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Porsche Invites You To #SportsCarTogether In Celebration Of The Company’s 70th Anniversary

Porsche is turning seventy years old. Sure, the design consulting firm existed before that, but as an automotive manufacturer, their roots first sprouted in 1948 with the Gmund-built 356s. It’s amazing how far the company has come in the ensuing years, moving from building just a few hundred cars per year to nearly a quarter million units last year. The company is growing the community rapidly, adding new Porsche owners every day. The great thing about that, is that our once exclusive little sports car community is now huge, and we can all appreciate each others Porsches for what they are. We are all a community, and even when you’re on a drive by yourself, you’re never truly alone in a Porsche.

New #SportscarTogether Campaign

In this new #SportscarTogether campaign, Porsche is trying to convey that every one of their cars, including sedans and SUVs, are filled with the history and knowledge of countless others who came before. It’s more than that, though. When you’re in your Porsche, you’re friends with almost everyone. I’ve been asked countless times about my Porsches, as they serve as an ice breaker between strangers at the fuel pump or grocery store. When you’re in a Porsche, it’s like hanging out in the bar on « Cheers », everybody knows your name, or at least wants to. It’s a great feeling, and helps engender a better day for all parties involved.

#SportscarTogether on Instagram already features over 1800 posts, including some from your favorite Porsche personalities. If you’ve got a fun and interesting story to tell about how your Porsche brings you closer together with the community, share it using that hashtag, and Porsche might even include it in a future campaign. It’s an interesting move to help the p-car community become an even more closely knit group.

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Feels Familiar: A Turbocharged 911SC Made for Mulholland

Derek Whitacre and I seem to have similar priorities. Not all fun performance cars need to be set up for the track. Give up a little bit of spring rate, retain a bit of carpet, and suddenly the usability factor goes way, way up. That’s not to say Mr. Whitacre’s 1982 911SC is a mild or modest machine. This Porsche was built to attack Mulholland Drive. With 420 horsepower on tap, and a whopping 460 lb-ft of torque at the wheels, it’s more than capable of powering itself into the hills at extraordinary speeds. To Marcus Vandenburg, host of Roads Untraveled, this car is a slightly unpredictable anachronism. It is the oldest 911 he’s ever driven, and one of the oldest cars of any type he’s driven in a while. To someone used to modern performance cars, this monster is sure to be something of a shock.

Some of you might remember this car from a Smoking Tire video where Matt Farah drove it in the rain (and found someone in a ditch due to the poor weather). Unlike Mr. Farah, Marcus was blessed with good weather. A good thing, because Derek’s 420 horsepower « 82 ME109 » is not a viceless, modern machine. Take a good look at that plate, too. It’s brown because the car shoots fire, and the plate has suffered.

A Messerschmitt was likeliest to kill a pilot on the ground due to its narrow, fragile undercarriage. This 911 is probably most dangerous while doing what it is meant to do- drive at speed. Like any classic 911 this is a Porsche that requires a deft hand, understanding of its weight distribution, and a hearty dose of respect to get the most out of it. Derek has run the car from California to Mexico, raced hillclimbs, and driven road rallies. To him, this Porsche is entirely about fun.

As Marcus says, there are a lot of nasty, negative things about Los Angeles. Derek Whitacre’s 1982 911SC, and Porsches like it, are not among them.

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Michelin Track Connect : La première offre de pneu connecté procurant une nouvelle expérience sur circuit

Michelin vient de dévoiler officiellement et de manière spectaculaire dans le sud de l’Espagne, sur le nouveau et superbe circuit d’Andalucia à côté d’Almeria, son nouveau produit innovant et connecté : le Michelin Track Connect (#TrackConnect). Michelin est le premier manufacturier à commercialiser une solution de pneu connecté pour les voitures de tourisme et destinée …

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Porsche 964 Carrera 4 – Belgium Outlaw !

Toujours le même dilemme. Modifier une Golf, une Peugeot 205 ou une BMW E30, ouais bon, le cheptel est copieux et bien fourni. Y’a pas de quoi en chier une pendule (Surtout que ça doit être vachement compliqué !). Maintenant, toucher à une Porsche 964… Ah non rassurez vous, j’ai pas retourné ma veste, mais […]

 

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Bad Track Etiquette: McLaren Blocks Cayman GT4

There are occasional track days when some people don’t give way to those who clearly deserve to run ahead. The governing bodies try to filter the fast from the slow, but introducing lots of horsepower, conceit, and a narrow track can complicate things further. In these cases, a quick lap can easily be ruined by an oblivious driver in a faster car.

Such was the case when one talented owner of a Cayman GT4 decided to try his hand at the daunting Sonoma Raceway, and had his hot lap interrupted by a McLaren owner in denial.

The man in the Macca lets two GT3s by as the video begins, but—almost reluctantly—he shuts the door on our camera car heading into Sonoma’s fast esses. Passing here is a non-starter, and so our camera man backs off slightly. Understandably, the man in the orange Macca begins to run, but his hesitation at the exit suggests he’s aware of the red Cayman growing larger in his—admittedly tiny—rear window. Yet, after an impatient lift from the throttle, he decides to streak ahead—much to our camera man’s frustration.

These expressions can be justified when lapping six seconds faster.

How to Handle That Situation

When a chasing car is able to crowd someone’s rear-view mirror repeatedly, the man ahead ought to lift briefly, give the appropriate point-by according to the rules, and allow the car behind to pass. Between similar machinery, this usually happens effortlessly. However, the horsepower disparity between these two adds another level of complexity. This squabble could’ve been avoided if the McLaren’s driver had a better sense of spacial awareness when heading towards Turn 11 (0:31). His exit speed wasn’t great, the track was at its widest, and he couldn’t have been completely oblivious of the Cayman beginning to pass him, but the 675LT’s 666-horsepower, twin-turbo V8 trumps the incensed camera man’s talent advantage.

After giving a one-finger salute, the Cayman’s driver closes an enormous gap in the space of two corners. At that point, the man in the British supercar couldn’t feign ignorance—he’d been beaten soundly! Only after the end of a pointless, prideful, ego-testing lap, the McLaren’s driver opens the door.

It’s not certain, but I don’t think he made many friends that day.

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