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Fri, Feb 14th - 4:45AM

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Celebrating the Porsche Sports Cars; the car that combines performance, practicality and the very safest of road manners.

First Porsche Resurfaces After 112 Years

The recently rediscovered "first Porsche in the world" may resemble an old horse-drawn carriage but was a technological marvel for its time. It included a compact electric drive weighing 286 pounds and could chug along at 22 mph. The car was found in an Austrian warehouse where it had apparently been left untouched since 1902.

As for the car's history, according to Porsche:

"The owner of 'K.K. Hofwagenfabrik Jacob Lohner & Comp.' had a wide range of interests, and in the face of declining sales of his luxurious carriages had come to the logical conclusion that the age of the horse and carriage was coming to an end. ... He came to the decision that he needed to start manufacturing petrol and electric vehicles. ...

"The result of Ferdinand Porsche's vision, the 'Egger-Lohner C.2 electric vehicle,' rolled onto the streets of Vienna for the first time on June 26, 1898, and Ferdinand Porsche made sure that he would take credit for the vehicle's design in a most unusual manner: He engraved the code 'P1' (P for Porsche, number 1) onto all of the key components, thus giving the vehicle its unofficial name."

The car's first serious test came in a race for electric cars in September 1899. The contestants had to complete 24 miles with three passengers on board. Ferdinand Porsche piloted the P1 across the finish line 18 minutes ahead of the second-place racer, the car company's history shows. Perhaps more important, P1 was among fewer than half the racers able to finish. The others dropped out because of technical problems.

The P1 was discovered last year in a warehouse at an undisclosed location in Austria. It was then bought by one of Ferdinand Porsche's living relatives for the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany where it's now on display.

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Mon, Mar 4th - 10:05AM

Porsche - A Brief History
By Rubel Zaman

When a Porsche is mentioned or talked about, what comes to most people's minds in the Porsche 911 as it is and has been the most popular model that Porsche has manufactured. However, there is a lot of history, a lot of it probably unknown, about Porsche that may surprise some people.

Porsche, or rather its founder Professor Ferdinand Porsche, actually designed and developed the Volkswagen for Germany under his then company entitled Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche GmbH. Ferdinand PorscheThe Volkswagen was actually the first assignment given to Professor Porsche from the government, given to him in 1931. During World War II, Ferdinand Porsche also developed plans and developments for war machines including tanks and other heavy military equipment, all while still producing Volkswagens. Some of the Volkswagens were actually made into military vehicles as well, before becoming the popular 'Beatle' that was sold to the people.

When the Volkswagen production fell to the British after the war, around 1945, Ferdinand Porsche also lost his chairman position. December of 1945, Ferdinand Porsche was imprisoned for war crimes in Dijon, France. It was during this time that his son, Ferry Porsche, really made the scene and began what is now the huge care manufacturer Porsche is today.

Ferry was actually born during the time that his father had been participating in a race. Throughout the years, he helped his father with designs and even spent a short time in prison for war crimes as well, although he was never charged with anything and was released right away. However, with his father in prison, Ferry needed to find a way to earn money and he needed a car. So, he started designing is own car and that car is what became known as the Porsche 356 and is still today considered to be the very first Porsche made.

Porsche remained owner of the company for many decades, only sharing the title with his son-in-law so that they owned the majority of the company. As time went by, more and more of the fast and sleek cars were entered into races and winning with shinning colors. This meant production needed to be stepped up to produce more cars, especially in Porsche's nine series which has gained and still gains so much attention and popularity.

Although suffering through gas prices, the war and a host of other conditions as most other auto manufacturers' did, Porsche was still able to rally against the hard times and continue to build and improve on their cars. Porsche's company logo was actually the coat of arms that belonged to the state of Wurttemberg, Germany, a Free State.

Porsche has definitely went through some changes from the time Professor Ferdinand developed his love for racing. Through times of war when they designed and developed Volkswagens and some military vehicles, to the imprisonment of Professor Ferdinand Porsche while his son took over and built the very first Porsche, the history of this vast empire has shown just how much this favorite racing sports car has endured to be the hit it is today.

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Wed, Feb 6th - 4:50AM

The New Cayman S With Forged Porsche Rims and New Design
By Douglas Cougevan

While Porsche may be known for its high-end and iconic 911, its sporty Cayenne SUV, Panamera luxury sedan, and even its sporty Boxster convertible, one model that is hidden in the lineup is the Cayman S. The Cayman S is often the forgotten model due to the fact that the 911 has been the optimum car in terms of performance, while the Boxster is regarded as being one of the best convertibles. Since it was first introduced in 2005, the sports car has been carving out a niche with its mid-engined layout and superb weight balance. At the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show at the end of November, the German automaker introduced the new third-generation of the model and showcased the new Cayman S. The new model now features a new design, powerful and efficient engine, new technology, and new Porsche rims made from forged aluminum.

One of the special aspects about the Cayman S has always been its mid-engined layout as opposed to the 911's rear- and the Panamera and Cayenne's front-engine drivetrain layouts. This enables for a better weight distribution between the front and rear Porsche rims for optimum balance. In the new Cayman S, the German automaker has designed a new flat-six cylinder, naturally aspirated engine that utilizes new dry sump lubrication, automatic stop/start functions, electronic recuperation, low-friction internals, and Direct Fuel Injection to efficiently produce power with less carbon dioxide emissions. The new engine is capable of sending 3255 hp at 7,400 rpm and 273 lb.-ft. between 4,500 and 5,800 rpm to each of the rear Porsche rims.

The power is sent through either a six-speed manual or seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission. With the manual the Cayman S model can accelerate to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds while the PDK-equipped models do the same sprint to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. Models equipped with both PDK and the optional Sport Chrono package can accelerate to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds. Top speed for all variants is regulated to 175 or 174 mph.

Much of the chassis was redesigned to benefit the mid-engined layout and utilize a wider rack, longer wheelbase, and shorter overhangs, along with stability management systems, innovative steel brakes with monobloc calipers, and forged Porsche rims. New Torque Vectoring, Active Suspension Management, and Dynamic Transmission Mounts can be installed as part of the new technology offered in the sports car.

Much of the exterior of the Porsche Cayman S has been reformed. The car now wears sculpted and muscular bodywork in a sleek silhouette. New front air intakes are worn at the front and rear fenders, while the rear boasts a spoiler that generates more downforce and a bumper that recalls designs of Porsche race cars.

The new Cayman S model will be available from Porsche in Germany in the spring of 2013.

Douglas Cougevan is a contributing writer at COR Wheels. COR Wheels specializes in Porsche rims in forged and split spoke designs.

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Sun, Jul 22nd - 4:59AM

Porsche Boxster

The first-generation Porsche Boxster was introduced in late 1996 to replace the Porsche 968; it was powered by a 2.5 litre flat six-cylinder engine. In 2005, Porsche unveiled the second generation of Boxster: the type 987. The third generation Boxster (type 981) was launched at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

The Porsche Boxster is a mid-engined roadster and is Porsche's first road vehicle to be originally designed as a roadster since the 550 Spyder produced from 1953-1956..

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Mon, Jul 16th - 4:37AM

Porsche 911 (996)

The Porsche 911 Carrera that was sold between 1998 and 2005 had the internal designation of Porsche 996. At its debut, it featured the most significant changes to the 911 model since its 1963 introduction with a water-cooled engine replacing the previously air-cooled engine. The 996 also had all new body work and interior.

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