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August 2010. Volume 50, Issue 8
In This Issue
From the Wurst Wing
Letter from the Editor
Ladies Rule at Marina
Competition Corner
AX Double-Header at Marina
Board of Directors
DE at Thunderhill
The Power Chef
Porsche Roads
Military Vehicle Tour
GT3 Win at Pike's Peak
Electric Porsches are Coming
Carlsen Concours
West Coast Summer Concours
Quick Links
Dear Porsche Enthusiast,

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--by John Celona, GGR President




Join Us for the GGR 50th Anniversary

Sponsored by Carlsen Porsche & Porsche Cars North America


Final preparations and rehearsals are going on right now and registration is open. Check the top of this newsletter or the  GGR web for more information or to register. 


Here's why you won't want to miss these events:
  • Where else can you get car action, a gourmet meal, AND live entertainment without going to Vegas?
  • The club won't be having another event like this until the 100th, and by then you won't be able to hear or see the show!
  • These events are offered at great prices because they are HEAVILY SUBSIDIZED by your club! Get the benefit of those dues!
  • If you don't go, your friends will wonder where you were and you'll have to make up some lame story about rebuilding your engine!
  • If you buy a raffle ticket and win the driving course, you'll have a totally legal unfair advantage! If you don't win, you get a charitable deduction to impress your relatives!
Registration closes on September 1 or when the events sell out! Sign up so you don't miss out!

Here's a recap of the festivities:


Saturday, September 11: Autocross at Alameda

AlamedaWhat better way to kick off the celebration than an autocross at our usual Alameda site? Cost will be $20 more than usual at $65/person or $55 for PCA members, which includes a FABULOUS PONDEROSA BBQ, including: carved BBQ tri-tip roast with Santa Maria spices, BBQ 1/4 chicken, Western Trail chili, fresh corn on the cob with butter, homestyle potato salad, tossed green salad with vinaigrette, watermelon wedges, garlic bread, assorted beverages and assorted ice cream bars.

Then, Saturday, evening, the festivities move on to the:

The Presidents' Dinner

City Club6-10 p.m. at the City Club of San Francisco, 155 Sansome Street, San Francisco on the top of the Pacific Stock Exchange Building. Attire is black-tie optional. Cost is $100/person or a table of 10 for $800 (get your friends together and SAVE!).

Menu includes wine & beer; passed appetizers: chorizo-stuffed Medjool dates wrapped in bacon, arugula & pesto chicken skewers, Dungenes crab cakes with roasted bell pepper aoli, ahi tuna tartare on a crispy tortilla with soy vinaigrette, and antipasto.

For dinner: lobster bisque; peppercorn crusted filet of beef; roasted garlic mashed potatoes; braising greens and red wine sauce; chocolate sponge cake with chocolate mousse for dessert; tea and coffee.

After dinner, stick around for a LIVE VEGAS-STYLE FLOOR FosseSHOW featuring the Foothill Repertory Dance Company directed by Bay Area Critics Circle winner Bubba Gong performing a Fosse-style review celebrating "All That Jazz" to music from Chicago, All That Jazz, Sweet Charity and more. Artistic, Entertaining and Celebratory.

All attendees receive a 50th anniversary gift, while GGR past presidents attending will also receive a special commemorative gift.
 
Click here for parking options. For overnight accommodations, we recommend Le Meridien, which is within walking distance and has great room rates online. Book early to get the best rates. As an alternative, the Mandarin Oriental is almost across the street.

Then, on Sunday, September 12th, we continue on with the:

Islands Get Away

11 am - 3 pm at the historic Nimitz Mansion on Yerba Buena Island in San Francisco Bay (exit off of the Bay Bridge). Cost is $50/person and $20 for children under 12. FREE valet parking is included.

You'll be greeted on arrival by the renowned string quartet "Synchronicity" performing a repertoire of classical and modern pieces. During the performance, you'll be served appetizers consisting of: brie en croute with honey glazed pecans, crackers, grapes, rosemary mixed nuts, and sea scallops on cauliflower pureé served on an asian spoon.
 
NimitzThen, treat yourself to a barbecue lunch of barrel-smoked chicken quarters; grilled citrus and honey pork tenderloin; country potato salad; fresh fruit display; summer vegetables; sweet baked beans; assorted rolls; assorted cookies, brownies, and pastries for dessert. Includes iced teas, lemonade, bottled water, tea and coffee.

After lunch, watch THREE LIVE PERFORMANCES as the award-winning Foothill Repertory again takes the stage to celebrate "Hollywood to Bollywood." "One World, One Beat" kicks it off with Haitian, mambo, belly dancing, and Jai Ho from "Slumdog Millionaire." That's followed by a Patrick Swayze tribute featuring the music and dancing from "Dirty Dancing." We end up with "Michael: The Beat Goes On...", a tribute to Michael Jackson including a live performance of "Thriller."

But wait...There's More!

Win a FREE 2-day course at the Porsche Sports Driving School

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Porsche Cars North America has donated a FREE 2-day course at the Porsche Sports Driving School in Birmingham, Alabama (travel is on you!). Value: $2,995.

We'll be selling raffle tickets at $20/each (link on the web site also) via Motorsports Reg through September 10th and in-person over the course of the weekend. The more tickets you buy, the more chance to win!

All proceeds will be donated to charity, and you DO NOT have to be present to win!

Don't wait around for the 100th! Plan your weekend in San Francisco and join us in in the once-in-a-lifetime celebration of 50 years for GGR!


Till next month...

John

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Letter from the Editor
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--by John Celona, Nugget Editor

Sign up for the 50th!


After months of efforts by the committee working on this event, registration for the GGR 50th is now open. Cars, gourmet food, spectacular locations, live entertainment--we've got it all!

Hope you can join us. Your dues are what makes the prices so affordable!

Thanks for reading.
Ladies Rule at Marina Autocross
--by Carol Grialou, GGR Member & co-founder of The Boxster Brunch

On the way back from lunch at Rocky Point past Carmel we stopped at the Zone 7 AutoX at Marina.  Four of the ladies decided they wanted to ride along with an Instructor.  This was the first time for all four of us and it was a really fast run for all of us.  We had a ball and would do it again in a flash............ LOL


Dede Seward, Carol Grialou, Mary Watanabe & Cindy Casamina
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Competition Corner

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--by Claude Leglise, Competition Director


Just a short article this month as I start packing for Thunderhill next weekend. We are going to run the track in the other direction (clockwise), so it will be a new experience for most. If you have never done it, imagine this: same locale, same pits, same tarmac, and totally different track. A great weekend coming up.
 
Since this is the August issue of the Nugget already, please remember that all suggestions for new and improved competition rules are due by August 10. Submit them on line on the bulletin board-there are two different topic areas for TT and AX-or send me an email directly.
 
Have a good summer driving your Porsche.

Claude

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Board of Directors
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--by Andrew Forrest substituting for Bill Benz, GGR Secretary
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GGR Board of Directors
Meeting Minutes for July 13, 2010
 

Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by President Celona at 7:00 PM at his house.

In attendance, Mark Powell, John Celona, Robert Murillo, Andrew Forrest, and Bubba Gong.

Agenda Changes
The draft agenda was adopted with the addition of a discussion of the location for the year-end banquet.

Calendar Changes
No Calendar changes were adopted.

Postmorten of Past Events
Prior meeting minutes were approved unanimously.

In the interim we've had a Boxster Brunch, Autocross #4, Friday Night Social and the Annual Porboy's GGR Autocross School.  Autocross #4 ran smoothly with three rungroups on Saturday and two on Sunday.  A peak of 12 runs/day was achieved.  As usual, the Autocross school was a huge hit which regrettably had to turn away applicants for space reasons.

Directors' Reports

President
Registration for the 50th Anniversary Events is open.  For the Presidents' Dinner, reserved tables will be near the front of the affair, close to those of the Carlsen Porsche and Porsche Cars - North America VIPs.
On Thursday, July 15th the Nugget Archive DVD will be picked up.
On Sunday, July 18th, the Cayenne Launch/Volunteer Appreciation event will be held.  This event allows the club the opportunity to show some appreciation to a large number of volunteers who help keep our various events and services running.

Vice-President
Upcoming Events include a Friday Night Social, the Picnic, the PCNA Cayenne Launch/Volunteer Appreciation Autocross at Alameda, Driver's Education/Time Trial #3 at Thunderhill (Clockwise!), Boxster Brunch, Carlsen Concours, Autocross #5 and another Friday Night Social owing to the fact that there is no board meeting in August.  The next board meeting is September 7.  Insurance certificates are in place for the Volunteer Appreciation day and the upcoming DE/TT.  Insurance has been ordered for the two Autocross days at Marina.

Treasurer
Nothing to report.

Secretary
The G20 meeting was great although the fishing wasn't very good in the lake.

Social
The membership email blast had a very positive effect on last-minute picnic registrations.

Membership
All new members approved unanimously.

Competition
Nothing to report.

Webmaster
We have a new landing page on MotorsportReg.com that is dedicated to GGR events only.  Event organizers using MSR for event registration may direct members to http://pca-ggr.motorsportreg.com to see a list of GGR events.

Topics for Discussion
The status of the benefit of "Lifetime Membership" was reviewed.
Suggestions for a location for our year-end banquet were made, informed in part by the research already done to obtain a location for the 50th Anniversary events.  It was agreed a car tie-in was a desirable feature of a venue.

Meeting Adjourned
Business concluded at 8:18.


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The Power Chef
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--by John Celona, The Power Chef

Food for Life

As you've probably heard, Oprah has sworn off dieting. After years of very public battles with her up-and-down weight, she has decided that food will "no longer have the power" and to end her dieting forever.

Her inspiration for this was a book by Geneen Roth called "Women, Food, and God" which is now, of course, flying off the shelves.

Being a longtime believer in following food habits for life and never going on or off a diet, I poked around for a brief summary of what this was all about and found the seven principles of eating at the core of this book. Here they are:
  • Eat when you are hungry.
  • Eat sitting down in a calm environment. This does not include the car.
  • Eat without distractions. Distractions include radio, television, newspapers, books, intense or anxiety-producing conversations or music.
  • Eat what your body wants.
  • Eat until you are satisfied.
  • Eat (with the intention of being) in full view of others.
  • Eat with enjoyment, gusto and pleasure.
Here's a further commentary from Oprah's web site:

Geneen Roth's books were among the first to link compulsive eating and perpetual dieting with deeply personal and spiritual issues that go far beyond food, weight and body image. She believes that we eat the way we live and that our relationships to food, money and love are exact reflections of our deeply held beliefs about ourselves and the amount of joy, abundance, pain and scarcity we believe we have (or are allowed) to have in our lives.

Well okay. There's no doubt that compulsive eating is often done for emotional reasons and is frequently linked to deep personal issues. That I'll grant.

I somehow, think, though that what you choose to eat also makes a really big difference. Even if you are (a) hungry; (b) sitting calmly; (c) not distracted; (d) in full view of others or intending to be so (??); (e) enjoying it; and (f) stopping at some point, I would still think that choosing some hummus on whole wheat pita bread puts you way ahead in terms of nutrition and less calories than choosing a bag of potato chips.

Possibly this is what's meant by "what your body wants," but I'm not so sure. People evolved on a diet in which fats and sugars were in short supply, with the combination of fat AND sugar simply not found in a diet of plants, meat, or even grains. It took civilization, agriculture, and technology to put these two together. Hence the wickedly good satisfaction from ice cream. People are still programmed to crave the high energy stuff (fats and sugars) which were in such short supply up until all that civilization came along.

If you're a parent, I don't need to tell you what your kids crave. Vegetables are not on the list. That's not any fault on their part; it's in the hard wiring.

Certainly, you can train yourself to like healthier food and you will be healthier (both in terms of how you feel and your weight) from doing so. It's not as if, though, I feel like my body is calling for it with some form of messaging I should be able to decipher. I still love the experience of eating a few pieces of Kentucky Fried Chicken; I just can't eat that much of it without my digestion rebelling because it's no longer used to taking in big slugs of fat.

I tend to think exercise is the same sort of thing: a discipline you adopt until it becomes a habit and you feel better for it and worse without it.

If only it were the other way and we all felt strong cravings for cardio and cracked wheat. Obesity and sedentary lifestyles wouldn't be the epidemics that they are.

I guess there's no magic, easy answer. Otherwise; we'd all be sporting six-packs instead of fighting to keep off the whole keg! Maybe one day we'll be able to digitally edit our bodies they way we can photos. Airbrush me, please!

In the interim, I'll stick to the basics of whole grains, lots of fruits and vegetables, and watching the fat.

In the spirit of the cracked wheat we may not be craving but is really good for us all the same, here's my favorite and reasonably satisfying (for not much fat and no sugar!) way of enjoying it.

Tabouli

Tabouli
Mostly traditional, this is just the way I like it!

The Gist
Cracked wheat is soaked in hot water and salt, then tossed with lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, parsley, mint, and your favorite vegetable add-ins.

Ingredients
2 cups cracked (bulghar) wheat
3 cups boiling water
3 tsp. salt
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup minced fresh parsley
1/4 - 1/2 cup minced fresh mint
1 Tb. fresh ground pepper
1 bunch green onions, minced
1 cup cooked garbonzo beans
1 cup chopped tomatoes

Method
Pour the boiling water over the cracked wheat in a heat-proof bowl. Add the salt and mix every ten minutes or so until all the water is absorbed, which will take around 30 minutes

Add the lemon juice, olive oil, parsley, mint, pepper, and garbonzo beans and mix. It can sit this way (even overnight in the fridge) until you're ready to serve. Add the tomatoes just before serving.

Notes
I also particularly like to add grated carrots and sliced black olives.
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Porsche Roads

Benz--by Claude Leglise, Competition Director
 
Feather River Scenic Byway
 
Today's Porsche road travels deep into the Sierras about an hour north of Sacramento. If you are going to Reno, Highway 70 from Oroville to Hallelujah Junction, also known as the Feather River Scenic Byway, is the perfect uncrowded alternative to Highway 80. As the name implies, it follows the course of the Feather River through a deep canyon and ends up near the Nevada state line, 23 miles north of Reno.
 
From Oroville, take 70/149 going north until you reach the point where the two highways split. Highway 149 goes west towards Chico; stay right on 70 in the direction of Quincy, and set your trip odometer to zero. Typical California foothills are straight ahead: yellow grass with a sprinkling of oak trees. The pavement on this 2-lane section is initially perfect, but black tar snakes soon appear and the shock absorbers are put to good use for a few miles. A short 4-lane section around Yankee Hill is a great place to pass Winnebagos, Toyotas and other moving chicanes. After this, you will have to rely on the goodwill of fellow drivers, because passing opportunities are few. Fortunately, there is very little traffic on Highway 70.

Highway1At Mile 11, there is a nice vista point looking north over the Central Valley. The pine forest soon appears and, at Mile 14, Scooters Cafe, a motorcycle-themed restaurant, is a good place to stop for a snack. The twisties start immediately after that, as you enter the Plumas National Forest.
 
At Mile 20, the road crosses to the south side of the Feather River, and a parking area on the left side immediately after the bridge affords a nice view of the canyon which the highway shares with the Feather River Route of the Union Pacific. At Mile 26, the flood marker indicates that in January 1997 the road was under 10 feet of water. It is best to stay away from this section in a rain storm. . . A series of three stone arch tunnels follows. They look just like the plastic tunnels on miniature train sets you see at Christmas time going around the tree. Elephant Butte Tunnel has window-like holes cut in the north side, through which you can see daylight and catch glimpses of the river. In Tobin, the road switches to the north side of the river, while the railroad moves to the south. In a rather interesting feat of engineering, the respective bridges cross the river at the same location, on top of each other. Worth a look.
 

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Through this entire section, the curves generally all feature constant radii, the pavement is nice and smooth, and visibility is predictable. Keep in mind that the "35 MPH" road signs really mean "3rd Gear", at least in a Porsche. Most areas have no Armco rail at all, and cell phone service is non existent. So be careful; the river is cold and wet.
 
While the elevation is still only 2000 feet at Mile 34, the road keeps going up the mountain and passes through the Storrie Retreat at Jack Ass Flat, Belden Town -which has a nice general store and saloon-and the Caribou Café, a known hangout for fishermen. At Mile 60, we join Highway 89, and traffic increases a bit. You may even get stuck behind the odd logging truck until you reach Quincy, population 1879, the seat of Plumas County. In town you can enjoy the quaint main street, and possibly a stop at Safeway, the only chain grocery store in the entire county. For lunch, I highly recommend Café Le Coq, at 189 Main Street, with its fine and inspired menu. The owner and chef, Patrick, comes from Normandy, and you can chat with him in French if you so choose.

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For race fans, Quincy is also the home of California's second largest dirt track. During the summer months, there are races almost every Saturday night. Continuing east on Highway 70, we go through the metropolis of East Quincy, population 5441, with its own DMV and gas station, and then back to the open road. A series of smooth sweepers bring us up to Lee Summit, altitude 4489, followed by the start of the downhill trip to Nevada.
 
At mile 92, you might turn right onto Highway 89 and head straight to Truckee, but the road east is more interesting.
 
The next stop is in Portola, home of the Western Pacific Railroad Museum. DE at THThe museum features a large collection of diesel locomotives, as well as a couple of steamers undergoing restoration, and a variety of old rolling stock. The workshop will delight the most dedicated gear heads, yet by far the most unique attraction is the ability to actually drive a diesel locomotive around the yard. They are slower than Porsches indeed, but a whole lot bigger, too. This is definitely worth a trip, and would make a delightful birthday present for a loved one (hint).
 
Along the highway east of Portola, the Jim Beckwourth museum tells the story of this emancipated slave who discovered the Sierra pass that bears his name and offered an easier route than Donner to thousands of immigrants to California during the Gold Rush. In Nervino, the large number of hangars at the Airport lets us imagine there are many planes stored there. No direct flights to Miami and London, though. From here on, the highway is pretty much straight; it travels through grazing lands, corrals and hay operations. At Mile 124, there is a nice view over the entire Sierra Valley from the top of Beckwourth Pass, elevation 5221. At Mile 128, the end of the road at Hallelujah Junction might be characterized by some as the middle-of-nowhere. Make a right on Highway 395; Reno is 20 minutes to the south.
 
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Scale: 1* to 5*                         Twistiness            Pavement quality              Scenery
Oroville to Pulga                            *                            ****                                 **
Pulga to Quincy                          *****                         *****                              *****
Quincy to Portola                          **                            ****                               ****
Portola to Hallelujah Junction       0                             ***                                  **


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Military Vehicle Tour

Military Vehicle Technology Foundation Tour, Saturday October 30 at 10AM.
 
GGR member Kevin Laird has arranged a tour for the Club of the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation (MVTF) in Portola Valley for Saturday October 30 at 10AM. Before his death, Jacques Littlefield assembled the largest private tank collection in the world.  The collection of vehicles date from WWI to the 1980's and range from motorcycles to a mobile scud missile launchers, and of course lots of tanks. 

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Great at clearing traffic. Terrible mileage, though.

There is a suggested donation of $20 per person to the Foundation.  They are a 501c3 organization so the donations are tax deductible, and a receipt will be provided.  Expect the tour to last about 2 hours. Space for the tour is unfortunately limited to 30 people so e-mail Kevin () to reserve a spot, get directions, or ask any questions. 

Photos from last years tour can be found here.  We will meet in the parking lot of Konditorei (3130 Alpine Road, Portola Valley) and leave to caravan up to the compound at 9:45AM.  Be sure to arrive early to grab a coffee before we head out.


 

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911 GT3 Wins at Pike's Peak

Zwart Wins Pikes Peak Time Attack Class With Porsche 911 GT3 Cup; Breaks Record by 38 Seconds while Finishing Sixth Overall - Ahead of Every Production-based Car Entered
 
Colorado Springs - June 27, 2010 - Jeff Zwart, from Woody Creek, Colorado, driving the specially- prepared Luminox Watch Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car, has won and set a new record in the 2WD Time Attack class in Sunday's 88th running of the Pikes Peak Hillclimb.
 
Zwart, now a seven-time Pikes Peak class winner, not only broke Rhys Millen's 2009 class record by 38 seconds (after smashing his qualifying record by 18 seconds), but went faster than all but five of the entire field - three Unlimited Class and two Open Wheels cars, all with 600-plus horsepower. His 911 GT3 Cup car also beat all the production based race cars entries, 2WD and 4WD.  Nobulhiro Tajima, from Japan, won the hillclimb overall in an eight-cylinder, turbocharged Suzuki 4WD one-off race car with an Unlimited Class entry.
 
Zwart said the key to his victory was the confidence that build up every time he drove the car.

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"In my previous six victories - all in Porsche street-based turbo cars - I spent most of my practice time trying to tame the car to fit this difficult course; With this Porsche 911 Cup car, it was clear to me from the beginning that the car was challenging me to drive my best, and I went faster every time I stepped behind the wheel.  Each time I thought I was asking too much from the car, especially when I carried maximum speed into one of those hairpins, the Porsche responded and challenged me to push even harder," said Zwart.
 
He also repeated his amazement from Friday's qualifying session that the normally-aspirated car didn't lose horsepower from its 9,000-foot-elevation start and the 14,000-foot finish line.  A combination of the 450-hp, 3.8-liter Porsche Cup car engine and expert engine map adjustments from Porsche Motorsport North America gave Zwart the performance of a lifetime.
 
Zwart again praised the Pirelli road racing rain tires, which he felt held their grip evenly on both the gravel and tarmac surfaces, a necessity as the course has been transformed from all gravel to half and half.  Next year, with two more miles of the 12-mile course scheduled for paving, road-racing- based tires will make more sense than ever.  The team made some adjustments to tire pressures on all four wheels prior to qualifying.  Pirelli had developed a tire for Zwart based on the rain tire they use for the Rolex Grand-Am series.
 
"Without Luminox Watches, Porsche Motorsport North America, and Pirelli tires support, this victory would not have been possible," said Zwart.
 
Porsche Motorsport started with a 2007 Cup car, updated it to 2010 specifications, and installed a new 450 horsepower 3.8-liter engine currently in use in the Patron GT3 Challenge, American Le Mans Series Challenge Class, and the Porsche Supercup series.  The engine management mapping was modified to perform well in high altitude as the race starts at 9,390 feet and finishes at the summit, 14,110 feet above sea level, and ride height was increased for the gravel sections of the course.  The underbody was also modified to protect the car from gravel and stones similar to rally competition. Zwart has now won his class at Pikes Peak - all in Porsches - in 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2010, setting new class records four times.  Most recently, before this weekend, he co- drove a Porsche Cayenne with Pikes Peak veteran Paul Dallenbach at the challenging TransSyberia Rally (Moscow to Mongolia) in 2007.  He also has an SCCA PRO Rally Championship (1990) and a SCORE Baja 1000 class win (2004) to his credit.
 
The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, built on the same assembly line in Stuttgart as the street-legal Porsche 911s, is raced all over the world in the Porsche Supercup series as well as various Porsche Carrera Cup and Challenge Cups, including IMSA Patron GT3 Challenge. New last year was the addition of the American Le Mans Series Challenge class, where the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars contest the full endurance series run by the Le Mans racers.

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Electric Porsches are Coming
 
PORSCHE ANNOUNCES IT IS STEPPING UP ITS RESEARCH ON ELECTRIC SPORTS CARS
 
On-Road Tests Are Being Conducted With Three Electric-Powered Boxsters
 
ATLANTA, July 26, 2010 --- With the development of three experimental all-electric-drive Porsche
 
Boxsters, Porsche announced today that it is taking another major step toward its plans to build electric-powered sports cars. These test cars are an important part of what Porsche recently dubbed its Porsche Intelligent Performance initiative, a long-standing commitment by the German car company to continually combine greater efficiency with Porsche's high performance, thus lowering fuel consumption and emissions.
 
In this practical test as part of the Stuttgart Model Region for Electromobility, the three electric Boxster research cars are being driven daily in order to provide insight into new electric drive components and new battery systems being developed by Porsche.  In addition, these field tests are also intended to provide further findings on the infrastructure required for electromobility.  Ultimately, the initiative will provide consumer insight into how future products must be designed and produced in order to meet customer expectations.
 
"We will definitely be offering electric sports cars in the future," said Michael Macht, the President and CEO of Porsche AG. "But such a concept only makes sense if it offers performance and a cruising range comparable to that of a sports car today."
 
Porsche has been committed to efficient motoring for a long time, thus helping to preserve the environment and save more of the world's natural resources.  For example, Porsche recently showed the spectacular 918 Spyder concept study earlier this year with a truly fascinating range of performance.  This super sports car is capable of extremely low CO2 emissions and an estimated mileage figure of approximately 78 MPG, while developing over 600 horsepower for extreme performance.
 
On the racing front, The hybrid system of the 911 GT3 R Hybrid has been developed especially for competition on the track, with two 60 kW (82 hp) electric motors on the front axle boosting the 480 hp six-cylinder power unit fitted at the rear. Replacing conventional batteries is an electrical flywheel power storage system that delivers power to the front wheels - and recharges whenever the driver applies the brakes. The 911 GT3 R Hybrid has already proven its racing qualities in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring and will be competing in the Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta this October.
 
With the upcoming launch of the Cayenne S Hybrid, Porsche will soon offer its first production car in the range able to run under electric power alone. With maximum output of 380 hp, the Cayenne S Hybrid makes do in the NEDC cycle with just 8.2 ltr/100 km, and CO2 emissions reduced to a mere 193 g/km. This hybrid technology will also be featured in the future Panamera S Hybrid due to enter the market next year.
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Go do an event! Beats cleaning the garage...

As always, thanks for reading.
John Celona
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