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PorscheNews 03/2008

To the core.

The new 911.

Building sports cars – numerous car manufacturers

are able to do that. But what is the defining essence

of a 911? Besides the reworked classic design,

it’s the pioneering technology it hides. In short: its

inner strength. The new 911.

PDK

Porsche Doppelkupplung – the new double clutch

transmission

Cayenne Transsyberia Rally

7,100 kilometres through desert, mud and dust


Further topics:

The history of the Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK)

transmission

Always one gear ahead.

Porsche Travel Club

A very different experience.

Porsche Exclusive & Tequipment

Something special for the new 911.

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Rounds 5 to 8

O’Young proving the one to beat.

Porsche SC Global Carrera Cup Asia –

Singapore 2008

Singapore’s racers in the fast lane.

Porsche News in Indonesia

Keep yourself updated with the latest news

and events in Indonesia.

To the core.

Dear Porsche Enthusiast,

For many, the 911 triggers emotions – emotions

that last a lifetime – and we’re talking 45 years now.

And the new 911 is no exception to this rule, above

all because it has the inner strength to evolve with

each successive generation.

We would like to introduce you to the new 911:

besides the reworked classic design, it’s the inner

strength that comes from the pioneering technology

it hides – a new generation of engines with direct

fuel injection (DFI) and the new optional double

clutch transmission Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK)

that makes it possible to change gears without

interrupting power supply, lower fuel consumption

and emissions. How? You can find out in the

technology special.

Another article in this edition will show you how the

new 911 can be made into a unique sports car with

Porsche Exclusive and Tequipment – and still stay

100 per cent Porsche.

Finally, if you’re looking for extraordinary motorsport

events in 2008, we recommend you to take a look

at the review of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia

Rounds 5 to 8 and ultimately the special on the

2008 FORMULA 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix.

Last but not least, we will inform you of the latest

Porsche news and happenings in Indonesia. We

hope you enjoy reading this issue.

Herbert Kwee

Executive Chairman


The new 911 Carrera models

How do you combine

efficiency and

dynamism? With inner

strength for instance.

The new 911.

Inner strength in the new 911 comes about first

and foremost through state-of-the-art technology.

For example, with two completely new engines with

direct fuel injection (DFI), the new, optional Porsche

Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission, the intelligent

all-wheel drive Porsche Traction Management (PTM),

and the latest generation of Porsche Communication

Management (PCM).

1. The engines.

Whether it’s the coupé, cabriolet or Targa – all ten

new 911 models have a new generation of engines

with direct fuel injection (DFI). This makes sure

the fuel is directly injected and measured by the

millisecond. Technically, that means optimum

carburetion and combustion. For the driver, that means

a clear increase in performance and torque, and a

clear decrease in fuel consumption and emissions.

Depending on the model, CO 2 emissions can be

reduced by up to 15 %.

The 3.6 litre 6-cylinder horizontally-opposed engine

in the rear of the new 911 now provides 254 kW

(345 bhp) at 6,500 rpm and a maximum torque of

390 Nm at 4,400 rpm. The figures for the S versions

are even more convincing: the 3.8 litre engine

develops 283 kW (385 bhp) at 6,500 rpm and a

maximum torque of 420 Nm at 4,400 rpm.

Porsche Communication Management (PCM)

Now with touch screen.

Porsche Traction Management (PTM)

Power, intelligently distributed.

Direct fuel injection (DFI)

More power with less fuel consumption.

Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK)

dual clutch transmission

Two clutches, double the fun.


2. The intelligent all-wheel-drive.

The new all-wheel-drive 911 Carrera 4 models and

the new 911 Targa 4 models now also have Porsche

Traction Management (PTM). The electronically

steered multi-disc clutch determines the distribution

of the propulsion force to the front axle while taking

the driving conditions into account. The result:

the PTM in collaboration with Porsche Stability

Management (PSM) delivers the correct power

distribution in every driving situation, producing

excellent thrust and outstanding driving dynamics.

The standard mechanical rear differential lock also

assists with this. The advantage of PTM becomes

clearest on wet and snowy roads. The acceleration

potential here is straightforward and simply

breathtaking. The result: a high degree of safety and

outstanding performance, implemented with extreme

intelligence.

3. The Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK)

dual clutch transmission.

The new, optional Porsche Doppelkupplung transmission

(PDK – see also the Technology Special) has seven

gears at its disposal, divided over two transmissions

and two clutches, with manual and automatic modes.

When in gear, the next gear is always preselected in the

911 Carrera: Fuel consumption in l/100 km 1) : urban 15.5*/14.7**; non-urban 7.4*/7.0**; total 10.3*/9.8**; CO 2 emissions 1) in g/km: 242*/230**

911 Carrera S: Fuel consumption in l/100 km 1) : urban 15.9*/15.3**; non-urban 7.6*/7.2**; total 10.6*/10.2**; CO 2 emissions 1) in g/km: 250*/240**

911 Carrera Cabriolet: Fuel consumption in l/100 km 1) : urban 15.6*/14.9**; non-urban 7.5*/7.0**; total 10.4*/9.9**; CO 2 emissions 1) in g/km: 245*/233**

911 Carrera S Cabriolet: Fuel consumption in l/100 km 1) : urban 16.2*/15.5**; non-urban 7.7*/7.3**; total 10.8*/10.3**; CO 2 emissions 1) in g/km: 254*/242**

911 Carrera 4: Fuel consumption in l/100 km 1) : urban 15.9*/15.2**; non-urban 7.7*/7.2**; total 10.6*/10.1**; CO 2 emissions 1) in g/km: 249*/237**

911 Carrera 4S: Fuel consumption in l/100 km 1) : urban 16.5*/15.8**; non-urban 7.9*/7.5**; total 11.0*/10.5**; CO 2 emissions 1) in g/km: 259*/247**

911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet: Fuel consumption in l/100 km 1) : urban 16.2*/15.5**; non-urban 7.8*/7.4**; total 10.8*/10.3**; CO 2 emissions 1) in g/km: 245*/242**

911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet: Fuel consumption in l/100 km 1) : urban 16.8*/16.1**; non-urban 8.0*/7.7**; total 11.2*/10.7**; CO 2 emissions 1) in g/km: 263*/251**

911 Carrera Targa: Fuel consumption in l/100 km 1) : urban 15.9*/15.5**; non-urban 7.7*/7.4**; total 10.6*/10.3**; CO 2 emissions 1) in g/km: 249*/242**

911 Carrera Targa 4S: Fuel consumption in l/100 km 1) : urban 16.5*/15.8**; non-urban 7.9*/7.7**; total 11.0*/10.7**; CO 2 emissions 1) in g/km: 259*/251**

*Manual transmission. **PDK. 1) The data were determined according to the Euro 5 (XXX/2008/EC) measuring procedure in the NEFZ (New European Driving Cycle) in standard equipment.

The final ordinance number was not yet available at the time of printing. 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. Preliminary values, no officially audited values were

available at the time of printing.

other transmission. It is thus possible to switch gears

within milliseconds and without interrupting the power

delivery. PDK therefore achieves clearly better

acceleration rates than a conventional manual

transmission. And that’s with comparable fuel

consumption. Through improved responsiveness,

and thus higher agility, PDK delivers higher driving

pleasure than the previous converter automatic.

Looking at just one example: the 911 Carrera S

with PDK accelerates in just 4.5 seconds from 0 to

100 km/h. In combination with the optional Sport

Chrono Package Plus, new functions can be selected

for the PDK: “Launch Control” for the best possible

acceleration when starting and “Race track shift

strategy” for gear-shifting behaviour similar to race

driving, delivering acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h

in just 4.3 seconds.

4. Porsche Communication

Management (PCM).

Cutting-edge technology is provided in communications

too, with the new, standard Porsche Communication

Management (PCM). This has a touch screen and an

optional universal audio interface for the first time,

for the connection and convenient operation of an

iPod ® for example. Upon request, a TV tuner is also

available for the reception of analogue and digital

television broadcasts. An intuitive operating philosophy

and an optional voice control system with whole-word

entry are all part of the package.

5. The design:

an expression of inner strength.

The new 911’s inner strength does not stem solely

from technological achievements. It also comes from

the consistent linking of design and functionality, as

well as from day-to-day usability and sportiness.

Each element fulfils a specific function and the new

911 also draws its inner strength from this. Gadgetry

is unthinkable and has no place here. The very low

drag coefficient of 0.29 of the new 911 Carrera

is the logical consequence. Standard for all 911

models are the Bi-Xenon headlights. Indicators and

the daylight driving and position lights executed in

LED technology are integrated harmoniously into the

separate front end lights using the exterior air intakes

– for a striking visual effect. The optional dynamic

cornering light has a rotatable module for the dipped

beam – visible technology enabling better vision. Also

newly designed is the rear. The new imposing LED tail

lights are drawn far into the wing and come to a point

at the outer edge. Unmistakable – especially at night.

With all the pioneering technology, one thing remains

undisputed: the new 911 is a 911, because it has

the inner strength to become better with each

generation. n

You can find more information in our web special at:

www.porsche.com


The Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) double clutch transmission

As if one clutch didn’t already provide enough

fun. The Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK)

double clutch transmission.

Multi-plate clutch 1

Engine-/

transmission flange

The Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission

with both manual gearshift and automatic modes

makes extremely fast gear changes possible without

interrupting power delivery. For clearly improved

acceleration and lower fuel consumption – without

having to sacrifice the convenience of a converter

automatic.

Multi-plate clutch 2

Oil pump

Hydraulic control unit

Input shaft 1

Input shaft 2

4th gear 2nd 6 gear

th gear

Drive shaft

Reverse gear

1 st gear

3 rd gear

7 th gear

Main shaft

s The Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) dual clutch transmission

Switching gears in milliseconds.

The new PDK, available upon request for all 911

models, is based on a Porsche development and

caused a sensation in Porsche race cars on the

world’s race tracks back in the 80s. The new

PDK has seven gears; in effect two transmissions

5 th gear

integrated into one housing and – as the name

suggests – two clutches.

The PDK provides an alternating non-positive

connection between the gearbox and the engine by

means of two separate drive shafts (drive shaft 1

is inside the hollowed out drive shaft 2). The power

transmission of the engine thus always runs over

one partial transmission and one clutch, while the

next gear is already engaged in the second partial

transmission. So, when switching gears, shifting no

longer takes place, rather as one clutch is opened,

the other is closed at the same time. Gear changes

therefore take place within milliseconds. Clutch 1

serves the first partial transmission with the odd-

numbered gears (1, 3, 5, 7) as well as the reverse

gear. Clutch 2 operates the second partial transmis-

sion with the even-numbered gears (2, 4, 6).

The operating principle.

The crankshaft transfers the engine torque to the

damped flywheel. Then it is guided over the clutch

housing to the multi-disc clutch – to be more precise

to the respective outer slat members. By means of

t The gears can be changed using switches directly on the PDK steering wheel

oil pressure, clutch 1 closes and creates a power

transmission with drive shaft 1.

The PDK has already preselected the next gear.

The engine torque already bears against the other

outer slat member: at the signal for a gear shift, the

overlapping shifting takes place, i.e. while clutch 1

opens, clutch 2 closes. The power transmission with

drive shaft 2 is produced, which transfers the power

to the wheels.

The advantage of the PDK is extremely fast gear

changes without interruption of power delivery,

for improved acceleration ratios. The driving

experience is even more sporty and dynamic, and

agility is increased. The compact dimensions of the

transmission reduce the rotating masses. The result:

a more direct response from the engine and a lower

system weight. The very high level of efficiency and

the long ratio 7 th gear contribute to achieving lower

fuel consumption ratios and emissions – comparable

to that of a manual transmission. Together with

the new engines, it was possible to reduce fuel

consumption by up to 13%, depending on the

model, and CO 2 emissions by up to 15%. n


Cayenne Transsyberia Rally

7,100 kilometres through desert, mud and

dust in the Cayenne S Transsyberia.

Desert, crushed rock, mud, dust and water:

hard conditions were ahead for the Cayenne S

Transsyberia at the rally of the same name from

11 to 25 July 2008. Over 7,100 kilometres, vehicle

and drivers were confronted with constantly

changing challenges.

Hard – harder – Transsyberia.

Fourteen strenuous stages – the Transsyberia is one

of the hardest challenges in rally sports. Once again

this year, various Porsche customer teams were at

the start. Their most important equipment component:

the Cayenne S Transsyberia. An off-road vehicle, fast,

strong and always prepared to master the most

varying stretches and tests.

The Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia was produced

in a small batch especially for long-distance rally

racing. Based on the experience of the Transsyberia

Rally last year, the off-road vehicle was optimised

for 2008. The modified parts were offered to the

participating customer teams from all over the world

as a conversion kit, so as to guarantee improved

off-road ability and optimise suspension tuning once

again.

The current version of the successful long-distance

vehicle has a reinforced and newly shaped underride

protection. Knobbly off-road tyres by BFGoodrich

increase the ground clearance by an additional

30 millimetres. The higher, reinforced sidewalls

Clearly recognizable in the side view:

The higher, reinforced sidewalls (below left)

Knobbly off-road tyres by BFGoodrich in the size 265/55 R18 R

increase ground clearance by 30 mm (below right)

You will find more information in our web special at:

www.porsche.com

offer more protection from tyre damage, and the

pneumatic spring suspension was newly coordinated.

The Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control system

(PDCC), which compensates for the lateral

inclination in curves through active anti-roll bars,

was especially adapted to the marathon conditions

of the Transsyberia Rally – for optimum side stability

even over difficult ground.

Designed for extreme loads.

The 4.8 litre V8 naturally-aspirated engine continues to

come from the series and puts out 385 hp with direct

fuel injection (DFI). The 6-speed automatic transmission

of the Cayenne S was combined with the shortened

axle transfer of the Cayenne GTS for quick spurts.

Optimal for planning routes, the Porsche navigation

module with Tripmaster determines the route between

two navigation points.

The Cayenne S Transsyberia has a massive safety roll

cage, bucket seats and a 6-point seat belt for the

protection of the driver and the co-pilot. Equipment for

the teams was also supplemented by winches, fire

extinguishers, sand boards, spare wheels, 2-man tents,

insulating mats, ratchet straps and tool boxes. n


The history of the Porsche double clutch transmission

Always one gear ahead: Porsche

Doppelkupplung (PDK) double clutch

transmission.

Porsche engineers have been following a clear

philosophy for 60 years: there is nothing that can’t

be made even better. They develop new ideas. They

scrutinize existing solutions and develop more new

ideas. Porsche started the search for a transmission

concept that had the advantages of a manual

transmission and avoided the disadvantages of an

automatic transmission over 40 years ago.

For fast gear changes in motor

sports.

Back in 1964, Porsche developed its initial double

clutch transmissions shiftable at load, including a

t View of the cockpit of the Porsche 962 C (1987) with PDK transmission

half-automatic 5-speed transmission for the type

908 race car. The development of an automatic

4-speed transmission began in 1968 using the

double clutch principle.

A special feature back then: the electro-hydraulic

control. A computer processed the parameters of

speed, engine rpm and the accelerator pedal’s

position and then calculated the shifting points.

Its use was also tested in the Porsche 911, but, at

the start of the 70s, high-performing electronics to

realize the sensitive clutch control necessary for

serial construction were lacking.

s Supercup in Diepholz (1987): Porsche type 962 C “short rear” with PDK double clutch transmission

1981: the next development stage.

Various versions of double clutch transmissions

were again constructed back in 1979 within the

context of a study conducted on a future sports

car. Starting in 1981, the Porsche Doppelkupplung

(PDK) transmission emerged from this foundation, a

load-changeable, electronically controlled spur gear

system.

Developed for varying purposes, it was tested from

1981 to 1986 in parallel in the Group C race car

Porsche 956, as well as a half and fully automatic

version in Porsche series sports cars. The first trial

use of the direct manual transmission occurred in

1983 in the Group C race car Porsche 956. The

PDK made it possible for the driver to keep on the

gas when shifting gears, and also when cornering.

In 1986, Hans-Joachim Stuck won the Supercup in

the Porsche 962 C with PDK at Nürburgring and at

Hockenheimring. In the same year, he also achieved

a victory at the World Championship race in Monza.

Shifting faster. Everywhere.

Over 40 years of development work in dynamics

have brought Porsche further ahead. In motor sport,

where fast gear-shifting can decide between victory

and defeat and now in everyday usage too, where

acceleration without interrupting power delivery

provides a plus in driving fun: in the new

Porsche 911. n


Porsche Travel Club

Very different experiences.

On the road with the Porsche Travel Club.

Porsche Travel Club – a holiday which offers

everything. Absolutely everything, except boredom.

Created to provide a very special experience in the

world‘s most beautiful landscapes for enthusiasts

of the Porsche brand whether driving a Boxster,

Cayman, 911 or Cayenne. Read about two of the

many fascinating examples:

Desert Camp Dubai.

The 5-day Desert Camp Dubai is a first-rate off-road

adventure. Desert sand, instead of just asphalt roads

and add the attraction of a foreign culture with its

fascinating contrast between eastern tradition and

western modernity.

After arriving at the Dubai International Airport, we

first go via Cayenne Shuttle directly to the Hotel Bab

Al Shams. On three exciting days, under the direction

of the Porsche instructors, participants then experience

moments of exhilaration behind the steering wheel as

Details and other offers from the Porsche Travel Club

can be found at www.porsche.com

they drive through sand dunes, dried out river beds

and take on the most demanding desert excursions.

Many contrasting experiences are included – travelling

in the Porsche Cayenne and on the back of a camel,

and dining in an Arabian Bedouin tent and in one of

the most fashionable restaurants of the Arabian

metropolis.

Camp Portofino.

Portofino, east of Genoa. This picturesque coastal

city offers a unique mix of tradition with the flair of

high society. And plenty of exhilarating roads. The

individual daily stages of the 5-day Camp Portofino

seem as if they were created for a Porsche. They

lead through marvellous mountain roads and minute

villages. What sounds enchanting demands quite a bit

of driving skill: narrow country roads provide highly

demanding driving challenges. Bend follows bend.

The restaurants visited offer pleasures of a different

kind, for example, La Rotonda restaurant set by the

sea. Locations where, after an active day of driving,

you can easily slide into relaxation – reflecting on the

excitement of the day’s experiences. n

Dates:

Camp Portofino

23.10. – 27.10.2008

Desert Camp Dubai:

29.10. – 02.11.2008

03.11. – 07.11.2008

08.11. – 12.11.2008

13.11. – 17.11.2008

18.11. – 22.11.2008

23.11. – 27.11.2008

28.11. – 02.12.2008

03.12. – 07.12.2008


Porsche Exclusive & Tequipment

Something special for a special vehicle.

Porsche Exclusive & Tequipment for

the new 911.

s Especially for vehicles with PDK: the gear selector made of aluminium is

equipped with inserts made of leather in the interior colour

There are no alternatives to a 911. But when it

comes to its finish it’s a different story. Porsche

Exclusive & Tequipment offer many options for

the new 911 and make a unique vehicle in the

truest sense of the word out of what is already

an extraordinary vehicle. From the factory using

Porsche Exclusive. And later, too, using Porsche

Tequipment.

Visually accentuated dynamism.

Starting in October 2008, Porsche Exclusive &

Tequipment will be offering exciting options for

vehicle personalisation for the new 911. This includes

the front air intake grill painted in body colour, which

harmoniously fits into the vehicle design. The grill is

also optionally available in a matt Aluminium Look.

Matching this, the exterior mirror subshells are

available in the matt Aluminium Look as well as the

lateral decorative inscriptions with the respective

model designation. Or alternatively in Guards Red,

Speed Yellow, Black, Carrara White, Orange, Green,

Dark Blue or Meteor Grey. This means an impressive

effect can be achieved with each exterior colour.

The 19-inch Carrera Sport wheels are also eye-

catching – with a wheel centre painted in GT Silver

Metallic, highly polished rim flange and wheel hub

covers with a coloured Porsche Crest. For the

911 Carrera 4 and the 911 Targa 4 models,

starting in November 2008, the wheels are also

available with a lower wheel offset (50 instead of

67). With this option, the previously integrated

17 mm wheel spacers are no longer required.

And inside? Even more individuality as Porsche

Exclusive & Tequipment are opening up exciting

options for the interior too.

To supplement the Aluminium I gear/handbrake

lever, a gear selector was developed for vehicles

with Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission

in a unique design. The aluminium gear selector

comes with leather inserts in the interior colour.

The appurtenant handbrake lever has an aluminium

handle with the Porsche logo and elements that are

covered with leather in the interior colour (available

from 10/2008). The surrounding PDK gate can also

be refined: its trim surround is available either with

s 19-inch Carrera Sport wheel

leather or painted in the exterior colour or Aluminium

Look (available from 01/2009).

Additional options are also available for the instrument

dial of the Sports Chrono stopwatch. It will be available

from September 2008 in the same colours as the

instrument dial for the instrument cluster – in Sand

Beige, Guards Red, Speed Yellow and Carrara White.

Even the seats have something new. Porsche

Tequipment is offering sport bucket seats with

hinged backrests, integrated thorax airbags and

manual fore/aft adjustment as a retrofit option.

The cushion shell consists of plastic reinforced with

glass and carbon fibre with a surface made of face

carbon. They are available in black leather with an

embossed Porsche Crest on the headrests, or in

black fabric (available from October 2008).

Further information about the customisation options

available from Porsche Exclusive & Tequipment can

be found at www.porsche.com. n


Porsche Carrera Cup Asia

O’Young Proving the One to Beat in the

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2008.

Championship leader Darryl O’Young has further

fuelled his hopes of a second Porsche Carrera

Cup Asia (PCCA) title this season with his eighth

straight podium finish, including a win in Round 7

at the notoriously tricky Sentul International

Circuit, Indonesia in July.

Along with GruppeM Racing’s Tim Sugden, O’Young

showed some brilliant driving for Team Jebsen

grabbing the lead from the start of Round 7 and

never giving it up to finish more than three seconds

clear of Sugden who managed to squeeze past

Germany’s ace Christian Menzel of Team StarChase

on the final lap.

t Tim Sugden of GruppeM Racing

But in the following race, Sugden, determined not

to let history repeat itself, made his move on lap

four to snatch the lead and with Australia’s Christian

Jones and O’Young caught up in their own battle, he

was able to pull out a gap at the front and take the

chequered flag.

After being untouchable in Rounds 5 and 6 at the

Zhuhai International Circuit the month prior, Jones,

who set the fastest lap of the race, remained upbeat

despite not taking a win this time round. “Although

I’ve lost points to Darryl in this race, I still believe I’m

in a position to fight for the championship.”

s Christian, Darryl and Tim enjoying their place at the podium

Singapore’s Melvin Choo celebrated a double

victory in searing heat in the two previous rounds

in Zhuhai China, but had to settle for third in Round 7.

Class B pole-sitter Philip Ma of Hong Kong converted

his grid advantage to a victory ahead of Malaysia’s

Tunku Hammam, who later stormed back to take

the win in Round 8.

O’Young now sits comfortably at the top of the

Overall leader board, 11 points clear of Jones

with Sugden another point adrift. In Class B,

Choo remains at the top of the points standings,

ahead of Malaysia’s Tunku Hammam and Australia’s

Paul Tresidder.

Team StarChase with Christian Menzel together with

Ringo Chong of Team Kangshun joined an activity

of the Zhuhai International Circuit and the PCCA to

raise funds for victims of the recent earthquake in

China by treating donors to the ride of a lifetime with

some hot laps in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.

The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is back in action in

September at the inaugural 2008 FORMULA 1

SingTel Singapore Grand Prix, where the drivers will

be amongst the first to compete on the exciting new

Marina Bay street circuit on September 26 – 28. n


Porsche SC Global Carrera Cup Asia – Singapore 2008

Singapore’s Racers in the Fast Lane.

Singapore may be the new kid on the block in

modern Formula One and we have yet to see

homegrown talent race alongside the likes of

Hamilton, Alonso and Raikkonen, but the city is

certainly no stranger to world class motorsport.

Back in 1961 Singapore hosted its first international

motor racing event, the inaugural Singapore Grand

Prix, and the last in 1973 and despite the long

absence, those races left a lasting legacy.

Many teams and drivers fly the flag for the city

state on race tracks across the region, especially

in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, Round 9 of which

is an official support race to the inaugural 2008

FORMULA 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix on

28 September.

Seven of the 19 entries lining up in their identical

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars for this race, sponsored

by leading luxury property developer SC Global

Developments Limited, are closely connected to

Singapore.

Brothers Greg and Gerald Teo, David Lai and

Singapore-based Malaysian Mok Weng Sun race for

Team Porsche Club Singapore Racing; Melvin Choo

for Team Corum ThunderAsia Racing and Ringo

Chong in Class A for professional drivers with Team

Kangshun as well as Matthew Marsh from Hong

Kong for Singapore-based team SC Global Racing.

They will go toe-to-toe with the likes of

Le Mans 24 Hour regular Tim Sugden, German

GT ace Christian Menzel, and Christian Jones, son

of former Formula One World Champion Alan in

fast, furious, no-holds barred racing around the

spectacular Marina Bay 5.067 km street circuit.

Ringo Chong who inherited his passion for racing

from his late father Chong Boon Seng says

September 28, 2008 will be an emotional day, as

was the last Singapore Grand Prix back in 1973:

“My dad raced and finished 2nd in the Sports and

GT cars. I had tears in my eyes when my mom told

me it would be the last race. I didn’t want it to end

as I wanted my dad to be first! I have waited 35

years to race on home ground. My dream is to win

and carry on my family’s legacy.”

Melvin Choo, who is dominating the Porsche Carrera

Cup Asia Class B category this year adds that fans

are in for a real treat. “From what I have seen,

this track is going to become a legend. Thirty

years from now people are still going to remember

this race.”

Just like how Porsche is synonymous with well-built,

highly engineered sports cars designed for ‘real

drivers’ providing the ultimate performance on

the road, SC Global Developments’ philosophy

of delivering ‘The Ultimate Living’ has seen the

realisation of Singapore’s most breathtaking prime

residential properties. Both brands represent the

very top within their respective industries and are

proud to present the Formula One inaugural race

in Singapore. n


Porsche Club Indonesia

Porsche Club Indonesia Experiences Porsche

Carrera Cup Asia Action, Firsthand.

With the air of anticipation on race day, there is

nothing more thrilling than watching all the action,

in the hotly contested Rounds 7 and 8 of the

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, firsthand. So what better

way for the Porsche Club Indonesia to spend their

day, than to do just that.

Organised by the Asian Festival of Speed, the three-

day affair from 18-20 July was held at the 3.96 km

Sentul International Circuit and included practice

sessions, a qualifying round as well as two races.

Early Sunday morning, Porsche Club members were

welcomed to the Porsche Centre Jakarta by Director,

Mr. Sarwono Tjokrowinoto and After Sales Manager,

Mr. I. Made, with goody bags, snacks and drinks.

They were also given the opportunity to mingle and

network before heading off in an impressive convoy

to the Sentul International Circuit.

A police escort paved the way to Sentul International

Circuit where guests were welcomed by Marketing

Manager, Ms. Cynthia Ratna and Porsche Race

Queens, before settling in to watch the 15-lap race.

Television monitors provided a live feed from the race

track and also showed all the action from the pits,

as team Jebsen’s Darryl O’Young and Tim Sugden of

GruppeM Racing dueled for top place on the podium

in Class A.

Porsche Club member Mr. Arief Syaaf was delighted

to be able to enjoy such exciting racing up-close,

and has already cemented plans for a repeat visit

next year. “It’s a must! It was such an incredible

experience to watch the race and enjoy lunch with

everyone. I just hope even more Porsche Club

members will join us for this thrilling event next

time.” n

t Mr. Syaaf and Mr. Simbolon (from left to right) enjoying the hospitality

t Mr. Singgih and wife (from right to left) soaking up the atmosphere at

the Sentul International Circuit

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