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The Porsche Museum looks ahead to its 2019 activities
“50 Years of the 917”, “50 Years of the 914” and “10 Years of the Panamera”
Stuttgart. Three jubilees, one big birthday and a dynamic “Heritage Experience” – 2019 promises several high points for the Porsche Museum. With a commitment to making company history tangible, there will be four-wheeled brand ambassadors not only exhibited at Porscheplatz in Stuttgart Zuffenhausen, but also being deployed at numerous events worldwide again this year.
50 Years of the 917
It’s a jubilee celebration for one of Zuffenhausen’s most powerful model series: the Porsche 917, one of the best-known race cars of all time, was presented to the public for the first time in 1969 at the Geneva Motor Show. Just one year later, Porsche brought home the first of a total of 19 gold medals at the Le Mans 24-hour race. The Porsche Museum will have ten 917 models on display from 14 May to 15 September, in one of its biggest-ever special exhibitions: “Colours of Speed – 50 Years of the 917”. The exhibition will give visitors the chance to see up-close a decisive milestone in the proud racing history of Porsche, as the first Porsche 917 ever built – with chassis number 001 – will be on show. The museum workshop team has been working for years to restore it to its original condition as at its 1969 world premiere.
50 Years of the 914
In the autumn of 1969, the 914 was presented at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt as Germany’s first mid-engined series sports car. There were two variants: the 914 model with four-cylinder engine, as VW Porsche, and the 914/6 with six-cylinder boxer, as Porsche. Fifty years later, the Porsche Museum is dedicating a special exhibition to this series. You can visit “50 Years of the 914 – typically Porsche” from 2 June to 7 July. Furthermore, on Sunday 2 June, 914 owners’ clubs have been invited by the museum to a get-together on the courtyard, with over 120 privately-owned 914 models.
10 years of Panamera
Ten years ago, the sports car manufacturer entered an entirely new market sector with the Panamera, the first four-door Porsche saloon. Presented to the public for the first time in 2009 in Shanghai, the Panamera made use of numerous technical innovations that had never before been available in a luxury series model. The Porsche Museum is working together with the Porsche factory in Leipzig, which is responsible for the entire production process including body production and paint shop, to commemorate the “10 Years of Panamera” jubilee, with a special exhibition amongst other things. Eight exhibits will be on show at the Customer Centre this spring, from the first prototypes to the current model.
The Porsche Museum at Goodwood and the Solitude Racetrack
This year, fans and enthusiasts can rendezvous with the brand if they’re a long way from Porscheplatz, too: The first stop is the Retro Classics classic car fair just outside Stuttgart, where the sports car manufacturer will this year be exhibiting in Hall 1 from 7 to 10 March. The Porsche Museum operates a living “Heritage Experience”, bringing together vehicles, and both former and current racing drivers and developers. Another date in the Porsche Museum diary is the “Festival of Speed” at Goodwood in England, which takes place this year from 4 to 7 July. At the world’s biggest motor sports meeting, Zuffenhausen’s lightest race car will take on the famous “Hillclimb” after a 51-year break. With its thin plastic skin, aluminium frame, beryllium brake discs and spherical fuel tank, the 1968 909 Bergspyder weighs in at just 384 kilogrammes. Porsche entered the race car category of the European Hillclimb Championship with the 909 Bergspyder in 1968. Competing in just two races, it came in second and third.
Race cars and historic models from the company collection will be in force and showing their typical dynamism at the “Solitude Revival” over the weekend of 20 / 21 July. Former racing and factory drivers will drive classic cars from the Porsche Museum on the legendary Solitude Ring in Stuttgart. In a homage to the original route, the 1962 804 Formula 1, the 1960 Monoposto 718 Formula 2 and the 1956 550 Spyder will be driven on roads blocked off for the occasion. Immediately after that event, the Porsche Museum will take part in the “Ennstal Classic” in Austria from 24 to 27 July, with a selection of classic cars. Spectators at the event will witness a very special début: After extensive restoration work by the museum workshop team, the 1969 Porsche 908/2 will run its first kilometres at the city Grand Prix in Gröbming.
To ensure that Porsche fascination can be investigated at leisure, as well as experienced in the metal, the sports car manufacturer will also be in attendance at the Frankfurt Book Fair once more. From 16 to 20 October, “Edition Porsche Museum” will present a wide selection of its own publications as well as various collaborations with publishing houses. Two specific highlights will be extensive reading material relating to the two 50-year jubilees, of the Porsche 917 and 914, both available for purchase in the bookshop and museum shop throughout the year.
Great appearance for the new 911 in the Alps
Zell am See. Porsche has presented the new 911 on snow and ice. After the world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show at the end of November 2018, the eighth generation of the sports car icon was presented Friday 19th January, at the Areit-Alm high above Zell am See in Austria. It was the first appearance of the vehicle away from a motor show. For this, a helicopter flew the new 911 to the Alm, which is located at an altitude of 1,408 metres.
The presentation was accompanied by Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Porsche AG, Albrecht Reimold, Member of the Executive Board responsible for Production and Logistics, the brand ambassadors Walter Röhrl and Mark Webber as well as the works drivers Timo Bernhard and Richard Lietz.
More powerful, faster, digital: the new 911
The new 911 will also set standards in the future in terms of exclusive sportiness, and unmistakably features the Porsche design DNA. Intelligent control and chassis elements as well as innovative assistance systems combine the uncompromising dynamics of the classic rear-engine sports car with the demands of the digital world. The now launched Carrera S models are equipped with further developed flat-six turbocharged engines producing an impressive 331 kW (450 PS). The power is delivered by a newly developed eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. Both S models beat the four-second mark for acceleration from zero to 100 km/h: with the optional Sport Chrono Package, the rear-wheel-drive Coupé needs just 3.5 seconds, while the 911 Carrera 4S with all-wheel drive completes the sprint in 3.4 seconds. The top speeds are 308 km/h (911 Carrera S) and 306 km/h for the all-wheel-drive version.
The 911 Carrera S costs from 120,125 euros in Germany, the 911 Carrera 4S from 127,979 euros; the corresponding Cabriolet variants are available from 134,405 euros or 142,259 euros respectively. The prices include value-added tax and country-specific equipment.
Motor sports spectacle on snow and ice
The presentation took place before the “GP Ice Race” in Zell am See. This is the new edition of the ice race held from 1937 to 1974. The event, which is taking place this Saturday and Sunday at Zell sports airport, offers spectators plenty of motor sports action with historic and current race and rally vehicles – including numerous Porsche models. The around 130 participants who will drift around the 600-metre long ice track include the Le Mans winner Hans-Joachim Stuck as well as the Porsche brand ambassadors Mark Webber and Walter Röhrl.