Andy Lally and John Potter drove #41 TRG Porsche 911 to VICTORY! – This actually took place about a week ago, but I thought I’d throw it in for the budding race fans out there. Lally and Potter beat out all-time KONI victory leader Bill Auberlen in what was called a wild KONI Sports Car Challenge Series race at Watkins Glen. Sounds like the end of the race was a wet one with several cars spinning off the track in the final laps. Lally said of the end of the race, “On the last restart, it was some of the craziest moves I’ve ever seen. We were four wide, door to door. We passed each other three or four times.” [Via PaddockTalk.com]
“I passed a Porsche” – I don’t know why I found this funny. There’s an Expat living in Germany who calls herself WiseWoman. Here’s an experience she had with a Porsche on the Autobahn recently:
Tooling down the two-lane secondary highway this afternoon there was a ton of traffic. And I was behind a Porsche doing 99 in a 100 zone. I waited a bit, nothing happened, but there was space for me to hop over and pass. I did, had to speed up to 110 to get past him, but it worked!
Strangely, the Porsche didn’t pass anyone, even on the autobahn. Must have been a new owner…. [Via wiwowo.blogspot.com]
Open-source hydrogen car…Porsche style – For the last 3 years, Sebastian Piech and other members of the Porsche family have been the financial backing of the development of a hydrogen car. The Riversimple Urban Car weighs 772 pounds with the ability to go 50 mph and a range of over 200 miles. Each wheel has an electric motor that also function as the brakes and electricity generators. 10 prototypes are expected to be released in the UK. Here’s the really cool part. Since the car is “open source” the plans will be posted by the engineering team on their wiki and anyone can lease it for free, modify it, and manufacture their own vehicle. [Via ScientificAmerican.com]
Can’t afford a Porsche? Buy a Hyundai – This is one of the better opening paragraphs to a blog post about a run-of-the-mill Japanese car. Check it out:
So you’ve been window-shopping on Porsche’s Web site, eyeing a new 911. The Carrera S starts at $87,000 and you want it with the seven-speed double-clutch transmission, an additional $4,000. And how could you buy your dream car without the full interior leather package for $2,100?
Then you notice that unopened 401(k) statement on your desk and are reminded that, despite Porsche tastes, you’re on a Hyundai budget. That’s the sound of brakes screeching.
As much as I think Hyundai has overcome many of the inferior product quality problems of their early days and that they provide one of the BEST warranties in the business. I still can’t get over the fact that it’s a Hyundai, and the thought of spending upwards of $30k on a HYUNDAI is just too much. But this blog isn’t about Hyundai (thank goodness). [Via Bloomberg.com]
Angry wife takes the law into her own hands – In Yonkers (should be called bonkers for this story in my opinion), a 64 year old woman who was angry about her husband seeing another woman drove her 2004 Porsche into his 2009 Lexus. The Lexus was parked in his girlfriend’s driveway at the time. After a bit of a tussle, the girlfriend punched the wife in the face. Guess we’ll be seeing some bargains up on eBay on a 2004 Porsche and a 2009 Lexus that are “gently used, but never abused”. Or perhaps another hick video is in the makings right now. [Via LoHud.com]
Volkswagen supports Qatar stake in either VW or Porsche – This is interesting. A VW spokesman said recently, “In principle we view this positively since it would accelerate the process to form an integrated group with 10 brands.” If that’s the case, then why in the world is there so much hassle between the two families in sorting out their own deal?! Doesn’t make sense to me. [Via Reuters.com]
Porsche #2 world’s best luxury cars in Japanese minds – You’d think this would be a Japanese car. Especially since it seems like a majority of Japanese people drive cars like Toyota, Acura and Honda. Turns out the wealthy in Japan see Mercedes-Benz and Porsche respectively filling the first 2 spots. The Luxury Institute conducted a survey of Japanese households with annual income more than $525,000 about their attitudes toward 20 car brands. [Via USAToday.com]