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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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Springtime Repairs For Domino!

by Sales Team on April 23, 2012

April 21, 2012

Time to give Domino some much deserved attention this weekend.

The first item to be dealt with was to remove the door panels and secure the door speakers to remove the annoying rattles. After removing the upper door panel cover, lower door pockets, door handle, lock covers and door switches I was finally able to access the inside of the door. I installed Dynamat on both the speaker mounting panel and the inside of the door panel. After reinstalling the door panels and speakers I went for a quick drive – much better, no rattles and a more accurate and deep sounding bass! [click to continue…]

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Porsche has long been celebrated as the premier European sports car brand. And with precision performance machines like the Boxster, Cayman and 911, it’s hard to argue that. But Porsche also makes a fine Sport Utility Vehicle in the Cayenne. Currently, the Cayenne line is as diverse as it is efficient. From the 300 horsepower base Cayenne, which seats up to five, to the 500 horsepower Cayenne Turbo, which can rocket from 0-100 km in 4.7 seconds, there seemed to be a Cayenne for everybody. But there hasn’t been a diesel offering in the North American market. Until now, that is.

At the 2012 New York International Auto Show, Porsche announced that its champion SUV will be available with a turbo-diesel V6 pumping out 240 horsepower, permanent all-wheel drive and a staggering 554.5 NM of torque starting with the 2013 model year. Appropriately christened the Cayenne Diesel, the torque rating is enough to power the exotic SUV from 0-100km in a mere 7.6 seconds, all the way up to 220 kph. There are few other SUVs besides the Cayenne that can make such a claim.

Fuel economy numbers for Canada have yet to be announced, but Porsche says the diesel’s estimated fuel economy numbers are 20 mpg city / 28 mpg highway on the United States cycle. That roughly equates to 11.76 L/100km extra urban and 8.4 L/100km urban. For a performance SUV, that’s top-tier.

This is by the virtue of not only the diesel engine, which is more efficient than a comparable gasoline engine, but also the advanced 8-speed Tiptronic transmission its mated to. The powertrain is also fortified with an Auto Start/Stop function and Porsche Traction Management (PTM), as well as improved engine acoustics and low vibrations for smooth engine running.

Starting in Canada at $64,500, keen eyes can identify the latest Cayenne variant by the “Diesel” badges behind the front wheel wells. Also for the 2013 model year, Porsche included a few interior changes, including a new standard analog clock on the dashboard, new door lock buttons placed near the front door handles, and the European Factory Delivery program offered for all models. Sales are expect to begin later this year.

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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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When it came down to the Porsche 911 and Boxter, the demographics have traditionally been split. Whereas men preferred the power and presence of the 911, more often than not the stereotype has been that women enjoyed the zippy driving style and sleek curves of the Boxster. But with the Boxster being all new for the 2013 model year, do men, should men be wary of their appearance if they were to own one? According to famed British automotive critic Chris Harris, the answer is a definite ”no”.

Not only does the 2013 Porsche Boxster carry broader shoulders, a wider footprint, and more power with less weight, but its handling characteristics are so competent, so agile, that Harris himself is torn between whether or not he would approve the new, more powerful 911 over the lithe new Boxster. It’s that good.

Both the Boxster and more robust Boxster S models are powered by flat-six engines with direct fuel injection enhanced by electrical system recuperation, thermal management and a useful start/stop function for more impressive fuel efficiency. These features can be found in the Boxster’s new base engine, which delivers 265 hp from a 2.7 liter displacement – translating to a ten hp improvement over its larger displacement predecessor. As for the Boxster S, the displacement increases to 3.4-liters, while the power jumps to 315 hp — a five hp improvement over the last Boxster S.

The interior concept offers the occupants more space and reflects the new Porsche outline with a raked center console, which, originating with the Carrera GT ensures improved ergonomics in all models. As such, the passengers are enclosed by the completely redesigned, fully electric top, which now dispenses with a convertible top compartment lid. As Harris points out in the video, the leather accents are something to be fond of.

Both models feature a manual six-speed gearbox as standard — a favorite among traditional enthusiast drivers — with the seven-speed double-clutch transmission (PDK) available as an option for those who prefer more precise, mechanical shifts. Both sports cars achieve their best fuel consumption and acceleration performance with the PDK.

With the re-engineered design, driving dynamics of the new Porsche Boxster are a vast improvement from the old model, with the Boxster accelerating from zero to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, while the the Boxster S does the same in 4.7 seconds.

The new Boxster models are expected in U.S. showrooms in early summer 2012. The basic list price iwill be $49,500 for the Boxster and $60,900 for the Boxster S, not including a $950 destination charge. Look for it.

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Porsche At The L.A. Auto Show

by Sales Team on November 18, 2011

Los Angeles has always been a special place for Porsche. Executive
Vice President for Research and Development, Wolfgang Hatz describes
Southern California as “…the Porsche911’s second home”. It’s only
fitting that Porsche made three tremendous presentations at the 2011
Los Angeles Auto Show.

First, the new Porsche Panamera GTS made its world premiere debut.
The Panamera was ceremoniously unveiled by two surprising guest:
Patrick Long, Porsche Works & Flying Lizards Driver along with
Romain Dumas, Porsche factory driver. The Panamera GTS is powered by
a modified 4.8-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine, delivering 430 hp
at 6,700 rpm, increasing the output over the Panamera S/4S by 30 hp.
The maximum torque also increases by comparison, from 369 to 384 lb.
ft.

At the push of a button, thanks to the standard Sport Chrono package,
the 7-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) transmission
transmits the engine output to the all-wheel drive system during gear
changes without interruption to the power flow. This collaboration
enables the Panamera GTS to sprint to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds,
accelerating on to its top track speed of 178 mph.
The GTS is equipped with the latest Porsche dynamic driving dynamic
control systems, including adaptive air suspension including Porsche
Active Suspension Management (PASM). This system constantly calibrates
settings to suit specific driving challenges, from regulating
leveling, height and spring rate to electronic damping. With the
suspension set at “Normal,” the GTS sits an aggressive ten millimeters
lower than any other Panamera model.

In terms of looks, the new Panamera GTS includes distinctive design
features at the front, side and rear as well as black highlights. The
interior is also tailored to its sporty personality with adaptive
sports seats, SportDesign steering wheel with shift paddles and
exclusive GTS leather interior with Alcantara surfaces.

Secondly, Porsche also unveiled the all new Porsche 911 (991) Carrera
S for the first time in North America. This is the seventh generation
Porsche 911 and it does not disappoint. Executive VP of R&D,
Wolfgang Hatz says that everything in this new 911 has been completely
reengineered and redesigned, but maintains every inch the embodiment
of 911 Carrera. Longer, lower, wider and 100 lbs. lighter than the
previous 911, the seventh generation is athletic, elegant and iconic.
The Porsche 911 Carrera is equipped with a new 350 hp, 3.4-liter boxer
engine while the 911 Carrera S features a 400 hp, 3.8-liter boxer
engine – a 15 hp improvement versus its predecessor. The first 911
models will arrive in dealerships beginning in February of 2012.

 

Lastly, Porsche announced its plans for the Porsche Experience Center
Los Angeles, to be built in nearby Carson, California. It will be
situated near the intersection of two major Los Angeles area traffic
arteries, the 405 and 110 Freeways. Detlev von Platen, President and
CEO of Porsche Cars North America, indicates that the facility is
going to be 53 acres, twice the size of the Atlanta Porsche Experience
Center and both facilities will cost over $100 million dollars
combined.

The centerpiece of the complex will be a world-class test track and
handling course, including areas where special surfaces replicate
rain, ice, and snow conditions. These training sections include the
Ice Hill, where a steep slope, computer-controlled water jets, and a
low-friction surface will challenge even the most experienced drivers
and help them improve their real-world skills. A special off-road area
will combine 45-degree declines and ascents – ideal terrain for
unleashing a Porsche Cayenne.

The Porsche Experience Center will also offer programs focused on
maximizing personal fitness, wellness, and athletic performance
through its Porsche Human Performance Center. This unique facility
will feature a leading sports science laboratory and training
programs, incorporating the latest techniques used in preparing
Porsche race car drivers.

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South Centre Fine Cars Raises Money For ALS

by Sales Team on October 18, 2011

The event raised more money this year for ALS than any of the previous years for an aggregate of almost $60,000 since tournament inception seven years ago. The weather was sunny/warm lots of wind but,there was an all-time high for golfers of 136! The two goals at the beginning of the year were to have a full slate of golfers i.e. 144 and raise $20,000. The actual numbers are very close to both of these goals. [click to continue…]

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Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV will take place between October 14 to the 16 of 2011 at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway. Both the men and machines that make Porsche Motorsport’s history as rich as it is are expected to draw one of the largest crowds in track history.

Just a glance at the guest list reveals names that will surely impress any Porsche enthusiast. How about, in no particular order, Vic Elford, who won the Monte Carlo Rally and scored Porsche’s first overall win at the 24 Hours of Daytona – on back-to-back weekends; James Weaver, Porsche 962 driver for Dyson Racing – Daytona and Sebring winner; Gijs van Lennep, Dutch Porsche 917 and 911 driver – won Le Mans with Helmut Marko and the last Targa Florio with Herbert Mueller; Chip Robinson – IMSA Champion with Al Holbert in a Porsche 962; George Follmer – took Penske Porsche 917 to Can-Am championship; Dan Gurney – scored Porsche’s first successes in Formula 1; and Hurley Haywood, most successful Porsche endurance driver with wins at Daytona, Sebring, and Le Mans; and that’s just a sample. More than 50 drivers of similar calibre have already said “yes” to Porsche’s invitation and the rest of the names will be announced we approach the event date. [click to continue…]

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Porsche AG held a conference at their Leipzig facility, home of the Cayenne and Panamera on June 27-29th, 2011. I accompanied Thomas Illner, After Sales Manager from Porsche Canada.

Upon entering the “diamond-like” form of the Customer Service Centre, one instantly knows you are in for something special.

Porsche wanted all the delegates from around the world to “experience” quality first hand, so we were split into 3 groups in the morning and sent on our way. Our group started off on the Porsche test track to drive 911’s, Caymans, Boxsters, Cayenne’s and Panamera’s.

The track consists of numerous corners from various tracks, including the infamous “corkscrew” of Laguna Seca. The lead instructor in a 911 Turbo set a fast pace that allowed some of us (meaning me!) to challenge our driving skills.

We then went to the off road area to test the new 2011 Cayenne on 60% grades and 2 foot deep water crossings. This takes place on a 6 kilometer unspoilt countryside with wild horses and aurochs (oxen) maintaining this natural reserve.

Our final stop (which I considered the most remarkable) was the assembly factory. Absolutely clean and organized, I could have stayed there all day and watched. All the vehicles have a Bluetooth enabled electronic transmitter attached to the drivers window. This relays the exact parts required for each station. The parts then show up at just the right time for the technician to install. The vehicles move on beech wood platforms so no static electricity will ever be transmitted.

We finally headed back for 1.5 days of meetings to discuss the role of Porsche AG in providing the best quality vehicles they possibly can. What was really interesting was the presentations by all the Porsche markets regarding how we (and the customer) see Porsche. Some very interesting facts out of China, they currently have 33 Porsche Centers, and expect to have 126 by 2020! I discovered during this discussion that Porsche will act on a quality issue that affects as little as .04% of the applicable cars. The parent company is keenly aware to constantly improve they must listen to the customer and adjust to changing markets.

I was honored to have been included in this conference. The capability and competence of Porsche and their staff impressed me to no end.


The Diamond


The real Transsyberia


The 918 is even more stunning in person!!

Derek Rush

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