Porsche's 911 turns 50

Stuttgart Feb 2013. For five decades, the 911 has been the heart of the Porsche brand. Few other automobiles in the world can look back on such a long tradition and such continuity as the Porsche 911. It has been inspiring car enthusiasts the world over since its debut as the model 901 at the IAA International Automotive Show in September 1963. Today it is considered the quintessential sports car, the benchmark for all others. The 911 is also the central point of reference for all other Porsche series.

Porsche's latest race car - the 911 GT3 Cup car [Release]

Stuttgart. Dec 2012. 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.

Lighter, lower, more agile: new Porsche Cayman [Release]

Porsche AG is celebrating the world premiere of the new Cayman at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. The third generation of the Cayman has been completely new developed. It is lower and longer, lighter and faster, more efficient and more powerful than ever.

A longer wheelbase, wider track and larger wheels enhance the driving performance of the mid-engine sports car to a level without equal in its competitive class. The new two-seater is – after the 911 Carrera and Boxster – the third sports car model line from Porsche to feature innovative lightweight body design. The new Cayman is up to 30 kg lighter, depending on the specific model and equipment, and it consumes up to 15 per cent less fuel per 100 km than the previous model – despite higher engine and driving performance.

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo : 2012 Paris Motor Show [Release]

Stuttgart. Porsche is presenting the Panamera Sport Turismo concept car to show how amazingly intelligent and efficient drive technology might look in the design language of tomorrow. The Sport Turismo unites the next generation hybrid drive with new ideas for an evolutionary, sporty body concept; it combines Porsche performance with comprehensive everyday practicality.

Porsche 918 Spyder prototype turns in lap time of 7 minutes and 14 seconds

Stuttgart. On September 18th, in test drives on the “Nürburgring-Nordschleife”, a Porsche 918 Spyder prototype turned in a remarkable best time of just 07:14 minutes for the 20.6 km long circuit. One year before its production launch, the plug-in hybrid super sports car from Porsche AG is already proving its superlative dynamic performance potential - far surpassing all expectations placed in it. Dr. Frank Walliser, overall project leader for the 918 Spyder: “By turning in a fabulous time of 07:14 minutes, the 918 Spyder prototype has already fully confirmed the viability of its future concept after just a few months on the road.”

Porsche 918 in Martini colors

With about a year before the 918 Spyder goes into production, Porsche has released photos of the latest update on their 918 just months after its preview at Nardo. While it has Martini livery it is not comfirmed if it will be offered to customers. Like the Carrera GT before it colors offered will be limited or bespoke.

Porsche buys Nardo

Stuttgart/Nardò. In May 2012, the Porsche Engineering Group will be taking over responsibility for the Nardò Technical Center automotive proving ground in Apulia in southern Italy from Prototipo SpA. With more than 80 years experience in engineering services, the hundred percent subsidiary of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, will be further optimising the test facilities and making them available to its clients for testing and trials purposes.

Final Form : Porsche's 918 trials commence

The Porsche 918 Spyder is on the road: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, has taken the driving trials of the super sports car of the future a step further with completion of the initial prototypes.

The 918 Spyder will go into production at the end of September 2013 as planned, with the first customers receiving their vehicles before 2013 is out. “What we are doing with the 918 Spyder is redefining driving fun, efficiency and performance,” said Wolfgang Hatz, Member of the Executive Board Research and Development of Porsche AG.

Evolution meets Emotion: Porsche's super hybrid - 918 Spyder [Release]

Stuttgart, March 2012. The future is taking shape: over half of its development time completed, the Porsche 918 Spyder is firmly on course to become the super sports car of tomorrow. As a plug-in hybrid vehicle, it logically combines a high-performance combustion engine with cutting-edge electric motors to deliver performance that is beyond extraordinary: the best of both worlds endows the 918 with the dynamics of a racing car packing more than 770 hp of power accompanied by fuel consumption, which at approximately three litres per 100 km is less than that of most modern compact cars.

Moreover, Porsche is breaking yet more new ground with the technology demonstrator with spectacular solutions such as the full carbonfibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) body, fully adaptive aerodynamics, adaptive rear-axle steering and the upward-venting “top pipes” exhaust system. In the process, the 918 Spyder is offering a glimpse of what Porsche Intelligent Performance may be capable of in future.

History of the Porsche 911 GT3

Porsche had used many alpha-numeric designations before but in 1999 the Porsche faithful were puzzled at the introduction of a name they never seen before, the GT3. Little did they know it would become one of the most sought after of Porsche's models.

During the 964 RS and 993 RS era, the comfort and hardcore versions both carried the RS badge. In fact many who ordered the comfort spec version had also replaced many of the “unnecessary” weight-bearing items like the power windows, radio and air-conditioning something which was instrumental in helping Porsche decide in the future of their RS models. Also the price range was similar within the RS family limiting Porsche's profits. However much had been learnt during this time to mass produce these special models on the production line instead and Porsche planned to do this during the 996 model especially with the new product, the GT3. You could say the genetic mother for the GT3 was the 964 RS Touring.

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