Monday 20 December 2010

Wednesday 15 December 2010

Porsche remembers Racing Baron von Hanstein

Fritz “Huschke“ von Hanstein would have been 100 years old

Porsche remembers Racing Baron von Hanstein

Stuttgart. 3 January 2011 would have been the 100th birthday of Fritz “Huschke“ von Hanstein, one of the greatest personalities in the company history of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart. As Press Director, racing manager, and a racing driver, from 1952 to 1974 Huschke von Hanstein helped fashion the unique image of the brand name Porsche. As Sports President of the AvD, the German Automobile Club, President of the Supreme National Sports Commission (ONS), and as Vice-President of the International Automobile Sport Association (FISA), he also represented German motor sport and the Porsche name to the entire world.

Born in Halle, the son of a nobleman and major entrepreneur, after passing the final school examination, the Abitur, Huschke von Hanstein became one of the most successful racing drivers of the pre-war period. He competed in his first motorcycle event in 1929, the ADAC Time Trials Event, while he was still a student of business studies in Hamburg. He pressed ahead with endurance events over the next few years on motorcycles from FN, Ardie, BSA, and Norton, but soon switched to four wheels, and scored success after success all over Europe as a works driver with Hanomag, Adler, and BMW, in endurance events, hill events, and circuit competitions. From 1936 he was already a regular competitor in the legendary Le Mans 24-hour race, and two years later became German hill events champion with a BMW. In 1940 von Hanstein scored a huge success in the substitute Mille Miglia event, when he led the German national team to overall victory with a BMW 328.

After the war, he initially continued with his motor sports activities with own-build VW sports cars, before coming in contact with Porsche in 1950 by way of introduction from the former Auto-Union Racing Manager Dr. Feuereisen. By September 1951 he was already a member of the Porsche drivers team, which set 17 world records at Montlhéry. A year after the “Montlhéry Adventure“, Huschke von Hanstein took on the dual role of Racing Manager and PR Director at Porsche. During the ‘fifties and sixties which followed, the baron played a key part in shaping the sports style of the still young House of Porsche. As a manager and driver he not only entered European events such as Le Mans, Targa Florio, Giro di Sicilia, and the classic Lüttich-Rome-Lüttich endurance contest, but also helped boost the image of the young company of Porsche all over the world by racing appearances in the USA, Mexico, Venezuela, and in the Bahamas.

With the bearing of a man of the world and self-assured elegance, matched with a gift for rhetoric and mastery of many languages, Huschke von Hanstein achieved a great reputation in the automobile world. Together with his wife Ursula he was renowned as the perfect host, and the soirées at his house in Stuttgart’s Kräherwald district were legendary. As an ambassador for the brand name, he not only represented Porsche to the international media, he was also an honoured guest at countless international Porsche Club gatherings.

As a leading sports official, Huschke von Hanstein was closely linked to Porsche as a company even after his departure, and remained so to the end of his life. He died on 5 March 1996, and takes his final rest next to his father Carlo von Hanstein in the cemetery at Wahlhausen. In homage to this famous member of the company, the Porsche Museum keeps one of Huschke von Hanstein’s service vehicles on permanent display. The dark green Porsche 356 A 1600 S Coupé with its cream-coloured interior still bears witness today to the good taste of the legendary “Racing Baron“.

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Saturday 11 December 2010

Marco Holzer new works driver – established pilots stay under contract

Porsche motorsport season 2011

Marco Holzer new works driver – established pilots stay under contract

Stuttgart. Porsche Motorsport heads into the 2011 racing season in strong form. The works driver squad grows from eight to nine pilots. After his three year training stint as a Porsche Junior, Marco Holzer has now been signed on as a factory pilot. Established pilots Joerg Bergmeister, Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas, Wolf Henzler, Marc Lieb, Richard Lietz, Patrick Long and Patrick Pilet continue their contracts in 2011.

As part of the “Night of Champions” season-closing celebration in the R&D Centre at Weissach, Wolfgang Dürheimer, Board Member for Research and Development, praised the excellent performance of the Porsche works drivers: “Aside from the technology of the vehicles and the performance of the teams, our pilots contributed significantly to the huge success that we achieved in 2010. They are the ones who had to make the right decisions within fractions of seconds and deliver their best performances in our cars over many hours.”

Two Porsche factory pilots received special distinctions in the 2010 season. Timo Bernhard, the first to win the world’s four major long distance races and hence the Motorsport Grand Slam, was selected by a jury of experts as the ADAC Race Driver of the Year. Richard Lietz, who won the GT2 classification at the Le Mans 24 Hours as well as the championship title of the Le Mans Series, received the Austrian Race Driver of the Year award by the Austrian Motorsport Association committee (OSK).

In his speech, Dürheimer stressed the special role of motorsport for the future of the automobile: “Right now, motor racing has the historic chance to take the lead in important technological advances. Fielding the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid, we have shown how you put crucial ground-breaking technology to the test with success on the race circuit. We will continue to determinedly blaze a trail and we believe that sooner or later other manufacturers will follow suit. But to do this you need courageous and visionary rule-makers who recognise this opportunity and, in conjunction with manufacturers, implement the new challenges in a clear, stable and long term system of regulations.”

Furthermore, Dürheimer applauded the impressive career of the RS Spyder sports prototype. After a total of 12 championship titles, 13 overall and 35 class victories in the American Le Mans Series, the Le Mans Series and at Le Mans, the RS Spyder programme was concluded as planned.

Matthias Müller, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG, accentuated the special position in international customer sport: “30,000 racing victories, more than 500 teams throughout the world and over 2,000 units of the 911 GT3 Cup produced – such numbers are unparalleled anywhere on earth. Every Porsche carries racing genes. And these genes will also be present in the Porsche models that we develop in the future. Because these vehicles are the basis for the race cars that will bring home victories in the future in the hands of our customer teams worldwide.”

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Debut for the 2011 version of the world’s most successful GT race car

Porsche 911 GT3 RSR

Debut for the 2011 version of the world’s most successful GT race car

Stuttgart. The Porsche 911 GT3 RSR takes off into the new motorsport season with extensive modifications. The 2011 version of the world’s most successful GT race car celebrated its international premiere at the “Night of Champions” party held at the R&D Centre in Weissach to mark the end of the motorsport season. Priority in the further development of the GT3 RSR was given to the newly designed aerodynamics at the front and rear, changes to the suspension kinematics and to the engine.

The 4.0-litre, six-cylinder boxer engine now delivers 455 hp (355 kW) at 7,800 revs, five horsepower more than its predecessor. The power increase results from an engine management system which adapts even better to different fuel grades, as well as a redesigned exhaust system and a modified air intake housing. Moreover, the driveability of the famously efficient engine has undergone further improvements. Maximum revs remain unchanged at 9,400 rpm.

Clearly visible are the modifications to the front. A new front lip provides higher downforce at the front axle. The front wheels are now wider with the rims growing from 11 to 12 inches giving additional grip and less of an understeering tendency. The position of the rear wing and the shape of the wing mounting also underwent optimisation and were adapted to the new rear fairing with additional air outlet louvers. The rear lid was also redesigned for optimised air ducting. Like the 911 GT3 Cup and the GT3 R, the RSR has now been equipped with the LED rear lights taken from the latest 911 road-legal cars.

The 911 GT3 RSR joins the 911 GT3 R and the 911 GT3 Cup as the top model of Porsche Motorsport’s product range. The successful long distance racer from Weissach can be ordered now at a price of 410,000 Euro plus country-specific value added tax. All 2011 modifications are available as a kit for GT3 RSR cars from the 2010 season.

Technical description Porsche GT3 RSR (2011 model year)
Water-cooled six-cylinder boxer engine; 3,996 cc; stroke 80.4 mm; bore 102.7 mm; 455 hp (335 kW) at 7,800 rpm; max. torque 450 Nm; air restrictors 2 x 28.6 mm; max. revs 9,400 rpm; four valve technology; dry sump lubrication; individual throttle butterflies; fuel injection.

Porsche six-speed gearbox with sequential jaw-type shift; oil/water heat exchanger, single-mass flywheel; hydraulic disengagement lever; three-plate carbon-fibre clutch; rear wheel drive; limited slip differential 45/65 percent.

Monocoque body (basis GT3 RS) of hot-galvanised steel; aerodynamically optimised front end with front spoiler; aerodynamically optimised front underfloor; adjustable rear wing; 90-litre FT3 safety fuel tank with fast filling function; air jack; welded-in safety cage; race seat (driver’s side only) with flame retardant upholstery; six-point seat belt adapted for use of the HANS Head and Neck Support; electric fire extinguishing system.

Front axle: McPherson spring strut axle; Sachs four-way gas pressure dampers; double coil springs (main and auxiliary); front axle arms adjustable for camber; adjustable sword-type anti-roll bar; power steering.
Rear: Multi-arm axle with rigidly mounted axle sub-frame; Sachs four-way gas pressure dampers; double coil springs (main and auxiliary); rear axle tie-bar reinforced and infinitely adjustable; adjustable sword-type anti-roll bar. Complete suspension infinitely adjustable (height, camber, track).

Brake system
Brake system with balance bar control.
Front: Single-piece six-piston aluminium fixed callipers; inner vented, 380 mm diameter; racing brake pads.
Rear: Single-piece four-piston aluminium fixed callipers; inner vented, 355 mm diameter; racing brake pads.

Front: Three-piece BBS light-alloy wheels (12J x 18 ET 34); central bolt.
Rear: Three-piece BBS light-alloy wheels (13J x 18 ET 12.5); central bolt.

Electrical system
Motec display with integrated data recording; multi-function display with integrated gearshift indicator; adjustable traction control; battery: 12 volt, 80 Ah, 140 Ah alternator.

1,220 kg

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A Porsche 911 Carrera S for René Rast

The most successful drivers of the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup awarded

A Porsche 911 Carrera S for René Rast

Stuttgart. René Rast receives an early Christmas present: As a prize for his overall victory in the 2010 Porsche Mobil1 Supercup, the 24-year-old race driver from Germany, who drove for the Al Faisal Lechner Racing this season, receives a new Porsche 911 Carrera S. The sports car was presented as part of the Special Award Evening held in the Porsche museum on Friday to celebrate the end of a gripping season of the world’s fastest international brand trophy series.

Nick Tandy was presented with two awards on this evening. Concluding the season as vice champion after clinching three victories, the 26-year-old Briton won the “BBS Rookie Classification” as the best Supercup newcomer ahead of Kuba Giermaziak (Poland) and Christian Engelhart (Germany). Tandy also received the “Tudor Fastest Lap Award” for turning the greatest number of fastest race laps.

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Friday 10 December 2010

New Audi R18 for the 2011Le Mans 24 Hours.

Audi extends motorsport commitment

  • New Audi R18 for the 2011 Le Mans 24 Hours
  • Dual project in the DTM
  • Endurance races with the Audi R8 LMS
Audi aims to continue its string of victories at the Le Mans 24 Hours with a completely new LMP1 sports car development. Since its debut in 1999, the brand with the Four Rings has won the world’s most important endurance race as many as nine times with the R8, R10 TDI and R15 TDI models. In doing so, Audi has equaled this feat in the race’s roll of honor with Ferrari. With the new R18, which was presented at the Audi Sportpark in Ingolstadt on the evening of Friday, December 10, 2010, Audi is aiming for its tenth Le Mans success in 2011.

For the first time since 1999, Audi will contest Le Mans with a closed coupe again. "In the future, aerodynamic efficiency will be even more important at Le Mans than it was in the past," says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. "A closed car has clear advantages in this respect. Our computer simulations have been confirmed in the wind tunnel and during initial track tests."

Significantly smaller engines than those used before will be prescribed at Le Mans in 2011 as the rule makers aim to achieve a substantial reduction of engine power. By opting for a 3.7-liter V6 TDI unit, Audi retains the diesel concept that saw its first victorious fielding in 2006. "From our point of view, the TDI continues to be the most efficient technology," says Ulrich Baretzky, Head of Engine Development at Audi Sport. "There are good reasons why the share of TDI units among Audi’s production models is as high as it is."
Through the innovative V6 TDI engine for the Le Mans 24 Hours, motorsport is yet again performing pioneering work for the production arm at Audi where there is a growing trend towards smaller, more economical but yet powerful engines.

Another new development is the six-speed transmission in the R18 which has been specifically modified for use with the smaller engine.

Numerous detailed solutions

With regard to the chassis Audi Sport wants to live up to its promise, expressed in the brand’s "Vorsprung durch Technik" tagline. Unlike those of the closed Le Mans prototypes, the carbon fiber monocoque of the R18 does not consist of two halves but features a single-component design. This saves weight and increases stiffness.

For the development of the closed R18, engineers at Audi Sport were able to draw on the experiences gained in 1999 with the R8C and in 2003 with the LMP1 of the corporate "sister brand" Bentley that was victorious at Le Mans. "Also the Audi A4 DTM, which for example, features a heated windshield, allowed us to shorten the development cycle with respect to the ventilation of the cockpit, the doors and the heating of the windshield," explains Dr. Martin Mühlmeier, Head of Engineering at Audi Sport.

The chassis and aerodynamics package contains a lot of know-how from the R8, the R10 TDI and the R15 TDI whereas the fitting of identically sized front and rear wheels is new to an Audi Le Mans sports car. This configuration allows a more balanced weight distribution.

The R18’s headlights, which are the first to completely consist of LEDs with optimized amount of light, are a technical highlight. The new generation of headlights was developed in close cooperation between Audi Sport and the Technical Development (TE) division of AUDI AG and by using at Le Mans, will be prepared for future use in production vehicles. Audi’s light designers had the chance to make their mark on the development as well: The LEDs of the daytime light form the shape of a "1" which is intended to inspire associations with Audi’s historic brand logo.

The Audi R18 has been designed for progressive electrification, which Audi Sport is planning to drive forward step by step. "But efficiency is always the crucial factor for us," says Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. "No matter which form of energy recovery we may choose the key aspect for Audi - in motorsport as well as on the production side of the house - is that it provides a true advantage."

The development of the new Audi R18 started in mid 2009. The V6 TDI engine has been running on the dynamometers since the summer of 2010. The R18, with Allan McNish at the wheel, completed its first test on a racetrack at the end of November.

The racing debut of the Audi R18 is planned for the Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) 6 Hours on May 8. Prior to the event, the new prototype will be able to do its first laps on the race track at Le Mans during the official test day on April 24 and gather important data for the race on June 11 and 12.

Audi is planning to field three Audi R18 cars at Le Mans, which will be entered by Audi Sport Team Joest, the most successful Le Mans team of all time. In addition, Audi Sport Team Joest will contest the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC), consisting of a total of seven endurance races on three continents (including the Le Mans 24 Hours) with two cars. At the opening race at Sebring on March 19, the team will use two "R15 plus plus" cars. "Sending the R18 into a race at such an early point in time would be difficult in terms of logistics and interfere with our development program," explains Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich.

Dual project in the DTM

In parallel to the commitment with the R18 in the sports prototype class, Audi aims to bring the DTM title back to Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm. As the DTM technology freeze continues in 2011 the main focus for the engineers at Audi Sport during the winter will be placed on development work with the DTM’s new exclusive tire partner. "In 2010 the tires were a really crucial topic which caused us to fall a little behind our competitor," says Dr. Martin Mühlmeier. "This mustn’t happen again."

As before, Audi Sport is again planning to field a total of nine vehicles entered by the proven Audi Sport teams Abt Sportsline, Phoenix and Rosberg. The driver line-up will only be decided in January of next year.

But not only the twelve DTM events (including one show race at the Olympic Stadium in Munich) have to be tackled in 2011. In addition, Audi Sport is working on the successor model of the current Audi A4 DTM, internally designated as the "R17," for the new Technical Regulations that will come into effect in 2012. The first tests are planned for next summer.

Customer sport to be expanded and restructured

AUDI AG’s customer sport program that was launched in 2009 will be expanded and restructured. The responsibility for the further development of the Audi R8 LMS, sales of the vehicles and technical support for the worldwide customer and importers teams has been delegated to quattro GmbH.

Whereas the main focus was previously on Europe, the Asian market will be served as well in 2011.

The participation in the 24 Hour races at the Nürburgring (June 25/26) and at Spa-Francorchamps (July 30/31) spearheads the customer sport commitment with the Audi R8 LMS. Audi will also support entries at other endurance races such as the 12 Hours at Bathurst (Australia) as part of its customer sport commitment.

In addition, Audi is planning a modular customer sport concept that will include an endurance version of the TT RS and a GT4 version of the Audi TT. The TT RS has already successfully completed first runs on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife and will continue to be developed during the winter. A concept of the TT GT4 was presented at the DTM race meeting in Shanghai. Delivery of the first customer vehicles is planned for 2012.

Audi Motorsport Events in 2011

Audi R15 TDI

Mar 19 Sebring 12 Hours (USA)

Audi R18

Apr 24 Test day, Le Mans (F)
May 08 Spa-Francorchamps (B) 6 Hours
Jun 11/12 Le Mans (F) 24 Hours
Jul 03 Imola (I) 6 Hours
Sep 11 Silverstone (GB) 6 Hours
Oct 01 Petit Le Mans, Road Atlanta (USA)
Nov 12 China (CN) 6 Hours

Audi A4 DTM

May 01 Hockenheim (D)
May 15 Zandvoort (NL)
Jun 05 Spielberg (A)
Jun 19 EuroSpeedway Lausitz (D)
Jul 03 Norisring (D)
Jul 17 Show event Munich (D)
Aug 07 Nürburgring (D)
Sep 04 Brands Hatch (GB)
Sep 18 Oschersleben (D)
Oct 02 Valencia (E)
Oct 23 Hockenheim (D)
Nov 06 Shanghai (CN)

Audi R8 LMS

Jun 25/26 Nürburgring (D) 24 Hours
Jul 30/31 Spa-Francorchamps (B) 24 Hours

Info and Fotos Audi Motorsport/Autorized and Acreditated Press.

Calendario Oficiales FIA GT1 y FIA GT3 listos!!!

The 2011 calendars for the FIA GT1 World and FIA GT3 European Championships have been announced by the FIA World Motor Sport Council and SRO is pleased to unveil the five dates for the brand-new Blancpain Endurance Series, which will include the Total 24 Hours of Spa in July.

After a highly successful first season the 2011 FIA GT1 World Championship will begin, as it did in 2010, in Abu Dhabi at the end of March.

As well as the event in the United Arab Emirates, the events in Algarve, Silverstone, Navarra, Paul Ricard and San Luis are all carried over from the inaugural season.

The four new tracks for 2011 include Zolder (Belgium), Sachsenring* (Germany) and Curitiba (Brazil), with the GT1 World Championship heading into new territory in September with a race in China, at the Ordos International Circuit.

The addition of China underlines the GT1 series' foray into world’s fastest growing markets for luxury and sports car manufacturers. Russia is on the itinerary for GT3, paving the way for a GT1 presence in 2012.

Stephane Ratel, CEO of the SRO Motorsports Group, said: “Today we have unveiled the calendars for the three leading international GT series in the world. 2010 saw the FIA GT1 World Championship become a reality and we are very proud of the exciting racing that the teams and drivers produced as we travelled to the Middle East, Europe and South America.

"In 2011 we will build on the solid foundations of the first year and with a race in Asia. China is a very important market and another step in our long term strategy that will eventually see the FIA GT1 World Championship race on every continent.”

2011 FIA GT1 World Championship

26th March UAE Abu Dhabi

10th April Belgium Zolder

8th May Portugal Algarve

15th May* Germany Sachsenring

5th June Great Britain Silverstone

3rd July Spain Navarra

17th July France Paul Ricard

4th September China Ordos

23rd October Brazil Curitiba

6th November Argentina San Luis

* Subject to ASN confirmation

The FIA GT3 European Championship will be held over 12 races on six circuits, including three which are new to the championship.

The first four events will be held with the FIA GT1 World Championship in Portugal, Great Britain, Spain and France before the final four races, where GT3 will be the headline series.

Rounds 9 and 10 will be held in Russia for the first time on the new Smolensk circuit in Western Russia, while the finale will be staged in the Netherlands for the first time, with two races at Zandvoort in October.

Ratel added: “The GT3 European Championship continues to provide a great platform for drivers, teams and sponsors. Racing on the same events as the GT1 World Championship gives the GT3 teams access to a far greater audience.

"We also want to give this championship its own events and the inclusion of a race in Russia and the Netherlands is a good way to finish the sixth season of the GT3 European Championship.

"Like GT1 in China, Russia is a very important market for us and the GT3 event at Smolensk is the first step in what will hopefully be a long-term relationship.”

2011 FIA GT3 European Championship

8th May Portugal Algarve

5th June Great Britain Silverstone

3rd July Spain Navarra

17th July France Paul Ricard

21st August Russia Smolensk

16th October Netherlands Zandvoort

The brand new Endurance Series, which was announced by Ratel at Spa in July, is being sponsored by Swiss watchmaker Blancpain and will feature five races centred around the blue riband event of GT racing, the Total 24 Hours of Spa in July.

The events at Monza (Italy), Navarra (Spain), Magny Cours (France) and Silverstone (Great Britain) will feature three-hour races and will be for GT3 and GT4 cars.

“The Endurance Series is brand new for the 2011 season and we are very pleased to have the support of Blancpain," Ratel said. "The races will be longer than the 60-minute events in GT1 and GT3 and the calendar features three current F1 circuits, as well as a former one.

"With the Blancpain Endurance Series we are providing longer events that will cater for those drivers and teams that prefer this type of racing while still providing the shorter, more spectator and TV friendly 60-minute format in the FIA GT1 World and FIA GT3 European Championships.”

2011 Blancpain Endurance Series

17th April Monza Italy

22nd May Navarra Spain

30th July Total 24 Hours of Spa Belgium

27th August Magny Cours France

9th October Silverstone Great Britain

Info Oficial FIA GT World Championship.

Thursday 9 December 2010

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Tuesday 7 December 2010

The legendary designer of the Porsche 911 turns 75

The legendary designer of the Porsche 911 turns 75

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche celebrates his birthday – in round figures

Stuttgart. Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, Honorary Chair of the Supervisory Board of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, celebrated his 75th birthday on 11 December 2010. As a designer of true genius, F.A. Porsche was the creator of such legendary automobiles as the 904 Carrera GTS, or the Porsche 911. After stepping down from the management of Porsche KG, in 1972 he founded the “Porsche Design“ Studio, and achieved worldwide fame and recognition as an independent product designer.

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche was born on 11 December 1935 in Stuttgart, the eldest son of Dorothea and Ferry Porsche. As a child his world was already being influenced by automobiles, with him spending a lot of time in the design offices and development workshops of his grandfather Ferdinand Porsche. In 1943 the family, together with the company of Porsche, relocated to Austria, where he went to school in Zell am See. After returning to Stuttgart in 1950, he passed the final school examination, the “Abitur”, at the Waldorf School, and registered at the College of Design in Ulm. In 1958 F.A. Porsche joined the design department of what was at that time Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche KG

His talent for design very soon became apparent when, with the Type 754 “T7“, he formally presented to the world the direction which was to be followed in the succession to the 356 Series. In 1962 he took charge of the management of the Porsche Design Studio, and one year later took the world by storm with the Porsche 901 (also referred to as the 911). As well as passenger cars, F.A. Porsche was also deeply involved in the design of the racing cars of the 1960’s. Among his most famous designs were the Formula One Type 804 racer, or the Porsche 904 Carrera GTS, which motoring fans have always regarded as one of the finest and most beautiful racing vehicles ever made.

With the conversion of Porsche KG into a share company in 1971/72, F.A. Porsche and all the other family members stepped aside from the operational business of the company. As a shareholder and member of the Supervisory Board, he oversaw the development of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG for many years, and from 1990 to 1993 he served as the Chair of the Supervisory Board. In 2005 he passed the mantle of responsibility as a Porsche AG Supervisory Board member to his son Oliver, and took on the position of Honorary Chair of the Board.

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche founded the “Porsche Design Studio“ in Stuttgart in 1972, the headquarters being relocated to Zell am See in Austria in 1974. Over the decades which followed he designed a wide range of classic men’s accessories, such as watches, spectacles, and writing implements, which achieved worldwide fame under the brand name “Porsche Design“. In parallel with this, he and his team, using the trademark “Design by F.A. Porsche“, created a large number of industrial products, domestic appliances, and consumer goods for internationally famous clients. Ferdinand Alexander Porsche has been acclaimed for his work as a designer by the bestowing of many honours and awards.

In autumn 2003 F.A. Porsche and the other shareholders of “Porsche Design“, together with Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, founded the Porsche Lizenz- und Handelsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG (PLH, Porsche Licence and Trading Company). The aim of this company is to make best use of the potential of the name Porsche in sectors which go beyond the automobile. The focus here is on the trademark “Porsche Design“, which in recent years has developed to become one of the world’s leading brand names in luxury articles, with its own marketing network.

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Saturday 4 December 2010

Gran Am Test de llantas en Homestead. Muehlner Motorsport America.

Muehlner Motorsport en Gran Am Test de llantas en Homestead/Miami : Joerg Bergmeister hizo un shake down en el Nuevo Porsche 911 GT3 GRan Am MY2011 de Muehlner Motorsport America. Directamente se vio el performance.

Con la ayuda de Joerg y el set up se vio un gran mejoramiento en el performance. En tan solo la segunda salida El Muehlner Motorsport America Porsche hizo la quinta vuelta mas rapida en la clase GT y con tan solo 2 salidas y siendo un novato en e sas pistas.

Estamos en verdad esperando los test oficiales el 8 de enero y por supuesto las 24 H. de Daytona dijo Bernhard Muehlner, continuo diciendo que nuestros carros son muy confiables y la muestra es que hemos participado en mas de 33 carreras de 24 horas alrededor del mundo, podemos comprobar que en nuestras pocas vueltas en Homestead y ser la primera vez que estamos aqui y nuestros tiempos son sumamente competitivos.

Grand Am Tire Test Homestead / Miami Speedway: Jörg Bergmeister did a Shake Down in the brand new MY2011 Grand Am Porsche of Muehlner Motorsports America. Directly he was up to speed.

With Jörgs input the Set Up was adopted and the performance increased. In only the 2nd Outing the Muehlner Grand Am Porsche did the 5th fastest lap in GT at that time already.

"We are really looking forward to the Daytona tests and of course the 24hrs race in January, said Bernhard Muehlner after the Homestead test and continued: "that our cars are very reliable was proofed in already 33 24hrs races around the world and we could see in Homestead that our lap times even being the first time on an American track with banking were already competitive."

Friday 3 December 2010

Muehlner Motorsport America Preparandose para Daytona 24 .

Muehlner Motorsport America Gran AM Test Homestead: Jörg Bergmeister hizo hoy en Homestead Miami el shake down en el nuevo baby de Muehlner Porsche y directamente cronometro grandes velocidades, con su ayuda el equipo hara el set-up para salir nuevamente a pista, esto en preparacion para las 24 Horas de Daytona. Muehlner Motorsport America correra los nuevos Porsches 911 GT3 Gran Am MY2011 PMNA.

Muehlner Motorsport America Grand Am Test Homestead: Jörg Bergmeister did the Shake Down with the new Baby and was directly up to speed. With his input the team will now improve the Set Up to go out again in the afternoon.

Wednesday 1 December 2010

Porsche Motorsport around the world.

Porsche Motorsport around the world

Newsletter 12-2010

Stuttgart. The Motorsport Newsletter regularly provides information on Porsche Motorsport around the world. More detailed information and additional photographs are available for accredited journalists from the press database.

Flying Lizard Motorsports contests ALMS and Daytona in 2011
Full steam ahead for Flying Lizard Motorsports: After successfully defending the GT2 drivers’ title of the American Le Mans Series with Porsche factory pilots Joerg Bergmeister and Patrick Long, the team based in Sonoma (California) will be back in 2011. Team owner Seth Neimann again fields two Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. At the Daytona 24 hour race (29/30 January), Flying Lizard Motorsports will also run a Porsche-powered Riley Daytona Prototype.

Porsche works driver Timo Bernhard: Germany’s race driver of the year
At the ADAC Sport Gala in Munich, Porsche works driver Timo Bernhard received the “Oscar of German Motorsport” – the Christophorus made from Nymphenburg porcelain. A jury of experts chose the 29-year-old as the ADAC Motorsport Person of the Year. This season, Bernhard crowned his career by winning the “Motorsport Grand Slam”. He was the first race driver to win the four major long distance classics. Driving for Porsche, Bernhard won the 24 Hours at Daytona in 2003, the Nürburgring 24 hour race four times in succession between 2006 to 2009, the Sebring 12 Hours in 2008 and the Le Mans 24 Hours last June at the wheel of an Audi. Former award winners include Walter Röhrl, Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel.

Porsche works driver Richard Lietz: Race Driver of the Year in Austria
Porsche factory pilot Richard Lietz can also be proud of winning an important distinction in his home country. The 26-year-old has been voted Race Driver of the Year by the committee of the Austrian Motorsport Association (OSK). Amongst other victories, Lietz won the GT2 class title of the Le Mans Series with his teammate Marc Lieb at the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR and clinched victory in the GT2 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Porsche Carrera World Cup: 200 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup on the Nürburgring
At the Porsche Carrera World Cup on 25 June 2011, up to 200 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup will tackle the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. The world’s greatest Porsche race takes place over a distance of six laps directly before the 24 hour race. The Porsche Carrera World Cup marks the season highlight of 19 Porsche brand trophy series worldwide.

International GT Open: Richard Lietz and Gian Luca Roda are vice-champions
Richard Lietz and his Italian teammate Gian Luca Roda fought to the last lap of the season with their 911 GT3 RSR fielded by Autorlando Sport in their bid for the title of the top Super GT category. Despite their victories at the finale on the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona (31 October), a Ferrari squad pipped the Austrian/Italian duo at the post by five points.

Australian GT Championship: Champion title for Porsche customers
Following the sixth and final race weekend at the Sandown Motor Circuit near Melbourne (20/21 November), David Wall successfully defended his title in the top GT class. The 27-year-old businessman drove a 911 GT3 Cup S. Success as well for Porsche customers in the GT Challenge, with 46-year-old real estate agent Shane Smollen taking home the title in a 911 GT3 Cup. The GT championship is reserved for non-professional drivers.

Belcar Endurance: Goossens and Soulet vice-champions after dramatic finale
Marc Goossens and Maxime Soulet travelled to the Zolder Ten Hour Race (13 November), the last round of the Belgian GT championship, heading the points with the 911 GT3 R of Prospeed Competition. Right up until the sixth hour of the rain-drenched marathon it looked as if the pair would win the title, until their extra driver Richard Westbrook damaged the Porsche in an accident. The 15 minutes needed for repairs dashed all title hopes.

Carrera Cup Great Britain: Sell-out grid for 2011 – juniors selected
Full throttle in the British Carrera Cup: With five months to the start of the 2011 season, all available grid spots for 32 new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racers are allocated. In order to cater for the huge demand, the organisers increased the permitted number of entries from 28 to 32. At a two-day evaluation process, 18-year-old Benji Hetherington and 20-year-old Kieran Vernon were announced as the winners of the Carrera Cup GB Scholarship Programme. Porsche supports each of the talented young drivers in 2011 with £50,000.

Carrera Cup Asia: Menzel wins in Zhuhai and defends his title
With a victory at the twelfth and final round in Zhuhai, China (5/7 November), 39-year-old seasoned campaigner Christian Menzel concluded the 2010 year by reclaiming the title. Runner-up honours went to Marchy Lee. Like in 2009, Menzel drove a 911 GT3 Cup fielded by the StarChase team. In 2008, the German finished his first Carrera Cup Asia season as vice champion.

Carrera Cup Italia: Alessandro Balzan is the new champion
A win and a fourth place at the finale in Monza (24 October) was enough for Alessandro Balzan in an Ebimotors 911 GT3 Cup to snatch the points’ lead and title from season-long forerunner Christian Passuti. A fourth and a sixth rank put Passuti four points behind and yielded him the vice championship.

GT3 Cup Challenge Brasil: Rosset snatches title at home race
Twelve years after his last race in the Formula 1 World Championship, Ricardo Rosset won the championship title of the strongly represented GT3 Cup Challenge Brasil with a victory at the 14th round (6/7 November). An emotional moment for the Brazilian who secured victory and the title in a race held as support to the Formula 1 race weekend in Interlagos on the outskirts of his home town Sao Paulo. The finale also takes place in Interlagos on 11/12 December.

GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East: Stalemate after start of season in Abu Dhabi
Sheikh Salman bin Rashid Al Khalifa beat pole-sitter and reigning champion Prince Abdulaziz Al Faisal at the first race of the season as part of the Formula 1 weekend on the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi (14 /15 November, UAE). Race two saw a switch of fortunes, with the reigning champion crossing the line ahead of Sheikh Salman. Tied for points, the leaders now head to round two in Bahrain (2/3 December).

GT3 Cup Challenge New Zealand: Daniel Gaunt proving unbeatable
Five wins from six starts for 27-year-old Daniel Gaunt after the first two race weekends of the GT3 Cup Challenge New Zealand. At the season-opener in Pukekohe Park, 40 minutes south of Auckland, reigning champion Craig Baird only managed to win one of the three races. At the second meeting at Ruapuna Park (27/28 November) near Christchurch, no one had a remedy to stop Gaunt’s charge in the Triple X Motorsport 911 GT3 Cup. Jonny Reid ranks third overall after three second places in Ruapuna.

Race notes: The Porsche Mobil1 Supercup will continue racing as support to the FIA Formula 1 World Championship until 2013. As the flagship amongst the 19 Porsche brand trophy series worldwide, the prestigious championship has run alongside motorsport’s top league since 1993. +++ Strong Porsche representation at the Race of Champions in Dusseldorf (27/28 November): The 450 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, as the best selling race car in history, was one of the official race cars driven by 16 of the world’s best race drivers in front of 64,000 fans. Surprise winner was Portugal’s GT ace Filipe Albuquerque. +++ Cenk Ceyisakar is the champion of the inaugural GT3 Cup Challenge Eastern Europe. A second place at the 13th and penultimate race in Istanbul (6 November) earned him the title. +++ Marc Lieb, Arno Klasen and Lucas Luhr were in top form in the 911 GT3 R of Manthey Racing, clinching pole, fastest race lap and the ninth win for Porsche at race ten of the VLN Long Distance Championship (30 November) on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. +++ Jeroen Bleekemolen and Tim Pappas are to drive a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup for TRG/Black Swan Racing at the 24 Hours at Daytona (29/30 January). The pair won the GTC class of the 2010 ALMS. +++ Olaf Dobberkau/Alexandra König narrowly win the German Rally Series after six rounds over Anton Werner. Both the champion and vice-champion drive Porsche 911 GT3.

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Monday 29 November 2010

Muehlner Motorsport P3 en Campeonato GT Masters 2010.

En la Ciudad Alemana de Essen se esta celebrando el ESSEN Motorshow mundial, en esta semana fue premiado los 3 Mejores equipos de la GT Masters.

El turno de recibir el trofeo por el P3 absoluto en la temporada 2010 fue para Renate Carola Muehlner esposa de nuestro gran amigo Bernhard Muehlner propietarios de Muehlner Motorsport.

El trofeo fue recibido de manos de Hermann Tomczyk Presidente de ADAC Sports.
Otro gran exito para un gran equipo.

Sunday 28 November 2010

Audi Motorsport

Motorsport Newsletter 37/2010

  • Podium result for Audi at DTM finale
  • Audi presents GT4 concept
  • Audi driver Albuquerque wins Race of Champions
  • Double podium success “down under”
  • Audi R8 LMS at the Essen Motor Show
  • Audi IT launches motorsport project
Podium result for Audi at DTM finale

Timo Scheider clinched a podium result for Audi at the DTM’s world final in Shanghai (China). After a serious accident in qualifying the Audi A4 DTM of the two-time DTM Champions had to be repaired from scratch overnight. In the race that was shortened from 60 to 49 laps Scheider advanced from grid position four to third place. An early stopping of the race destroyed his chance to also overtake the new DTM Champion Paul Di Resta. Martin Tomczyk and Miguel Molina shone with overtaking maneuvers in places four and five. Markus Winkelhock in seventh place scored points for the second consecutive time.

Audi presents GT4 concept

On the occasion of the DTM race in Shanghai Audi presented the concept of a GT4 vehicle based on the Audi TT. The TT developed by the Technical Development and Production divisions plus quattro GmbH is intended to extend Audi’s new modular customer sport program from 2012 forward and to offer potential customers a base option for affordable motorsport at a price of about 120,000 euros.

Audi driver Albuquerque wins Race of Champions

Filipe Albuquerque, who contested the Italian GT Championship this year for Audi Sport Italia in an Audi R8 LMS, surprisingly won the Race of Champions in Düsseldorf. At the finale, the 25-year-old Portuguese defeated World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb, who had previously eliminated Le Mans record winner Tom Kristensen. In the competition of the world’s best race and rally drivers the Audi R8 LMS was fielded as well this year, for the first time. At the wheel of the GT3 sports car Albuquerque defeated Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel as he was heading toward overall victory in Düsseldorf.

Double podium success "down under"

GT Australia:
At the finale of the Australian GT Championship’s season at Sandown Park Audi driver Mark Eddy clinched two podium places. The Australian took third place at both rounds in his Audi R8 LMS. In Sunday’s race the seasoned, 50-year-old campaigner was just short of three seconds to the winner. The result marked the conclusion of Penfold Audi Sport Team’s first season in the GT3 Championship in sixth place overall. Eddy achieved eight top-ten results in total.

Audi R8 LMS at the Essen Motor Show

64 victories and seven champion’s titles have been clinched by the Audi R8 LMS in its first two years of being fielded - interest in Audi’s GT3 sports car is accordingly high. At the Essen Motor Show (November 27 to December 5) Audi Sport will provide information on the Audi R8 LMS to potential customers at the Bilstein booth in hall 3.0.

Audi IT launches motorsport project

The Audi IT department and Brandl Motorsport GmbH, Walldürn (Germany), have jointly launched the new "Audi IT - Fascination Motorsport" project. By fielding a production-based Audi TT RS in races on the Nürburgring-Norschleife the Audi IT team, consisting of members of Audi departments and Audi IT plus strategic partners, aims to strengthen the cooperation with external partners in the IT environment across departmental and external boundaries. In case of questions about the project please contact the colleagues by e-mail at

News bits

Audi "factory" driver Dindo Capello finished the Rally di Monza as the runner-up behind WRC driver Daniel Sordo.

Results and points

Shanghai (CN), November 28, DTM, round 11
1 Gary Paffett (Mercedes) 49 laps in 51m 57.657s
2 Paul Di Resta (Mercedes) + 3.751s
3 Timo Scheider (Audi A4 DTM) + 4.212s
4 Martin Tomczyk (Audi A4 DTM) + 5.341s
5 Miguel Molina (Audi A4 DTM) + 16.306s
7 Markus Winkelhock (Audi A4 DTM) + 19.469s
9 Mattias Ekström (Audi A4 DTM) + 23.554s
12 Mike Rockenfeller (Audi A4 DTM) + 35.319s
14 Katherine Legge (Audi A4 DTM) + 39.710s
17 Oliver Jarvis (Audi A4 DTM) - 2 laps
Final standings: 1 Di Resta, 71 points; 2 Paffett, 67; 3 Spengler, 66; 4 Scheider, 53; 5 Ekström, 35; ... 7 Rockenfeller, 22; 8 Tomczyk, 20; 9 Jarvis, 18; 10 Molina, 15; 11 Prémat, 12; 12 Winkelhock, 7.

Sandown (AUS), November 20, Australian GT Championship, round 13
1 Tony Quinn (Mosler) 22 laps in 30m 20.657s
2 James Koundouris (Porsche) + 3.771s
3 Mark Eddy (Audi R8 LMS) + 20.960s
4. Ash Samadi (Mosler) + 37.618s
5 Marc Cini (Porsche) + 38.944s
Sandown (AUS), November 21, Australian GT Championship, round 14
1. Tony Quinn (Mosler) 22 laps in 30m 43.594s
2. James Koundouris (Porsche) + 2.247s
3. Mark Eddy (Audi R8 LMS) + 3.055s
4. Ash Samadi (Mosler) + 6.839s
5. David Wall (Porsche) + 9.724s
Final standings: 1 Wall, 475.5 points; 2 Koundouris, 444.5; 3 Grant, 440.5; 4 Quinn, 406.0; 5 Hackett, 397.0; 6 Eddy, 386.5.

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