Porsche 911 GT3 RSR : customer sport top model for 2012 season [Release]

Stuttgart. The new Porsche 911 GT3 RSR is ready to race. The top model of Porsche Motorsport’s customer racing vehicles will head into the 2012 season with extensive modifications. Particularly striking at first glance are the changes to the body: the width of the new GT3 RSR has grown by 48mm. Built to conform to the A.C.O. “LM” GTE regulations, the 911 represents the crowning pinnacle of a range of successful customer sport race cars that are based on the 997 type 911 GT3 RS street sports car.

History - Four decades of the 911 Turbo

The basic concept: a racing car for the road
Porsche's engineers, however, proved superior in their know-how and practical implementation of the concept: The original plan was to build a small series of Gran Turismo sports cars derived from motor racing and now legal for road use.

Back then the GT regulations called for a production volume of 400 units. But since Porsche saw no way to sell that many cars to racing drivers, the Company decided to make the competition model street-legal, making only a few concessions to motoring comfort.

History - The Porsche 911 “GT story”

Since 1964, Porsche has perfectly mastered the art of serving a broad range of customers ranging from those who simply love driving to ambitious sports pilots with the 911 model series. Technology transfer from motor racing to series production (and vice-versa) forms a firm part of the Porsche philosophy which is held in high regard by sports car drivers around the globe. No wonder, because the 911 is not only the world’s most frequently built racing car but also currently the most successful GT racing car ever.

End of an Era : Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 [Driven]

As a final send off for the Mezger era, Porsche launches its greatest 911 GT3 RS, the RS 4.0. This is the fourth GT3 RS, after the 381 bhp 996 GT3 RS 3.6 , the 415 bhp 997.1 GT3 RS 3.6 and the 450 bhp 997.2 GT3 RS 3.8. The last in a long line is the 500 bhp RS 4.0.

It is strange that they had included the 620 bhp 911 GT2 RS before the RS 4.0 but it was clear Porsche really wanted to announce a victory over the Nissan GT-R but with the GT3 RS 4.0's Nordschleife lap time of 7 min and 27 seconds it could not eclipse the latest GT-R's time of 7 min and 24 seconds established at the end of 2010.

So Porsche realizing that the Mezger engines were on its last tour of duty created the fantastic 911 GT2 RS with 620 bhp allowing it to blitz the Nordschleife in just 7 min 18 seconds. So as long as they bagged that king-of-Nordschleife title they were happy to delay the RS 4.0 by about six months.

Techart bits for new Porsche 911 (991) [Release]

With the official launch of the new Porsche 911 in December, TECHART offers first individualization options for the sports car. A refinement program for the exterior and interior as well as the TECHART light alloy forged wheels give the customer countless possibilities to give the car a unique character.

The TECHART styling packages for the exterior give the sporty and elegant design of the Porsche 911 a quite personal note. Trims, painted in custom colour or in carbonfibre, make the sports car an individual piece. A clear statement of sportiness: the TECHART Formula III forged light alloy wheel in 20- and 21-inch size, available colours are Sterling Silver and individual paint with five dynamically shaped twin-spokes. The particularly low weight and the significantly reduced unsprung masses directly result in an enhanced driving performance of the new Porsche 911.

Porsche sets new standards with the Car Configurator [Release]

On the occasion of the world premiere of the new 911, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is setting new standards on the Internet as well. The Porsche Car Configurator enables each and every prospective and actual customer to design his own personal Porsche, view it from all sides and against different backgrounds in full-screen mode and order his configuration directly from the Porsche dealer.

The sports car manufacturer is using a newly developed interactive 3D animation for the Porsche Car Configurator so that the customer can picture exactly what his new 911 will look like. This enables myriad equipment details of the customised 911, such as a wood, aluminium or leather finish, various sports seats or rims to be depicted in a realistic way. A panoramic tour then enables you to feast your eyes on your customised dream car from every angle.

New Porsche 911 breaks cover [Release]

At 48, the Porsche 911 Carrera is younger than ever: The completely redesigned generation of the sports car icon is stepping into the limelight with its flat, stretched silhouette, exciting contours and precisely designed details, yet from the very first glance it remains unmistakably a 911. True to the 911 tradition, the distinctive Porsche design language with its tendons and muscles exudes power and elegance.

The 100mm longer wheelbase and reduced height combined with the up to 20-inch wheels underpin the athletic appearance. At the same time, the typical sports car compact exterior dimensions were retained. Seen from the front, the eye is drawn to the 911’s trademark wide-arched wings.

They emphasise the wider front track, so that the new 911 Carrera models sit even more solidly on the road. The remodelled exterior mirrors are accommodated on the upper edge of the door and not as before on the mirror triangle. Not only is this aerodynamically advantageous, it also emphasises the new design line and visual impression of width.

Baby Croc gets Teeth : Porsche Cayman R [Driven]

Porsche Cayman R

This is the first Cayman to wear the “R” badge but not the first Porsche. In 1967 they made a 911 R prototype and a small run of 19 cars but these did not register on the genome map of the 911. The R is no RS though. Its a very clever piece of marketing by the people at Zuffenhausen not Weissach. It represents the cumulation of the entire development of the Boxter/Cayman range. (see original release)

History of Porsche RS cars

The "RS" badge holds the greatest fascination for Porsche aficionados. We have compiled a comprehensive history of the evolution of the Porsche RS cars from the time that it was just an itch that Porsche had to scratch in 1972, documenting the meticulous way in which each RS was created using the state-of-the-art technologies at each juncture.

Cayman S Black Edition [Release]

The next step up from the Cayman S is known as the Cayman S Black Edition: Starting in July 2011, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is bringing the mid-engine coupé to market in a special edition limited to 500 units boasting even better performance and especially lavish equipment specification. The Cayman S Black Edition is powered by a 3.4 litre six-cylinder boxer engine with power output increased by 10 hp to 330 hp at 7,400 rpm (an additional 200 rpm). The maximum torque remains unchanged at 370Nm at 4,750 rpm.

The extra power feeds directly through into the performance of the all black two-seater. The acceleration times from nought to 100 km/h are improved by a tenth of a second to 5.1 seconds with the six-gear manual transmission and to 5.0 seconds with the optional Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) respectively.

A mere 4.8 seconds are required if the Launch Control is activated on the Sport Chrono package, available as an option. The Cayman S Black Edition’s top speed is 2km/h faster than that of the Cayman S – 279 km/h with the manual transmission and 277 km/h with the PDK respectively.

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