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La Carrera 4S s’habille chez TechArt

TechArt profitera du salon de Genève, début mars, pour dévoiler sa panoplie réservée à la Porsche 991 4S.
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Test drives successfully concluded for 991 RSR

Porsche AG Team Manthey’s new 991 RSR has warmed up for its official debut at the WEC at Silverstone in April by completing successful test runs at the Sebring International Raceway in Florida yesterday.

Test drives successfully concluded for 991 RSR

Sharing driving duties at Sebring were Porsche works drivers Patrick Pilet and Richard Lietz, who will be competing in the WEC with the RSR (starting numbers 91 and 92 respectively).

Test drives successfully concluded for 991 RSR

Porsche’s Head of Motorsport Hartmut Kristen says testing has gone well so far: “Our goal is to be well prepared for the challenges of the very strong GTE class in the WEC and at Le Mans. The circuit in Sebring is very well suited to put a new vehicle through some demanding trials. For this reason, a test in Sebring is a very good rehearsal for one of the toughest races of all, the 24 Hours of Le Mans.”

Further tests and tweaks are due to be made to the car before the curtain raiser for the World Endurance Championship season at Silverstone on 14th April.

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Porsche Works Driver Hans Herrmann Turns 85

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Hans Herrmann, one of the most successful and best known works racing drivers at Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, will celebrate his 85th birthday on 23 February 2013. Born in Stuttgart in 1928, this long-distance specialist was considered one of the most successful and dependable racing drivers of his era. His motorsports career lasted from 1952 to 1970, during which Hans Herrmann won over 80 overall and class victories.

Hans Herrmann started his racing career in early 1952, piloting a privately-owned Porsche 356 1500 in mountain races, rallies, and endurance races. A year later he and Richard von Frankenberg took overall fifth place in the Lyon-Charbonnieres rally. Porsche racing chief Huschke von Hanstein thereupon hired him for the Porsche Works team. Herrmann drove the 550 Spyder at the 1953 24 Hours of Le Mans, and together with Helmut Glöckler came in first in the 1.5 litre displacement category right off the bat.

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In 1953, at the age of 26 Herrmann won the title of German Sportscar Champion and got the attention of legendary Mercedes-Benz racing chief Alfred  Neubauer, who hired him for his works team. Hans Herrmann piloted the Mercedes W196 Silver Arrow in the premier category of motorsports, teaming with top drivers like Juan Manuel Fangio and Karl Kling. Parallel to that, in 1954 he continued to drive for Porsche in the smaller displacement categories. In the 550 Spyder he won widely noted class victories in the Mille Miglia and Carrera Panamericana.

When Daimler-Benz pulled out of racing in 1955, Herrmann went on to drive Formula 1 races for Maserati and BRM, as well as other races as  a Borgward works driver. In 1957 he became European Vice “Bergmeister” — Mountan Champion — before returning to the Porsche works team in 1959. Together with  Joakim Bonnier, in 1960 Herrmann took the overall victory at the Targa Florio in a Porsche 718 RS60 Spyder, and the Formula 2 championship in a Porsche 718/2. He  also won the 12 Hours of Sebring with Olivier Gendebien. In 1963 he left Porsche KG and joined Carlo Abarth’s racing team.

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In 1966 Herrmann returned to the Porsche works team, not only driving in all the major long-distance races and European Mountain Championship races, but also doing countless test drives in Weissach. With pilots Hans Herrmann, Jo Siffert, Vic Elford and Rolf Stommelen, in 1969 the team took the World Sports Prototype Championship for the first time. In 1970, at his eleventh Le Mans race Herrmann capped off his career with a bang, winning the first overall victory for Zuffenhausen in a Porsche 917  KH. He took this motorsports achievement as a suitable time to retire from active racing, after 42 years on the track. Since then Hans Herrmann has lived  with his wife Magdalena near Stuttgart, successfully operating his company “Hans Herrmann Autotechnik.” As a pilot of historic racecars, he also takes part in many vintage car events for the Porsche Museum.

 

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Porsche 911 RSR : prête à courir

Après la 911 GT3 Cup, Porsche dévoile la seconde version compétition de la 911 type 991, la RSR. Aucune info technique n’a été communiquée, on sait juste que le développement de la 911 RSR est terminé et qu’elle participera à sa première course le 14 avril prochain à Silverstone. Deux exemplaires seront présents aux 24 Heures du Mans et engagés par le Porsche AG Team Manthey.
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La nouvelle Porsche 911 GT3 RSR se montre

La nouvelle Porsche 911 qui sera alignée cette saison en championnat du monde d’endurance (WEC) par l’écurie Manthey se montre enfin.
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