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Pose de la première pierre du Porsche Experience Centre Hockenheimring

Le septième Porsche Experience Centre au monde est actuellement construit directement dans les limites du circuit allemand de Grand Prix de Hockenheimring. La première pierre a été posée lundi 22/10/2018 et l’ouverture du centre est prévue pour le quatrième trimestre 2019. Le nouveau Porsche Experience Centre Hockenheimring couvrira une superficie totale de 160 000 mètres …

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Seven Wonders Of The World: Porsche Announces A New Experience Center At Hockenheim

 

what the Porsche experience center at Hockenheim will look like

Atlanta, Le Mans, Leipzig, Los Angeles, Silverstone, and Shanghai are all the current cities in which you can find a Porsche Experience Center. The Le Mans, Silverstone, Shanghai facilities are built on the premises of famous international racing circuits, while the Atlanta, Leipzig, and LA facilities are built on Porsche-owned properties with their own unique driving circuits available to experience. Within the next two years, Porsche will build their seventh PEC facility, a 176,000 square meter area within the heart of the historic German circuit, Hockenheim. Each of the state-of-the-art automotive test facilities contain features to test the abilities of Porsche and driver alike: A complex handling course, several tests of driving dynamics, and an off-road course for Cayenne and Macan owners.

Like other PECs, the new construction at Hockenheim will feature a modern building with Porsche’s now-standard futuristic design language. That 48,000 square foot building will house event spaces, conference rooms, a Porsche swag shop, a Porsche Classic Lounge, as well as a themed restaurant and cafe. Exhibition areas for legendary Porsches of the past will also feature heavily in the design of the building, as well as service bays and workshops for various racing and classic Porsche automobiles.

track layout at Porsche's experience center in Hockenheim

“The Porsche Experience Centers allow our customers and fans to experience the performance of our vehicles as well as the fascination of the brand at first hand”, says Porsche’s Detlev von Platen. “We are extending this unique offering by constructing this new site near our main plant in Zuffenhausen.”

Hockenheim ring Porsche Experience Center

Thomas Reister, CEO of emodrom-group spearheading this venture, followed up by saying: “I am delighted that we have been able to attract Porsche, our preferred candidate, as a long-term tenant for the redesigned Hockenheimring. The manufacturer’s decision to construct another Porsche Experience Center here, so close to the corporate headquarters, demonstrates the great potential of our concept, and sends a strong message to other companies and universities that they should get involved with our agile mobility showcase. At emodrom-group, we are investing purely private funds in the double-digit millions, which, in the medium to long term, will also benefit the city, the metropolitan area and Baden-Württemberg within the automotive utopia of Germany.”

Construction is due to start toward the middle of 2018, with the experience center expected to be operational by the end of 2019.

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Un nouveau Porsche Experience Center au Hockenheimring

Un autre Porsche Experience Center a reçu le feu vert : le septième centre d’expérience client du constructeur de voitures de sport au monde doit être construit sur le Hockenheimring. Au cours des deux prochaines années, une zone de 176 000 mètres carrés au cœur du circuit historique verra la construction d’un complexe de bâtiments …

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Video: GT2 RS Decimates the Huracán Performante on Track

Porsche’s been somewhat cagey about releasing any footage of its newest performance flagship since it set that incredible Nurburgring lap two months ago. We’ve learned about the 991 GT2 RS’ comfort and sophistication compared to other generations of the GT2, and we’ve seen just how quickly it sprints to 200. We also know how it was able to outrun the second-fastest track scalpel from the Volkswagen Group, the Lamborghini Huracán Performante, by some five seconds at the Nordschleife. Now, thanks to Sport Auto and Christian Gebhardt, we get plenty of insight into how these two differ on a very different track.

The Porsche may have eclipsed the Lamborghini by an impressive five seconds on the 12.9-mile Nordschleife, but the time it ekes out over a 2.8-mile lap of this abbreviated Hockenheim is staggering, especially considering the capability of Lamborghini’s most track-focused offering ever.

Performante’s Poise

It’s obvious from the outset that the Lamborghini’s engine note takes the prize, but it’s not about the aural appeal here. The Performante is undeniably stable through the daunting Turn 1 and into the stadium section, and it remains composed regardless of how hard Gebhardt clouts the curbs. Unfortunately, the Performante seems limited by its front axle; Gebhardt is incapable of putting the power down without running wide at the corner exit. That understeer hampers its progress through the technical infield the most. However, it might be the better car for the well-heeled novice; its reassuring balance looks to coddle the driver in a way that the edgier Porsche doesn’t.

Incisive and Tractable

For the skilled driver, the Porsche’s even stronger in the high-speed sections, and it’s willing to turn in and rotate—even oversteer slightly—at speed. This incisiveness means the Porsche carries far more speed through the middle of even the fastest corners where the difference between the two is smallest.

Where the Porsche truly shines is in the slower corners, most notably into Turn 2 (2:09). While the Lamborghini suffers from understeer and a delayed throttle application (0:47), the Porsche traces a tighter line, exits without overwhelming the front axle, and even yaws subtly under the throttle. Chalk that difference up to a few facts: the Porsche is 180 pounds lighter, benefits from rear wheel-steering, and slides gracefully under the brakes—note how much steering effort is required under heavy braking. That direction change, coupled with wonderful traction, exploitable power, and additional 110 lb-ft of torque means it’s a little quicker out of every corner, and that advantage accumulates to a 1.7-second difference over one lap—an incredible margin on such a short course!

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2016 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup: Hockenheimring, Germany report

Italian Porsche Junior, Matteo Cairoli inherited his third Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup victory of the season after fellow Porsche Junior (and home hero), Sven Müller was penalised for an illegal overtaking move on the first lap.

The in-house championship rivals’ battle began during qualifying at the Hockenheimring track, 50 miles north of Weissach. Lechner Racing’s Müller set his benchmark early in the session while Cairoli waited until the end to challenge.

However, the FACH Auto Tech driver’s final lap on new tyres was curtailed by a red flag with ended the session early, the Italian having to settle for second on the grid behind Müller (the latter heading into the German Supercup round with an 18-point lead after victory last time out in Hungary).

Müller may have lost out on a fourth Supercup win of 2016 but the German Porsche Junior still leads the standings ahead of Cairoli.

Müller may have lost out on a fourth Supercup win of 2016 but the German Porsche Junior still leads the standings ahead of Cairoli.

At the start, it was the Italian Porsche Junior who made the better start, diving up the inside of Müller at turn one. The German Porsche Junior though hadn’t given up, running off the track onto the tarmacked run-off before rejoining back in the lead.

Cairoli didn’t make the race easy for Müller, hounding the championship leader lap after lap and getting close to taking the lead after a late safety car period bunched up the field. However, his advances proved fruitless on the track as Müller took the chequered flag 0.4 seconds ahead.

The action wasn’t over though. Two hours after the chequered flag fell, the stewards deemed Muller’s opening lap move to have been performed illegally, handing the German a one-second penalty that promoted Cairoli to the top step.

Jeffrey Schmidt found a way passed Robert Lukas to take the final spot on the podium, the Swiss racer's second piece of Supercup silverware this year.

Jeffrey Schmidt found a way passed Robert Lukas to take the final spot on the podium, the Swiss racer’s second piece of Supercup silverware this year.

Behind the duelling duo, Jeffrey Schmidt (who stared at Hockenheim early in the year in the Carrera Cup Deutschland) equalled his third-place finish in Austria with another podium finish having forced his way passed Robert Lukas, the latter starting the race from third.

That grid slot would have been occupied by the third Porsche Junior in the field, Mathieu Jaminet if it hadn’t been for a ten-place penalty handed to the French Porsche ace for his role in the opening lap accident last time out at the Hungaroring.

Starting from 13th, Jaminet was aiming for eighth place after qualifying, an aim he achieved in the race with some clean overtaking moves. The result, however, has seen him drop from second to fourth in the points table, as Cairoli moves back into second, 16 points behind Müller.

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A grid penalty for his Hungaroring accident meant French Porsche Junior, Mathieu Jaminet had to battle through the pack to take eighth in Germany.

A grid penalty for his Hungaroring accident meant French Porsche Junior, Mathieu Jaminet had to battle through the pack to take eighth in Germany.

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