Weekly Porsche Wrap

Not a lot happening the past couple of weeks Porsche news wise. This is what I found at least mildly interesting this past week.

Porsche left out of Gran Turismo 5 – Die hard race/driving sim fans the world over are going to be left Porscheless in the latest version of Gran Turismo. Everything from Corvettes to Mercedes-Benz will be in the new game with over 950 cars to choose from set in 20 locations with 70 layouts, but NO Porsche. A spokesman cited “licensing issues” as the reason Porsche wasn’t included. Too bad. Gran Tursimo has some unbelievably life-like cars to choose from. Guess all the gamer geeks will have to save their pennies for the real thing. [Via PS3center.net]

2010 Porsche factory drivers announced – In an effort to at least dip a toe in racing this year, thanks in part by James O’s challenge to take in a race, here are the factory drivers for the 2010 season:

Marc Lieb and Richard Lietz will again compete in the Le Mans Series for the Felbermayr-Proton team, while Patrick Pilet will compete with IMSA Performance Matmut.

Jorg Bergmeister and Patrick Long return to defend their American Le Mans Series title with Flying Lizard Motorsports while Wolf Henzler will compete for the Falken Tire team, while Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas will fly the flag for Porsche in the Nurburgring 24 Hours. [Quote from Crash.net]

At least I’ve got a few names to try and keep up with. Most of the Porsche factory drivers will make their season debut in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. [Via Crash.net]

Fit the punishment to the size of the crime pocketbook? – I thought this was a pretty interesting article in response to the man fined $290,000 recently in Switzerland for speeding. The crazy thing was, he was only doing something like 30 mph over the speed limit. Excessive? Sure, but not crazy fast. In 2007, the laws in Switzerland were changed to let judges determine fines based on a person’s income and wealth for moderate misdemeanors. This includes excessive speeding and drunk driving. It’s an interesting concept to fine people in a way that will actually cause them to think twice about committing the violation again. Would probably do wonders in helping people take traffic violations more seriously. [Via TheStar.com]


  1. Does that mean if I got caught doing 30 over through the streets of Switzerland that they’d only fine me like $2?