2012 Porsche 911

Ever wish there was a destination dedicated to celebrating the automobile? Well, there just so happens to be one, and it’s been around since 1994. Appropriately named “Autostadt” (which is German for “car city”), the 6.4 km facility is located in Wolfsburg, Germany, and has served as a mecca for European auto enthusiasts. And just recently, Porsche erected its very own pavilion, located on the southeast end of the Autostadt grounds.

The pavilion was built in a mere ten months, and was executed in close cooperation with Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG and the Autostadt, Henn Architekten (architecture), HG Merz Architekten (presentation) and WES & Partner landscape architects.

Situated along the Koller axis, an important line connecting Wolfsburg’s Klieversberg and castle, the pavilion extends far over the surface of the lagoon. This location works as a new focal point for the park and lagoon landscape. The unique shape of the roof creates a protected space. In line with the Porsche tradition of lightweight construction, the spatial envelope based on a monocoque (French for “single shell”) design forms the self-supporting structural system. A stainless steel surface, combined with dynamically elegant lines, clearly alludes to Porsche automobile styling.

The pavilion interior welcomes guests with a minimalist, subtle look. Contoured edges without angular lines draw attention to the cars on display. “In the beginning, I looked around but couldn’t find the car of my dreams. So I decided to build it myself.” This quote from Ferry Porsche welcomes visitors into the display area. The “dream car,” a Porsche 356 from 1948, is the starting point for a group of 25 silver models in 1:3 scale. At the other end, guests see three current Porsche models, which are the Boxster S, 911 Carrera S , and Panamera S Hybrid.

Automotive theme park guests at the inauguration of the pavilion will encounter Porsche in other areas as well. Vintage car fans can look forward to special classic car models in the glass cases throughout the park. Younger sports car fans also have the opportunity to take their children’s driving licence test in one of two electric Porsches. Moreover, workshop participants from schools and vocational colleges will, under supervision, restore an old Porsche Super 308 tractor – a witness to Porsche’s history, when Zuffenhausen’s product range encompassed not only sports cars but tractors as well.

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From the outside, the Porsche Classic house appears to be a minimal warehouse. But step inside, and Six 959s, a Carrera GT, a 550 Spyder, an Abarth 356, a Super 90, to name a few, can be found on the floor. Interestingly enough, every one of the cars in the facility were sold to consumers, driven around the world, and eventually found their way to the Stuttgart sanctuary.

Porsche Classic itself is a division of Porsche AG that manages and caters to, well, owners of classic Porsche models. It offers components to customers looking to restore their old Porsches street cars of ten years old or more, along with in-house restoration services.

And in terms of longevity statistics, just over 70 percent of all Porsche models ever built are still registered on the road — which speaks volumes in terms of value and owner care. Porsche owners from all over the world will even send their classics to the Porsche Classic house for routine maintenance, or even to be fully restored.

But if sending a Porsche to Stuggart for fixing up seems a tad steep, all Porsche dealers possess allocation to order whatever part a classic Porsche owner needs— a selection of roughly 35,000 parts. Though if sending the classic model over is an absolute must, owners can rest assured that their car will be carefully, thoroughly, and passionately touched up by workers who share the kind of devotion and affection for the brand that exceed expectations — some with over forty years of experience in the company — with specialists for just about everything imaginable when it comes to the Porsche family.

Just how thorough and intricate is the restoration process? It’s so detailed, that Porsche even revisits the old manufacturing processes and tooling used relevant  to whatever model being maintained or restored. And in doing so, the model in question actually retains its value greater than a typical, random shop job. And that alone makes Porsche Classic amazingly special.

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In 1948, the first Porsche was born. It didn’t take long for it to develop a cult following, where the Porsche Club was established just four years down the road. The group consisted of of seven Porsche drivers, and was formally known as the the Westfälischer Porsche Club Hohensyburg, now known as the Porsche Club Westfalen e. V., on May 26, 1952. That same year saw the formation of a second Porsche Club with six members initially – the Porsche Club Berlin e. V. The movement took off and there are now 640 official Porsche Clubs in 75 countries with a total of approximately 181,000 members. They are all enthusiastic about the Porsche brand and are part of a unique Porsche family.

To mark the 60th anniversary of the founding, Porsche has planned something very special. In honour of the 13 founding Porsche Club members and all Porsche Club members worldwide, Porsche Community Management has teamed up with Porsche Exclusive to create an exceptional vehicle: the 911 Club Coupe. Only 12 911 Club Coupes will be made available to Club members, which will have the opportunity, through a lottery, to acquire one of the €142,831, or $175,580 USD works of art. One vehicle will remain at Porsche to honor the Porsche Club World. Lottery winners will have their name engraved on the door sill — making it extremely special.

Using the Carrera S as a base, the 911 Club Coupe features a Carrera S Powerkit providing an extra 30 horsepower, making a total 430 hp and quickening the 0-to-100-kph sprint to just 4.0 seconds. The PASM option drops the car by 20 millimeters over its 20-inch Sport Techno rims, and the Sport Design package adds a new front fascia and a tasteful ducktail spoiler out back. It will come in a Brewster Green paint with an Espresso interior, and finished with glossy script on the doors.

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Forza 4 Unveils Porsche Expansion Pack

by Sales Team on June 5, 2012

Imagine taking a hot lap around Germany’s advanced and winding Nurburgring in a classic 1987 Porsche 959 — the most advanced car in the world of its time. Impossible? Unattainable? Not anymore. At least, not for those with a Microsoft X-Box 360 and Forza Motorsport 4.

Just recently, Porsche and developer Turn10 announced the return of Porsche’s beautiful vehicles to the Forza series with the Porsche Expansion Pack for Forza 4, available around the world as downloadable content via the X-Box Live Marketplace for 1600 Microsoft Points. With the expansion comes 30 new cars (listed below), 20 new events, 10 new achievements and a Porsche-only Rivals Mode. Developer Turn 10 says that seven of the cars are all-new to the Forza series, which brings the game’s fourth installment – including all of the vehicles released via downloadable content – to a grand total of 625 cars from both the past and present.

Porsche Expansion Pack Vehicle List:

  • 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder
  • 1970 Porsche 914/6
  • 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS
  • 1982 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.3
  • 1987 Porsche 959
  • 1987 Porsche #17 Racing Porsche AG 962c
  • 1989 Porsche 944 Turbo
  • 1995 Porsche 911 GT2
  • 1998 Porsche #26 Porsche AG 911 GT1-98
  • 2003 Porsche Carrera GT
  • 2004 Porsche 911 GT3 (996)
  • 2005 ALMS GT #31 Petersen-White Lightning 911 GT3-RSR (996)
  • 2005 Porsche #66 AXA Racing 911 GT3 Cup (996)
  • 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 (997)
  • 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS (997)
  • 2007 Porsche #80 Flying Lizard 911 GT3-RSR
  • 2007 Porsche 911 Turbo (997)
  • 2008 Porsche #2 Gruppe Orange Racing 911 GT3 Cup
  • 2008 Porsche #16 Dyson Racing RS Spyder Evo LMP2
  • 2008 Porsche #7 Penske Racing RS Spyder Evo
  • 2010 Porsche Panamera Turbo
  • 2010 Porsche Boxster S
  • 2010 Porsche 911 Sport Classic
  • 2011 Porsche #54 Black Swan Racing 911 GT3 Cup
  • 2011 Porsche #45 Flying Lizard 911 GT3-RSR
  • 2011 Porsche #17 Team Falken 911 GT3-RSR
  • 2011 Porsche 911 #23 Alex Job Racing 911 GT3 Cup
  • 2012 Porsche 911 GT2 RS
  • 2012 Porsche Cayenne Turbo
  • 2012 Porsche Cayman R

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Porsche Engineering Group has recently announced that it will be taking over responsibility of the Nardò Technical Center automotive proving ground in Apulia in southern Italy from Prototipo SpA. This is the same facility Porsche showed off a prototype variant of its upcoming 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid supercar.

With more than 80 years experience in engineering services, the hundred per cent subsidiary of Porsche AG will be further optimising the test facilities and making them available to its clients for testing and trials purposes.The facility itself is slightly larger than than 700 hectares in the province of Lecce, Italy, with the test ground consisting of a 6.2 kilometre long handling circuit, a 12.5 kilometre long high speed oval circuit (easily seen from the photo above) and additional facilities for simulating different road surfaces and changeable weather conditions.

“The Nardò proving ground with its high-speed and vehicle handling circuit ideally complements our facilities in Weissach. With the systematic development of the company in Nardò as part of Strategy 2018, Porsche is proving to be a reliable employer and business partner in Apulia as well,” said Matthias Müller, President and CEO of Porsche AG.

“With its rich array of facilities, from dynamic surfaces to acoustic and off-road sections coupled with the numerous workshops, our clients can continue to make extensive use of Nardò for their vehicle trials in the future as well,” said Malte Radmann, CEO of Porsche Engineering. Thanks to the mild climate, the Nardò proving ground can be used throughout the year in three shifts around the clock, seven days a week.

Together with the Porsche Development Centre in Weissach near Stuttgart, Germany, the Porsche Engineering Group has been offering Porsche’s extensive development expertise as a service to its clients from the automotive industry and other sectors worldwide, from renting test rigs to developing complete vehicles.

When finished, the production version will tip the scales at less than 1,678 kg, nearly 80-percent of the weight is below the centerline of the car, giving the 918 a fantastically low center of gravity. Additionally, the entire chassis is a mix of carbon fiber and aluminum, including the passenger compartment and associated crash structure, which weighs in at a mere 220 kg.
Carbon fiber assembly has come a long way since Porsche Carrera GT (which also utilized a carbon fiber tub). 10 years ago, it took Porsche took five days to make the GT’s chassis. Today, Porsche and birth up to five 918 tubs a day thanks to new innovations in composites and assembly methods.
When powertrain development of the 918 Spyder is completed, Porsche says that the 918′s 4.6-liter V8 (originally fitted to the three-time ALMS LMP2 Championship-winning RS Spyder) will produce an amazing 570 hp. Add the power of the front-mounted 80 kW motor and the rear-mounted 90 kW motor, and the 918 produces 770 hp. Seven hundred and seventy horsepower. From the factory.

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Despite being roughly under two years away, Porsche was still confident enough to show off its upcoming revolutionary supercar, the 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid. This event, held at the recently acquired Nardó test track in Italy, featured only the most prestigious of automotive publications. A few weeks back, we shared with you the thoughts of Britain’s EVO Magazine, but this week features the thoughts and insight of Motor Trend, one of the biggest auto enthusiast outlets in the world.

Notably, the crudely pieced 918 Spyder prototype is far from looking, feeling, or driving like it will during completion. But progress on the 770 horsepower triple-powered super hybrid is very apparent. When finished, the 918 Spyder will look nearly identical to the concept car that was unveiled a few years ago during the Geneva Motor Show.

What makes the upcoming 918 so special is that it promises to do feats that were thought impossible just a few years ago. Things like achieving 145 km/h without using a single drop of fuel, while possessing the capability to reach speeds of 325 km/h. This is made possible by utilizing one of the most advanced drivetrains the world has ever seen: a 500-horsepower V8 working with not one, but two electric motors producing an additional 218 hp or 160kW of output to all four wheels, with the ability to travel 25.7 km on electricity alone.

For better cooling, the V8′s titanium exhaust outlets send spent hydrocarbons out and over the engine into a muffler fitted atop the engine. This method ensures that heat in the engine compartment is kept to a minimum and – serving both form and function.

When the finished product makes its way to market, here’s what to expect:

  • A sky-high $800,000 price (USD), and $200k deposit
  • There will be over 50 CPUs in controlling the vehicle’s functions
  • The electrical system alone took 9 months to develop
  • Every single light in the 918 will be an LED, from the headlamps to the interior and everything between
  • The passenger sits 20mm further forward than the driver — for better weight distribution
  • The seven-speed PDK transmission is shared with the new 911 — but has been flipped upside down to fit the 918
  • Every body panel is carbon fiber, except the bumpers — for weight reduction
  • There’s a “Manufactured in Flacht” sticker on the back as a reminder that Porsche Motorsport is the main developer
  • Two detachable carbon fiber targa panels will be utilized in the design.

So, what made Porsche take this route of super high performance and super high efficiency? By watching the video above, which features and interview with Wolfgang Hatz, Porsche’s head of Research and Development, some answers can be found.

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Porsche has launched an app for all smartphone-using Porsche owners to tap into the social networking realm with the Drive + app for the Apple iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

With the Drive+ app, Porsche owners can upload media of taking Porsche out for a spin, while viewing a new model at an auto show, or even watching a Porsche race around a track. This brings the Porsche community together in ways that were previously unimaginable.

There are several functions to the app, including:

– Upload multiple photos and videos
– Live feed
– Beautiful Dashboard
– Recent Activity, Popular and Featured Views
– Full web version
– Integrated Facebook and Twitter

Picture quickly slicing through the mountain roads in an all-new 2013 Porsche Boxster S, stopping for a meal somewhere in between. Using the Drive + app, a photograph can be taken and uploaded, while sending out a message seeking out other Porsche drivers who would like to join in on the fun.

Perhaps it’s a track day with the new 911. A video of the high-velocity excitement can be taken and then uploaded in between hot-laps, along with a status update inviting friends to come on out. We’ve all thought it would be cool to integrate social media into such a hobby as driving. Now through Porsche, we can.

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Seventh-Generation Porsche 911 On Sale Now

by Sales Team on March 5, 2012

As kids across the country await the latest video game, or new album from their favorite popular music singer, the grown-ups have been anticipating the launch of the latest generation Porsche 911. Thankfully, the wait is over. The latest generation of the iconic Porsche 911 is on sale now.

Following its media introduction last fall, journalists world-wide have titled this latest 911 as the best yet, captivating those lucky enough to get behind the wheel of one much like the original 911 did in 1964.

“Whether this will be a customer’s first or just their latest Porsche 911, it’s going to be the most invigorating ownership experience yet,” said Detlev von Platen, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America. “The 911 Carrera and Carrera S are the ultimate choices for drivers who want the fun and excitement of a true benchmark-setting sports car week in and week out, not just for show or play during the weekends.”

For 2012, the 911 has been completely redesigned from the ground up, introducing cutting-edge driving technology, while still managing to preserve the classic lines that define the image of the celebrated sports car. The new 911 is longer, lower, wider, 100 lbs. lighter, faster and more efficient than previous models. These improvements make the 2012 Porsche 911 the optimal blend of modern design, intelligent engineering and performance.

In addition to aesthetic improvements, both new models offer significant performance enhancements. The 2012 911 Carrera is equipped with a new, 350-horsepower, 3.4-liter boxer engine that provides five more horsepower (HP) than the outgoing 3.6-liter engine, while the Carrera S features a 400 HP, 3.8-liter boxer engine—a 15 HP improvement versus its predecessor. The 911 Carrera with a Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission accelerates from zero to 60 in a scant 4.4 seconds, while the Carrera S sprints from zero to 60 in a mere 4.1 seconds. That time is reduced even further to 3.9 seconds when equipped with the Sports Chrono Package Plus. Top-track-speeds for the 911 Carrera and Carrera S are 179 and 188 mph, respectively.

The new 911 Carrera Coupe has a base MSRP of $ 93,700, while the 911 Carrera S Coupe starts at $110,000 (excluding destination fees). The thrill of driving one, however, is priceless.

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Porsche Trio Sweeps GT Podium At Daytona

by Sales Team on February 19, 2012

Kicking off the 2012 racing season was the grueling, unrelenting and infamous Rolex 24 hours of Daytona, and 2012 marked the race’s 50th anniversary. The Grand-Am Racing series is the proud torch-bearer of the race, with 60 cars separated among distinct racing classes, and even more drivers accepting the 24 hour challenge.

In the GT class, things went better than great for Porsche. In fact, the end result for the storied German brand was absolutely exceptional. Austrian driver Richard Lietz, sharing the #44 Magnus Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car with John Potter, Andy Lally, and Rene Rast, took over the driving duties with less than two hours left to go at the 50th Rolex 24 at Daytona. He then guided his car through two pit stops and to the GT victory for the Salt Lake City-based team owned by Potter and led a clean-sweep of the GT podium by Porsche.

In second-place was the TRG Porsche driving team of Steve Bertheau, Marc Goosens, Wolf Henzler, Spencer Pumpelly and Jeroen Bleekemolen. Finishing the sweep was the #59 Brumos Porsche with drivers Leh Keen, Hurley Haywood, Andrew Davis, and Marc Lieb. Both teams led for substantial lengths of time during the 24-hour event, but, in the end, both the cars couldn’t catch the Magnus Porsche.

““With both our customer race car owners and our factory drivers, we have the best people in the motorsports business associated with Porsche, and they are a key part in making our street cars and race cars great,”” said Jens Walther, who has been president of Porsche Motorsport North America, Inc. since 2010.

Look for more Porsche racing action in the Rolex Grand-Am Series on March 30th-31st, at the Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Alabama.

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Porsche North America has plans to build a second new Porsche Experience Center in North America, with the lucky location being Carson, California. The expansive 53-acre facility and road handling course will join the original Porsche Experience Center at the legendary Silverstone Circuit in Great Britain along with facilities in Leipzig, Germany and Shanghai, China. In May 2011, Porsche announced North America’s first Porsche Experience Center, to be built as part of the company’s new U.S. headquarters complex in Atlanta, Georgia. Groundbreaking for the new project is expected to begin summer of this year.

The new West Coast location will be conveniently planted near the intersection of two major Los Angeles area traffic arteries, which are the 405 and 110 Freeways. The new facility will also be just minutes from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Southern California is also one of Porsche’s largest markets in the United States, and 15 million consumers reside within a 50-mile radius of the upcoming Experience Center. Another 59 million travelers pass through LAX annually, and there are even more consumers a few hours drive away residing in Orange and San Diego counties. Needless to say, the place will be in a prime location.

The mission of the Porsche Experience Centers is to provide Porsche enthusiasts, both young and old, with advanced driving skills, along with providing unforgettable moments. But it goes beyond the track, as there are special programs for children that are sure to spark the interest of the next generation enthusiast. There is even a Porsche Café and gift shop along with plenty of trackside viewing areas and even fine dining facilities will be available for business/group meetings and events, along with conference centers and track access.

What’s more, is the Porsche Human Performance Center. This unique fitness center facility will feature a sports science laboratory and training programs, incorporating the same techniques used in preparing Porsche race car drivers. This facility will offer customized experiences to guests, ranging from heat acclimation training and hydration strategies to individual wellness assessments. However, none of these features will take away from the centerpiece of it all: the track.

The Porsche Experience Center’s extensive lineup of facilities and programs are sure to impress. Porsche plans an upcoming world-class test track and handling course, including areas where surfaces will replicate rain, ice, and snow conditions. For these adverse road conditions, Porsche will offer special programs. These training sections include the Ice Hill, where a steep slope, computer-controlled water jets, and a low-friction surface are sure to challenge even the most experienced driver, all while sharpening practical real-world skills. Lastly, a special off-road area will combine 45-degree declines and ascents for Porsche Cayenne training.

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