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PorscheNews 04/08

The new Panamera is coming.

4 doors, 4 seats-redefined. The 4th dimension. It makes

the quartet complete. After 911, Boxster/Cayman and

Cayenne follows the 4th series: a Gran Tourismo in the

premium class. The new Panamera.

The Cayenne S Transsyberia

The new special Cayenne model

The Transsyberia Rally

First six places for Porsche

Porsche Motorsports

Looking back at the ALMS 2008 season

Further topics:

Porsche Design Driver’s Selection

Exclusive gift ideas.

The Porsche 961

For the first time, all-wheel drive in Le Mans.

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia

Porsche racing comes to Singapore.

Round 9 to 12 in Singapore, Shanghai and Bahrain.

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia makes history with

first flight.

Porsche Training and Recruitment Center Asia

First batch of students completes training.

Porsche News in Malaysia

Keep yourself up-to-date with the latest news and

events in Malaysia.

Dear Porsche Enthusiast,

Rarely has a new car been so eagerly awaited.

Rarely has there been so much speculation

beforehand. Now we are pleased to lift the secret

and tell you more about the Panamera idea, deriving

from a successful family environment and to show

you the first pictures of the new Panamera.

However first read about the success that the

Porsche Cayenne has claimed this year in the

Transsyberia Rally – one of the most demanding

motorsport adventures in the world. Once again,

the Porsche Cayenne proved itself in this competition

with all first six places gained by Porsche! The genes

of the competition vehicle are used directly in the

special Cayenne S Transsyberia model.

Furthermore, we will report on the final rounds of

the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia that happened in

Singapore, Shanghai and Bahrain. This also includes

a story on the exciting and exclusive side events that

led up to the debut of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia

in Singapore and the first-ever air transportation of

the 911 GT3 Cup Cars.

Also read about Porsche After Sales which made

history with the first batch of graduates from the

Porsche Training and Recruitment Center Asia.

And we will inform you of the latest Porsche news

and happenings in Malaysia.

As an eventful 2008 has drawn to a close and an

exciting new year awaits, we would like to take the

opportunity to wish you a very happy and prosperous

New Year!

Allan Pillai

Chief Operating Officer

Off-road with a Porsche?

This is a concept we’ve been

pursuing for over 40 years.

Porsche is motorsport, notching up more than

28,000 race victories in the past six decades. For

the most part this has been on asphalt, but also

on gravel, snow, sand and mud. But we wanted to

do more. The result: the first Porsche with all-wheel

drive. In 1984 the 911 Carrera 4x4 won the infamous

Paris-Dakar Rally. The 959 achieved the same in

1986 with a double victory. And to this very day the

success on the world’s rally courses continues: now

the Cayenne is also proving its motorsport genes

with its successes.

The Transsyberia Rally is one of the most demanding

motorsport adventures in the world. And yet the

course is actually very simple, starting from Moscow

always heading east for 14 days. This year was no

exception with 14 days full of tension, despair, team

spirit and laughs.

But it was also 14 days in which the two core

principles of Porsche customer sports clearly came

to the forefront: on the one hand, we support

customers who are motorsport enthusiasts. On

the other, from the most diverse races, we use the

lessons learned in our standard production vehicles.

From this concept, the Cayenne S Transsyberia was

developed as an addition to the Cayenne model range.

A special model adopting numerous features from the

vehicle that competed in the Transsyberia Rally 2008.

Where should a sports car drive?

In front. No matter where.

The heart of the Cayenne S Transsyberia stems from

the Cayenne GTS. The 4.8-litre V8 naturally aspirated

engine with direct fuel injection (DFI) and VarioCam

Plus offers greater performance than the Cayenne S.

In addition, the reworked naturally aspirated system

and modifications to the engine electronics deliver

higher performance while simultaneously achieving

higher efficiency.

Engine outputs are 298 kW (405 hp) at 6,500 rpm

and a maximum torque of 500 Nm at 3,500 rpm.

Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h with manual

transmission takes only 6.1 s.

The sporty 6-speed manual transmission reliably

implements the power of the engine. The shortened

axle ratio compared to the Cayenne S is standard.

It increases the agility of the Cayenne S Transsyberia

further still. The equally standard sports exhaust

system delivers rich sound.

Off-road the Cayenne S Transsyberia is as a sporty

and reliable companion.

The standard Porsche Traction Management (PTM)

consists of permanent all-wheel drive, which, in basic

mode, distributes 62% of the engine power to the

The Cayenne S Transsyberia

rear wheels and 38% to the front wheels. The

distribution ratio can be varied via a controlled

centre differential lock depending on the driving

situation. You can lock the centre differential lock

to 100% for the most difficult terrain.

There are very few things you can

immediately recognize under a layer

of mud.

The Cayenne series models already stand for powerful

dynamics. This was pursued further with the

Cayenne S Transsyberia, most obvious in its colour

concept with elements in the respective contrasting

colour. This is reminiscent of our long motorsport

tradition, and, upon request, this gives the special

model that eye-catching look of the competition


Four colour variations are available: Black/Orange,

Crystal Silver Metallic/Orange, Meteor Grey Metallic/

Crystal Silver Metallic and Black/Meteor Grey Metallic.

Elements in the contrasting colour: the exterior

mirrors, the lateral fins of the front air intake grill,

the lateral decorative inscriptions, the top part of

the roof spoiler and the 18-inch Cayenne S II wheels.

It’s enough if the track is tough.

The interior also emphasises the proximity of the

Cayenne S Transsyberia to the competition vehicle.

The sports seats with a comfort memory package

are standard. They offer firm cornering support and

their seat centres are made of non-slip Alcantara.

The contrasting colour concept continues in the

interior with the trim, belts, instrument dials and

the edges of the floor mats. The “Sport” series

aluminium package is standard with the colour

variations Meteor Grey Metallic/Crystal Silver

Metallic and Black/Meteor Grey Metallic.

The Cayenne S Transsyberia appears more direct

and more eye-catching. But that’s how it is if you not

only grow up on the road, but also off-road. n

Cayenne S Transsyberia: Fuel consumption in l/100 km 1) : urban 22.6*/20.6**; non-urban 10.9*/10.2**; total 15.1*/13.9**; CO 2 emissions in g/km 1) : 361*/332**

1) The data were determined according to the 80/1268/EEC measuring procedure (version valid at time of printing) with standard equipment. The information does not refer

to a single vehicle and is not a part of the offer; rather it serves solely for the purpose of comparison between the various vehicle types. You can receive further information

on the individual vehicles from your Porsche Centre/dealer.

* Manual transmission. ** Tiptronic S.

The 2008 Transsyberia Rally

From Moscow to Mongolia:

The 2008 Transsyberia Rally.

7,000 kilometres in 14 days – the Transsyberia Rally

is one of the toughest challenges in Rally sports.

Always heading east: from the metropolis of Moscow

through the Siberian steppes to the Gobi Desert. Here

arriving is all that counts – if at all possible in first


14 stages and 12 special tests

in 14 days.

The route led through Siberia, over the Urals and into

the expanses of Mongolia. Fourteen daily stages

through daunting terrain used all the abilities and skills

of the participants and their vehicles. The special tests

led through forests, water ditches and mud holes.

Mud instead of asphalt.

After crossing the border into Mongolia, the first note

in the road book read: “End of asphalt”. And indeed

asphalt was nowhere to be found until shortly before

the destination city of Ulaanbaatar. After entering the

country, the route led through barren steppe country

and over steep, rocky dirt roads and hot stages in

desert sand.

And each day brought new surprises: the stretch for

a sand test appeared to be in good condition at

first – until a stormy front put the paths under water

within minutes, making them soggy and impassable.

And the rest of the route right up to the end

destination provided the participants with new and

exciting challenges again and again.

The toughest challenges for man

and vehicle.

After 14 days, 14 stages, 12 special tests and

7,000 kilometres, 21 of the 34 teams that started

arrived in the Mongolian capital city of Ulaanbaatar.

There the winners were announced. Twelve teams

arrived at the destination with the Cayenne S

Transsyberia and achieved great success: not only

first place was gained by a team in the Porsche

Cayenne S Transsyberia – the Porsche customer

teams achieved all the first six places. Behind Team

France (1 st place), also driving

to success with the Cayenne S Transsyberia were

Team Iberica, Team Porsche Germany 1, Team

Portuguese, Porsche Russia Team 1 and Team

Porsche Germany 2. No less impressive is the fact

that all stage victories of the Transsyberia Rally

were driven by a team in the Porsche Cayenne S

Transsyberia. n

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The new Panamera is coming

Ideas are like children.

They need a family environment.

We have very clear ideas about how we develop and produce our vehicles, because they have to fulfill the high

demands we place on ourselves. It’s all about quality, environmental protection and safety. And of course

fascination. The result? Extraordinary sports cars that embody the passion of Porsche engineers. Originating

from an idea, realized at Porsche. Discover a few of our best ideas to date in this article, including the latest:

a redefinition of the topic 4 doors, 4 seats. The new Panamera.

Only three digits can describe this

feeling. The 911 idea.

Icons, legends, the benchmark. The 911. With each

new generation it’s a bit ahead of its time. Yet it

remains timeless. At the same time, we’ve never

really changed its core, because we continue to

be convinced of its concept.

Can a sports car be a roadster?

Yes. If it’s a Porsche.

The Boxster idea.

The basic idea came from the Porsche family. Over

50 years ago, Ferry Porsche had already developed

a concept that had made the 550 Spyder into one

of the most successful race cars of its time: mid-

mounted engine, light-weight construction, low

centre of gravity.

Such good features are a gift, but converting good

features into top performance is hard work. The result:

like hardly any other vehicle, the Boxster stands for

the sporty interpretation of open driving.

In every family there’s someone

who’s different. The Cayman idea.

As an exception, we have allowed ourselves to

be guided by what’s wild inside of us. And by our

experience. The result: the Cayman. A sports coupé

on the other side of conformism, because it unites

contradictions. A striking design and a high level of

day-to-day usability, for example. A vehicle that clearly

and directly stands for the sports car experience.

After all, it’s instantly Porsche.

Outside traditional categories.

The Cayenne idea.

Only he who tries the impossible again and again

will achieve the possible. No idea is too crazy for us.

The result: the Cayenne. A vehicle just like this never

existed before. Some describe the Cayenne as an all-

terrain vehicle. Others as a sport utility vehicle (SUV).

Actually, it doesn’t fit into any category. Most

importantly, it’s typically Porsche.

The 4 th dimension.

The Panamera idea.

It makes the quartet complete. After 911, Boxster/

Cayman and Cayenne follows the 4 th series: a Gran

Turismo in the premium class.

The idea: a redefinition of the 4 doors, 4 seats

concept. The Panamera will have a generous offering

of interior space, and at the same time the dynamic

look of a sports car: its body is flat and broad. And

just as breathtaking as its performance.

Its comfort – with all its sportiness – is high. Typical

Porsche characteristics such as performance and

driving dynamics on the one hand as well as long-

distance comfort and day-to-day usability on the other

hand ensure that the Panamera does justice to its

roots: after all, its name is derived from the legendary

Carrera Panamericana long-distance race.

Nothing is stronger than an idea whose time has


The new Panamera is coming.

Seldom has a Porsche been so impatiently anticipated.

But all this waiting has come to an end: the new

Panamera is coming.

Stay tuned to the new Panamera – we will be happy

to keep you up-to-date.

Simply send us the enclosed response card. And look

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The Porsche 961

With all-wheel drive in Le Mans:

the Porsche 961.

The successes of the Paris-Dakar Rally in 1986

motivated the Porsche engineers to develop a new

super sports car. For the first time ever, an

all-wheel drive Porsche was to enter the high-calibre

Le Mans race.

Zuffenhausen in the spring of 1986: after the

Porsche 959 had already come in first, second

and sixth in January at the Paris-Dakar Rally, the

Weissach engineers worked under high pressure

on another version of the super sports car. Beside

the series versions of the 959 introduced in 1985,

Porsche also wanted to prove the versatility of the

technological showpiece fitted with all-wheel drive

and bi-turbo progressive supercharging on the race

circuit. The name of the race car project realised

from February to May 1986 under the direction of

Roland Ku maul: Porsche type 961. With this car,

t Group photo of the Porsche types 959 Paris-Dakar, 959 Coupe and Porsche 961 (1986)

Porsche wanted to have an all-wheel drive race car

at the starting line for the first time in the history of

the 24-hour Le Mans Race.

At the starting line with over 600 hp.

The race car was prepared according to the rules

of the IMSA-GTX category, since up until the start

of the race on 31 May 1986 the 200 series vehicles

of the 959 required for the homologation in

Group B had not yet been completed. All the same,

only relatively few interventions were necessary to

turn the road-approved Porsche 959 into a true-blue

Le Mans race car. For example, the transmission

and brake callipers corresponded to that of the

standard version of the 959. Special attention was

paid to the aerodynamics of the weight-optimised

plastic body, which was completely designed for

Porsche type 961 in Le Mans 1987

maximum downforce. The engine performance was

optimised with a focus on reliability to a steady 640

hp with 7800/min – almost 200 hp more than the

standard version.

Success in white.

The Porsche 961 was piloted by the race car

drivers Ren Metge and Claude Ballot-Lena for the

24 hours of the 1986 Le Mans. Since no sponsor

could be acquired at such short notice, the 961

went to the starting line in the traditional German

racing colour “white”. After a nearly error-free

race, the unusual Porsche placed seventh in the

overall ranking among the technically superior

Group C race cars and won in the IMSA-GTX class

category. After being raced again at a sprint in

Daytona in October of 1986, the Porsche 961

also completed the Stuttgart factory team in 1987

at the 24-hour Le Mans race. However, this was

less fortunate than before. Now painted in

the colours of the sponsor Rothman, the 961

prematurely left the race after 17 hours due to a

driver error. Nonetheless, this race was a success

for Porsche. In addition to the overall victory by

the Porsche 962, the 961 – used as a “rolling

development laboratory” – delivered numerous

findings for serial construction. n

American Le Mans Series

Results of the American Le Mans Series 2008:

Porsche takes all championship titles.

The American Le Mans Series finished dramatically in

the final race at Laguna Seca, CA. Porsche’s string of

successes in recent years continued unabated: driver,

team and the manufacturers’ championship in LMP2

and in the GT2 class are all in the bag.

Successful season kick-off in Florida.

The American Le Mans Series (ALMS) is modelled

on the classic 24-hour race of Le Mans. The

championship is decided over 11 races during the

season in various classes. This season began with

a triumph for Porsche: the RS Spyder came out as

overall winner in the legendary 12 hours of Sebring,

making this the 18 th victory overall in this traditional

long distance race.

Five victories for the Porsche

RS Spyder and victory in the

efficiency rating.

Altogether, the RS Spyder was able to chalk up five

wins in the American Le Mans Series. This was not

least due to technological advances: for example,

direct fuel injection (DFI) was introduced during the

season. Thanks to this, the performance of the

RS Spyder jumped from 478 hp to 503 hp, while at

the same time cutting consumption. Consequently,

among the prototypes in the penultimate race of

ALMS 2008, Porsche took the chequered flag at the

“Petit Le Mans” in the “Green Challenge”, a special

rating for the most fuel efficient car. This technology

is also used in the series: for example, the new 911

and Cayenne models likewise have engines with

direct fuel injection (DFI).

t Porsche RS Spyder in Sebring, USA (ALMS season 2008)

s Porsche GT3 RSR and RS Spyder in Salt Lake City, USA (ALMS season 2008)

Season ends with all championship

titles won by Porsche.

In 2008, Porsche was once again the most

successful manufacturer in the American Le Mans

Series. At the season’s finale in Laguna Seca,

Porsche secured the manufacturer title in the

prototype class LMP2 and also in the GT2 sports

car class, and thereby took all titles it was eligible

for. In the final race, third place for Timo Bernhard

and Romain Dumas in the Porsche RS Spyder was

sufficient to take the manufacturer title. Timo

Bernhard summed up the exhausting season as

follows: “That was the toughest season of my

career. We succeeded in winning every title only

because we consistently scored points in every


Porsche triumphs in Europe, too.

The European Le Mans series also offers first rate

motor sport with full starting fields featuring the world’s

fastest LMP1, LMP2, GT1 and GT2 sports cars.

For the first time in the 2008 season, the three

RS Spyders complemented the line-up of the existing

911 GT3 RSR customer teams in the European

Le Mans series. The debut itself was a complete

success. Van Merksteijn Motorsport, Team Essex

and Horag took the first three places in the team

rating with class victories in all five races, and

the title for Porsche in the manufacturer rating in

the LMP2 class. Among the 911 GT3 RSR teams,

Felbermayer-Proton took second place in the

championship in the close-to-production GT2

class with Porsche factory drivers Marc Lieb and

Alex Davision.

Porsche, along with all the winners, is delighted with

this triumphant season and would like to thank the

teams and partners. n

Porsche Racing Comes to Singapore

Porsche Racing Comes to Singapore.

Singapore put itself firmly on the motorsport

map with the recent Porsche SC Global Carrera

Cup Asia – Singapore 2008 race leading up to

the sensational first ever Formula One night race

around the Marina Bay street circuit.

The electrifying build up had the whole of the

nation feeling the need for speed with a myriad

of activities, contests and displays to give local

fans and motorsport enthusiasts a taste for the

extraordinary excitement of the Porsche Carrera

Cup Asia.

Listeners got to know more about the Porsche

Carrera Cup Asia series and about the Singapore

related teams and drivers through interviews on

radio’s Class95 Morning Show with Glenn Ong in the

weeks leading up to the race.

Lucky radio contests winners were able to get a

first hand appreciation of being behind the wheel

through a simulator challenge where they tested

their virtual racing mettle against some of the series

drivers in Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars.

Members of the Singaporean media and the radio

contest winners went wheel-to-wheel with 2004

PCCA Champion, SC Global Racing’s Matthew

t Melvin Choo, Matthew Marsh and Ringo Chong (from left to right) at the slot car

challenge at Bugis Junction Shopping Mall on September 20, 2008

s In the fast lane – Greg and brother Gerald (left and in the middle) racing at

Bugis Junction on September 25, 2008

Marsh, along with Ringo Chong, and Team Porsche

Club Singapore racers Greg and Gerald Teo. Lucky

winner Muhammad Faris Bin Abdul Mutalib walked

away with two, 3-day grandstand tickets for the

2008 FORMULA 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix.

Another exhilarating challenge saw 15 contest

winners plus members of the local media pit their

wits against some of the top drivers in the Porsche

SC Global Carrera Cup Asia – Singapore 2008 Slot

Car Challenge on 20 and 25 September. These

events held at Bugis Junction Mall attracted a big

crowd and the contenders who emerged as the

champions could take home a pair of grandstand

tickets as well as an Adidas gift voucher, while the

s The Prime Society at Dempsey Hill in Singapore – host of the PCCA

Welcome Dinner

winner of the second event could also walk away

with a customised Mobil 1 race helmet.

To mark this exciting grand PCCA Singapore debut

in style, more than 200 special guests including

PCCA drivers and teams, representatives of the

series partners, Porsche Asia Pacific as well as the

motorsport department of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG

attended a dinner party hosted by The Prime Society,

Dempsey Road on 25 September.

After welcome speeches by Christer Ekberg,

Managing Director of Porsche Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

and Ingrid Prasatya, Founder and Director of The

Prime Society, guests tucked into a delicious feast

prepared by guest chef Damon Amos, from Brisbane’s

award-winning steakhouse, Cha Cha Char’s. Everyone

t Gourmet brunch served at the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel InterContinental

also enjoyed the live jazz entertainment and special

drinks that were created exclusively for this event.

A perfect start to the following race weekend from

26 to 28 September in Singapore.

Meanwhile fans were able to get up close to the

real deal – a stunning quartet of Porsches including

a 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, a Boxster, a Cayman S

and a Cayenne GTS on display at the lobby area

of the Hotel InterContinental from 25 September to

1 October.

In preparation to an exciting race day, the PCCA

organisation welcomed over 500 guests including

PCCA drivers and team members, sponsors and

special guests such as Wolfgang Duerheimer,

Executive Vice President Research & Development

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Karsono Kwee, Executive

Chairman of Porsche Centre Singapore and Simon

Cheong, Chairman and CEO of event title partner

SC Global Developments to enjoy a relaxed brunch

at the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel InterContinental.

Later that evening more than 100,000 spectators

lined the streets of the Marina Bay Circuit for this

highly anticipated Round 9 contest. Read more

about the results of this race and the season finals

on the following pages. n

t Special guests: Karsono Kwee, Simon Cheong, Christer Ekberg,

Dr Andreas Offermann and Wolfgang Duerheimer (from left to right)

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia

s The Porsche SC Global Carrera Cup Asia – Singapore 2008 blasting off the grid

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia –

A Thrilling End to 2008.

When racing resumed in the fall, it was with a

moment the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, its teams

and drivers will never forget, as they took their place

in motorsport history at the 2008 Formula 1

SingTel Singapore Grand Prix.

With an event title sponsor on board, Singapore

leading luxury residential property developer SC

Global Developments, 19 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars

took to the grid for Porsche Asia Pacific’s first ever

“home” race on the streets of Singapore.

Not only were the eyes of the world on Singapore as

it hosted its first ever Formula One Grand Prix, but

the brand new Marina Bay street circuit represented

a level playing field for all the drivers.

Resplendent in new Noble Group livery, Sugden

took Singapore’s first Porsche pole position, while

O’Young, just a tenth of a second slower, lined up

beside him. Class B pole-sitter was Hammam.

The drama began from the moment the lights

went out at the beginning of the 12-lap race when

Sugden was judged to have jumped the start. The

GruppeM racer was not aware he had been handed

a penalty until after the chequered flag and so it

was O’Young, who ran second the entire race, who

became the eventual winner. Although he didn’t

have the satisfaction of crossing the line first, the

points earned for the win crucially strengthened

Team Jebsen’s position at the front of the charge

to the title.

In their home event, the Singapore drivers put on a

strong showing in Class B, with Choo winning the

category from Hammam and Team Porsche Club

Singapore Racing guest driver Tan Ian Mao.

As the 2008 season neared its conclusion, anyone

who thought a clear champion would emerge could

not have been wider off the mark. A spectacular

Round 10 in Shanghai, the third time the 2008

series appeared on the FIA Formula One World

Championship support programme, brought the four

Class A title contenders even closer together.

Sugden took pole position ahead of Jones, beating

the Australian by just three one-hundredths of a

second. O’Young qualified fourth. In Class B, it was

category leader Choo who took pole, ahead of rivals

Hammam and Ma.

As race day dawned, little did the drivers know that

the Class A championship standings were about to be

completely reshuffled.

Although Sugden and Jones took the front row of the

grid, it was Menzel who roared into the lead after the

pair touched, with the Briton spinning and dropping

down the order. As Menzel headed off to take victory,

Jones, who had sustained some car damage in this

start incident, soldiered on to take second, with Lee

taking the final podium place.

Sugden had clawed his way back through the field to

finish fourth, keeping him in championship contention.

However, disaster had struck O’Young when

t Christian Jones, Marchy Lee and Christian Menzel (from left to right) celebrating

their victories in Shanghai

s Part of the Marina Bay Street Circuit – the Anderson bridge

suspension problems forced a pit stop, instantly

wiping out his hard-earned points lead.

The four Class A drivers were now separated by

just seven points.

In Class B, Hammam took the victory after pole-

sitter Choo retired, followed across the line by

Tresidder and Ma. Despite his retirement, Choo

retained his place atop the Class B leaderboard,

but as in Class A, the title was far from decided.

As the series prepared for its Middle East debut

and the championship-deciding double header, a

mere seven points separated the four Class A title

aspirants: Jones, who came so close to taking the

title in 2007, out to prove his sportscar credentials;

O’Young in the hunt for a second title; Menzel,

respected in Europe and determined to make his

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia

mark in Asia; and Sugden, defending champion. The

stage was set for a truly remarkable season-closer.

For its Middle East debut just three weeks after

racing in Shanghai, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia

needed to transport the cars from Singapore

to Bahrain in double-quick time. With the help of

Singapore Airlines Cargo, the 19 race cars became

the first fleet of Carrera Cup cars to be transported

by air.

The weekend’s qualifying session offered further

proof that the championship would come down to

the wire in the very last race, when all four Class A

championship-contenders reserved the first two rows

of the grid for the start of Round 11. On pole was

Menzel, joined in the front row by O’Young. Jones

and Sugden comprised the second row, while Marsh

matched his best qualifying position of the season to

start from fifth on the grid. In Class B, it was class-

leader Choo who took pole, extending his lead over

Hammam with the one extra point earned.

t Season final at the Bahrain International Circuit

Round 11 got off to what Sugden described as a

more well-behaved start than he had anticipated given

the intensity of the situation. Menzel got away well, but

by the end of the lap, O’Young had pulled alongside

of him and seconds later, made a crucial overtaking

maneuver to grab the lead. While Menzel stayed

close, O’Young stayed out front to take the victory.

O’Young’s win vaulted him to the top of the points

standings, with Jones, who finished fourth in the race,

now second. However, with Sugden finishing third,

all four original contenders were all still in with a shot

at the title, separated by just eight points. With just

a few short hours until the final round of the season,

tension filled the air.

Choo won Class B ahead of Hammam and Kim and,

with the win, Choo’s buffer stood at six points.

On pole for the final round – and for the championship

– O’Young lost the lead to Menzel on the first corner

of the first lap. Behind the pair, Jones continued to

push in third, with Sugden and Lee running fourth and

fifth respectively.

As Menzel and O’Young pulled out a gap at the front,

the battle for the final podium place was heating up.

At first it looked to be Jones, but the Australian’s

hopes were sadly dashed as Sugden and Lee both

got by him.

Secure in the knowledge a second place finish would

clinch the title for him and Team Jebsen, O’Young

was taking no chances. So it was Sugden and Lee,

fighting for third, who provided the best racing of the

weekend. The two went head-to-head, racing hard

but fair, right to the chequered flag, with Sugden

roaring into third place on the finish line. Jones’

championship fate was sealed.

Class B was no less dramatic. Choo was forced out

of the race early. With his retirement, the title was

Hammam’s for the taking and the Malaysian finished

the championship ahead of both Choo and Tresidder.

With the champions crowned, the celebrations got

underway and all involved were able to reflect on

a fantastic season, one which will certainly not be

forgotten. n

Final Standings Overall

s PCCA 2008 overall Champion – Darryl O’ Young of Team Jebsen from Hong Kong

s Championship Dinner at the Awali Ballroom at Sheraton Bahraion Hotel

Place Car No. Driver Team Points

1 55 Darryl O’YOUNG Team Jebsen 196

2 99 Christian MENZEL Team StarChase 194

3 88 Tim SUGDEN GruppeM Racing 186

Final Standings Class B

1 51 Tunku HAMMAM – 203

2 69 Melvin CHOO Kwok Ming CorumThunderAsia Racing 189

3 23 Paul TRESIDDER Pelorus Property Group/Assetz 174

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Makes History

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Makes History

with First Flight.

As the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia continues to

expand its motorsport horizons further yet, the

first-ever air transportation of the impressive fleet

of 19 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racing cars took place

on November 2. Singapore Airlines Cargo flew the

valuable freight to the Middle East for the season

grand finale at the Bahrain International Circuit,

the first time ever that racecars from a Carrera

Cup series have been transported by air anywhere

in the world.

On November 2, the cars departed Singapore’s

Changi International Airport on a chartered

Singapore Airlines Cargo Boeing 747-400 freighter,

and arrived the following day in plenty of time for the

season finale which was held on November 7 and 8.

Though the race cars are usually transported by

sea freight, the tight turnaround time of less than

t The 911 GT3 Cup cars ready for boarding

three weeks from the Formula One support event

in Shanghai to the season-closer and the distance

to the Middle East, meant that the Porsche Carrera

Cup Asia took to the air for the first time in its


Singapore Airlines Cargo was pleased to play an

important part of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia


“For the first time in the history of the Porsche

Carrera Cup Asia, race cars were transported by air

to Bahrain after the race in Shanghai,” Mr. Tan Tiow

Kor, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing for

Singapore Airlines Cargo said. “The Porsche brand

is world-renowned for its technical and service

excellence, and we are very pleased to know, that

in selecting Singapore Airlines Cargo to transport

their race cars, we have met Porsche’s exacting

service requirements. We are proud of this

association and look forward to grow our

partnership with Porsche.”

On November 1st, the cars arrived by sea from

Shanghai and were unloaded at Changi Airport in

Singapore. Each of the 19 cars had to be prepared

for the flight to ensure that they fully complied with

aviation safety regulations. All fuel was emptied

from the cars, and batteries disconnected.

The following day, once prepared, the cars were

loaded through the front and side of the plane - with

five double-decked car racks and the remaining nine

cars and equipment on a single level – and checked

to ensure they were all safely secured. Two

operations executives from series partner Racing

Logistics International (RLI) traveled with the cargo

to ensure all went well in-flight.

After the 7.5-hour direct flight to Bahrain, the cars

were unloaded onto trucks, transported by road,

and arrived in their paddock at the track at 4 a.m.

on November 3rd.

Awaiting the cars in the paddock were the crack

team of engineers and mechanics from Malaysia’s

EKS Motorsport, who ensured all 19 cars will be

in pristine race condition for when the teams and

drivers arrive at the track.

t Arrival at the Bahrain International Circuit

s The PCCA race cars entering the cabinet

The 19 cars amounted to approximately 22 tonnes

of cargo, while another 28 tonnes were allocated

for spare parts and equipment.

“For so many cars, it’s relatively light because

each car is so light,” Dr. Henrik Dreier, Porsche

Asia Pacific’s Regional Manager Marketing said.

“In the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, we have a fully-

comprehensive ‘Arrive and Drive’ concept. Our

spare parts are centrally managed as are all the

logistics, including transportation of cars, parts and

equipment. This allows us to maximise efficiency

and costs.”

The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia drivers bid their cars

farewell in Shanghai and were then set to see them

again more than 6,800 kilometres and just two

weeks later, shining, in perfect technical condition

and ready to race at the Bahrain International

Circuit. Porsche just gave “arrive and drive” a whole

new meaning! n

Porsche After Sales

First batch of students completes training

at the Porsche Training and Recruitment

Center Asia.

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Porsche Asia Pacific,

PGA Cars, the official Porsche importer in the

Philippines, and Don Bosco Technical Institute

were proud to launch the Porsche Training and

Recruitment Center Asia (PTRCA) on 2 April 2008,

offering a six-month training programme on Porsche

Service Mechatronics. Upon completion of the

programme, trainees, most of whom are less-

privileged youths, will graduate with a world-class

technical training and are assured employment

abroad at selected Porsche Centres worldwide.

Now, PTRCA is proud to present its first batch of

16 graduates.

t The first batch of 16 graduates of PTRCA

To get the programme off the ground, training

premises were set-up at at Porsche Centre

Philippines. The training room is equipped with

modern audio visual presentation technology and can

be converted into a practical engine training room to

facilitate for a better learning experience. The PTRCA

is also equipped with up-to-date diagnostic equipment

and is fully authorised to carry out all maintenance

and repair works in accordance to international

manufacturer standards. In addition to that,

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Porsche Asia Pacific

and PGA Cars also donated a new Porsche Training

s Gaining theoretical knowledge is one part of the programme

classroom to the Don Bosco Technical Institute which

will be used as an engine testing room.

In an effort to supplement their technical know-

how, Berlitz, an internationally renowned language

institution established 130 years ago, was engaged

to teach them English, communication skills and

intercultural training. The scholars also honed their

computer skills and familiarised themselves with the

Porsche After Sales related systems and Internet


Aside from the comprehensive course equipping

the scholars with theory and practical knowledge,

PTRCA also aims to inculcate in their scholars the

importance of teamwork. One such example was

seen in the team building activity “float race” where

these scholars had to come together and design,

plan the build-up, delegate tasks and finally erect a

bamboo raft for an exciting team competition.

With the well-rounded training and education received,

graduates can look forward to using their newly-

found skills their advantage when they leave PTRCA.

In fact, Reynaldo Labasan Cornejo Jr, a graduate

from the first batch of the programme, has been

s Team building activity “float race”

s Hands-on demonstration on a real boxer engine

employed by Al Nobooda Automobiles in Dubai. When

asked about his new appointment, he is ecstatic

about the opportunity and thanked his instructors for

making a positive impact on him and preparing him

for his new post.

The inauguration of PTRCA signifies Porsche’s

commitment to providing customers with only the

finest vehicles in the world, backed by its superior

and excellent After Sales service. As of now, the 2nd

batch of scholars has already started their six-month

technical training and they can certainly look forward

to more challenges and opportunities ahead. n

Porsche in Malaysia

The Stars come out for the Launch

of the new 911.

The recent launch of the new Porsche 911 second

generation in Malaysia was a truly stellar event

– and not just because of the star quality of the

latest version of this iconic sports car.

Special guest Dato’ Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor,

the first Malaysian to go into space when he

was launched to the International Space Station

aboard Soyuz TMA-11 with the Expedition 16 crew

in October 2007, was on hand to unveil the car

together with CEO of Jaseri Automotive Group,

Dato’ Mokhzani Mahathir.

Close to 200 invited guests including famous FM

hosts Phat Fabes and Ben, as well as members of

the media attended the highly anticipated event in the

Grand Auditorium at the Kuala Lumpur Performing

Arts Centre, Sentul.

Throughout its 45 year history, the 911 has come

to represent the best in technological performance

and uncompromised handling thanks to Porsche’s

unwavering commitment to technological


t The astronaut giving a thumbs-up for the new 911

s Dr. Henrik Dreier presenting the technological highlights of the new 911

Porsche Asia Pacific Regional Manager Marketing,

Dr. Henrik Dreier enlightened guests about the

latest technology featured in the new 911 – the

Direct Fuel Injection system and the new Porsche

Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission system.

Chairman of Jaseri Automotive Group, Dato’ Mokhzani

Mahathir went on to add that it gave him much

pleasure to see Porsche enthusiasts in Malaysia

being able to realise their 911 dreams.

“It is not just an icon with stunning appeal, but the

combination of the consistent application of cutting

edge technology with the rear engine and rear-wheel

drive – that is and will always remain the 911. Add

the unmistakeable infinity silhouette and – of course

– a level of engineering which leaves nothing to

chance,” he commented.

In Malaysia, over the last 3 years, the 911 has

captured nearly 55% of the sports car segment

and with the constant technological and design

refinements, it is likely the 911 will continue to remain

the leader of its segment for many years to come.

The new 911 Carrera is priced from RM854,000.

Please see the facing page for more pricing details. n

Porsche Price List

Model Price (RM)* Cylinders/





Power (hp)/


Torque (Nm)/


Max Speed

km/h 1)




km/h 1)

Boxster 520,000.00 Flat 6 2,687 245/6,500 273/4,600 - 6,000 251 7.0

Boxster S 602,000.00 Flat 6 3,387 295/6,250 340/4,400 - 6,000 264 6.1

Cayman 556,000.00 Flat 6 2,687 245/6,500 273/4,600 - 6,000 251 7.0

Cayman S 669,000.00 Flat 6 3,387 295/6,250 340/4,400 - 6,000 264 6.1

Carrera 854,000.00 Flat 6 3,614 345/6,500 390/4,400 287 4.7

Carrera S 946,000.00 Flat 6 3,800 385/6,500 420/4,400 300 4.5

Carrera Cabriolet 947,000.00 Flat 6 3,614 345/6,500 390/4,400 287 4.9

Carrera S Cabriolet 1,032,000.00 Flat 6 3,800 385/6,500 420/4,400 300 4.7

Carrera 4 915,000.00 Flat 6 3,614 345/6,500 390/4,400 282 4.8

Carrera 4S 997,000.00 Flat 6 3,800 345/6,500 420/4,400 295 4.5

Carrera 4 Cabriolet 997,000.00 Flat 6 3,614 345/6,500 390/4,400 282 5.0

Carrera 4S Cabriolet 1,087,000.00 Flat 6 3,800 385/6,500 420/4,400 295 4.7

911 Targa 4 978,000.00 Flat 6 3,614 345/6,500 390/4,400 282 5.0

911 Targa 4S 1,080,000.00 Flat 6 3,800 385/6,500 420/4,400 295 4.7

911 Turbo 1,373,000.00 Flat 6


911 Turbo Cabriolet 1,409,000.00 Flat 6


911 GT2 1,720,000.00 Flat 6


3,600 480/6,000 620/1,950 - 5,000

(680/2,100 - 4,000

with overboost)

3,600 480/6,000 620/1,950 - 5,000

(680/2,100 - 4,000

with overboost)

310 3.7

310 3.8

3,600 530/6,500 680/2,200 - 4,500 329 3.7

Cayenne 650,000.00 V6 3,598 290/6,200 385/3,000 227 8.5

Cayenne S 771,000.00 V8 4,806 385/6,200 500/3,500 250 6.8

Cayenne GTS 861,000.00 V8 4,806 405/6,500 500/3,500 251 6.5

Cayenne Turbo 1,115,000.00 V8


Cayenne Turbo S 1,380,000.00 V8


Jaseri Automotive Group Sdn Bhd – Porsche Official Importer, Malaysia

4,806 500/6,000 700/2,250 - 4,500 275 5.1

4,806 550/6,000 750/2,250 - 4,500 280 4.8

* As at 1 October 2008. All prices shown include all applicable duties and taxes and exclude registration fees, road tax and insurance.

The importer reserves the right to amend vehicle prices when required without prior notice. The prices contained herein are correct at time of print.

1) For automatic transmission version except 911 GT2.

In Malaysia, all orders signed for new car deliveries from any Porsche Centre would be entitled to a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty plus another

2-year extended warranty. Terms and conditions apply.

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