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5 Best Porsche Race Cars

By   August 29, 2013

The Porsche 917 is One of Our 5 Best Porsche Race Cars

The Porsche 917 is One of Our 5 Best Porsche Race Cars

Porsche has quite a good history in motorsports. The German performance car maker has been very successful in legendary races such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans. At times race cars from Porsche so dominated racing that other cars basically just hoped that these German machines would have an incident.

Below is our list of the 5 Best Porsche Race Cars.

  1. Porsche 917
    There are race cars and then there are legends. The 917 is definitely a legendary race car. When you think about the fact that the car was capable of hitting 240 mph in the 70’s then you know it was a very special race car. This is the car that really put Porsche on the map in endurance racing.
  2. Porsche 550 RS Spyder
    It was a 550 RS Spyder that gave Porsche their first major race win. It won the 1956 Targa Florio. In the race the idea was mainly to test the car and see if it had potential, but nobody thought it would win. This set the stage for all future motorsport success.
  3. Porsche 962
    The 962 picked up where the 917 left off. It dominated Le Mans and further cemented Porsche as a force to be reckoned with in endurance racing.
  4. Porsche 904
    The 904 set the stage for future racing success. It is one of the most beautiful race cars ever made and was very successful in its racing career. It had many class wins as well as overall victories in the 60’s. It was a car that showed that reliability as well as performance was how you win an endurance race. The little race car was a giant killer, often beating much more powerful cars.
  5. Porsche 935
    The 935 showed how well a turbocharged car could do in racing. When it started to compete many thought it would be a terrible car with the engine in the rear and a turbocharger, how could it make it through an entire race. Well, Porsche engineers are basically magicians, bending the laws of physics to make things perform better than you would think and having some great drivers didn’t hurt either. The car was very successful with many victories and podium finishes, including being the overall winner at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1979.

That is our list of the 5 best Porsche race cars, let us know if you agree or disagree with it in the comments below.

Video: Highlights of Porsche At Pebble Beach

By   August 24, 2013

Porsche at Pebble Beach

Porsche at Pebble Beach

This year’s Pebble Beach Automotive Week was a big one for Porsche. A large part of this was because they were celebrating 50 years of the 911. Thanks to this anniversary the German performance car maker had an even bigger presence than usual at the events during the week.

This video shows highlights from the events involving Porsche at Pebble Beach. It features footage of both street and racing 911s as well as the 918 Spyder. There is also some footage of two celebrities that were at the events, Jay Leno and Patrick Dempsey.

Check out the video and let us know what you think of it in the comments.

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Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance In Pictures

By   August 20, 2013

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

This past weekend’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance had quite the array of cars. From new concept cars to some very special classic cars. This year’s event was especially big for Porsche, Lamborghini and Aston Martin as each had special anniversaries.

For Lamborghini it was a celebration of 50 years of the Italian supercar. To celebrate they had the Veneno concept at the event as well as the first Lamborghini concept car.

For Porsche it was a celebration of 50 years of the 911. Many historic and classic 911s were on display including the only known 901 prototype lest in existence. They also had the 50th anniversary edition 911 on display. Beyond the 911s the 918 Spyder was on display and showed the future direction of the companies technology.

For Aston Martin it was a celebration of 100 years of their sports car. The company had many vintage cars in the show. The also had a few concept cars at the event including the CC100 Speedster that was made to celebrate the companies anniversary.

Those are just a few of the great cars at this year’s event. There were too many to list, but we have posted a lot of pictures below. So, enjoy looking at all the great cars and let us know which ones were your favorite in the comments below.

Legendary Porsche Race Cars Take The Track At Monterey

By   August 16, 2013

Legendary Porsches Tack the Laguna Seca Race Track

Legendary Porsches Tack the Laguna Seca Race Track

This weekend is the Monterey Motorsports Reunion and it will be a good event for Porsche enthusiasts. As part of the event there will be some cars from the Porsche Museum that will be at the event to celebrate 50 years of the 911.

The cars at the event will include the new 911 GT3 Cup car, the 911 GT1 driven by Alan McNish, Stephane Ortelli and Laurent Aiello in 1998, 935 “Moby Dick” Martini Racing car, 1977 935 2.0 and a 1972 Martini 911 RSR 2.1 Turbo. Along with these great cars will be some legendary drivers including Vic Elford and Hurley Haywood.

Along with the other great cars the newly restored Jaegermeister Porsche 962 will be taking to the Laguna Seca track. The car is chasis #117 and raced to victory at the Nurburgring in 1986.

The cars will be at the at the track at events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Let us know in the comments what car you would most like to see.

Press Release

Echoes of the 1986 1000km of Spa, where the Jaegermeister Porsche 962 driven by Thierry Boutsen (Belgium) and Frank Jelinski (Germany) sped to victory, will come alive over the hills of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend. Thanks to a full restoration by Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA), this iconic racecar runs in its Spa-Francorchamps configuration for the first time in 25 years

Porsche Museum Cars – 50 Years of 911 Celebration

The appearance of the 962 is part of a special Porsche weekend at the Monterey Motorsports Reunion. The weekend display will include the North American debut of the latest Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – 2014 edition – and four significant 911 based race cars from the Porsche Museum: the Porsche 911 GT1 driven by Alan McNish/Stephane Ortelli/Laurent Aiello in 1998; the original Porsche 935 78 “Moby Dick” Martini Racing car; the 1977 Porsche 935 2.0 “Baby,” which ran only two races – one of them a win for Jackie Ickx at Hockenheim and a 1972 “Martini” 911 RSR 2.1 Turbo. The cars will in the garage area and will also make exhibition laps, which will be on the track this Friday from 4:20 – 4:40 PM (Pacific) and Sunday from 4:00 – 4:20 PM (Pacific), plus Saturday at 4:20 PM during the Porsche 911 celebration laps marking 50 years of the 911.

Joining the cars will be Vic Elford, Hurley Haywood, David Donohue and Jeff Zwart.

2014 Porsche 911 Cup Car to Debut

The 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racer, which will begin competition in North America next year, is the latest version of the most produced production-based race car in the world, with more than 2,500 units built since 1988. The new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is powered by a 3.8-liter, six-cylinder flat engine. It generates 460 hp at 7,500 revs, surpassing the predecessor by 10 hp. A six-speed dog-type gearbox developed by Porsche Motorsport, which is operated via shift paddles at the steering wheel for the first time in a Porsche brand trophy racecar, transmits the power to the rear axle. The new, single piece race wheels with center mount hubs were also designed by Porsche Motorsport. A newly developed race braking system further improves the excellent endurance qualities compared to its successful predecessor. The 380 millimeter slotted and inner-vented steel brake rotors at the front axle are decelerated by six-piston aluminum fixed calipers. The rear axle features a four-piston version.

Porsche 962 chassis #117 – the details

The 962 restoration, in the famous #17 Jaegermeister livery, 962 chassis #117 from Weissach, was also victorious at the Nurburgring Supercup event. Walter Brun drove to victory over a great field of Porsche 956 and 962 prototypes in 1986, beating Hans Stuck, Danny Sullivan, Jo Gartner, Franz Konrad and others.

This Jaegermeister 962 restoration started in 2006 when the components came to PMNA in boxes, with many missing. The company restored the engine and transmission at that time, but the rest of the car remained in apart until the current owner decided to contract PMNA to do a complete restoration. Original drawings for the car were obtained from Germany, and technical experts were consulted both inside and outside the company. Parts were sourced from all over the world; some were even remanufactured by PMNA.

Porsche Motorsport North America has established a partnership with the historic motorsports department within Porsche AG’s Motorsport Division in Weissach, Germany. The new department provides expert restoration services to the Porsche Museum for many of the vintage competition cars the company owns well beyond the ones displayed in its riveting exhibition center. When ready, a number of these cars will be entered in the increasingly popular vintage racing circuit around the world.

PMNA will move its operations from its current Santa Ana, Calif. location to Carson, Calif. where Porsche Cars North America is building its West Coast Experience Center. The new facility is expected to be ready by fall of next year. Aside from housing PMNA’s offices, parts storage and workshop facilities, the new complex will incorporate a business and conference center, a human performance laboratory and a number of facilities for customers and enthusiasts that will enable them to finalize selection of their next Porsche or hone their driving skills.