This beautifull Porsche 356 in scale 1/43 was made by Homann years ago. This heavy metal scalemodel has working front and taillights. There only 8 pieces like this produced. A rarity.
Performance and luxury for discerning drivers
Stuttgart. Porsche is placing its fastest, most powerful and most luxurious Panamera at the peak of its Gran Turismo series: With a power output of 570 bhp and a top speed of 310 km/h plus a particularly extensive and top-quality range of features, the Panamera Turbo S1) is guaranteed a special status in its market segment. For the first time ever, an Executive version of the Panamera Turbo S is also available with a wheelbase that has been extended by 15 centimetres. As a result, the Panamera Turbo S Executive2) offers significantly more space and even more comfort, particularly at the rear. Thermal and noise-insulated windows, which include privacy glazing, the interior lighting package designed especially for the rear and a large centre console at the rear are just some of the extensive equipment options that belong to this series. The new top model in the Panamera model line will be celebrating its world premiere at the Tokyo Motor Show.
The sporty, luxurious character of the new Panamera Turbo S is evident not only in its driving performance but also in the key distinguishing features of its appearance. The Palladium, metallic exterior colour, which is available solely for the new Panamera Turbo S, gives the top model an especially exclusive look and enhances the classy, elegant contours. An indication of the vehicle’s outstanding driving dynamics is provided by the 20-inch 911 Turbo II wheels, which are not only larger but also significantly wider than the standard wheels belonging to other Gran Turismo models. The four-way rear spoiler, painted in the same colour as the exterior, is another unique feature.
The new top Panamera model from Porsche features an exceptionally extensive range of equipment appropriate for a top model in the luxury class. It features all of the driving dynamics control systems available for the model range as standard. The Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), an active roll stabilisation system, starts reducing the vehicle’s lateral inclination as it approaches bends, thereby increasing agility and comfort in equal measure. The Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) system works with a variable standard torque split at the rear wheels in combination with an electronically controlled rear-axle differential lock to provide improved traction in any driving situation. Thanks to the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB), the Panamera Turbo S benefits from a high-performance brake system that is particularly resistant to brake fading and wear. The speed-sensitive Power Steering Plus represents the steering system. The chassis of the Panamera Turbo S of course features the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) adaptive damper control and adaptive air suspension with additional air volume.
Some 50 bhp more power thanks to new turbochargers and a higher injection pressure
A 50-bhp increase in power compared to the Panamera Turbo engine has been achieved through specific revision work on a number of components. Porsche is now using two new turbochargers with larger compressors in the Panamera Turbo S model. The new compressors increase the air flow and the charger injects more oxygen into the combustion chambers at high loads and speeds. In addition, the injection pressure has been increased by 20 bar to 140 bar. Together, both of these measures also enable higher component loads, which are absorbed by pistons made from a new aluminium alloy and specially coated piston rings.
This concept has two further advantages: By preparing the air-fuel mixture in the combustion chambers more effectively, the torque also increases by 50 Nm to 750 Nm at between 2250 and 5000 rpm, with the overboost increasing to 800 Nm. The extra torque makes overtaking even easier and faster, for instance. The second enhancement is the fact that the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) fuel consumption figures for the new model are the same as those of the Panamera Turbo at 10.2 litres per 100 km, which is more than 11% less than the predecessor model.
Thanks to the optional sports exhaust system, the Panamera Turbo S offers drivers the opportunity to revel in the sound of motorsport whenever they wish. This unique sound experience is achieved by means of an acoustic channel that can be switched at the push of a button; this channel directs the engine sound straight into the interior. In addition, individual cylinders are skipped when switching up a gear, allowing the engine speed to fall faster and the clutch to engage quickly.
Sport Chrono package enhances sporty handling characteristics
The new Panamera Turbo S is also perfectly equipped to effectively convert its increased level of power and torque into sporty driving dynamics. One of the requirements for this effective conversion of power is the optimum power transmission concept, which the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive system offers in the ideal format, even in difficult driving conditions. The Sport Chrono package comes as standard, and co-ordinates the drive power and chassis at the touch of a button to guarantee a consistently sporty response. What’s more, the overboost function is activated in “Sport” and “Sport Plus” mode as well as during kickdown in “Normal” mode; the overboost function temporarily increases the boost pressure to enable even more powerful acceleration and sprint capability. The “Launch Control” race start function guarantees the best possible acceleration when moving off by optimally co-ordinating the responses of the engine control system and the Porsche Doppelkupplung gearshift programme. Thanks to the reworked gear shifting strategy, the Porsche Doppelkupplung changes between its seven gears even more rapidly, accelerating the new Gran Turismo top model from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds.
Chassis with all Panamera assistance systems
The chassis features all of the active systems that Porsche has developed and introduced for the sporty Gran Turismo range as standard. The Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system is the centrepiece, combining adaptive air suspension and adaptive damper control. The PASM continuously adjusts the damper forces and adapts them to suit road conditions and driving style. Using the PASM chassis button on the centre console, the driver can choose between three performance maps – Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus. Similarly, the adaptive air suspension offers the ability to activate different spring rates to open up an even greater range of chassis characteristics, giving drivers the choice between a very high level of driving comfort and very sporty driving dynamics.
The combination of the PDCC and PTV Plus means that the Panamera Turbo S features the most advanced version of the Panamera chassis as standard. The PDCC prevents the vehicle body from rolling on its longitudinal axis by applying a counter torque using active stabilisers on the front and rear axles. This system also improves vehicle balance via dynamic roll moment distribution, resulting in excellent agility in every speed range driven as well as optimum steering performance and balanced load alteration behaviour. Increased agility is achieved because the tyres constantly maintain the ideal position on the road, allowing optimised lateral forces to build up and act upon each tyre. Variable roll moment distribution also directly influences the vehicle’s self-steering properties.
The PDCC, PASM and air suspension are always controlled together when one of the three chassis programmes is selected. When the “Comfort” setting is selected, the systems provide a relaxed journey on uneven roads. In “Sport” and “Sport plus” mode, active intervention by the systems influence steering behaviour, maximum roll support, self-steering properties and traction in order to secure maximum performance and agility.
PTV Plus for even better cornering: Race-tested ceramic brakes
The advantages offered by the PDCC in terms of driving dynamics are enhanced still further by the Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus system and the electronically controlled rear-axle differential lock with variable locking effect. The system optimises steering behaviour and traction for a sporty driving experience.
The Panamera Turbo S comes with the PCCB as standard. These super powerful, race-tested ceramic brakes with yellow brake callipers offer clear advantages over conventional grey cast iron brake discs. A reduction in mass of approx. 50%, a faster handling response and the corrosion resistance of the brake calliper rings guarantee maximum performance.
Interior: Two-tone-leather interior and comfort seats
The synthesis between exclusivity and sportiness is upheld in the interior by the two-tone leather furnishings which come as standard. One particular highlight is the new interior package in Dark Burl Walnut. The new decor includes a hint of red, providing a slightly cooler effect, and the interior of the Panamera Turbo S is completed by the embossed Porsche crests on the front headrests.
The 14-way power seats at the front are available as standard and can be combined with the memory package for excellent travel comfort. The memory package comprises seat surface extension as well as lumbar support and electrical steering column adjustment. Both the front and rear seats feature seat heating as standard; seat ventilation is also available as standard in the Panamera Turbo S Executive. The adaptive sport seats build on this seating system to include the comfort memory package with raised seat side bolsters and electronic, 18-way adjustment as an option for the Panamera Turbo S. At the rear, two single seats with a folding central arm rest offer generous leg and head room, even for tall passengers. Passengers at the rear of the Panamera Turbo S Executive travel in even greater luxury: The single seats have an extra twelve centimetres of space in the footwell, all seats offer active ventilation and the electronic roll-up sunblind enables greater privacy. Both rear passengers are protected by side air bags.
In Germany, the Porsche Panamera Turbo S costs EUR 180,024 and the Panamera Turbo S Executive costs EUR 197,041 Euro, including VAT in both cases. The models are available to order now and can be collected from dealers from January 2014.
1) Panamera Turbo S: urban fuel consumption 14.7 litres/100 km; extra-urban fuel consumption 7.7 litres/100 km; combined 10.2 litres/100 km; CO2 emissions 239 g/km
2) Panamera Turbo S Executive: urban fuel consumption 14.9 litres/100 km; extra-urban fuel consumption 7.8 litres/100 km; combined 10.3 litres/100 km; CO2 emissions 242 g/km
Autoart 77946 Porsche 356 coupe black, scale 1/18, this ar pre-production pictures.
Double driving fun with the Porsche 911 – even in snow and ice
Like no other vehicle, the 911 unites such seeming contradictions as sportiness and everyday usability, having stood for sheer driving pleasure for 50 years now – and not just when the sky is blue and the sun is shining but also in winter driving conditions. Against this backdrop, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that there are numerous Porsche customers in regions in which winter is the rule during most of the year. The northernmost Porsche Centre in the world, for instance, is located in Tromso, Norway: there are loyal 911 drivers even at the Arctic Circle. In fact, in Norway alone, there are four more Porsche Centres; three Porsche Centres each are available to customers in Sweden and Finland.
Many 911 customers enjoy driving in snow and ice also in Alpine countries like Switzerland: vehicle sales have been growing there year after year. Alongside the Cayenne, the sports car icon is the most successful model in Switzerland. Last year alone, 656 vehicles were delivered to customers there. And the 911 is popular in Switzerland not only as a coupé. Cabriolets accounted for 42% of the 911 sports cars delivered in 2012. No wonder: Even in cold temperatures, the driver of a 911 Carrera Cabriolet enjoys a climate comfort coming closer to that of a coupé than ever before. Thus, for instance, the external material is lined in its entirety by an insulating mat. The lateral parts are also completely covered with material so no technical components are visible any more when the top is closed.
The 911 with all-wheel drive, in particular, is ideal for driving in winter. The Porsche Traction Management (PTM) translates the great driving-performance potential optimally in all weather conditions. Within a split second, the optimum power distribution between front and rear axle can be controlled via a multi-plate clutch. Depending on the driving situation, this means more driving stability, a more agile handling and outstanding traction even on slippery road surfaces. In short: Even more driving fun with more safety, especially on snow and icy roads. Because that’s where the premium on traction really shows its stuff. This makes the 911 the ideal vehicle for all seasons: “For me, the Carrera with all-wheel drive is the perfect everyday car. Thanks to its technology, it is safe for active driving on ice and snow; on the other hand, it always offers the self-assurance of a thoroughbred sports car. Owing to its excellent all-round visibility and the storage space behind the front seats, the car is very suitable for the city and for shopping as well,” says Walter Röhrl, twice holder of the rally world championship.
Porsche enthusiasts can also satisfy their curiosity about the advantages of the 911 Carrera by selecting from the various courses and sessions of Porsche Driving Experience: At two training sites in Finland’s far north 1,350 drivers will have the opportunity to test the Porsche 911 at first hand in extreme weather conditions this winter. Beginners and advanced drivers will have the chance to expand their driving skills under the guidance of Porsche instructors and learn to control their car even better in three training steps that build on one another. On snowbound tracks and ice lakes at temperatures up to minus 30° Celsius. The rear-focused design of the all-wheel drive, typical for Porsche, offers optimal support. You will find the dates and other information on all winter offers of Porsche Driving Experience on the Internet at: www.porsche.de/driving-experience-winter/.
Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is the most successful race car in the world. Since 1998, 2,395 units of the near standard vehicle for customer sport were produced. The new edition of the 911 GT3 Cup is the motorsports version of the future 911 GT3 and as such is the first race car that is based on the seventh generation of the sports car icon from Zuffenhausen. The 911 GT3 Cup will be run exclusively in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in 2013. The car for one-make racing made its debut on the occasion of the end of motorsport season “Night of Champions” celebration at the R&D Centre in Weissach.
The new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is powered by a 3.8-litre six-cylinder flat engine. It generates 460 hp (338 kW) at 7,500 revs, surpassing the predecessor by 10 hp. A six-speed dog-type gearbox developed by Porsche Motorsport which is operated via shift paddles at the steering wheel for the first time in a Porsche brand trophy race car transmits the power to the rear axle. The single piece race wheels with centre mount were also newly designed by Porsche Motorsport. The width of the Michelin race slicks was increased by two centimetres to 27 centimetres at the front and by ten millimetres at the rear axle to now measure 31 centimetres.
A newly developed race braking system further improves the excellent endurance qualities compared to its successful predecessor. The 380 millimetre slotted and inner-vented steel brake rotors at the front axle are decelerated by six-piston aluminium fixed callipers. The rear axle features a four-piston version.
During the development of the new car a particular emphasis was put on the driver safety. A newly designed safety cage protects the pilot in case of a roll or a collision as does a newly developed race seat which is distinctively shaped around the head and shoulders and can be adjusted individually with the help of padding. A rescue hatch in the roof provides easy access for primary medical attention and for the extrication of the driver.
“The new 911 GT3 Cup is much easier to drive at the limit,” says Porsche works driver Timo Bernhard, who was significantly involved in the development of the new vehicle. “The car is excellently balanced. The new axle geometry is enormously positive for the handling. Apart from that the new Cup 911 is great fun to drive.”
Like its predecessor the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is produced in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen on the same assembly line as the road legal models. At the Motorsport Centre in Weissach it receives a general set-up for the circuit and is tested by a professional race driver before delivery to the customers. The basic price for the vehicle, which is available exclusively in white, is 181,200 Euro plus the country-specific value added tax.
Nick Tandy wins Porsche Cup
After his first full season in international GT racing, Nick Tandy (28) from Great Britain can celebrate winning the Porsche Cup as the best private driver in the world. On the occasion of the Night of Champions on 8 December in the R&D Centre at Weissach, Nick Tandy received the Porsche Cup from Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, the Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Porsche AG. Additionally, Tandy was awarded a new Porsche 911 Carrera S. During the past season the Briton scored a total of 7,510 points. Second-placed Raymond Narac is the recipient of 30,000 Euro, Paolo Ruberti’s third place comes with a purse of 25,000 Euro. The Porsche Cup is endowed with a total value of 253,000 Euro. In the competition initiated by Ferry Porsche, drivers earned points in 18 Grand Touring and prototype race series worldwide as well as at selected long distance races.
Professional race driver and part-time farmer Nick Tandy headed into 2012 as the reigning champion of the Carrera Cup Deutschland driving a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR run by the experienced Manthey Racing team in the International GT Open. Sharing the cockpit with works driver Marco Holzer, Tandy won five races.
In the ADAC GT Masters, Tandy competed for the Geyer & Weinig EDV – Schütz Motorsport squad at the wheel of a 911 GT3 R. Here, Tandy and his teammate Christian Engelhart scored four victories. For the Brit, the season concluded with seventh place in the drivers’ classification. Tandy earned further points towards the Porsche Cup competing for Flying Lizard Motorsports and TRG in the ALMS. In the British GT Championship, he manned the cockpit of a Team Motorbase fielded 911 GT3 R at selected rounds. After John Fitzpatrick (1972, 1974, 1980) and Tim Sugden (2005), Nick Tandy is the third Briton to be honoured with the Porsche Cup, which has been awarded by Porsche since 1970.
With a margin of just 170 points, Frenchman Raymond Narac (45) finished the race for the Porsche Cup in second place. The founder and owner of the successful IMSA Performance Matmut team contested three major championships as team principal and driver. In the European Le Mans Series, Narac defended the championship title in the GTE Am class driving a 911 GT3 RSR in last year’s spec. Joining forces with Porsche works driver Patrick Pilet, Narac periodically held the lead in the International GT Open driver’s standings and concluded the season in the hotly-contested championship in sixth. In the World Endurance Championship, Narac scored a class win and second place in Le Mans.
After securing second in last year’s Porsche Cup, Paolo Ruberti again climbs the “podium” in third. The 37-year-old Italian secured this success predominantly in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Driving Felbermayr-Proton’s Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Ruberti won the GT Am class at the Sebring 12 Hours and the 6 hour race in Bahrain. Ruberti secured additional points thanks to a victory and a second place in the Italian GT Championship.
Le Mans 24 Hours / World Endurance Championship
At the Weissach Motorsport Centre, preparations for the running of the new LMP1 sports prototype at the Le Mans 24 Hours and in the sports car World Endurance Championship are progressing at high revs. For this feat the infrastructure was considerably expanded. A new workshop building and an office complex have been completed. “The first rollout of our new LMP1 car is planned for mid-2013,” announced Wolfgang Hatz, Porsche AG Board of Management Member for Research and Development, on Saturday on the occasion of the end of season “Night of Champions” celebration. “The car will be run by our own works team based here at Weissach.”
Following a re-structuring, the LMP1 project is realised by a new department headed by Fritz Enzinger. With his well established organisational structure, Porsche’s Head of Motorsport Hartmut Kristen continues to be responsibility for all other motorsport programmes worldwide.
The customer sport model 911 GT3 R celebrated 41 wins from 131 starts in a range of GT3 racing series worldwide. For the 2013 season Porsche offers teams an upgrade package which will position the GT3 R even better in the performance window as defined by the FIA.
In his speech, Hatz underlined the importance of GT racing for Porsche and pleaded for two different GT categories for works-supported professional sport and for customer sport: “In factory sport the regulations must be based on technology while in customer racing a stronger alignment of the relative strength by Balance of Performance measures is legitimate.”
In addition to the promotion of four Porsche Juniors, one pilot from the international makes cups will enjoy comprehensive support for the 2013 season. Frenchman Jean-Karl Vernay (25) who won the Carrera Cup France at his first attempt last season receives funding to the value of 200,000 Euro towards his 2013 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup campaign. At a test session in Vallelunga, Vernay won over eight other top drivers from the Carrera Cups France, Asia, Japan, Scandinavia, Italy, Australia, Great Britain and from the GT3 Cup Challenge Canada.
Vernay has already made a name for himself in international motor racing. In 2005 he claimed the championship in the French feeder series Formula Renault Campus and went on to finish second in a Formula 3 single-seater at the Macau Grand Prix in 2009. In 2010 Vernay went to the USA and promptly clinched overall victory in the Indy Lights Series’ in his first season. Peugeot contracted the Frenchman as a test and reserve pilot for their LMP1 project in 2011. At the same time Vernay competed in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup and was crowned LMP2 champion. “The support from Porsche is a great opportunity for me,” says Vernay. “In the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup all drivers have to adjust to a new vehicle. For me as a newcomer this means I’ll have a good chance to be competitive right from the beginning. The Supercup is the pinnacle of the Porsche one-brand cups and has a great reputation as a launching platform to enter professional GT sport.”
With its well-established works drivers, Porsche is relying on continuity. All nine drivers still have a valid contract for the 2013 season or their contract was extended. For six of the nine drivers, the 24-hour race at Daytona on 26 January marks the start of the new season. Joerg Bergmeister drives a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup for The Racers Group. With Kevin Buckler’s squad, Bergmeister scored a sensational overall victory at Daytona in 2003 at the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Marco Holzer competes for Alex Job Racing, Marc Lieb again joins forces with Brumos Racing and Richard Lietz drives for last year’s winner Magnus Racing. Patrick Long goes racing for Park Place Motorsports and Patrick Pilet competes for the NGT team.
For the Porsche Juniors Michael Christensen and Klaus Bachler the race in Daytona marks the first time in their career that they contest a 24 hour race. Christensen receives support in his campaign from Christian Engelhart and Porsche Cup winner Nick Tandy for the Konrad Motorsport team with whom he contested the Carrera Cup Deutschland in 2012. Bachler is competing for Snow Racing.
World Endurance Championship, round 4 in Silverstone/Great Britain
At round four of the World Endurance Championship, the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR brought home its third podium placing in the GTE Am class: Christian Ried (Germany) and his Italian teammates Paolo Ruberti and Gianluca Roda claimed third place in Silverstone at the wheel of the Felbermayr-Proton 911. So far this season, they have achieved a victory from the season-opening round in Sebring and second place in Spa-Francorchamps. In the GTE Pro category, Porsche factory drivers Marc Lieb (Germany) and Richard Lietz (Austria) scored fourth place with their Felbermayr Porsche. Continue reading “Third podium result for Porsche in the GTE Am class”
Fifth win of the season for René Rast
Time penalties for half of the field – that is an exception in Germany’s fastest one make race series. Still it happened at the 13th race of the season on the challenging former Grand Prix circuit of Zandvoort. And one of the beneficiaries was René Rast. Driving for the Team Deutsche Post by tolimit he did not cross the finish line as the winner but was classified as first. With his fifth victory of the season, Rast has extended his series lead to twelve points over his closest rival with four races left on the calendar. Second place went to Jeroen Bleekemolen from the Netherlands at his guest appearance for Attempto Racing. And scoring third place, Sean Edwards (Team Deutsche Post by tolimit) earned more crucial points towards his diminishing chance in the title race. Continue reading “Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, race 13 in Zandvoort/Netherlands”
Sean Edwards wins in rain chaos.
At first it looked like a comfortable fifth win of the season for points’ leader René Rast (Team Deutsche Post by tolimit) – but then things were turned upside down at race 12 of the Carrera Cup Deutschland in Zandvoort. When the race was stopped after eight laps due to torrential rain, Rast’s teammate Sean Edwards was announced as winner. This marked the fourth win of the season for the Briton. Nicki Thiim was as thrilled with his surprising second place (Denmark, Hermes Attempto Racing) as Jaap van Lagen (FE Racing by Land-Motorsport) was about securing the last podium spot at his home round. Continue reading “Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, race 12 in Zandvoort/Netherlands”
The premiere was a resounding success – for the American Le Mans Series and for Porsche. The first race on the street course in Baltimore in the US state of Maryland last year celebrated its debut in front of a record crowd of 150,000 spectators with works driver Wolf Henzler (Germany) scoring a commanding victory with his teammate Bryan Sellers (USA) in the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. On 1 September, the race series showcasing the fastest sports cars in the world returns to Baltimore to contest round 8 of the series. Continue reading “American Le Mans Series, round 8 in Baltimore, USA”
Driving trials of the Porsche 918 Spyder are entering the next phase. A permanent fixture of the test programme for the 918 Spyder – and in the tuning process for all Porsche vehicles – is the 20.8 km long challenging Nürburgring-Nordschleife race circuit. After all, a lap time of less than seven minutes and 22 seconds is one of the development goals of the innovative super sports car with a plug-in hybrid drive.
The 918 Spyder combines a high-performance internal combustion engine with electric drives at the rear and front axles to achieve extraordinary driving performance and excellent efficiency. The system power of all three drives together is 770 hp. The car’s NEDC fuel consumption is forecast to be only around three litres per 100 km, which is equivalent to CO2 emissions of about 70 g/km. The monocoque, consisting of carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP), reduces the car’s weight and delivers remarkable rigidity and precision. Other highlights are the car’s fully variable aerodynamics, adaptive rear axle steering and “top pipes” exhaust system which routes the pipes upwards. All of this makes the Porsche 918 Spyder a super sports car for the future, even though the styling of the prototypes is reminiscent of historical models. Continue reading “918 Spyder prototype in attractive Martini Racing design”
“sport auto” reader poll: Porsche scoops eight first places
Trade magazine “sport auto” readers voted Porsche the winner in eight categories. The sports car fans gave Porsche models – from the Boxster to the 911 Turbo S – the top slot in six out of a total of 15 vehicle categories. Porsche was also honoured for the best customer sports programme, the Carrera Cup, and for the sportiest alternative drive concept. This is embodied by the Porsche 918 Spyder, which will make its market debut in 2013.
The new 911 model line is proving to be a winner right from the off. Both the Carrera S Coupé and Cabrio are the winners in their class. The new Boxster as well has begun its career by winning its category. But there is no stopping the 911 (Type 997) either: the 530 hp Turbo S has emerged victorious both as the Coupé and in the Cabriolet version. The Cayman R also bagged itself a victory. That Porsche’s future direction is also on the right track is borne out by the win scored by the innovative 918 Spyder, combining impressively high performance with low fuel consumption.
This was the 32nd “sport auto” reader poll. Approximately 13,000 readers took part in the vote. “Sport auto” magazine is publishing the detailed results of the poll in today’s edition.
World Endurance Championship, round 3, Le Mans 24 Hours, 1st interim report
The Porsche 911 GT3 RSR have made a good start into the Le Mans 24 hour race. After the first five hours of the long distance classic on the Circuit des 24 Heures in the French Sarthe province, Christian Ried (Germany) and his Italian teammates Paolo Ruberti and Gianluca Roda are running in second place in the GTE Am class with Felbermayr-Proton’s 2011-spec 911. Nicolas Armindo, Raymond Narac and Anthony Pons improved their position thanks to a successful chase through the field to now rank fourth with the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR fielded by the IMSA Performance Matmut squad. After starting from pole position in their class and running at the front for quite some time, the 911 of Flying Lizard Motorsports piloted by Porsche works driver Patrick Pilet (France) and Americans Seth Neiman and Spencer Pumpelly left the track shortly before the five hour mark and fell back to eleventh place.
In the GTE Pro class, the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of Felbermayr-Proton, which recently celebrated its first win of the season at the World Endurance Championship in Spa, lies in fourth place. Sharing driving duties are Porsche works drivers Marc Lieb (Germany), Richard Lietz (Austria) and Wolf Henzler (Germany). Their factory pilot colleagues Joerg Bergmeister (Germany), Patrick Long (USA) and Marco Holzer (Germany) lost positions in the first race hour due to a broken shock absorber and tyre damage. They currently occupy position nine, seven laps behind the front-runners in their class.
Interim standings after five hours
GTE Pro class
1. Gavin/Milner/Westbrook (GB/USA/GB), Chevrolet Corvette, 74 laps
2. Fisichella/Bruni/Vilander (I/I/SF), Ferrari F458 Italia, 74
3. Fernandez/Mücke/Turner (MEX/D/GB), Aston Martin Vantage, 73
4. Lieb/Lietz/Henzler (D/A/D), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 73
9. Bergmeister/Long/Holzer (D/USA/D), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 67
GTE Am class
1. Bornhauser/Canal/Lamy (F/F/P), Chevrolet Corvette, 72 laps
2. Ried/Roda/Ruberti (D/I/I), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 72
3. Ehret/Montecalvo/Jeannette (D/USA/USA), Ferrari F458 Italia, 72
4. Armindo/Narac/Pons (F/F/F), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 72
11. Neiman/Pilet/Pumpelly (USA/F/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 67
This is the World Endurance Championship
Sports prototypes and GT vehicles contest the World Endurance Championship, for which double points are awarded in Le Mans. They are divided into four classes that start together but are classified separately:
LMGTE Pro class: This class is reserved for slightly modified standard sports cars with 440 to 500 hp and a minimum weight of 1,245 kilograms (e.g. Porsche 911 GT3 RSR).
LMGTE Am class: Like the LMGTE Pro, but the regulations stipulate that only last year’s cars are eligible and there must be no more than one professional driver per vehicle.
LMP1 class: Sports prototypes with up to 550 hp and a minimum weight of 900 kilograms.
LMP2 class: Sports prototypes with around 440 hp and a 900 kilogram minimum weight.