Porsche 911

Porsche 911

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While the Audi R18 e-tron Quattro scored an overall victory at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours race, the 911 RSR finished first and second in GTE-Pro class. This result was a pretty successful one for Porsche , especially when you consider that this marks the company’s first run in Le Mans since 1998.

The 911 RSR that took first place in the GTE-Pro class was entered by the Porsche AG Team Manthey and was driven by Porsche factory drivers Romain Dumas (France), Marc Lieb (Germany) and Richard Lietz (Austria). The second 911 RSR was driven by Joerg Bergmeister (Germany), Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Patrick Pilet (France). The Porsche team had strong opposition from Aston Martin , Chevrolet , Ferrari and SRT .

There was a third 911 RSR entered by Porsche customer team, IMSA Performance Matmut, and driven by Frenchmen Raymond Narac, Jean-Karl-Vernay and Christophe Bourret.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 RSR.

The Mazda MX-5 is a fantastic entry-level sports car. It’s been around so long that you have to treat it with the proper amount of respect.

All things considered, however, it doesn’t have the pace of a Lamborghini Gallardo or even a Lotus Elise .

But if you cleverly manipulate the race; well, that opens up some possibilities, something the MX-5’s power retractable folding hardtop was quick to take advantage of.

The car’s roof setup can go from top-down to top-up in just 12 seconds, giving the car a decisive advantage over the rest of the competition. The simulated rain from Mazda definitely helped, giving the MX-5 five full seconds to get its gears up over the Porsche 911 , the next fastest car to get its roof in closed position and down the 1/4-mile track.

It’s a pretty fun video to watch, unless you’re Lotus, who probably didn’t find the whole thing funny. WE definitely giggled like little kids at a fart joke over the poor Lotus…

Click past the jump to read about the Mazda MX-5

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Porsche will continue to celebrate the 911’s 50th anniversary the entire year and the next major event will take place at Silverstone Classic, Northamptonshire on July 26th through 28th. At this event Porsche will try to bring together the largest Porsche 911 parade ever. The initial plan was to have 911 of these rear-engine sports cars, but so far, more than 1,000 owners have answered, and there are still 8 weeks to spare.

According to Nick Wigley, the event director, Porsche "feared achieving 911 Porsche 911s might have been a somewhat over ambitious and idealistic target," but now it looks it’s not the case anymore.

The parade will include lots of models, including Carrera, Targa, RS, RSR, Speedster, GT and Turbo variants, but also some very special 911s and Porsche personalities, including racing legends Derek Bell MBE and David Piper. Other names will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

With this parade, Porsche will try to eclipse Jaguar’s parade that brought together a total of 767 E-Types for the car’s 50th anniversary.

Click past the jump to read more about the 911 Carrera S 50th Anniversary Edition.

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From one iconic car model to another, Mini took the rather unexpected but ultimately gracious step in wishing Porsche’s legendary 911 a happy 50th birthday.

Maybe it’s not that surprising, considering that it’s coming from Mini, a company that has made an art out of steering away from the skid. But Mini Mini isn’t just sending birthday wishes to Porsche. No, that would’ve been too easy and not up to the standards of the Mini Way.

What it did was take the time to participate in a dedicated photos shoot that brought together a classic Mini and a first-generation Porsche 911 Targa; two cars that not only defined their respective car markets, but also came to the photo shoot dressed in equal doses of lime yellow.

The move is admirable considering that both companies are owned by different German auto conglomerates (BMW for Mini and Volkswagen for Porsche). It’s also a shrewd move by the British brand that somehow always gets to promote itself when it’s not trying to.

Click past the jump to read the press release and more about the first-gen 911 Targa

With so many anniversary models being released in the past few months, German automaker Porsche wasn’t going to be left out on all the fun.

After all, the company is celebrating an anniversary of its own,; or at least an anniversary for one of its models.

Back in 1963, the world first laid eyes on the 911 . In the 50 years that it’s been in existence, the 911 has not only become a Porsche classic, but it’s also become a global icon, a stature only a handful of cars can claim to have reached.

So with the 911 celebrating its own golden jubilee, Porsche decided to unveil a special edition model for the occasion. It’s called the 911 Carrera S 50th Anniversary Edition, and as you can expect, it comes with plenty of design characteristics that differentiates itself from any other Porsche 911 today.

The car is expected to make its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show later this year, but this early, the German automaker saw fit to give us an idea of what to expect.

Update 6/4/2013 Porsche has revealed the U.S. model’s specifications, pricing and release time frame. See more after the jump

Updated 10/24/2013: Porsche unveiled a new video featuring Tony Hatter - Porsche Design Manager - whom explains how the traditional design elements of the original 911 can be found in the 911 50th anniversary edition.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S 50 Years Edition

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This year, the Porsche 911 will celebrate its 50th anniversary and to mark the event, Porsche Great Britain launched "Project 50," which is a historic race that will take tons of 911 models on some the most famous racetracks in Europe, like Silverstone and Nürburgring.

In fact, "Project 50" started back in March when Porsche announced a special 1965 Porsche 911 Project 50 . The Project 50 is powered by a 2.0-liter flat-six engine that produces 130 horsepower and will surely be one of the 911 models to be raced during this historic race.

This video will help you to discover the roots of Project 50, as introduced by Porsche Cars GB Marketing Director, Ragnar Schulte. Enjoy! Also, be sure to check the Porsche 50 race dates so you can now when to stay online for new details.

Click past the jump to learn which are the Project 50 history race dates.

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The Porsche 911 started its run back in 1963 - and oh what a run it is -, but it wasn’t until 1999 that a GT3 version was offered up for our ravenous consumption. It came to complete the series of performance vehicles that started back in 1973 with the 911 RS, a model that was capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds and to 100 mph in 13 seconds.

Why the short history lesson? Well, the new generation GT3 has just made its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and would be nice to make a comparison between the things that were and the things to come.

The new GT3 is lighter and more powerful than the model it replaces, and it brings innovative features like the first active rear wheel steering in a production Porsche. There is a bad news too unfortunately: the new GT3 will only be offered with a PDK transmission - at least for now!

Update 05/20/2013: Porsche has unveiled a new video further detailing the GT3’s technical highlights. Enjoy!

Update 6/14/2013: Chris Harris was one of the first journalists to get his hands on the all-new 2014 911 GT3. As always, he released a video with his full review. Check it out, after the jump.

Hit the jump to read more about the next generation Porsche GT3.

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The Porsche 911 is in its sixth generation (991) , but for most Porsche fans the real 911 is the 996 series - especially if you consider the body hasn’t changed that much since then and that was the first 911 with a water-cooled engine.

With this in mind, German tuner OK-Chiptuning unveiled the Manta Porsche tuning kit. If you were wondering where the name comes from, the answer is rather strange: the kit was inspired by the cult classic model Opel Manta developed between 1970 and 1988.

The kit is based on a 996 Turbo model, which in standard form, delivers a total of 360 horsepower. However, for the Manta Porsche kit, the tuner managed to squeeze an amazing 650 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque from its six-cylinder engine.

In order to obtain this amazing increase, the tuner offers a K24-Turbolader, a GT2-RS air cooler, larger injection valves and a higher-flow fuel pump. There is also a Sachs-Performance-clutch and an exhaust system with continuous 70 mm (2.75 inches) tubes.

Click past the jump to read more about the Manta Porsche by OK-Chiptuning.

The world of motor racing has seen many cross-industry partnerships, but when it comes to Porsche’s racing history, there are two brands that are normally associated with it: Gulf and Martini.

The latter, in particular, has had a long partnership with the German automaker that dates back to 1968. Since then, Porsche racecars dressed in the iconic Martini Racing livery has become the stuff of legends.

With the Italian multinational alcoholic beverage company celebrating its 150th anniversary, it was only right to bring back its racing colors and return to racing.

And it did so with the return of the Martini livery on the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup when it competes in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in Barcelona, Spain. The car itself will be driven by nine-time world rally champion Sébastien Loeb . Loeb will compete in the first two races, while a still-to-be-determined driver will take the reins of the Porsche racer at a third race later this year.

It goes without saying that Martini Racing’s involvement is not only a way of celebrating its esteemed history as one of the premier alcoholic brands in the world, but also as a hat tip to the bygone days when the two companies won multiple titles together, including a handful of Le Mans 24 hours victories.

As for the car itself, the 911 GT3 Cup is a bonafide bad-boy, built and designed for racing purposes and anchored by a 3.8-liter flat-six engine that produces 460 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque while mated to a six-speed "dog type" transmission. The racecar’s performance numbers allow it to hit 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 193 mph.

Click past the jump to check out other vehicles dressed up in Martini Racing livery

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LOMA is best known for its work on the C6 Corvettes , but recently the German company has decided to turn its sights on Porsche. Because of the company’s location, all of the parts in the kit are made in Germany using carbon fiber, which is something a Porsche owner will prefer.

The 911 GT3 RSR is one of the most awesome Porsches ever built, but it’s not built to handle daily driving nor is it priced for the average Porsche buyer. To help satisfy your urge to own one, LOMA decided to make a kit to allow for you to turn your 997 into an RSR.

The 911 retains the stock engine that produces at least 325 horsepower, but LOMA offers a sports exhaust system to give the car more of a racecar soundtrack. The suspension and brakes also stay the same as the stock car, so the car doesn’t ride any lower than stock unless you decide to lower the car yourself.

Hit the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 RS1 by LOMA.


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