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Pedal to the Metal as Porsche Fires up New 911 Carrera

Twin-turbo V-6 takes racing tech to the street.

by on Sep.15, 2015

Porsche's new 911 Carrera takes what the company learns on the racing circuit to make the production model faster.

Automakers invest heavily in racing, often with questionable results – but for Porsche buyers, the payoff will become apparent as the German maker rolls out the new 911 Carrera at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The twin-turbo technology used to boost the performance of the new sports car’s 3.0-liter flat six comes directly off the track, the maker explains, giving the latest-generation Carrera a hefty 20-horsepower boost. That was enough to help it pull a full 10 seconds off the lap time of the previous Carrera S on the North Loop of the Nurburgring.

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The new model also offers new features such as the first application of rear-axle steering on the Carrera S, “significantly enhancing” the 911’s already impressive handling, Porsche boasts. (more…)

Porsche Returning to Le Mans in 2014

Sixteen wins already, will the German maker go hybrid as it tries for one more.

by on Jul.01, 2011

Porsche has claimed overall victory at LeMans 16 times, but not since 1998.

It’s already taken the checkered flag more than any other maker, but Porsche says it will try for one more, revealing plans to return to the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2014.

The maker isn’t providing much detail, but says it will campaign an all-new LMP1 race car when it heads back out on the long Le Mans circuit.  It will be Porsche’s first race there after its formal merger with Volkswagen AG.  And it could bring out some intriguing new technology, insiders hint, considering the maker’s increasing interest in hybrid power.

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But the decision to return to Le Mans means that Porsche will likely be going up against at least one other VW brand, Audi, which has been dominating the global endurance racing scene, in recent years, with its various diesel-powered monsters.  Audi’s latest, the R18, overwhelmed the field yet again, this year, giving the Ingollstadt maker its 10th overall victory Le Mans.

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