After 21 months of production, the final Porsche 918 Spyder came off the assembly line in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen right on schedule. But the legacy of this technology pioneer will reach far beyond its production time. Future generations of sports cars will benefit directly from innovations found in the 918 Spyder.
The 918 Spyder was systematically developed to be a performance hybrid with plug-in technology. The hybrid super sports concept car made its debut at the 2010 Geneva International Motor Show where it was met with overwhelming approval. In the summer of
Porsche has created a special model of the 911 Carrera and Boxster: the Black Edition. The combination of black exterior and interior emphasizes the timeless, classy elegance of each sports car. As the name indicates, Black paint is standard, while Jet Black Metallic is available as an option. Standard equipment on the 911 Carrera and Boxster Black Edition models has been enhanced in regards to the wheels, headlights, and sound system while additional equipment has been included such as the Sport Design steering wheel, door sill guards with Black Edition logo, heated seats, auto dimming rear-view mirrors, and the headrests are embossed with the Porsche Crest.
Based on the 911 GT3 RS production sports car, Porsche has designed a customer sport race car for GT3 series around the world: The 911 GT3 R. In developing the more than 368 kW (500 hp) racing nine-eleven, special attention was paid to lightweight design, better aerodynamic efficiency, reducing consumption, improved handling, further optimised safety as well as lowering service and spare parts costs.
A new special version of the Porsche Panamera sports sedan stands out through elegant styling combined with a significantly expanded range of standard equipment. Two models with powerful six-cylinder engines will be offered: the Panamera Edition and Panamera 4 Edition both come with an engine that delivers 310 hp. The Panamera 4 Edition features active all-wheel drive with an electronically controlled, map-controlled multi-plate clutch (Porsche Traction Management, PTM).
Porsche’s GT family is proud to announce the addition of an exciting new member: the Cayman GT4. This is the first Porsche GT sports car based on the Cayman and features components of the 911 GT3. Clocking a lap time of 7 minutes and 40 seconds on the North Loop of the Nürburgring, the Cayman GT4 earns the same lap time as the 2011 911 GT3 and positions itself as the new benchmark atop its market segment. The Cayman GT4 clearly demonstrates Porsche’s dedication and passion to continue to promote truly industry-leading two-door sports cars in the future – sports cars that are developed at the Motorsport department in Weissach.
Those, whose supreme priority of car performance in the sense of ever lasting output boost is the concentrated automobile engine power in general can simply not go around PP-Performance. Not only for the German branch of the enterprise at Weissbach the name of the game is „We are leading, others are following“, the same motto applies also to the kind of “hand-picked” licensed dealers.
The Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Turbo Coupe is one of the most charismatic sports cars of our time.
One has to bear in mind, that although Porsche had entered new territory with this unique model. This Amazon Green 911, complete with a Stone Grey Leather Interior retains the silhouette of the original Porsche design.
Are you familiar with the horrific accident that killed the actor Paul Walker in 2013. It has been revealed that the Porsche Carrera GT in which he was riding had nine-year-old tires. Is this important? The California Highway Patrol noted that the tires’ age might have played a factor in the accident.
What can tires expire? For years, people have relied on the tread depth to judge a tire’s useful condition. If there is still tread left, then the tire’s still good is the popular belief. But the rubber compounds deteriorate with time. An old tire is quite capable of being a safety hazard. For most of us, old tires will never be an issue but if you only drive 6,000 miles a year, aging tires could be a serious issue.
Want an example? Everyone knows that rubber bands age poorly. They get brittle and develop cracks within a few years. That’s essentially what happens to a tire. Cracks in the rubber begin to develop over time. This aging can eventually cause the steel belts in the tread to separate from the rest of the tire.
So how do you determine the age of a tire? Tires made after the year 2000 have a four-digit DOT code that is embossed on the sidewall. The first two numbers represent the week in which the tire was made. The second two represent the year. Example: a tire with a DOT code of 0908 was made in the 9th week of the year 2008.
So how long does a tire last? The guys at Reedman Toll Subaru explain that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has no specific guidelines on tire aging. Some tire manufacturers, such as Continental and Michelin, say a tire can last up to 10 years but many manufacturers say less age is more prudent.
In summary, of all your vehicle’s components, it’s tires have a huge effect on the way it handles and brakes. So keep your eyes on your tires, if you only drive a small amount every year, you may want to replace your tires before the tread is actually worn down.