Porsche Motorsport has released this short clip of the 919 Hybrid undergoing testing for the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship season, including the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans. Porsche has been absent from LMP1 for 16 years and is making sure the world knows they are coming back to win. We can’t wait to see the on-track action between the new Audi R18 e-tron quattro, Toyota TS040 and this new Porsche 919 Hybrid.
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The 911 has been tapped as the everyday supercar for quite some time now, ever since the 1970s when the Turbo version of the Carrera upped the ante in terms of usable performance without the supercar price tag or stigma. The Turbo was soon split off into its own subgenre of 911, but the Carrera in its various forms has been the main bread winner for the 911 line for some time. There are eight Carrera variants currently, and right at the top of the heap is the model you see here – the Carrera 4S Cabriolet. Featuring 400 horsepower, all-wheel-drive, a 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds and a roof-to-roofless time of 13 seconds, it’s got near-supercar stats. And with our tester’s $150,750 sticker, a near-supercar price, too.
As is the usual case when one of the major auto shows rolls around on the calendar, the news for the week was completely dominated by the releases, unveilings and debuts at the Geneva Auto Show. Geneva, in particular, carries a certain cache about it, as not only does it engender lazy references to 1970’s rock music, but the city’s reputation for European luxury and prestige – not to mention Switzerland’s lack of presence in the automotive game – means that it is the auto show of choice for all the ultra-high-end hardware from the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini, makers of less-famous but no less bespoke or impressive high-end European exotica like Koenigsegg and Spyker, and those that just wish to rub some of the magic sparkle that Geneva has on themselves.
With a successful Winter Test at Sebring International Raceway last week, our friends at EFFORT Racing have formally announced their three-car and driver lineup for the 2013 IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge season. Having achieved four race wins, two pole positions, seven podium finishes, and finishing third overall in points during the 2012 IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge season, EFFORT Racing has been consistently performing at the top of the field.
For the 2013 season, the Angleton, TX based EFFORT Racing team brings back Michael Mills who any regular readers know as our resident hot shoe. New to the EFFORT Racing team for 2013 but not to the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge is Sloan Urry who enters his second season. Also joining EFFORT Racing for the 2013 season is 21 year-old Ashley Freiberg who will be entering her rookie season in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge after a successful start in open wheel racing.
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The Porsche Cayman has been lauded since its introduction for its connected handling, communicative steering and sonorous, flat-six engine. There’s a certain intangible “rightness” I feel when I drive one, like the engineers over in Weissach knew exactly what matters to me as a driver and built a car to meet those needs. It’s a feeling few other cars have ever provided, including even the Cayman’s sister, the Boxster. Short of the stripped-out Spyder variant, the fabric-topped version of Porsche’s mid-engined twins has never quite grabbed me where it matters. That feeling of rightness proved so strong that a few years ago, I threw caution and financial savvy to the wind and picked up an Atlas Gray three-year-old CPO Cayman S of my very own.