “Green Hell” definitely provided such a challenge. Since last winter we were preparing for that task together with our tyre partner Michelin – painstakingly and with a great deal of respect for this track. Today we have shown the full potential of the 919 Evo. Congratulations to Timo for his sensational drive. Being a record winner at the Nürburgring, Timo was the logical choice for the job. Balancing attack and caution at all times was mandatory on this circuit. Safety is the highest priority. In this regard, I also like to thank the Nürburgring team. Porsche cultivates a long and deep relationship with the ‘Ring. Record attempts wouldn’t be possible without the highly professional track support.“

Fritz Enzinger, Vice President LMP1, added: “A big thank you goes to our development team in Weissach and the crew on site for the focused and safe operation of this record attempt. It is terrific what our team has achieved in four years in the World Endurance Championship: From 2015 to 2017 three overall wins in Le Mans and three drivers’ and three manufacturers’ world championship titles. This isn’t easy to be reproduced by anyone. The Tribute Tour is our homage on these years. We didn’t want to see the most innovative race car of its time disappearing unceremoniously in to the museum. Thanks to the support from our partners, we were able to develop the Evo version of the Porsche 919 Hybrid for record attempts.”

Unchained for the record
The technical regulations from the FIA for the WEC and Le Mans, introduced in 2014, successfully delivered close competition between the conceptually very different class 1 Le Mans hybrid prototypes entered by Audi, Porsche and Toyota.

To prepare the 919 Evo record car, the base was the 2017 world championship car. On top came developments that were prepared for the 2018 WEC but never raced after the withdrawal at the end of 2017. Additionally, several aerodynamic modifications were made.

For the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo the entire hardware of the power train remained untouched. The 919 is powered by a compact two-litre turbo charged V4-cylinder engine and two energy recovery systems – brake energy from the front axle combined with exhaust energy. The combustion engine drives the rear axle while the electro motor boosts the front axle to accelerate the car with four-wheel drive. At the same time it recuperates energy from the exhaust system that otherwise would pass unused in to the atmosphere. The electrical energy that comes from the front brakes and the exhaust system is temporarily stored in a liquid-cooled lithium ion battery.

The WEC efficiency regulations limited the energy from fuel per lap by using a fuel flow meter. The V4 combustion engine’s output back then was around 500 hp. Freed from these restrictions and equipped with an updated software but running the regular race fuel (E20, containing 20 per cent bio ethanol), the Evo version delivers 720 hp.

Because the amount of energy from the two recovery systems that could be used was limited as well in terms of electric megajoule per lap, the systems stayed far below their potential. With now full boost being available, the e-machine output increased by ten per cent from 400 to 440 hp.

The engineers also unchained the aerodynamics of the 919 Evo from the regulations. The new larger front diffuser now balances the new and very large rear wing, both of which have actively controlled drag reduction systems (DRS). The hydraulically operated systems trim the trailing edge of the front diffuser and opens up the slot between the rear wing main plane and the flap respectively in order to reduce drag. Underneath the Evo the turning vanes and floor have been optimised. Fixed height side skirts increase the aerodynamic performance again as efficiently as possible. In total the aero modifications resulted in 53 per cent higher downforce and an increase in efficiency by 66 per cent (compared to the 2017 Spa WEC qualifying).

To help further expand the performance envelope, the Evo gained a four-wheel brake-by-wire system to provide additional dynamic yaw control. Furthermore, the power steering was adapted for the higher loads and stronger suspension wishbones (front and rear) were designed.

Compared to the car in conventional race trim, the dry weight was reduced by 39 kilograms to 849 kilograms. To achieve this, air-conditioning, windscreen wiper, several sensors, electronic devices from race control, lights systems and the pneumatic jack system were removed. Michelin developed special tyre compounds for the 919 Evo that produces more downforce than a Formula One car.

ENJOY THE VIDEO BELOW:

ADVERTISEMENT

Categories
Performance News

TECHART GT Sport 1 of 30-The Exclusive Performance Package for the 911 Turbo S

Just before the model change, TECHART is going to feature the record milestone 911 Turbo S (991.2) with a limited refining performance kit.
Courage, style and performance. These three virtues characterize the 911 Turbo S since 1974. The Exclusive Performance Package »GTsport 1 of 30« by TECHART underlines the characteristics both optical and technical. Highlights at the right spots create an icon with a unique and exclusive touch.

TECHART exterior design: subtle highlights, big impact.

ADVERTISEMENT

Beautiful and functional. Technical improvements also include the design of the 911 Turbo S.

The exterior parts by TECHART (produced in carbon and developed in the wind tunnel) optimize the aerodynamic parameters of the chassis. Side air intake trims, ram-air scoop, front grilles and air outlet grille are included in the package. They improve the cold air system. Roof spoiler, side skirt trims, rear apron louvers and a diffusor add-on improve the balance between lift and downforce. To meet all demands, every TECHART exterior part can be optained in visible carbon, matt or glossy . The lettering »GTsport 1 of 30« at both doors points to the treatment from TECHART.

TECHART Powerkit and chassis enhancements: components for the senses.                                                                                                

To do something good for the feelings of the driver, TECHART strengthens the qualities of the 911 Turbo S in this area as well. The TECHART TECHTRONIC Powerkit* for the 911 Turbo S changes standard 580 hp into 640 hp. The torque rises from max. 750 Nm to powerful 880 Nm. 0 to 100 km/h: 2.7 seconds. Top speed: 338 km/h. In conjunction with the valve controlled exhaust »Sport« this combination with a deeper and more powerful boxer sound is a joy to your ears. It sounds spectacular, it feels impressive and it looks great. Because the exhaust with four titanium end tubes and carbon-fiber jacket is an unequivocal statement.

*To activate the permanent power boost, the driver simply switches from NORMAL to SPORT or SPORT PLUS mode.

TECHART Powerkit TA 091/T1.1 für 911 Turbo S (991.2)
Available for 3,8l/580 hp/750 Nm
Power Enhancement + 44 kW/+ 60 hp
Torque Increase + 130 Nm
Total Power output 470 kW (640 hp)/880 Nm
0-100 km/h (PDK with Launch-Control) 2.7 s (standart 2.9 s)
Top speed 338 km/h (standard 330 km/h)

The TECHART »GTsport 1 of 30« package also deliveres high quality parts for the improvement of the lateral dynamics. The sports spring set lowers the 911 Turbo S by around 30mm.
This not only improves handling and offers a more direct response to the driver, it shapes the visual impression of the 911. Beautiful and functional. The suspension concept is rounded off by the TECHART Formula IV Race Bi-Color forged rims* made in own production. Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires provide the necessary grip during everyday drive and extreme situations.

TECHART forged rims Formula IV Race Bi-Color
Available for Porsche 911 Turbo S (991.2)
Wheel dimension front axle 9.0 x 20 (wheel offset 46mm)
Wheel dimension rear axle 12 x 20 (wheel offset 58mm)
Tire type Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Tire dimension front axle RF 245/35ZR20 XL
Tire dimension rear axle RF 305/30ZR20 XL

*Tires and tire pressure control included.

TECHART interior design: always an eye on GTsport. Even in the interior.

The TECHART interior manufactury allows customers to decide themselves, how they want to change the interior (within the Exclusive Performance Package). This package includes the TECHART sport streering wheel »Type 7«. It uses the factory Porsche GT steering wheel as its base. Its smaller diameter (360 mm) and the ergonomic shape, fascinates the driver in many ways. From the raw steering wheel rim, TECHART’s master craftsmen then give it its typical ergonomic shape, padding and finishing with finest leather, lacquered trims and carbon fiber segments. The customer can choose between nice colored accents. The colors for the mode switch and the gear selector can be freely selected. A small change with big effects for the interior. And as a nuance for the package: handcrafted floor mats with »GTsport 1 of 30« logotype.

In short: the Exclusive Performance Package »GTsport 1 of 30« by TECHART includes small changes, which completely change the look of the 911 Turbo S: more courage, more style and more performance. An exclusive feature from TECHART to the 911 Turbo S. Porsche owners all over the world appreciate the precise craftsmanlike processing of high-quality materials by the TECHART manufactory. That applies equally for the selection of the materials, the coordination of the colors and the sense for aesthetics.

ADVERTISEMENT

Categories
Automotive news

Mission E: Porsche’s first fully electric sports car is named Taycan

Porsche Taycan - Arab Motor World

The future of mobility is another step closer: Series production of the first purely electric Porsche is set to begin next year. In preparation, the vehicle has now been given its official name: The “Mission E” concept study, the name currently used to describe Porsche’s complete electric offering, will be known as the Taycan. The name can be roughly translated as “lively young horse”, referencing the imagery at the heart of the Porsche crest, which has featured a leaping steed since 1952. “Our new electric sports car is strong and dependable; it’s a vehicle that can consistently cover long distances and that epitomises freedom”, explains Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. The oriental name also signifies the launch of the first electric sports car with the soul of a Porsche. Porsche announced the name for its first purely electric series as part of the “70 years of sports cars” ceremony.

Two permanently excited synchronous motors (PSM) with a system output of over 600 hp (440 kW) accelerate the electric sports car to 100 km/h in well under 3.5 seconds and to 200 km/h in under twelve seconds. This performance is in addition to a continuous power level that is unprecedented among electric vehicles: Multiple jump starts are possible in succession without loss of performance, and the vehicle’s maximum range is over 500 km in accordance with the NEDC.

Names with real meaning
At Porsche, the vehicle names generally have a concrete connection with the corresponding model and its characteristics: The name Boxster describes the combination of the boxer engine and roadster design; Cayenne denotes fieriness, the Cayman is incisive and agile, and the Panamera offers more than a standard Gran Turismo, which is what allowed it to win the Carrera Panamericana long-distance race. The name Macan is derived from the Indonesian word for tiger, with connotations of suppleness, power, fascination and dynamics.

ADVERTISEMENT

Future investment doubled
Porsche plans to invest more than six billion euro in electromobility by 2022, doubling the expenditure that the company had originally planned. Of the additional three billion euro, some 500 million euro will be used for the development of Taycan variants and derivatives, around one billion euro for electrification and hybridisation of the existing product range, several hundred million for the expansion of production sites, plus around 700 million euro for new technologies, charging infrastructure and smart mobility.

Extensive modifications and expansion at the Zuffenhausen headquarters
At the Porsche headquarters in Zuffenhausen, a new paint shop, dedicated assembly area for the Taycan and a conveyor bridge for transporting the painted bodies and drive units to the final assembly area are currently being constructed. The existing engine plant is being expanded to manufacture electric drives and the body shop will also be developed. Investment is also planned for the Weissach Development Centre. Production of the Taycan is creating around 1,200 new jobs in Zuffenhausen alone.

ADVERTISEMENT

Categories
Automotive news

Ceremonial opening of the “70 Years Porsche Sportscar” special exhibition

Porsche Sportscar

Porsche’s anniversary year is about to reach its high point: Friday (June 8th) the Porsche Museum will host the opening ceremony for the “70 years of the Porsche sportscar ” special exhibition together with invited guests. Attending the ceremony will be the Minister President of the state of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, the Lord Mayor of Stuttgart, Fritz Kuhn, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Steffen Bilger, as well as numerous representatives from the fields of politics, business and community. Dr Wolfgang Porsche, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Porsche AG, Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG and Uwe Hück, Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Porsche AG, will look back together on the birth of the Porsche brand. On this very day June 8, in 1948, the Porsche 356 “No. 1” Roadster received its general operating permit. Since then, the company has gone beyond just producing just sportscars, becoming a synonym for sporty driving experiences and a way of thinking in the areas of automotive innovation, design and functionality.

With this special exhibition, Porsche presents numerous stories and milestones through which the company has decisively shaped and driven the development of sportscars from 1948 to this day. Its aim is to highlight outstanding Porsche developments over the past seven decades. More than 75 exhibits–from the legendary Porsche 356 “No. 1” Roadster from 1948 to the purely electric Porsche Mission E–provide insights into the past and future of the brand.

“With this exhibition celebrating the anniversary of our brand, we are breaking completely new ground”, Achim Stejskal, Director of the Porsche Museum, points out. “For the first time, we have completely re-designed our entire exhibition area, which covers more than 5,600 square metres”.

ADVERTISEMENT

As the “origin of the sports car”, the 70-year-old 356 “No. 1” Roadster will be the first thing that visitors see at the exhibition. This unique model makes Porsche one of the few automobile manufacturers in the world to have the original first vehicle ever built by the brand in its possession.

Motorsports makes up a significant part of each decade. Throughout its history to the present day, Porsche has developed and tested new technologies in racing cars that go on to become legends. This principle is also shaping “the future of the sportscar ”, with the Mission E, the series version of which will be launched on the market in 2019 as the first purely electrically powered Porsche, drawing on the experiences gained from the Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid. Digital projects, such as networking via Porsche Connect and data security using blockchain in sports cars will also feature. The special exhibition will be accompanied by interactive experiences, such as an augmented reality application for the Mission E. As visitors view the concept study, Augmented Reality glasses display further information about the technology behind the Mission E.

The special exhibition’s unique appeal is created by combining Porsche through the eras with the company’s cultural values: Pioneering spirit, passion, sportiness and family. The exhibition also places particular emphasis on the employees, racing drivers and friends of Porsche that have made the company the force it is today. Without the legendary passion of Porsche’s employees and the enthusiasm of the Porsche community across the world, such a success story would be unthinkable for the sports car manufacturer.

The sports car manufacturer will also hold a special exhibition to mark the anniversary year in the Porsche pavilion at the Autostadt visitor attraction in Wolfsburg. The first four 356 Speedster vehicles ever built, dating from 1954, will be showcased as examples of Porsche engineering. Another special exhibition will also be held for the family day taking place tomorrow at the Porsche plant in Leipzig.

The sports car manufacturer is celebrating this anniversary with numerous activities around the world throughout 2018: On June 9th, Porsche is inviting fans to its “Sportscar Together Day” at all of its sites around the world.

The “Festival of Speed”, held from July 12–15 at the Goodwood race track in the UK, and the “Rennsport Reunion” in California from September 27–30, will also mark the anniversary. The anniversary celebrations will conclude with the “Sound Night” event to be held for the first time in the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart on October 13.

The “70 years of the Porsche sports car” special exhibition is being held until January 6, 2019. The Porsche Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 am to 6 pm.

ADVERTISEMENT

Categories
Automotive news

The Porsche 911 Speedster Concept

Porsche will be rewarding itself with an excellent present for the 70th anniversary of the brand’s sports cars: the 911 Speedster Concept, a road-ready study of an exciting open-top sports car. The unique model forges a link between the very first Porsche 356 ‘No. 1’ Roadster, which received its operating permit on June 8, 1948, and the Porsche cars of today. With its pure concept and historically accurate execution, the 911 Speedster concept reflects the essence of the Stuttgart-based sports car manufacturer with precision. A pure driving experience is the main emphasis of the car, as such; the drive technology under the two-tone shell of the concept study is derived from the current GT models. It was developed at the Porsche Motorsport Centre, which is the birthplace of the 911 GT2 RS and the GT3 RS.

The 911 Speedster Concept celebrated its world premiere as part of the official ‘70 years Porsche sportscar’ anniversary celebrations in Zuffenhausen. The concept study offers a glimpse of a potential series-production version, although this model may not be presented until 2019. A decision on whether to move ahead will be made in the coming months.

ADVERTISEMENT

The characteristics of the 911 Speedster Concept include the shorter window frame with a more inclined windscreen and correspondingly shortened side windows. These features give the sports car study an even stockier profile with a very low fly line, which is reminiscent of its predecessors such as the Porsche 356 1500 Speedster. A special rear cover made of carbon fibre connects behind the front seats, covering a roll-over protection structure and featuring a ‘double bubble’, a traditional element of this sports car design since the 911 Speedster from 1988. Two contrasting black slats between the ‘humps’ add an aerodynamic touch, and a transparent Plexiglas wind deflector features an engraved ‘70 years of Porsche’ logo.

As dictated by the historic original, the 911 Speedster Concept also features a lightweight tonneau cover instead of a convertible top. This cover protects the car interior from rain when parked, and is attached using eight Tenax fasteners. The lightweight principles of the Speedster philosophy continue through into the interior, where the navigation, radio and air conditioning systems have all been removed. The full bucket seats are made of carbon, and the light brown Aniline leather covers in Cognac 356 pick up on features from the car’s classic predecessors.

The broad body of the concept car has been borrowed from the 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet, although the wings, front bonnet and rear cover of the concept are made of lightweight carbon-fibre composite material. The paintwork in the traditional colours of GT Silver and White harks back to Porsche’s early racing cars – as do many of the other carefully crafted details, such as the 50s-style central fuel tank cap positioned in the middle of the front bonnet, the classic Talbot shape of the exterior mirrors or the unique design of the main headlights. Transparent and opaque surfaces on the headlight covers produce a cross-like effect and are nod to a practice prevalent in Porsche’s early years in motorsport. At the time, the original headlights were taped before races to protect them against stone chipping and to prevent the glass from shattering. The wide B-pillars and the rear are decorated with milled, gold-plated Speedster lettering.

Below the bodywork, the 911 Speedster Concept relies on state-of-the-art components. The chassis essentially comes from the 911 GT3, with contrasting high gloss polished clover-leaf details on the imposing 21-inch rims in Fuchs design. It is the first time that these wheels are presented with centre locks. The GT developers also contributed the exhaust system with titanium tailpipes and the powertrain, which includes a six-speed manual transmission. The six-cylinder flat engine in this minimalist concept study delivers over 500 hp and reaches speeds of up to 9,000 rpm.

The history of Porsche Speedster models begins in the USA
Speedster variants of sports car models, which combine open-top driving pleasure with incredibly distinctive driving dynamics, have been part of the Porsche company history since 1952. The forefather of Porsche Speedster models, the 356 1500 America Roadster, had an aluminium body manufactured entirely by hand. It weighed 60 kilograms less than the 356 Coupé and its top speed of 175 km/h with its 70-hp four-cylinder flat engine was an impressive feat at the time. Featuring slot-in windows for the doors, a folding rain-cover top and lightweight bucket seats, this car developed exclusively for the US market was built just 16 times and already embodied several key elements of the Speedster design.

By 2010, eight different series and special models had been created with the ‘Speedster’ byname. The 356 A 1500 GS Carrera GT Speedster represented a highlight in 1957, and the first 911 Speedster followed in 1988. The 356 units of the 911 Speedster produced for the 997 series in 2010 saw a temporary end to the production of Speedster variants.

‘70 years Porsche sportscar’ – special exhibition and numerous activities
In a special exhibition at the Porsche Museum, the company is now showcasing numerous stories and milestones with which Porsche has decisively influenced the development of the sports car since 1948 and continues to do so today. Its aim is to highlight outstanding Porsche developments over the past seven decades.

The sports car manufacturer is also celebrating this anniversary with numerous activities around the world throughout 2018. Tomorrow, June 9, Porsche will be inviting fans to its Sports Car Together Day at all of its sites around the world. On the weekend of June 16–17, the sports car manufacturer will host employees, residents of the Zuffenhausen district and prospective customers at a celebration in and around the plant in Stuttgart.

The Festival of Speed, held from July 12–15 at Goodwood in the UK, will also celebrate the anniversary, as will Rennsport Reunion in California from September 27–30. The celebrations will conclude with the “Sound Night” event which will be held for the first time in the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart on October 13.

ADVERTISEMENT

Categories
Automotive news

Porsche opens a new Experience Centre in Shanghai

Experience the fascination of Porsche at first hand: This slogan typifies the first Porsche Experience Centre in Asia that the sports car manufacturer has opened in China. The centre is the sixth site in the world in this format and is located right next door to the Shanghai International Circuit. At the 100.000 square meters site, customers and fans can enjoy a handling course, offroad track, restaurant, café, conference rooms and a Porsche Driver´s Selection Store.

The ceremonial opening of the Porsche Experience Centre was held yesterday and was attended by some 300 guests. Detlev von Platen, Member of the Executive Board responsible for Sales and Marketing at Porsche AG, emphasised the strategic importance of the new site: “In recent years, China has become Porsche’s largest single market. To date, our four-door sports cars in particular have been at the heart of the development in this market. The new Experience Centre gives visitors the opportunity to also test the sporty and dynamic properties of our two-door sports cars.”

ADVERTISEMENT

With around 71,500 vehicles delivered, China is ahead of the United States as the largest individual market for Porsche. The SUV models are especially popular: In 2017, a total of around 57,600 Cayenne and Macan models were handed over to customers. The increasing importance of two-door sports cars is confirmed by the number of deliveries of the 718 Boxster and Cayman mid-engine sports cars. Last year, China was the world’s top-selling market for these models with 6,000 vehicles delivered. “The new Experience Centre in Shanghai emphasises not only the special significance of the Chinese market. It also allows us to offer existing and potential customers an opportunity to experience our sports cars exactly where they are at their most impressive: on the track. Driving pleasure is a core element of our brand”, von Platen continued.

Visitors also benefit from the fact that the new Porsche Experience Centre has direct access to the 5.5-kilometre-long Shanghai International Circuit. And when it comes to choosing their own dynamic driving experiences, visitors have access to a 1.4-kilometre handling course with a skid pan, kick plate and dynamic area available. There is also an offroad track. The central location of the centre is another bonus. Approximately 300 million people live within a three-hour drive. The Experience Centre is now open and offers unique driving experiences for fans, enthusiasts and customers.

ADVERTISEMENT