Posted on 29. Apr, 2013 by PB.
The Frankfurt motor show in September this year will mark the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Porsche 911. It was actually launched as the Porsche 901 at the show, but Peugeot complained that it had the legal right to car names featuring 3 numbers with a zero in the middle.
This is all according to an infographic which has been put together by MoneySupermarket marking the 50th anniversary. The infographic also highlights the remarkably diverse motorsport activities of the 911 over the years, with racing cars based on the model winning 4 Monte Carlo Rally’s and taking overall honours at the Le Mans 24 hours on 14 separate occasions.
Porscheblogs.co.uk were lucky to be involved in testing the new Michelin Pilot Super Sport in Dubai and, it has to be said, this tyre really does change the game. How does shaving five seconds off a 2.7 kilometre lap sound to you? Hell yes! The tyre performs fantastically well in both wet and dry conditions and has much improved longevity and safety. Which is exactly what we’re all looking for in a tyre? Along with around 40 plus car enthusiasts in attendance, I can hand over heart say this tyre is groundbreaking.
Michelin have, of course, a wealth of experience and the authority to make this happen with their 13 consecutive years of Le Mans victories. What Michelin have done with this tyre is to tap into their experience and create something that is not only quicker and more predictable but better in both dry and wet conditions in any tyre I have seen before.
The Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyre was developed for dual purpose. To deliver the ultimate driving experience, while at the same time ensuring maximum safety, even in extreme driving conditions. The combination of driving enjoyment and safety performance proved paramount in the product development phase of this tyre and was conducted in conjunction with Porsche, BMW M division and Ferrari.
Well, here is my story of an estimated 10,000bhp, an empty Dubai race track and over £2million worth of cars.
Porsche has surprised the motorsport world by announcing its plans to return to the legendary 24-hour Le Mans race by 2014. The supercar manufacturer is the most successful overall in the history of Le Mans, winning in all classifications 16 times. However, the company has not won since 1998, with fellow German team Audi being the most successful team of recent years, winning from 2004-2008 and 2010-2011.
It has been revealed that the plug-in Porsche 918 Spyder supercar is set to go into production. After being shown for the first time at the 80th edition of the Geneva Motor Show back in March 2010, it has been given the green light to be made. The car is pencilled in to go into production in September 2013, and they hope to make the first customer deliveries the following November. The vehicle is limited to just 918 models and will set customers back a cool £565,000 plus VAT. You’d better start saving.
The recently released Porsche 911 Carrera GTS falls between the Porsche Carrera S and the GT3. The new Carrera, which has just become available this year, comes as a coupe or cabriolet, priced at £78,371 ($103,100) and £85,249 ($112,900) respectively. The 408-horsepower Porsche 911 Carrera GTS with PDK is rated with a 10.2 litres per 100 kilometres, or 19 miles per gallon city and 27 miles per gallon highway fuel consumption and a 240g/km CO2 emissions level.
How do you encapsulate a company into words that has dominated, succeeded and inspired for so many decades? Porsche has been leading the way in innovation, design and engineering for years and it doesn’t look like they will be stopping any time soon. Here’s a brief history lesson on why Porsche has become such a worldwide powerhouse.
Like all successful manufacturers, Porsche had the eccentric visionary who started it all. Ferdinand Porsche is one of those godfather figures in the motoring landscape. Like Enzo Ferrari and Sir William Lyons, he was a pioneer that changed the way people thought of German sports cars. He was responsible for creating one of the most iconic marques in the history of the motorcar; Porsche – and is subsequently responsible for one of the company’s finest efforts; the Porsche 911. This is a guest article on behalf of Netcars.co.uk – a used car search engine specialising in used Porsche.,
Last month at the Paris Motor Show, Matthias Mueller, the Porsche chairman, had the racing world buzzing when he revealed that the company will potentially return to Formula 1.
While Mueller made no promises of Porsche’s participation in Formula 1, he did say either Porsche or Audi would compete in Le Mans, and the other would race in Formula 1. Audi’s motorsport boss has said in the past that Audi participating in Formula 1 is unlikely, so Mueller’s comments have racing fans salivating for a Porsche Formula 1 re-appearance. We take a brief look back at Porsche’s illustrious history in motorsport and ask whether Porsche can repeat its past successes if it does return.
This might seem a long shot but it actually a very real possibility. At the recent Paris Motorshow, the new Porsche chairman Matthias Mueller announced that the company was looking into the possibility of returning to F1. Many thought this was just an attempt to get some news paper headlines, but there is much more to it than that.
Check out this in-depth analysis that has got us rather excited!
It was exactly 60 years ago, in the autumn on 1950, that the first Porsche cars were shipped to the United States to be sold. Porsche, at that time, was a small producer of sports cars based in Stuttgart, Germany. Since then, the Porsche brand has risen to become one of the most beloved, if not the most beloved, brands of sports cars in North America, venerated for its aesthetically pleasing, high-performance vehicles. Little boys dream about one day driving Porsches, people ogle them on the streets and Hollywood stars buy them as status symbols.