Welcome to the Porsche Club of America’s Werks Reunion Amelia Island.
Porsche Club of America (PCA) welcomes all Porsche clubs, owners, and enthusiasts to the first annual Werks Reunion Amelia Island on March 10, the Friday preceding the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance on Friday March 10th, 2017.
Werks Reunion was created by the Porsche Club of America as an event to celebrate both the Porsche marque as well as the camaraderie of being an enthusiast. This is not a contest of who has removed dust from the deepest crevices in their Porsche but rather a judged show that rewards a Porsche that has been lovingly maintained and presents itself well on the field. Our judges do not use Porsche Parade Concours score sheets but rather rank the cars according to certain attributes discussed prior to judging. For those who do not wish to have their cars judged, you may display in the model specific corrals or if the organizers see fit, on the judged field itself. There are no score sheets returned or protest committees. This is a casual gathering of Porsche enthusiasts focused on having fun rather than solely competition.
Membership in PCA is not required to participate in this celebration of Porsche automobiles. Expect to view a breathtaking array of Porsches at this free-to-spectators event, from rare classics to current models and everything in between. Display your own cherished car in model-specific Porsche Corrals or enter the Porsche Judged field and compete to win in more than 20 prize categories.
Porsche owners looking to compete will have the opportunity to enter their car in the Judged event. From original to modified outlaws, our goal is a welcoming event that will dazzle competitors & spectators alike. Judging classes & rules will be available at a later date. Special, one-of-a-kind trophies are being made just for this event. Porsche owners who do not enter the Judged event will have the opportunity to show off their pride and joy in the model specific Porsche only parking corral.
This year we have a goal of a stunning display of more than 500 Porsches, access to dozens of vendors, and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow car enthusiasts. The 2017 show will feature the latest Porsches, special vehicle presentations, celebrity guests, and a surprise or two.
***Spectators, guests, spouses do not need to register. Only owners of Porsches entering the Judged field or parking in the Porsche corral need to register.***
Corral Parking (Porsche Only) fee is $50 per car, includes an event goodie bag, reserved parking space, and automatically entered into special sponsor awards.
Judged Field Participation (Porsche Only) fee is $75 per car. Also includes goodie bag, reserved parking space, commemorative goodies and and automatically entered into special sponsor awards.
To Register your Porsche for the event, go to www. motorsportreg.com.
Registration ends on February 13, 2017 11:59 PM EST
Spectators are still welcome and free to attend.
About Porsche Club of America: With over 119,000 members, PCA is the largest single-marque car club in the world. We know the unbridled joy that a Porsche can provide, and have built a community around that very feeling. PCA offers driving experiences, technical assistance, and camaraderie that are second to none. Go to pca.org for more information.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Porsche listened to its customers’ pleas when it decided to make the new 911 R that debuted today at the Geneva International Motor Show. It takes the 500-horsepower naturally aspirated flat six from the GT3 RS, pairs it with the chassis and suspension of the GT3 and a six-speed manual, and shows drivers a good time rather than the quickest lap time.
Like the 911 R that came before it in 1967, the new one is the lightest in the model line weighing in at 3,021 pounds — a far cry from the original’s curb weight of 1,715 pounds but 110 pounds lighter than the RS. That low weight and high power gets the R to 60 miles per hour from a standstill in 3.7 seconds. You may note that’s slower to 60 than both the GT3 and GT3 RS, presumably due to the time it takes to manually change gears. But the narrow body, little Carrera-type spoiler that deploys automatically at speed, and R-specific rear diffuser all contribute to the car’s balance at 200 mph. Yes, the 911 R is the fastest current 911 and the first to reach the 200 mph barrier since the 997-generation GT2 RS. That’s due to less drag on the R’s clean shape, which is devoid of massive spoilers.
One can view the top speed as a byproduct of Porsche’s commitment to give customers the best naturally aspirated flat six it has available in a narrow, simple body because, as Porsche states, the 911 R was built for the corners.
One curious bit of technology on this back-to-basics 911 is the rear axle steering system. Apparently Porsche deemed it beneficial to the driving experience despite the extra weight it adds. The 20-inch center-lock wheels are straight off the GT3 and wrapped in the same 245-millimeter front and 305-mm rear rubber. Porsche’s ceramic composite brakes with massive diameters of 16.1 inches up front and 15.4 inches at the rear are standard, lowering unsprung weight while providing more than enough stopping power.
It should be noted the six-speed manual features a single-mass flywheel, which is lighter and provides crisper throttle response than a dual-mass unit. It also contributes to a sound that imparts the restless demeanor prominent in the 997-gen GT3 RS: gear rattle at idle.
The 911 R distinguishes itself from the Carrera visually with the front and rear fascias from the GT3 plus that prominent rear diffuser. The indented, lightweight magnesium roof from the GT3 RS is also present, while those normal-looking front fenders are actually carbon fiber. Customers may opt for Porsche script on the side of the car below the doors and between the wheels as well as red or green racing stripes that signify the car’s connection to the original 911 R.
Inside occupants are treated to carbon fiber bucket seats with retro houndstooth center inserts. Rear seats are absent. The sport steering wheel is unique to the R, with no rotary dial to adjust engine response and shock settings. The “Sport” button on the center console, as in the Cayman GT4, does nothing but activate automatic rev matching on downshifts, ensuring a mostly analog driving experience. Standard spec also eschews a radio and air conditioning in the name of weight savings, though they can be added at no charge. Like the GT3 RS, the R features straps in place of handles to open the doors. Porsche says even more sound deadening has been removed from the R, resulting in a bit less weight and more ambient noises entering the cabin (such as the beautiful sounds of the flat six).
If you want a 911 R of your own, act fast to secure one of the 991 that will be built — chances are it’ll sell out extremely quickly. Porsche says the 911 R can be ordered now and will reach dealership showrooms in the summer. MSRP is $184,900, excluding the $1,050 destination fee.
Porsche CEO, Dr Oliver Blume, has revealed that the company will spend one billion Euros* (just under $1.1 million at today’s exchange rates) putting the Mission E concept into production by the end of this decade. The all-electric car will be built at Zuffenhausen, which is receiving the lion’s share – €700 million – of total investment.
“We are not just experimenting around to see what comes out of it,” says Blume. “We’re investing heavily in our future because we are convinced of doing the right thing at the right time. The next few years will see a new paint shop and a separate assembly plant in Zuffenhausen. The existing engine plant will be expanded for the production of electric drives. In addition, we will be extending the existing body shop. All together, more than 1000 jobs will be created there.”
Low Oil Prices vs Mission E Electric Vehicles
Newspaper headlines predicting the end of electric vehicles thanks to low oil prices continue to sound ridiculous to most straight thinking people, and Blume is on the same page. “You don’t have to be a clairvoyant to predict that the oil price will go up again. The current trend is deceptive.
“We don’t want to and can’t reverse the developments [already made] – we have no choice. Our innovations are the crucial factor. They are what it all depends on. Market leadership does not come from subsidies but from superior technology. Once we have it, everything comes automatically.”
Is Porsche really targeting market leadership in electric vehicles? If yes, could it ever get there? Porsche has no plans to dilute its brand by bringing small or medium electric cars to market but, by continuing to stretch its hybrid and pure electric expertise in premium product development and fitting that technology to the ultimate cars of the future, Porsche will pick up opportunities to licence derivations of its electric powertrains elsewhere, in much the same way as the company licenced patented transmission synchros for decades. No doubt Porsche electric drivetrain technology will also inform cheaper hybrid and full-electric powertrains used by other brands within the Volkswagen parent company.
How Much is a Billion?
*UK readers informed mainly by 1960s road test articles note that one billion is now accepted to equate to one thousand million and that the ‘British Billion’ – a million million – is now classed as one trillion. Denis Healey officially adopted the thousand-million billion for UK Treasury reporting in the 1970s (apparently).