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Porsche Taycan EV on course to outsell the classic 911!
“Charged” the Electric Vehicles Magazine reports: “For those who were wondering whether Porsche buyers would embrace an electric car, here’s your answer: last quarter, sales of the new Taycan EV were only a hair below sales of the iconic 911 model.
Porsche delivered 9,072 Taycans during the first quarter of 2021, trailing the 911 by 61 units.
Porsche unveiled the Taycan, which many consider to be the first viable competitor to Tesla’s Model S, in 2019.
Before concluding that Porsche is ditching gasoline for electrons, however, note that the Taycan still represents only a fraction of the brand’s total sales. Porsche’s total global deliveries rose to 71,986 vehicles in the first quarter, and its two best-selling models were the Macan and Cayenne SUVs.
Porsche plans to launch an electric version of the Macan next year, based on a new EV platform co-developed with sister brand Audi.”
Taycan Turismo “TURBO” is on the way!
PCA via YouTube—Is the new Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo better than the sedan? Take a look:
The Pirelli P-Zero Experience is coming to the US!
Pirelli has invited us to join them for the first-ever US edition of the P ZERO™ Experience taking place at The Thermal Club in Riverside County, California on November 15-16th, 2021. Discover the 2.6 mile North Palm and Desert Circuit by joining them on this perfect stage to drive your supercar. Test new models from the most prestigious car manufacturers and much more! Seats are limited! Don’t miss the chance to hit the track with Pirelli. Click below to book your exclusive driving experience or for more event information.
Watch the New Porsche 911 GT3 Set a Blistering Nurburgring Lap Time
Even journalists are able to lay down near-seven-minute lap times in Porsche’s new 911 track weapon. Porsche shocked the car world when it unveiled its newest generation of 911 GT3, the 992, could lap the Nürburgring in under seven minutes. While we don’t doubt the car’s abilities, we’re sure the driver, factory Porsche tester Lars Kern, had a lot to do with the time. But as it turns out, even journalists outside of Porsche can get in the new GT3 and set near-sub-seven-minute laps on the Green Hell.
THE RAFFLE IS ON!
Each fall and spring, Porsche Club of America opens a member only raffle, in which you, the member, may purchase entries for a chance to win a brand-new Porsche. For the Spring 2021 Member Only Raffle, the first grand prize is a 2021 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 plus $25,000. Alternatively, winners may also choose $85,000 instead of a car plus $25,000. After 8,500 entries are sold, another Grand Prize, a 2021 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 plus $25,000, will be added for every additional 4,500 entries sold. Raffle entries are $50 (USD) each. All entries received by June 7, 2021 will be accepted into the raffle. Winner(s) to be announced by July 31, 2021. Click here to enter the raffle
TECH TACTICS VIDEOS
Tech Tactics presented by PCA is a great way to see what this marque is all about. There are “how to” videos, a look at vintage Porsches, brake upgrade tips, special collections, info on building and rebuilding engines, detailing info, as well as what to look for when you buy your next Porsche. Check it out. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdBSaHWRHMQTVALwa7gs7Fg
And Now the Bad News:
A NUMBER OF 190 PORSCHE 718 SPYDERS, CAYMAN GT4S, AND GTS 4.0S HAVE BEEN RECALLED FOR CONNECTING RODS THAT FAILED QUALITY CHECKS. In March 2021, Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that connecting rods in 190 2021 718 Spyders, 718 Cayman GT4s, 718 Cayman GTS 4.0s, and 718 Boxster GTS 4.0s may crack and loosen, resulting in engine damage. PCNA says it is recalling the affected cars and will replace the engines of vehicles already delivered to customers.
According to an NHTSA document provided to us by a PCA member, a faulty connecting rod “may cause engine damage, a stall, or an oil leak, increasing the risk of a crash or fire.” PCNA has already notified the 20 owners who have taken delivery of affected cars and will replace the engines free of charge. The recall begins May 23, 2021. “For customers whose cars have not been delivered and are being held at port as part of the stop sale, we are currently determining the best solution with the highest degree of safety and quality that they have come to expect from Porsche,” a PCNA spokesperson says.
PCNA also provided Porsche Club of America with an official statement about the recall: “The safety of anyone travelling in one of our cars is our highest priority. For this reason, we regularly conduct quality checks on our cars – both old and new. As part of this work a supplier has informed us that a batch of connecting rods did not meet the standards we expect had been fitted to a total of 190 cars – a mix of 718 Cayman GT4, 718 Spyder and 718 GTS 4.0 models. Of these cars, 20 have been delivered to customers, every one of whom has already been contacted and will be offered a temporary replacement car while the work is carried out. There are no known incidents associated with this issue, nevertheless we immediately contacted our affected customers and notified NHTSA upon learning of it. We will, out of an abundance of caution, be replacing the engines in the affected vehicles already delivered. Anyone concerned by this issue and who’s not been contacted in the next few days can be reassured that their car is unaffected.”
Please pay particular attention to the last sentence of PCNA’s statement, as the majority of 718 Spyders, 718 Cayman GT4s, 718 Boxster GTS 4.0s, and 718 Cayman GTS 4.0s are not affected by this recall.
Every year across Porsche Club of America, members are making a difference with many amazing, heartwarming, and thoughtful acts of kindness. PCA Members Making a Difference shares these community contributions. Continually check back as we will feature more PCA Regions making a difference. If your Region has a charitable activity or event that you would like to share, please email Members Making a Difference
NEW MEMBERS in MAY…so far!
Here’s who joined GGR since our last blog and thanks to all of them for seeing that the lights at the end of the tunnel were a Porsche coming at-em!
Doug Gor, 2021 Macan GTS Cupertino
Martin Santos, 2018 911 Carrera GTS Half Moon Bay
Carl Gish, 2017 911 Carrera S Cabriolet Palo Alto
Bernie Schneider, 2019 718 Cayman San Mateo
Gary Clark,2016 911 GT3 RS Mountain View
Hristo Dakov, 2004 Boxster S Santa Clara
Jason Yee, 2001 Boxster S Walnut Creek
Cheryl Spott, 2018 911 Carrera Cabriolet San Rafael
Seamus Grady, 1987 911 Carrera Pleasanton
Bruce Smith, 2004 Boxster SF
Johnathan Haylock, 2019 Macan S Cupertino
Judith Kimble, 2019 Macan Los Gatos
Stephen Henkenmeier, 2020 Taycan Turbo Los Gatos
Nicholas Seidl, 2016 BoxsterS Portola Valley
Terri Davis, 2017 718 Boxster San Jose
Norman Plotkin, 2012 911 Carrera S Cab Hillsborough
Steven Rice, 1979 911 Turbo Los Gatos
Eyal Itsovich, 2021 911 Carrera S SF
Zachary Lara, 1971 911E SF
Bahador Khaleghi, 2014 Cayman S SF
Kan Wu, 2019 911 Carrera T SF
Robert Garland, 2016 Cayman S Palo Alto
Javier Ordonez, 2000 Boxster San Carlos
Marcus Seto, 2006 Cayman S So SF
Ryan Young, 2007 911 Carrera S San Carlos
Matt Donne, 2002 911 Turbo SF
Richard Nihitoyo, 911 Carrera S San Jose
JUNE 2021 ANNIVERSARIES:
Members celebrating 25+ year anniversaries will be sent congratulatory materials automatically by PCA. These are sent quarterly. For members celebrating 5-20 year anniversaries or who haven’t received a past anniversary packet can request one using this link www.pca.org/anniversary (members need to be logged in to use the link).
Check out our 50 Year Member: 50 Years – 1971
Dennis Winter, 1993 911 RS America White Los Gatos
5 Years – 2016
Chris Bellomo, 2014 911 GT3 Agate Grey Portola Valley
Ed Carryer, 2011 Cayman Speed Yellow Stanford
Jeff Chow, 2015 911 GT3 Blue San Mateo
Priyanga Gunaratne, 2009 Cayman S Emeryville
Mark Howard, 2013 911 Carrera Plat Silver San Mateo
Bryan James, 2009 911 Carrera Menlo Park
Chris Jansons, 1968 911T San Francisco
Tom Kong, 1999 911 Carrera Silver Santa Clara
Mark Lewis, 2014 Cayman S White San Jose
Oliver Navarro, 1984 911 Carrera Black Los Gatos
Horst Raisch, 2011 911 GT3 White Aptos
Robert Ward, 2014 911 Carrera 4SGT Metallic Silver Alameda
Jacob Weil, 1986 911 Carrera Cab Silver Mountain View
Tony Zhou, 2011 Cayman S Mountain View
10 Years – 2011
Javan Bernstein, 2009 Boxster S Silver San Bruno
Andrew Billin, 2008 Cayman S White San Mateo
Ayman Nassar, 2011 911 GT3 RS White Palo Alto
John Sakamoto, 2006 911 Carrera S Silver Menlo Park
Carl Swenson, 2011 Cayman Silver Los Gatos
David Wishner, 2012 911 Carrera Silver Los Altos
Mark Yarnevich, 2005 911 Carrera S Silver San Francisco
15 Years – 2006
David Bogart, 2000 Boxster Ocean Blue Menlo Park
Michael Buchanan, 2004 911 GT3 Silver Menlo Park
Matthew Darling, 1987 911 Carrera Black San Francisco
Michael Gaynor, 2006 Cayman S Seal Grey Santa Clara
Gregory Huffaker, 2001 Boxster Grey Menlo Park
Todd Kaiser , Seal Gray San Jose
Michael Nagy, 1970 914-6 White San Jose
Christopher Zang, 2009 911 Carrera S Gray San Carlos
20 Years – 2001
William Glynn. 1991 944 S2 San Jose
Michael Humpleby, 2019 718 Cayman Black Walnut Creek
John Stewart, 1985 911 Carrera Saratoga
25 Years – 1996
Stanley Klein, 1971 914-6 Los Altos
Matthew Lituchy, 1988 911 Carrera San Francisco
Chris Murray, 2000 Boxster S Castro Valley
30 Years – 1991
James Biesemeyer, 1974 914 2.0 San Jose
David Howell, 1977 911 Turbo Foster City
Kenneth Park, 2020 718 Cayman GT4 Chalk Moraga
40 Years – 1981
Jeffrey Mauerman, 1974 911 Santa Rosa
If you have any questions about membership, please get them to me (email@example.com) and we will have them answered ASAP. Stay well, get vaccinated, and wear a mask for heaven’s sake!
“Capt. Mike” (aka Capt. Mike Sherman, USN-Ret.)