Porsche celebrates class victory and wins environmental classification
A successful start to the American Le Mans Series season for Porsche: At the Sebring 12 hour race, Porsche clinched two victories with the Porsche RS Spyder in the sports prototype LMP2 class and the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in the environmental classification, the Michelin Green X Challenge. The sports car from Weissach proved to be the vehicle that demonstrated the best overall efficiency and fuel consumption at the long distance classic in Florida.
New York – Porsche shot to the top of a closely watched study of long-term vehicle dependability, overtaking U.S. and Japanese rivals, J.D. Power and Associates said Thursday.
The German sports car brand took the No. 1 spot in the annual study, which gave it ninth place last year. Lincoln came in second, while Buick and Lexus tied for third. Mercury and Toyota rounded out the top five.
Structural changes affect profit of Porsche SE
Stuttgart. Porsche Automobil Holding SE, Stuttgart, can report a favorable operational trend of its holdings in the first half of the 2009/10 fiscal year ending 31 July 2010. The Porsche Zwischenholding GmbH group including mainly the Porsche AG recorded in the reporting period a double-digit return on sales with an operating profit of 329 million euro. Revenue increased by 3.7 percent in relation to the comparative period of the prior year to 3.16 billion euro. Unit sales fell 1.7 percent to 33,670 vehicles. The Volkswagen group has been included in the half-yearly financial report of the Porsche SE with the result for the period from 1 July 2009 to 31 December 2009. On this basis, the Volkswagen group sold 3,302,144 vehicles in the first half of the 2009/10 fiscal year. With revenue of 54.0 billion euro, the operating profit comes to 615 million euro.
Perfect start to the season for René Rast
Notching up two victories on the Bahrain International Circuit, René Rast from Germany kicked off the new season of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. After winning the season-opener on Saturday he repeated his success in Sunday’s race with the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup fielded by Al Faisal Lechner Racing ahead of his Dutch teammate Jeroen Bleekemolen. Third position went to Supercup newcomer Nicholas Tandy (Konrad Motorsport) from Great Britain. Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, and Wolfgang Dürheimer, Member of the Executive Board for Research and Development, handed the winners their trophies.
Almost 10 years ago to the day, RUF began to fill niches in the market with the, at that time new, water-cooled Porsche models. The first RUF RGT was based on the Porsche 996. It used the 3.6 litre engine from the GT3 as the base with the crankcase from the air-cooled 3.6 litre engines. The engine delivered 283kW (385bhp). The car itself ran on 18 inch RUF alloy wheels and the narrow body was optimised aerodynamically. The vehicle was fitted with a discrete but functional integrated roll cage.