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September 2012. Volume 52, Issue 8
In This Issue
From the Wurst Wing
Letter from the Editor
Membership Report
Bored of Directors
The Power Chef
Social Report
Legends of the Autobahn
Sacramento Valley Concours
Yosemite Region Zone 7 Concours
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Dear Porsche Enthusiast,

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From the Wurst Wing  
celona4 --by John Celona, GGR President
What a CRAZY month August was! Hope you caught part of it!

Such a Great August    

We started off with our Annual Carlsen Concours on August 5. This event saw the most entries ever, and was a fund raiser for charity. GGR Concours Chair (and Rally Chair) (and Dealer Rep) Larry Adams officiated, along with Carlsen owner and longtime good friend of GGR Charlie Burton. GGR's main liaison at Carlsen Michael Hobgood was there to help out. Carlsen general manager Rich Pasquali had to miss this year for his daughter's wedding, but created (yes, Rich built them) another great trophy this year. Here's a look at the one I managed to take home.

Many thanks to Keith Thompson of Diamond Car Care Systems for helping me prep the car. Immediately afterwards, Keith was off to prepping cars for Pebble Beach, garnering two class wins and an overall win for best open car. My car looks better than new!

Click here for more photos by the award-winning Rich Tsai of SingleLens photography.

The following week we had the August Board of Directors Meeting, which was also our annual general members' meeting. A number of GGR members joined us for that, including past president, treasurer, competition director, etc. (newly back from China) Claude Leglise, his wife Cindy Salisbury, Howard Yao (who puts on our autocross school each year along with John Seidell), and Canyon Chan. Canyon is currently on the board of the BMW club. We're hoping to convince him our club is more fun!

The following week was another GGR autocross, at which I was able to get back to getting my car dirty (which I must confess to being more fun than cleaning it!). Our intrepid autocross team managed to lay out a truly vast course on the tarmac at Alameda, with the best times being around 90 seconds! Plenty of laps, driving times, and turns for everyone.

Here's what's coming up for the rest of the schedule this year, courtesy of Autocross Co-Chairs Chris Hamilton and Elaine Macey:  


September 8 - 9    Marina Airfield  Autocross #7 GGR (Sat), LPR (Sun), Zone 7 AX weekend
September 15    Alameda  Autocross #8 
October 20    Alameda  Autocross #9
November 17    Alameda  Autocross #10

Registration for the autocrosses at Marina is now open and closes this Thursday. Click here to register.   

2012 Track Schedule Season: Thunderhill Approaches


Here's a message from our Track Chair, Carl Switzer:



There's still time for you to register for GGR's September 8-9 Drivers' Ed and Time Trial at Thunderhill.  Please visit our MotorsportReg page to register:  After this weekend, we will close the event to new registrants.

As always, you will enjoy abundant track time, access to some of the best instructors around and a great catered dinner at the track on Saturday night.  And remember, GGR's track events offer something for everyone.  If you've never driven your car on a race track, we will introduce you to the sport in a manner that you are comfortable with and your instructors will remain focused on helping you achieve your goals.  If you enjoy driving your car on the track, but doing it competitively isn't for you, you'll be at home at a GGR event.  And if squeezing that last thirty thousandth of a second off your lap time is your goal, you'll love our Sunday afternoon Time Trial, where you'll enjoy a few laps of the track all to yourself so you can set your personal best time.  Finally, please invite your friends -- Porsche drivers or not -- to consider joining us.

Jay Rosas of Vision Wells has agreed to join us again to provide professional track video support for you and your car.  See his work here (including videos from our July Thunderhill event):  Please contact Jay if you are interested in his video services so that he can guarantee you're on his schedule.
Finally, Hooked on Driving will be holding a special fundraiser event and BBQ at the Track on Friday.  The event is for a very good cause and you can get the details for the BBQ here:

Thanks for reading and I look forward to seeing you at the track.

Carl Switzer 

Drivers' Ed/Time Trial/Club Race Chair



Click here to register for this event. Registration closes on midnight Sunday.  


Here's the schedule for the rest of the year: 

  • September 8-9:  Drivers' Ed and Time Trial at Thunderhill.   
  • November 20-21 at Laguna Seca.   

Save the Date: Saturday, January 12, 2013       

This will be the date for the next GGR Awards Banquet. It will be a big whoop-de-doo, running from 5 to 10 pm. More details will be announced as they develop. This is one you won't want to miss!


Till next month...  





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

Self-Service on Email Addresses, Please!

Every month I get a few or sometimes many emails from readers about updating their email addresses. First, thanks for wanting to stay in touch! Second, there is no staff here! There's only CoCo and I doing this each month, and there are over 3,000 folks subscribing to The Nugget.

Accordingly, to send The Nugget to any email address you like or to unsubscribe, just go to the bottom of any issue of The Nugget. There's one option at the bottom that says:

And another that says:

These should be able to take care of you.

My apologies at the folks who get irritated with their change requests via reply emails not getting handled. I would cuss out the staff--but I don't have any! 


Thanks for reading.   


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Membership Report

Mike Sherman --by Capt. Mike Sherman, Membership Director


GGR Regional Summary--July 2012 




Primary Members    1,475  

Affiliate Members    975                 

Life Members            6         

Total Members         2,451


Saying Goodbye to the Keepers of the Flames: OK, I had to use an Olympic metaphor here, but really it fits. These past few months, we've lost three of the great automotive giants, from our own marque, Ferdinand A. Porsche, Ferrari's great designer, Sergio Pininfarina, and from the US, Carroll Shelby. All of these automotive giants had an incredible impact on how and what we drive by designing, creating, and perfecting the world's most iconic and desirable automobiles. Herr Porsche, the legendary designer of the 911, passed away in April. Although he is known for the design, perhaps more importantly was his insistence that the design live on through numerous permutations and technical innovations. Today's 911 is faster, smarter, and simply better than ever. Carroll Shelby's vision of an American based sports car, the AC Cobra, came to fruition in 1959 and was supported by Ford from 1962-1967, in various versions. His on and off relationship with Ford continues today with the Shelby Mustangs, but few remember that he helped develop the Viper, the Charger and the Shelby Dodge Daytona Coupe. Of course Pininfarina was the master body builder (not Arnold) whose designs graced Ferraris, Fiats, Chevys, Volvos, Peugeots, Alfas, Maseratis and even a few Bentleys. Farewell to these modern-day automotive icons. Are today's legends being made as we speak? We'll see. Cheers, Capt. Mike


New Members/Transfers: 21 (+ 11 Affiliate Members)


Jason & Ruby Ballance                                 2009 Carrera S Gray

Leslie & Jack Botu                                         2001 Carrera Blue

Mark Devlin                                                  1975 911S White

Lance & Christine Dublin                              2004 Carrera 4S Silver

Joe Edwards                                                 2002 996 x50 Silver

Merle & Joan Ensign                                     2001 Boxster S Yellow

Ken Friedman                                                2012 991 Gray

David & Christiana Harless                            2001 996 Silver

Matthew & Jack Ken                                      2003 911 turbo Blue

Lee Nelson                                                    1996 Carrera 4S Silver

Donald & Phyllis Moore-Lewis (CCC)           2000 911 Black

Magana, Leticia & Mark Olson                       2001 Boxster S Gray

James Medeiros & Lori Kraus                        1999 911 Silver

Christina Molcillo (CCC)                                 1985 944 Black

J S. Morrison                                                  1997 Carrera White

David & Rossanna Aranibar Schach               2009 Carrera S

Kent Shiffer                                                     2001 Boxster Silver

Mark Thompson                                              2005 997 C2S White

Scott Werden & Peter Deng (CCC)                 2009 Cayman S White

Woo Terry                                                        2007 Cayman White

Grant Wood                                                     2003 Boxster S Silver


July Anniversaries


50 Years - 1972

Joe Hartman                                                    1974 911 Carrera

David Sablan                                                   1957 356


45 Years - 1977

Elizabeth Cilker                                

Guyton Jinkerson                                           1962 356B


30 Years - 1982

Charles Arolla                                                 1973 911T

Ken Ashford                                                   1969 912

Rodney Chew                                                 1972 911


Gail Hatch                              

StevenHatch                                                  1976 912

Thomas Ramies                                 

Janice Washburn                                

Kevin Washburn                                             1956 356A

25 Years - 1987

Milo Dorr                                                       1986 951

20 Years - 1992

Helen Mcguigan


15 Years - 1997

William Betts                                                  1967 911                   

Michael Hobgood                                           2000 Boxster Yellow

Parker  Merrill                                                 1983 911                               


10 Years - 2002


Janet Hunter                          

Cynthia Ishizaki                                

Corey McMills                                               1967 911 S

Jim Miller                                                       2002 Boxster

Nancy Padgett                                   

Rajni Rao                               

William Vass                                                   2002 911

HaraldWeppner                                             1971 911 T


5 Years - 2007

JeremyDabrowiak                                         2001 Boxster Grey

Carl Di Giorgio                                               1986 911 Grey

JoeFlynn                                                        2007 Cayman Arctic Silver

Harry Lopez                                                   1996 993C4 Silver

Brian Lynch                                                    1984 911 Burgundy

Susan Lynch                                      

D. Mercer                                                       2007 911GT3RS Orange

Kathryn Mercer                                             

David Sperow                                                1967 912 Green

Joni Sperow                                       

Steve Zelencik                                                2008 Cayenne S Grey

David Coffee                                                   2007 Boxster S Green

Sylvia Coffee                                     

Diego Rueda                                       

James Smith                                                    1975 914                                                       





Board of Directors

Richard French --not by Richard French, Secretary

GGR Board of Directors

Minutes for August 12, 2012



In attendance: John Celona, Paul Larson, Richard French, Linda Adams, Larry Adams, Mike Sherman, Bill Benz, Joe Sweis, Chris Hamilton. Additional attendees included: Michael Griffin, Claude Leglise, Cindy Salisbury, Howard Yao, Canyon Chan.


Absent: Andrew Forrest


No agenda changes

No calendar changes


Postmortem of Past events

6/23-624 AX was very well attended (1 day AX & 1 day AX school)

7/8-7/14 Parade in SLC. 1500 people attended GGR/Zone 7 members took top times in AX.

7/14-7/15 DE/TT at Thunderhill (reverse) was well attended with 73 drivers.

7/21 Tech event at Goodies Speed Shop - well attended.

7/28-7/29 AX Alameda 1 day timed and recorded, 1 day fun event (timed not recorded) with BBQ lunch. Very well attended.

7/29 Annual Picnic - 29 cars - people's choice - Top 3 were GT2, Turbo, GT3

8/5 Carlsen Concours - 32 cars judged, many more on display - very well attended.



Director's Reports


President - A discussion regarding the January 2013 banquet was led by John Celona. This year's charity will be Ronald McDonald House at Stanford Medical Center. Full details of the event will be published in the Nugget.


Secretary - Minutes of 6/10/12 board meeting were reviewed and approved. Discussion on status of Red Book update - currently on hold till new track org finalized.

Vice President -Upcoming events with insurance in place include: 8/18, 9/15, 10/20, 11/17 AX and 9/8-9/9 DE/TT at Thunderhill.


Treasurer - The Treasurer's report was delivered and accepted.

Social - Next event of August 31, visit to Porsche Design Center in San Francisco for social mixer.  


Membership - 42 new members in July 2012. Current total 2451. New membership flyer produced and provided. This flyer will be left at sponsor locations and Porsche dealerships.

Webmaster - Website remains up, Facebook page remains popular, especially after events when photos are uploaded. No major change.


Competition Director: Proposal for a rule change has been submitted by member and subsequently withdrawn. New tech form now available. Discussion on clothing requirements at DE events took place. The Board agreed to issue a Technical Correction of the GGR Rules on clothing requirements at track events to conform to the prior Board vote to adopt and follow the PCA Minimum Drivers Education Requirement for track events. 


Other Business

There was an open forum for attending members. The majority of the questions revolved around inter club cooperation. It was noted that some clubs cooperate at social events but less so at DE events. As the largest club in Zone 7, GGR's position is to be magnanimous even when other clubs are less cooperative.


Upcoming vacating board positions were also discussed.

Paul Larson has agreed to run for a second term as Vice President.

Mike Sherman has agreed to run as Membership director

Andrew Forrest has agreed to run for Webmaster

John Celona has agreed to run for Nugget editor

Chris Hamilton will vacate his position as AX chair and run for Competition director

Joe Sweis will run as social director but has requested that a co-chair be appointed.


Appointed chairs were also discussed. John Celona will be contacting each chair to determine if they will stay or whether additional appointments will be required.



There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 8:30pm

Competition Corner

Benz --by Bill Benz, Competition Director

Luxury SUV's 



Howard Yao and John Seidel know how to make people happy. Their Beginners' Autocross School offers everyone a chance to be a little bit naughty automotively with minimal chances of any serious consequences.  This school revisits the fun of doing slides and donuts on icy parking lots behind Lutheran churches in the wintery snow belt. Howard and John have figured out how to transfer that experience to abandoned fighter jet runways in sunny California where Porsche drivers of all ages and shapes get like the chance to stomp on pedals a little too hard, hear their engines roar and their tires squeal and generally push their cars harder than Officer Friendly thinks is appropriate on 880. Thus, the standing room only attendance at their event.  


This year, the usual 911s, Caymans, Boxsters and 944s were joined by a Panamera and a pair of Cayennes. I didn't note the time for the Panamera but it was producing carloads of smiles every time it finished a run. One of the Cayennes was driven by an instructor who plopped this high performance luxury SUV right into the midst of the faster Boxsters and Caymans. OOPS! This is the future and not a bad thing.  


Luxury SUV's, in large, grande, and mega sizes, have been around for a long time but we just didn't recognize them.   In 1958 back in Cleveland, my friend Cliff Beutel learned that representatives of Radford coachbuilders were in town from England at one of the downtown hotels. He and I, as two budding high school age auto enthusiasts, went down to see what was going on.    


Radford was showing two cars to demonstrate to Americans its ability to serve the colonial market. (In other words, to provide custom built bodies on left-hand drive Rolls Royce chassis's'.)   One car was an ordinary Radford sedan. The other was a Radford Countryman. As Mr. Radford himself explained, the Countryman appeared as a typical Rolls Silver Cloud sedan from the front but had special rear quarters to accommodate the needs and preferences of the landed gentry. As truly custom coachwork one would not be constrained by the dimensional limitations of mass production. Rear seating areas could be expanded in all directions with unlimited amenities and diversions to pass the time of your journeys to your dukedom out on the moors.


The back seat could also be transformed into an area facilitating the transport of canine family members from corgis to Irish wolfhounds not to mention prize livestock (imagine show sheep). Sounds like a product definition for a fully tricked out megaSUV like a Ford Excursion or Hummer.  


It has taken 54 years but this car is back. It's now the Bentley EXP 9F monster sport utility truck.   While we're all thrilled that the VW group has identified this market opportunity I think we all can agree that they have misbranded it. There's got to be a more appropriate make than Bentley in the VW group of fine cars. When you think luxury SUV do you think VW? Of course not. Its only SUV was the little girly Touareg. Audi? Nah, all Audi cares about is V10 Rs and wining LeMans - nothing to do with SUV's. Seat or Skoda? Give us a break, they're still behind the iron curtain aren't they? Lamborgini? These cars are named after fighting bulls. While the EXP 9F appears large enough to easily transport a good sized bovine plus a team of matadors and picadors, being Italian, a Lamborgini SUV won't have truck-like reliability. Do you want to be stuck outside of Lodi with a broken down truck with a bull in the back? I don't think so.  


Of course, the right answer is everyone's favorite truck company, Porsche. Porsche has hundreds of thousands of happy Cayenne owners all of whom will jump at the opportunity to move up from their entry level Ss, Turbos, GTSs, and Turbo Ss into the Porsche EXP 9F. Equipped with a 600 hp VW Phaeton W12, this new Porsche will be the car to beat at John and Howard's next event.



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

Wholly Grains, Batman!

Carbohydrates (or "carbs," for short), definitely seem to have gotten a bad rap. All manner of folks avoid them as if a sort of poison. How many folks have I seen order the "carb-free" burger, consisting of just the burger, cheese, bacon, lettuce and tomato? No bun in sight.

I'm all for watching what one eats for a host of reasons: weight control, proper nutrition, better health, etc. Possibly a little clarity about what's good and not good for you will help.

We'll start with the folks in Cambridge, namely the Harvard School of Public Health had to say:

Don't be misled by fad diets that make blanket pronouncements on the dangers of carbohydrates. They provide the body with fuel it needs for physical activity and for proper organ function, and they are an important part of a healthy diet. But some kinds of carbohydrates are far better than others.

Choose the best sources of carbohydrates-whole grains (the less processed, the better), vegetables, fruits and beans-since they promote good health by delivering vitamins, minerals, fiber, and a host of important phytonutrients.  Skip the easily digested refined carbohydrates from refined grains-white bread, white rice, and the like- as well as pastries, sugared sodas, and other highly processed foods, since these may contribute to weight gain, interfere with weight loss, and promote diabetes and heart disease. 

Harvard also offers their version of a healthy plate:

This is pretty much in keeping with what the U.S. Department of Agriculture calls for in their new version of the food pyramid:

The take-away is there's a world of dietary difference between products made with refined grains (white flour and rice) versus whole wheat and whole (brown) rice products. The former, justifiably maligned; the latter, sadly rejected.

The worry isn't how much pasta you eat; it's how much regular (white flour) pasta versus whole wheat pasta.

Getting one's hands on whole wheat bread or whole wheat pasta used to require a trip to the "Health Food Store," possibly running the gauntlet of "Save the Whales" petitions along the way. Now you can find them in your regular grocery store without giving away your political leanings.

I eat a lot of whole grains and am thankful I no longer have to go out of my way to find them in ingredient form. Getting them in prepared foods is still more challenging.

Pretty much any sandwich place will make your choice on whole wheat bread. Many Chinese restaurants now offer brown rice. My favorite local sushi place even offers brown rice sushi. Pizza and pasta seem to be the real holdouts. I've yet to find an Italian restaurant offering whole wheat pasta, or a pizza place offering a whole wheat crust. In such places, I find myself limited to the chicken Caesar salad.

There is definitely a flavor adjustment with switching to whole grain products, but I have actually come to prefer them. In contrast, white bread and white pasta now taste bland and starchy to me. Maybe I've just talked myself into liking them.

Here's hoping you can start down the path to making eating only whole grains a part of your healthy and weight-controlling diet.  


Bon áppetit,

The Power Chef


This is the (whole wheat, naturally!) pasta I make most often when I'm just in the mood for all my favorites in a pasta dish. It's spicier and more aromatic than my Nona used to make, but I think she would approve.


Pasta de la Mia Casa        



The Gist
Cook hot italian sausages first, then remove them and use the fat to sauté red bell peppers, onions, garlic, basil, parsley, oregano, salt, black and red peper, Canned tomatoes to go in to finish the sauce, which I toss with the sausages over spinach and cooked pasta

2 lbs. dry whole wheat pasta
2 lbs. hot italian sausage
2 tbs. olive oil
8 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
2 yellow onions, chopped
1/2 cup garlic, chopped
1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped
1 bunch fresh oregano, chopped
1 bunch fresh basil, chopped
2 28-oz cans ground tomatoes in heavy purée
1 28-oz can diced tomatoes in juice
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 2-1/2 bag washed spinach

Wash and chop all the vegetables so they're ready to go (this takes most of the time). Set a large pot of salted water on to boil.

Start heating a large pot over medium heat. Add the olive oil (this helps the sausages not to stick at first.) When hot, add the sausages. Cover the pot, When the sausages are browed on one side, flip them over and pierce them each several times with a fork. This helps the fat to melt and run out of the sausages.

Remove the sausages when thoroughly browned. They do not have to be completely cooked at this point.

Add the bell peppers and onions to the sausage pot and sauté them in the sausage fat over high heat until wilted. Add the garlic and stir for another minute. Add the herbs and stir for a minute more.

Turn the heat down to medium and add the tomatoes, salt, black and red peppers. Add the browned sausages and bring the sauce to a simmer.

Cook the pasta until just barely tender but still a little tough (al denté). Drain the pasta into a colander.

Empty the spinach into the hot pasta pot, then dump the hot pasta on top. Toss the mixture a bit to separate the spinach as it wilts.

Use a small sauce pan to scoop up the hot sauce and sausages and pour it on top of the pasta and spinach. When the tomato sauce pan is almost empty, you can just pour the rest in.
Toss the pasta, sauce and spinach thoroughly. Let it sit a few minutes to finish cooking the spinach and allow the sauce to absorb into the pasta. Enjoy with grated pasta cheese mix.

To make it extra fancy, you can sprinkle some reserved chopped (uncooked) herbs on at the end.

This pasta has all the things I like best in pasta: red bell peppers, garlic, basil, sausages, and spinach. It's a complete meal in itself without need for a salad or meat course. The browning reduces the fat in the sausages, which then furnishes frying oil and flavor back into the sauce.

Barbecued chicken pieces: marinate some boneless, skinless chicken thighs in salt, pepper, minced fresh garlic, and a little white wine. Barbecue just enough to sear, then add them to the sauce. The pasta in the photo is also sprinkled with toasted pine nuts. The nuts can be toasted either in a skillet or in the toaster oven at 350ºF. Do watch them closely; they tend to burn quickly!

Easy Chicken cacciatore: to turn this into an easy chicken cacciatore (see Recipe for a fancier one), brown skinned pieces of chicken in the olive oil instead of the sausages and increase the amount of bell peppers. All green peppers is traditional, but I prefer a mix of red and green bell peppers.

Yellow bell peppers make the sauce more colorful.

Feel free to add sliced mushrooms with the bell peppers if you like those in your sauce.

I sometimes add fennel seeds and extra red pepper flakes for sweeter, hotter flavor.

A cup or two of red wine is also a nice addition. Add it before the tomatoes so all the alcohol has a chance to burn off.


Cookbook Update

My cookbook (with all these recipes and many many more!) is now available in the Apple iBookstore in iTunes. Just search on "John Celona" to find it. You'll also discover there's another John Celona who writes classical music. However, he does not write cookbooks.

Kindle, Nook, and print versions are in process. Stay tuned!


Social Report

Joe Sweis --by Joe Sweis, Social Director


--Joe is still recovering from the almost-illegally good time had by all at the SF Porsche Design Store this past Friday night. He will be back to tell us about it next month. --Ed.








European Autotech
Porsche 918 Martini; Olives included

New edition of a successful partnership


918 Spyder prototype in vintage Martini Racing design


The Porsche 917 Martini 


 Atlanta.Driving trials of the Porsche 918 Spyder have entered the next phase. A permanent fixture of the test program for the 918 Spyder - and in the tuning process for all Porsche vehicles - is the 12.92 mile (20.8 km) long Nordschleife of the Nürburgring race course with its many bends and selective passages. A lap time of less than seven minutes and 22 seconds is one of the development goals of the innovative plug-in hybrid drive super sports car.



 The 918 Spyder, which is hardly an everyday vehicle, yet is well equipped for everyday tasks, combines a high-performance internal combustion engine with electric drives at the front and rear axles to achieve extraordinary driving performance and excellent efficiency. The system power of all three drives together is greater than 770 hp. The car's fuel consumption is forecast to be around three liters per 100 km when tested on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), which is equivalent to CO2 emissions of about 70 g/km.  



 The monocoque, consisting of carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP), reduces the car's weight and delivers remarkable rigidity and precision. Other highlights are the car's variable aerodynamics; adaptive rear axle steering and "top pipes" exhaust system, which routes the pipes upwards. All of this makes the Porsche 918 Spyder a super sports car for the future, even though the styling of the prototype is reminiscent of historical models.



 The latest test vehicle is now turning laps in the legendary Martini® Racing look of many historic Porsche racecars, particularly from the 1970s. More than nearly any other racecar design, the Martini® Racing livery quickly attained cult status and is still in vogue today. Martini® was the official partner of the Porsche factory team between 1973 and 1978.


Back then, the attractively designed "Martini® Porsche" racecars with their numerous victories were a topic of conversation. These victories included finishing first overall at the Targa-Florio in 1973, winning the Sports Car World Championship in 1976 and overall victories at the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1976 and 1977. As early as 1971, a Porsche 917 finished first in the legendary endurance race in Le Mans with the support of Martini®. Whether a Porsche 908, 917, 935 or 936 or one of various 911 RS or RSR models, common to all of these race cars was the memorable Martini® Racing livery implemented in a wide variety of designs.


Porsche AG and the Martini® brand, represented by Bacardi & Company Limited of Switzerland, have signed a new partnership agreement to create a modern Martini® Racing design to be exclusively available on the innovative 918 Spyder.


Specifications of the Porsche 918 Spyder*



Two-seater Spyder; carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) monocoque interlocked with CFRP unit carrier; two-piece Targa roof; fixed roll-over protection system.



Parallel full hybrid; 4.6-litre V8 mid-engine with dry-sump lubrication; hybrid module with electric motor and decoupler; electric motor with decoupler and gear unit on front axle; electrical system recuperation; four cooling circuits for motors, transmission and battery; thermal management.


Engine Power:                     > 570 hp (V8 engine)

                                                ~ 90 kW (hybrid module on rear axle)

                                                ~ 80 kW (electric motor on front axle)

                                                > 770 hp (combined)



Double-wishbone front axle; electro-mechanical power steering; multi-link rear axle with adaptive electro-mechanical system for individual rear wheel steering; optional electro-pneumatic lift system on front axle.


Brake system:                      

High-performance hybrid brake system with adaptive recuperation; ceramic brake discs (PCCB).


Energy supply:                     

Lithium-ion battery with 6.8 kWh capacity (BOL nominal), 202 kW maximum power and mains-compatible plug-in charger.



Top speed                             > 325 km/h
 purely electric                       > 150 km/h

Acceleration: 0 - 100 km/h    < 3.0 s


Consumption  (NEDC):  Total    ~ 3.0 l/100 km


CO2 emissions:  Total                ~ 70 g/km


Range: Purely electric                > 25 km





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