Porsche Racing Cars ? Everything You Ever Wanted to Know …

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I just found a stimulating article by John Rettie, posted yesterday, over on Fashionablepress entitled Porsche Racing Cars ? Everything You Ever Wanted to Know … that I strongly suggest all of you read. I’ve included some extracts in the hope of whetting your appetites!

He is currently in Germany interviewing key figures in the 60-year storied history of cars from what is arguably the most famous racing company in the world.This will be Leffingwell’s sixth book on Porsches, and it is due for publication in 2013 by David Bull Publishing. But you don’t have to wait until then to get a sense of what the book will contain; Leffingwell has created a blog where he is currently posting tidbits about Porsche’s racing history as he gathers historical information. If you’re into Porsches, his postings make for fascinating reading.Better yet — if you want to see these iconic cars in person, make plans to attend the Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV, which will see the world’s greatest gathering of Porsche race cars and the drivers that drove them to victory. It’s being held this year at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca from October 14 to 16, 2011.The Rennsport Reunion is hosted by Porsche Cars North America, and plans are well under way to assemble the wide variety of Porsche’s most historic racing models — from the nimble 550 Spyder of the mid-Fifties through the mighty 917 and 956/962 of the Seventies and Eighties to the highly successful RS Spyder of the last decade. Further information can be found on Mazda Raceway’s website.

Now, reading John Rettie’s post got me thinking so I did a quick search for some other articles on the subject and found some more greats. e.g. this post by Pfaff Porsche, posted last week, on Pfaff Porsche’s Blog:

The outstanding driving dynamics of the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 are the result of a number of meticulously coordinated details and calculations. It is equipped with the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system (an electronic adjustment system for each of the four wheels that monitors and controls suspension damping independently in real time) that has been specifically calibrated while the rear axle has extra ball-joints for greater adjustability. Just as with its racing counterpart, minimizing weight in the 911 GT3 RS 4.


0 weighs merely 1,360 kg. At 2.72 kg/hp, its power-to-weight ratio dips below the magical threshold of 3 kg/hp. Available in standard Carrera White, the limited edition 911 GT3 RS 4.0 will definitely stand out in a crowd; its distinctive lateral front air deflection vanes, called “flics” that appear for the first time on a production vehicle, and a big, steeply-inclined rear wing both work together to bring the vehicle into aerodynamic equilibrium. As a result, at top speed, aerodynamic forces exert an additional 190 kg, pushing the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 onto the road. Market launch for the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 begins in Germany in July 2011.

Another fantastic article on the subject came from Rob over on Performance Car Blog posted last week, entitled Porsche 944 S ? a cross roads – Performance car blog which is also certainly worth reading.

What a funny world it is as well – much, much smaller than I expected it to be. The episode is all about two conversations I’ve had in the past to weeks – one with Sarah Hutchison and one with Kev at EMC Motorsport. In both conversations I learnt a lot, and learnt quickly – there’s a lot to take in. Sarah Hutchison – Prestige track club Sarah has been in motor racing for, well, ages. From organising race series to racing herself she’s got great experience to help us. She also just so happened to be sitting next to Adrian at a networking lunch the day after Adrian and myself decided to go racing! Sarah’s advice was to put together a programme of track days or us both on a few different circuits – Donnington, Oulton Park, Anglesey and Silverstone.


What she did say though is that having the 944 S could act as a good track day car with only a little tinkering, and so would be a good car to learn in and tinker with a bit – just not go the whole hog really. Still road legal, two seats for an instructor and so on. A good conversation then overall. Kev at EMC Motorsport View EMC Motorsport in a larger map Yesterday I jumped in the Porsche for a jaunt down the M6 to see EMC Motorsport in Birmingham. It’s very much tucked away and a surprising place when you get in. A compact place stuffed full of Porsches and parts.

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