Weekly Porsche Wrap

Plymouth ahead of Porsche’s time – I ran across this 1998 Plymouth Pronto Spyder concept car on a USA Today post last week and found the similarities to a Porsche-style car very interesting. The Pronto Spyder was revealed at the 1998 Detroit Auto Show and Chrysler seemed pretty set on putting it into production at the time. It was to be powered by a supercharged 2.4-liter, 16-valve engine producing 225 hp. It was a mid-engine setup. Porsche’s latest iteration of the Spyder is much cooler. [Via USAToday.com]

An interview with Porsche South Africa CEO Toby Venter – I find this particularly interesting. South Africa doesn’t seem like much of a market for Porsche, but the interview clearly paints a different picture. It’s always exciting to hear about how Porsche is expanding into previously untapped markets. Check out the picture of the Porsche dealership in the linked post. [Via Blogs.TimesLive.co.za]

Porsche-VW merger may get delayed until post-2011 – Reuters is reporting that the merger between the two companies may get delayed until after 2011 due to tax liabilities and hedge fund lawsuits pending against Porsche and it’s former execs. Ahhh the bumpy merger road. Rides a bit rougher in a sports car. [Via Autoblog.com]

Create a Porsche 959 for Need for Speed World – This is a pretty sweet contest EA launched last week. You can submit a model of a Porsche 959 and if yours is selected, it will be included as a drivable car in Need for Speed World when the game launches this year. To make it even better, Porsche is allowing the winning entrant to get credit for the car. So crank up those mad design skills and get an entry quickly since the deadline is April 25th. If you’re interested, check out the full details via the link. [Via EA.com]

Good read on the Porsche 930 Flachbau – Still one of my favorite cars of all time, the 80’s Porsche 911 Turbo slantnose took the 911 Turbo a step further. This article in European Car is worth the quick read and will bring back fond memories for anyone with recollection of the 1980’s super car craze. [Via EuropeanCarWeb.com]