- Volkswagen Talking Newspaper Ad from India
- Video: The new Porsche 911 Speedster
- Porsche introduces the new Limted Edition Porsche 911 Speedster
- Audi keeps title fight in the DTM open
Posted: 21 Sep 2010 01:04 PM PDT
Volkswagen brought out this much talked about ad which actually speaks for itself. Facebook, Twitter and the social media is all abuzz!
Posted: 21 Sep 2010 06:15 AM PDT
Posted: 21 Sep 2010 06:03 AM PDT
Very low-slung, very sporty, and very rare: The Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, launches a small edition of a new 911 Speedster. Paying homage to the first Porsche model that bore the name Speedster – the 356 Speedster –, the production run for the new model is limited to 356 cars. The two-seater is significantly different from the other members of the 911 family. In the best tradition, the 60 millimetre lower, more raked windscreen, the flat contour of the sporty-look manual hood, and the characteristic double-bubble hardcover for the soft top define the striking profile of the new 911 Speedster. This makes the body of this rear-wheel drive with its 44 millimetre wider rear stand out even more. The new Porsche 911 Speedster will celebrate its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show in early October.
The new 911 Speedster combines the classic features of this type of Porsche sports car with further improved performance of the current 911 generation: The 3.8-litre flat six delivers 408 hp (300 kW), 23 hp more in comparison with the 911 Carrera S. With its average consumption of 10.3 litres/100 km (27.43 mpg imp) (NEDC), the new Speedster is no less efficient than the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet without Powerkit – an effect of Porsche Intelligent Performance. The seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) is in charge of transmitting power to the rear axle fitted with a standard differential lock. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) are standard, too. Add to that exemplary protection for driver and passengers in the new 911 Speedster. Especially for this model, the Porsche engineers further improved the rollover protection system which is standard in all open-top Porsche cars.
The conception of the current Speedster comes from Porsche Exclusive – the company-owned “enhancer” specialising in individualisation of Porsche cars and small series. The 911 Speedster heralds the 25th anniversary of Porsche Exclusive which will be celebrated in 2011, and once again, demonstrates the small-series competence of Porsche Exclusive after the big success of the 911 Sport Classic.
Living up to the Porsche Exclusive standard, the 911 Speedster features almost all optional equipment of the 911 series and its appeal also comes from its meticulously hand-finished interior in black smooth-finish leather with numerous exterior colour painted details exclusive to the Speedster. These include decorative designs with checkerboard patterns in the seat centre section of the adaptive sports seats reminiscent of a chequered flag, and the leather side bolsters in the exterior colour.
The sporty flavour is further enhanced by the exterior colour “Pure Blue” that has been developed exclusively for the Speedster, providing an intriguing contrast with the tinted front lights, black headlight rings, black windscreen surround and other black decorative designs. Upon request, the Speedster is available in Carrara White, at no extra cost. It also features a special front apron, specific sideskirts and a distinct rear apron.
In 1953, the Speedster series was launched with a puristic sports car based on the Porsche 356, which had two sports bucket seats, doors with slide-in plastic side windows, and a shortened, elegantly curved windscreen. In 1988, the Speedster based on the 911 Carrera celebrated its revival with an added feature. For the first time, the hood compartment lid had the characteristic double bubbles. In 1993/1994, the next evolutionary stage of the 911 Carrera was ushered in with yet another Speedster.
In Germany, the 911 Speedster including country-specific equipment and 19 % VAT is priced at Euro 201,682 and will be launched in December 2010.
Posted: 20 Sep 2010 05:55 AM PDT
The 2010 DTM will be decided at the German finale at Hockenheim on October 17 at the earliest. After clinching third place at Oschersleben Mattias Ekström (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline) is the only Audi driver with chances of winning the title.
Timo Scheider on the other hand, who was on the verge of achieving his third consecutive win at Oschersleben in front of a crowd of 62,000 spectators, is no longer in the race for the title. An early second pit stop put Scheider between the two Mercedes cars that had started from the front row and in front of the leader of the standings, Bruno Spengler. With record laps and a new DTM track record the reigning champion even seemed to be in a position to overtake the quickest in qualifying, Paul di Resta, but a puncture on lap 34 deprived Scheider of a possible victory.
“That was very disappointing,” said Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “We saw the good pace that Timo (Scheider) had. We did all the right things in terms of strategy and put him in a position from which he was able to win. But apparently it just wasn’t meant to be. Unfortunately Timo, of all drivers, was the one to get something in his tire …”
Mattias Ekström, who in his 101st DTM race was unable to keep the pace of the front runners on the first two sets of tires, benefited from Scheider’s misfortune. On the third set the Swede managed to keep Gary Paffett at bay and secured third place. After this result Ekström, with a gap of 26 points and 30 points yet to be awarded, has kept the title fight open, at least mathematically. “There’s no doubt in my mind that ‘Eki’ will give everything until the very end and we’ll give him all the help in the world,” said Dr. Ullrich. “Today we came very close to clinching victory. At Hockenheim we finally want to achieve it.”
With Mike Rockenfeller and Alexandre Prémat in places five and six, Audi Sport Team Phoenix scored points twice. The team based in the Eifel had the two best 2008-specification vehicles at Oschersleben.
Martin Tomczyk in his 100th DTM race scored one point with an eighth-place finish despite having lost important aerodynamics components on the rear of his Audi A4 in a tough duel with Gary Paffett as a result of which he was struggling with a lack of downforce at the rear end.
Oliver Jarvis, who finished in 13th place behind Timo Scheider, was another driver suffering from a vehicle that was damaged in a battle. The Briton was attacked by Gary Paffett on the first lap and pushed into the car of his team colleague Miguel Molina. Due to this chain reaction Molina’s race ended as early as on lap one.
A total loss was suffered by Audi Sport Team Rosberg: Markus Winkelhock hit the kerbs too hard in the fast chicane and spun into the gravel trap. After body contact with David Coulthard Katherine legge parked her A4 in the pits early because the car had become difficult to drive as a result of the damage.
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