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Here Is What a Lap of the Nurburgring Looks Like in a Porsche-Powered VW Van!

While its dimensions and weight might dissuade from turning their VW T1 Bus into a track toy, some love the shock value and the surprising potential the aging van holds. In this particular case, swapping a 1989 G50 gearbox and a Porsche flat-six in the rear of the Leichtbau van, then dousing it in a very thin (because thick paint is heavy) coat of powder blue turns many heads.

It’s a lightweight van that the owner, Nic, has spent years developing for quick laps at the Nordschleife. Despite it size and weight distribution, he’s managed to make it quite capable. It also enjoys a set of Porsche brakes and an altered VW 1303 rack and pinion. By adding this steering setup it lost 1.5 turn lock-to-lock, which made it much easier on the track but, as we can see, increased the physical effort required. Fortunately, Nic is in pretty good shape and has little difficulty adding the right amount of steering lock.

Peering out the split window at cars half as tall must be reassuring.

Direct steering is a real asset when the bus can reach almost 136 miles an hour through Schwedenkreutz (3:52), and even pull 115 miles per hour through the slaloming and compression of Fuchsröhre (4:20). To manage those speed while sitting five feet from the surface of the road requires real confidence in the car—err, bus.

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When Will Electric Cars Overtake Porsche’s ‘Ring Record?

First off, congratulations to Volkswagen. Porsche’s corporate bedfellow’s achievement is nothing short of remarkable. The all electric ID.R is an astonishing technical achievement, and lopped more than forty seconds off the existing lap record for electric vehicles. With a 6 minute 05.336 lap, the electric Volkswagen even bested Stefan Bellof’s fastest-ever competition lap by about 5.5 seconds. Before we consider what this might mean for Porsche, let’s give Volkswagen their due, and watch this lap.

Beyond the speed, what is slightly remarkable about this lap is the noise. The piercing wail of the electric motors isn’t anything like a gasoline engine, but at least on video it sounds significantly louder than the diesel LMP1 cars of a decade ago, like the Audi R10 TDI. Whether or not it’s appealing is another matter, but it is far from silent. The car itself seems to fall somewhere between a modern LMP car and the wildest of World Time Attack cars, with aero that steps far beyond what FIA rules generally permit.

But what does this mean for Porsche? Though remarkable, the ID.R is not yet putting the 919 Hybrid Evo’s lap-time in jeopardy. The hybrid-powered Porsche’s laptime sits more than 45 seconds beyond the all-electric Volkswagen. Part of this is down to power- the Porsche produces 1,150 horsepower, while the Volkswagen makes around 670. The hybrid Porsche is also approximately 400 pounds lighter than the Volkswagen, despite carrying two types of power system.

As technology marches on though, the electric powertrains are bound to get both lighter and more powerful. As the power and weight gap decreases, so too will the Porsche’s performance advantage. There is no reason to assume that the ID.R’s record is the be-all end-all of electric performance, or even that its record will stand for long as technology improves.

What then is the best approach for Porsche? While Porsche has an upcoming line of all-electric production cars, and will be joining the Formula E open wheel series this fall, the brand has not given any inkling of producing an all-electric competition car of this type. Should Porsche be setting their own electric records and hold all the titles, or is this not Porsche’s fight? After all, Porsche’s record did challenge the rest of the world to « be faster. » Let us know in the comments below.

 
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Livre « 50 Years Porsche 914 » de Jürgen Lewandowski – Delius Klasing

Pour le 50ème anniversaire de la Porsche 914, Edition Porsche Museum en collaboration avec l’éditeur allemand Delius Klasing vient de publier un livre en anglais ou en allemand sur l’histoire et le cinquantenaire de ce modèle atypique : « 50 Years Porsche 914 » / « 50 Jahre Porsche 914 » écrit par le spécialiste automobile Jürgen Lewandowski. Histoire …

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Volkswagen VW 39 fabriquée par Porsche en 1939 : l’ancêtre de la Coccinelle

Le Professeur Ferdinand Porsche est le papa de la première voiture du peuple : la Volkswagen VW 39, construite à Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen en 1939 à 14 exemplaires. Parmi ces 14 prototypes de l’Ur-Käfer (la coccinelle originale), le 3ème modèle construit a survécu, le châssis 1-00003 restauré qui se trouve actuellement dans un musée à Hambourg. Volkswagen …

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BMW, Daimler et Volkswagen au coeur d’un nouveau scandale

Europe

Selon la Commission Européenne, les trois constructeurs allemands auraient enfreint les règles de concurrence de l’Union Européenne. Ils se seraient entendus sur le développement de technologies de réduction des émissions polluantes. Ici, pas de trucage des émissions polluantes comme le scandale du dieselgate. Mais, une entente supposée par l’UE entre les trois constructeurs. Ces derniers […]

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