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Porschenews 04/2009 Unleashed. The new Boxster Spyder.

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PorscheNews 04/2009

Unleashed.

The new Boxster Spyder.

Stripping an idea to its essence. Transforming old

values into new standards. Completely reworking

the concept of a car that’s long been revered as a

classic. Aren’t these all contradictions in terms?

Quite the opposite. These are precisely the principles

that inspired our engineers in their process of

transforming a long-held dream into reality. The

dream of a roadster, but a roadster that was new and

unique. More authentic, more sporty, more …

unleashed … than ever before. The dream of the

Boxster Spyder.

The new 911 Sport Classic

Who said monuments always have to be

immovable?

Consistently lightweight design

The new 911 GT3 RS.

Porsche Tequipment

SportDesign Package Boxster.


Further themes:

Successful 1969 season

The Porsche 908.

Porsche Design Driver‘s Selection

Fascination for all: gift ideas from the Porsche

Design Driver‘s Selection.

Changi Airport Race

The first ever Porsche GT3 Cup versus

Boeing 747 race.

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia

A spectacular showing continues in Rounds 9 - 11.

Spotlight on Training in the Asia Pacific Region

After Sales and Sales Training Programmes

Porsche News Vietnam

Keep yourself up-to-date with the latest news

and events in Vietnam.

The ultimate in sportiness.

The new Boxster Spyder.

Dear Friends of Porsche,

We’re proud to present the new Boxster Spyder. The

quintessence of what makes a roadster so special.

Authentic. Ruthlessly stamping out conventions

and creature comforts. Focused on the road and

the driver’s hunger for dynamics. In other words, a

roadster that unleashes powers.

The Porsche 911, the epitome of the sports car,

fascinated all who saw it once it was unveiled in 1963,

and has lost none of its charisma since. The two

latest versions prove this once again. The 911 Sport

Classic, available in a strictly limited edition of 250,

demonstrates the skill of Porsche Exclusive. And the

new 911 GT3 RS enhances performance intelligently

– by making use of lightweight design and materials.

Also in this edition, discover the SportDesign

Package to create a distinctive, unique image for

your Boxster or Boxster S.

Find out how history was created with the exhilarating

first ever car versus jetliner race in Asia, involving a

911 GT3 Cup car and a Jett8 Airlines Boeing 747 –

a landmark event to celebrate the launch of the new

generation 911 GT3 in the Asia Pacific region.

Catch up on the latest motorsport action with the

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Round 9 held in Singapore

in September, and Rounds 10 & 11 held in Shanghai

in November. Finally, find out the latest news and

happenings in Vietnam.

Enjoy reading – and a good start to 2010!

Andreas Klingler

General Director


The ultimate Boxster.

The new Boxster Spyder.

A sports car that stands for authentic driving experience? No more, no less? In times when the primary

focus of attention is directed to obligations, duties, common sense and comfort? That’s right. Our engineers

held fast to the Porsche tradition. And the result is the new Boxster Spyder.

More striking, more sinewy and more sporty than ever.

That is to say, it could only be a Porsche. The primary

goal was naturally to increase performance. But with

intelligence. Not simply piling a few horsepower on

top, but instead making sure that every ounce pulls

its weight.

And at the same time, never losing sight of the fact

that the drivers’ needs are paramount. Their urge to

live out their personal sporting bent, for instance. Or

to demonstrate their severely purist attitude to the

outside world. Their demand: throw out the comfort

that holds you back. The result: a manual hood instead

of an electrically operated folding top. No aircon. No

radio. No cupholder.

Two luggage compartments represent the greatest

concession to comfort and convenience. Other features:

aluminium doors. Special 19“ wheels in lightweight

design. 320 hp. Chassis lowered by 20 mm. Sleek,

sporty bodywork. Mechanical rear-differential lock.

And a design that not only captures this combination

of power, sporty dynamism, purism and efficiency.

But actually continues to strip it to its essence.

The Design.

Driving a Boxster Spyder is not a decision – it’s

personal dedication. To limitless driving pleasure.

To the heart of the matter for roadster enthusiasts:

dynamics you can feel. And see.

As always, our designers set themselves the loftiest

standards. The goal: to communicate a clear,

distinctive message at a single glance. To show

the outside world what awaits the driver: genuine

authenticity. High-precision power. The ultimate in

unleashed emotion. How? By applying a principle

that is woven through the entire history of Porsche:

consistently lightweight design – or, to put it more

accurately, intelligent performance.

Let’s take the most obvious example: a sunroof

replaces the electric folding roof. The rear end is

dominated by two striking, sleekly curving elements

Interior view of the new Boxster Spyder Sunroof

Centre console and 6-gear shift lever

The new Boxster Spyder

reminiscent of two powerful muscles, which serve as

a visual continuation of the black-painted rollover bars

when the hood is down and improve aerodynamics

when the open-top car is on the road.

Venturing along new design paths. For us, this also

means looking back into the past. Back to the times

when driving a roadster was still thought of as a

challenge – and one preferably to be tackled in a

Porsche. Even the paintwork on the Boxster Spyder

is a nod to a long tradition: purist Carrara white

echoes the racing history which is inextricably

linked to the Porsche name, and the Porsche logo

on the wing clearly references the 1960s. A further

reminiscence is the fixed spoiler, a dramatic statement

that underlines the power of the rear end.

3-spoke sports steering wheel with paddle shifters


The new Boxster Spyder

The drive system.

More performance equals more driving dynamism?

A formula that was always too simplistic for our

engineers. The power-to-weight ratio has counted the

most with Porsche throughout more than 60 years of

sports car design. This is the relation between low

weight – for outstanding agility – and high power – for

exceptional performance, and it’s exactly the reason

why, after saving 80 kilograms on the design, the

engineering team added a 3.4 litre boxer engine with

power boost that tops even the impressive stats for

Boxster Spyder

Consumption/Emissions 1) Manual gearbox/PDK*

Extra-urban in I/100 km 7.1/6.6

Urban in I/100 km 14.2/14.0

Combined in I/100 km 9.7/9.3

Emissions in g/km 228/218

the Boxster S by a further 10 hp. With a total of

235 kW (320 hp) at 7,200 1/min plus maximum

torque of 370 Nm at 4,750 1/min, this engine is an

unstoppable force.

The result is a set of outstanding performance

statistics, extreme quietness, optimum propulsive

power and incredible manoeuvrability. And, thanks

to its targeted lightweight construction, a powerto-weight

ratio of almost 4 kg/hp. Even the lightest

1) The data presented was recorded using the Euro 5 test procedure

(715/2007/EC and 692/2008/EC) and the NEDC (New European

Driving Cycle) on standard specification vehicles. This data was not

recorded on one individual vehicle, does not constitute part of the

offer and is provided solely for the purposes of comparison between

the respective models. For more information, please contact your

Porsche Centre or local dealer. Provisional data only; official data

unavailable at the time of publication. Custom features may impact on

consumption and performance.

*Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK)

touch of the accelerator unleashes the irrepressible

urge to move that enables the Boxster Spyder to shift

from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 5.1 seconds. Its top

speed is 267 km/h – with the top down. Accompanied

by a feast of sound that’s like a rock and roll symphony.

The chassis.

The Boxster Spyder has an ultra-sporty chassis as

standard, with short, stiff travel in the suspension,

large anti-roll bars on front and back axles and four

shock absorbers with firmly aligned traction and

compression stages. The chassis was lowered by

20 mm at the front and rear axles in comparison to

the Boxster S. So how does all this affect the driver? It

delivers an even more direct experience of the ultimate

in driving dynamics. All in all, the Boxster Spyder is a

sports car that hits the heart. The quintessence of

sportscar history as it’s lived and breathed. Because

it’s built by people who are part of this history. For

people who see themselves reflected in it.

Find out more in the Web special at:

www.porsche.com


Rear lid with fixed spoiler in new design

911 Sport Classic

Consumption/Emissions 1)

Extra-urban in I/100 km 7.6

Urban in I/100 km 15.9

Combined in I/100 km 10.6

Emissions in g/km 250

19-inch Sport Classic wheel and decal

1) The data presented was recorded using the Euro 5 test procedure

(715/2007/EC and 692/2008/EC) and the NEDC (New European

Driving Cycle) on standard specification vehicles. This data was not

recorded on one individual vehicle, does not constitute part of the

offer and is provided solely for the purposes of comparison between

the respective models. For more information on individual vehicles,

please see www.porsche.de or contact your Porsche Centre or local

dealer. Technical specifications correspond to the state of the art at

the time of printing. Subject to change without notice.

Who said monuments have to be made of stone?

The 911 Sport Classic from Porsche Exclusive.

The iconic 911 sports car has undergone

continuous advancement since its launch in 1963.

From the outset, we incorporated customisation

into our activities. Vehicle customisation to the

highest standards, supplied straight from the

factory. For Porsche cars – built to the state of

the art. To your requirements. The key principle:

customisation by hand.

For vehicles the like of which had never been seen

before – and never will again. Today we’d like to

present an automobile that nods to the past while

looking to the future. Lavishly produced. Given the

perfect finish in our “Exclusive Manufaktur”. In a

limited edition of 250. And thus a highly personal

item. The 911 Sport Classic from Porsche Exclusive.

The technology.

“Our priority is to build exceptional cars, not

exceptional numbers of cars.” Ferry Porsche’s

statement expresses the core of our aims. We

make cars. Exclusive cars.

The heart of the lightweight rear-wheel-drive model

is the 6-cylinder boxer engine that’s so characteristic

of the 911. With direct fuel injection (DFI) to lower

emissions and maximise efficiency. With tuned exhaust

system. Cubic capacity: 3.8 litres. Power: increased

to 300 kW (408 hp). Top speed: 302 km/h. Driving

pleasure: also taken to the limit. Also thanks to the

sports chassis with Porsche Active Suspension

Management (PASM) including lowering by 20 mm

and rear axle differential lock. Doors are of aluminium

to further reduce weight. And safety is also taken

care of with Porsche Stability Management (PSM)

and Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB).

The design.

911 Sport Classic

The sporty style of the exterior colour scheme

is continued in the interior, where the 911 Sport

Classic offers a host of custom extras with new

colours and materials.

The leather interior is in natural leather in Espresso.

Decorative seams at key points are in striking Light

Grey to tone with the exterior bodywork. A new

rugged supreme-quality material was used for the

floor carpeting, its shade of Espresso perfectly

matching the interior. The same material is also

used for door, rear side and rear wall panelling and

for the rear seat backs. But solid metal and painted

aluminium-effect elements also add a sparkling finish

to the interior of the 911 Sport Classic. Did you really

expect anything else? Wherever you look, you find

creativity and painstaking detail. The custom extra

that features most often is craftsmanship. After all,

our greatest strength doesn’t lie in producing

vehicles that deliver power and only power. “The

strength of Porsche is that we avoid uniformity”,

said Ferry Porsche. There’s only one wish still to be

fulfilled: to take the wheel of a 911 Sport Classic. In

person, naturally.

All further information available at:

www.porsche.com


The new 911 GT3 RS

No illusions. No compromises.

The new 911 GT3 RS features consistent

lightweight design.

A new RS? But hadn’t the pinnacle already been

reached in the most recent development phase?

Ah, but we simply couldn’t let it lie. Driven by

ambition, we set ourselves a lap time that seemed

to be unattainable even for a 911 GT3 RS. Or so

we thought.

The starting-point: the 911 GT3. The very best

preconditions. Our engineers had a clear-cut task.

More power. Higher performance. Lower weight.

To slash lap times even further.

But performance and precision weren’t the

only reigning ideas for the new 911 GT3

RS: lightweight construction was also

paramount. Let’s start by looking at the

result: a specific power-to-weight ratio

of a mere 3.0 kg/hp. Achieved by using

materials that are commonplace in motor

sports, such as titanium, aluminium and

carbon. In addition, the new 911 GT3 RS has

lightweight door panels with loop-type openers

and plastic rear window.

The engine of the 911 GT3 models also jettisoned

unnecessary pounds. The lightweight sports exhaust

system comprises 2 presilencers, 2 catalytic

converters and a rear silencer ending in a central

twin-flow tailpipe. The rear silencer and the twin

tailpipes are of lightweight titanium. The high-volume

exhaust system reduces exhaust backpressure,

thus enhancing performance. In addition, ultra-light

titanium connecting-rods and weight-optimized

pistons lower oscillating mass and boost dynamic

speed development. Ultra-light lifters activate the

inlet and outlet valves. For circuit driving, Porsche

now offers an optional lithium-ion battery, which

saves over 10 kg in weight in comparison with

the conventional standard battery.

The light manual

transmission delivers high transmission efficiency

and boosts performance to outstanding levels. As a

further advancement to save weight, the new 911

GT3 RS features a single-mass flywheel, unlike the

dual-mass flywheel of the 911 GT3 – a design that

is lighter in weight to maximise engine dynamism.

The engine thus powers high speeds even more

effortlessly – albeit with a somewhat higher noise level.

Although the chassis of the new 911 GT3 RS is

tailored to the advanced requirements of motor

sports, the consistent application of lightweight

construction and materials keeps the total weight

and the weight of the unsprung mass low. Delivering

exceptional manoeuvrability, high driving safety and

stable handling, especially when cornering.

The new 911 GT3 RS is optionally available with

a braking technology that has already proven its

mettle in the toughest racetrack challenges: Porsche

Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB). The key to this

ceramic braking system is the ultra-low weight of the

brake discs, around 50% lighter than standard grey

cast-iron discs. In addition, the front and rear axle

brake cups in the 911 GT3 models are of aluminium,

allowing additional weight savings. In this way, a

further 4.8 kg or so per vehicle can be saved in

comparison to models with brake cups of stainless

steel. All these factors not only impact positively on

performance and fuel consumption, but also – the

primary concern – reduce the unsprung and rotatory

masses of the vehicle.

Naturally, this consistent use of lightweight

construction and materials is continued in the interior.

Optional extras include lightweight CFK carbon-fibre

bucket seats, offering exceptional lateral support at

minimum weight. They weigh in at approximately 24 kg

lighter than sports seats and around 10 kg

lighter than sports bucket seats.

Even the lighting concept was revised

to shave a few grams. For uncompromising

racetrack performance,

lightweight halogen headlights

are available at no extra charge,

excluding headlight cleaning system

and headlight levelling. After all,

fielding the lowest possible weight

is a given if the lowest lap times

are the aim.

To sum up: more performance.

More driving dynamics. Less

weight. Not a simple task. And all

that for those critical few tenths of

a second. Because they mean the

world to you – and us.

Find out more in the Web special at:

www.porsche.com/gt3rs


SportDesign Package Boxster.

Our engineers and designers are known to be

obsessive about details. And how about you?

Its roots extend back into the 1950s. Its role models

are the 1953 Porsche 550 Spyder or the Porsche

718 from the early 60s. In 1993, it was studied

in depth and caused quite a stir. And since 1996

it’s been king of the road – and king of hearts for

Porsche fans everywhere. What is it? The Boxster, the

ultimate sports car of roadsters. With mid-engine for

manoeuvrability to the max, and with a charisma that

stands for one thing: the ultimate driving pleasure.

New front apron from SportDesign Package

Typical Porsche, in fact. Like the products from

Porsche Tequipment. Mere accessories at first glance,

maybe. But actually part of a harmonious overall

concept. And part of the dream of a Boxster with

even greater character and even greater sportiness.

For this reason, all model-specific products from

Porsche Tequipment are designed, developed,

tested and coordinated against the background of the

vehicle as a whole. By the very Porsche engineers

and designers who create the cars themselves.

Where does this take place? Primarily in Weissach,

at the Porsche Motorsports Centre. All products

SportDesign Package in the wind tunnel at Weissach

undergo rigorous, time-consuming tests of their

functionability and durability, to make sure that they

comply with the strict Porsche quality directives and

standards.

SportDesign Package.

A highlight is the new SportDesign Package. Designed

to enable you to customise your Boxster for an

even more striking look. The SportDesign Package

includes a new front apron including additional spoiler

lip plus new auto-extending rear spoiler. Also visible

when unextended, this feature underlines the sporty

sophistication of the Boxster range while also

reducing lift.

All components were optimised in the wind tunnel

at the Porsche Motorsports Centre in Weissach and

are precisely aligned to provide practically ideal

Porsche Tequipment

balance for your vehicle. The SportDesign Package

thus enhances your vehicle’s sportiness both visually

and technically. The proof is in the reduced lift stats

for front and rear axle – at stable drag coefficients,

no less.

The product warranty applies in full to any Tequipment

products you select for your vehicle from your

Porsche partner.

All further information can be found at:

www.porsche.com


Porsche Type 908 Short-tail Coupé (1968)

1969: Porsche is finally world champion.

With the Porsche 908.

The end of 1969’s memorable sports car season

was finally marked by the World Championship. The

Porsche 908 and its outstanding driver Jo Siffert

played a major role in this first triumph in the

stable World Championship – and many more

triumphs would follow in the future.

1969 was a great year for stable trophies. The

24-Hour Races at Daytona and Le Mans, the

Sebring 12-Hour Race, the Targa Florio and

the 1,000-Kilometer Races at Monza, Spa and

Germany’s Nürburgring. Classics that attracted

hundreds of thousands of fans and spectators. With

a unique starting field featuring the Porsche 908 and

917, Ford GT 40 and Ford Mirage, Ferrari 312P –

the Champions League of sports car racing. Add to

this drivers including Jo Siffert, Jacky Ickx and Mario

Andretti. Although Porsche had amassed the highest

scores in the world championships of 1967 and

1968, the victories in those years went to Ferrari

and Ford because only the best five races were

evaluated. “We were under enormous pressure to

become world champions”, reminisces long-distance

racing legend Peter Falk, already a member of the

Porsche works team at the time.

And the pressure piled on. After the races at

Daytona and Sebring, Porsche’s score was almost

nil. Despite the new Porsche 908. Drivers were

crazy about Hans Mezger’s three-litre, eight-cylinder

engine design, but the Porsche team’s last vehicle

limped out of the race at Daytona after 18 hours; all

four long-tail 908s had suffered a broken cam chain

gear, their light metal alloy insufficiently rugged for

the demands of the racetrack. After Daytona a steel

gear was used instead to solve the problem.

Sebring in 1969 was the most powerful range in the

history of World Championship racing: 70 vehicles

crammed the starting grid, with six teams sharing

the lead 14 times over. Porsche was not ahead at

the end – the 908’s chassis frames cracked – but

the mechanics improvised by sawing flat iron bars

from the fuel tanks into “splints” for the tubular

frames. This stroke of initiative enabled the team of

Stommelen/Buzzetta to come third.

After a frame redesign, it was off to Brands Hatch,

but only Jo Siffert’s 908 was able to keep pace with

the Ferrari. Could it be the tyres? After a trial lap

the Firestone tyres proved to be 1.5 seconds faster

than the Dunlops previously used, Siffert roared away

from the starting line and Porsche celebrated

a precious triple victory.

Siffert was again victorious in Monza, and the

Zuffenhausen team clearly dominated at the Targa

Florio in Sicily, capturing a quadruple win. In Spa

Siffert also drove the 908 to victory against the

Ferraris. At last the 908 was claiming its triumphal

success. The 908 was designed as a Spyder version

(908/2) and as a long-tail for ultra-fast routes. The

third version, known among the assembly-line staff as

the “flounder” after the shape of its aerodynamically

optimised bodywork, notched up speeds 20 km/h

faster than the old Spyder. And delivered a triple

win for Porsche at the 1,000-Kilometer Race at

Nürburgring, described by premier German auto

magazine auto motor und sport as “Things are

starting to get lonely around Porsche.”

Although there were three races to go, Porsche had

already won the stable championship. Only one blot

marred the otherwise clean slate: at the prestigious

24 Hour Race at Le Mans, Porsche was unplaced. A

failure which Porsche was not able to wipe out until

one year later – but that’s another story.

Find out more in the Web special at:

www.porsche.com/classic

Nürburgring (1,000 km) 19.5.1968, 1: Gerhard Mitter and Ludovico Scarfiotti in Porsche Type 908 KH

Porsche Classic


Fascination for the whole family: gift ideas

from the Porsche Design Driver’s Selection.

The fascination of Porsche in all its many facets. Let yourself be inspired by the gift ideas from Porsche

Design Drivers’ Selection. We present new highlights and legendary classics. Delight your friends by giving

the fascination of Porsche.

Women’s Sweat Jacket with Swarovski crystals.

High collar with Swarovski buttons. Two side slit

pockets with zip. Porsche logo with Swarovski

crystals on sleeve. Satin band with Porsche logo

at hem.

100% cotton. In White.

Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL.

WAP 694 0XS 0A

Cufflinks.

With classic bar clip and discreet Porsche logo on

sides. In polished and brushed stainless steel.

Dimensions: approx. 22 x 13 x 22 mm.

WAP 050 004 0A

Chronograph Panamera.

Quartz watch. Countdown timer and date display.

Stopwatch function for up to 30 mins. Luminous

hour and minute hand. Stainless-steel casing with

non-reflecting sapphire glass. Diameter: 42 mm.

Leather strap in Brown with contrasting stitching.

Watertight up to 100 m. Swiss made.

WAP 070 002 0A

Baby Porsche.

Child’s push-powered car with low-noise soft rubber

tyres and horn. Ergonomic seat well provides

optimum power for tinies and serves as a knee

recess for older children. Exclusive design by

Porsche Design Studio. Suitable for children between

one and three years. Made in Germany.

WAP 040 003 0A

911 GT3 Model Car 1:18.

New vehicle generation model. Guards Red. Black

interior. Made of metal and plastic. Scale 1:18.

WAP 021 013 19

Porsche Design Driver’s Selection

Espresso Cup Set.

Two espresso cups and saucers featuring pictures

of historical racing posters: The Florida International

Twelve Hour Grand Prix of Endurance Sebring 1958,

75 International Victories for Porsche 1952. Limited

edition of 2,009. Individually numbered. Comes in

high-quality gift packaging. Dishwasher safe.

WAP 050 002 0A

Porsche Design Driver’s Selection online at:

www.porsche.com/shop


Changi Airport Race

The 911 GT3 debuts in Asia –

with the race of a lifetime.

A very special and landmark event in Singapore marked the regional debut of the latest generation 911 GT3

in the Asia Pacific region. More than 500 invited guests attended the launch at the gatehold rooms of

Singapore Changi Airport’s Terminal 3. The unveiling of the new 911 GT3 also set the stage for the tantalizing

and highly anticipated race between a 911 GT3 Cup Car and a Jett8 Airlines Boeing 747 jetliner. This was to

be the first car versus jetliner race ever in Asia and the driver of the 911 GT3 Cup car in the race, Singaporean

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia racer Yuey Tan summed it up as the race of a lifetime.

Sporty and dynamic: The unveiling of the new 911 GT3

Before the race flagged off, Yuey Tan along with Mr.

Karsono Kwee, Executive Chairman of Porsche

Centre Singapore, Mr. Christer Ekberg, Managing

Director of Porsche Asia Pacific, Mr. Tan Lye

Teck, Executive Vice President, Corporate of Changi

Airport Group, jointly unveiled the new 911 GT3 – a

sporting and dynamic vehicle that audience in the

Asia-Pacific region is seeing for the very first time.

After the unveiling, the guests were ushered onto the

tarmac where grandstands were erected for them to

witness the historical race first hand.

Before the countdown to the race, guests were

surprised by the unexpected discovery of Porsche

Design sunglasses underneath their grandstand

seats. The cheerleading performance pumped up

the excitement even more in welcoming the Porsche

driver, Yuey Tan, 27 and Captain Peter Leo, 64.

As the Jett8 Airlines B747-200F sat primed to go on

Runway 1 and the Porsche revved up 200 metres

away on a parallel taxiway, the race was ready to

start. With a race distance of 1.7km, it was always

going to be close. The aircraft’s top speed in the

air is 955km/h, while a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup can

reach up to 280km/h. Finally they were off – the

jetliner seemed to start the stronger, but suddenly

the Porsche, dwarfed in size by the massive B747,

came powering from behind to reach the chequered

flag seemingly nose to nose with the plane. The

race itself was a blinder, with Yuey and the Cup car

crossing the finish line just 0.4 seconds ahead of

the towering jumbo jet for a close call photo finish,

crowning himself as the speed king of the Changi

Airport tarmac in the process.

A jubilant Yuey received the winner’s trophy from

Guest-of-Honour, Mrs. Lim Hwee Hua, Minister, Prime

Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Finance and

Transport. Commenting on his win, Yuey said, “This

marks my maiden win in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

car, and what a win this is. This is definitely one of the

highlights of my motoring career so far – as a boy,

I’ve always been fascinated by speed and to be able to

triumph over the Boeing jetliner is a terrific experience

for me. I hope to build on this success in the weeks to

come during the Singapore Grand Prix week.”

Added Mr. Karsono Kwee, “What an exciting race

and a fantastic win for the Porsche 911 GT3 Carrera

Cup Car. This race is a stellar accomplishment for

Porsche’s world-class race cars. One of the things

Porsche does best is adapting its race technology

for its road cars, and the new 911 GT3 epitomises

this. The new 911 GT3 road car that will appear on

Singapore roads soon, is definitely one built for the

race track with its exhilarating driving dynamics and

race car-like performance. It also keeps the owner’s

everyday driving needs firmly in mind by designing a

car that suits the everyday road conditions as well.” n

A truly exhilarating race: a mere 0.4 seconds separated the Cup car and the jetliner at the finish line

Guests admiring the 911 GT3 Cup car

Yuey Tan, proud winner of the first ever car vs. jetliner race in Asia


Down to business…and they’re off!

Triumphant Return to Singapore for

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.

The moment the chequered flag fell on its thrilling

Marina Bay street circuit debut, planning began in

earnest for the second running of the Porsche SC

Global Carrera Cup Asia – Singapore.

Arguably the biggest party Singapore had ever seen,

the 2008 FORMULA 1 SingTel Singapore Grand

Prix was hailed across the globe as an unqualified

success, but Porsche Asia Pacific was determined to

go one better in 2009.

With race title sponsor, leading Singapore luxury

property developer SC Global Developments on

board for a second year, it was time to get the party

started, and the promotional campaign kicked off

with an interactive quiz where as many as 20,000

racing fans had the chance to win spectacular prizes,

including the use of a Porsche for a whole weekend.

Giving both visitors and residents alike the chance

to get close to the ‘real deal’, a road show at Bugis

Junction featured a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racing

car and SC Global Racing driver Danny Watts,

while the stunning Panamera was on show at the

Intercontinental Hotel.

Lucky quiz winners receive their fabulous prizes at the Bugis Junction

road show

However, things really got going during Grand Prix

week, with a welcome party at the Society Bar for

150 drivers, teams, partners, organisers and media,

followed by the pre-race Sunday Brunch at the

Intercontinental Hotel, where series drivers Danny

Chu, Yuey Tan and Danny Watts strutted their stuff on

the runway in an adidas Porsche Design fashion show.

Having enjoyed a sumptuous buffet and entertainment

courtesy of the Havana Brown band, it was time to

get down to business on the Marina Bay circuit.

The entry for the Porsche SC Global Carrera Cup

Asia – Singapore 2009, Round 9 of the series, was

nothing short of stellar, with super-quick Briton Danny

Watts and New Zealand veteran Craig Baird joining

the bumper 18-car field as guest drivers.

However, while Danny and Craig may have been

looking to add a Singapore win to their CVs, the regular

series drivers were intent on grabbing as many of

those all-important championship points as possible.

Arriving in Singapore, Briton Tim Sugden led the

Class A drivers, having reached the podium in every

View from the top – the Marina Bay street circuit

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia

Michael Mauer, Head of Design at Porsche AG was on hand to provide the

media with a fascinating insight into the development of the new Panamera

Don‘t give up the day job! Series drivers Danny Chu, Yuey Tan and Danny

Watts (L-R) take on an unfamiliar runway role at the pre-race brunch


Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Porsche Carrera Cup Asia

race of the season thus far. Tim also had a score to

settle after taking pole position in Singapore in 2008,

and actually crossing the line first, only to have his

victory snatched from him when he was judged to

have jumped the start.

At the end of a dramatic qualifying session though,

it was Germany’s Christian Menzel of Team

StarChase, second on the championship leaderboard,

who grabbed pole position head of Tim, Team

Jebsen’s Darryl O’Young and the two guest drivers.

Singapore’s Melvin Choo took pole position in Class

B, flying the flag for his home town and the Corum

ThunderAsia Racing team.

The excitement reached fever pitch as race day

dawned, and the field took their places on the grid

for the race which was to be broadcast live on

Singapore‘s local station Channel 5 for the first time.

In a thrilling start, Christian and Tim were two

abreast, and the crowds were on their feet. However

the Briton made an uncharacteristic error which was

to cost him dearly, dropping him back down the field

and allowing Christian to run away to victory – taking

the championship lead in the process.

Danny Watts had his work cut out, but charged through to a podium finish

The delighted trio celebrate victory. From L-R: 1st runner-up Craig Baird,

winner Christian Menzel and 2nd runner-up Danny Watts

Second across the line was Craig Baird, who had a

spectacular duel with Danny in the closing stages,

as the pair got by Darryl in the closing laps after the

Hong Kong racer wrestled with a technical problem

while running second.

Giving the Singapore crowds even more to cheer

about, Melvin Choo took a well-deserved victory in

Class B, ahead of Hong Kong’s Philip Ma and another

Singaporean driver, Yuey Tan.

Read more about the continuing racetrack action

on the following page as the PCCA moved to the

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Menzel proving to be the one to beat in the

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2009

Championship leader Christian Menzel completed a

perfect weekend with two decisive victories in a row,

during Rounds 10 & 11 held at the Shanghai

International Circuit over the November 7 - 8

weekend. However, with only one race left to the

end of the season, it remains a closely contested

battle to see who will ultimately emerge as the 2009

series’ champion.

Early morning rain left parts of the circuit slightly wet,

affecting the drivers on the inside off the start in

Round 10. As a result, Briton Tim Sugden, starting

from third, was able to overtake Team Jebsen’s

Darryl O’Young. Menzel got away cleanly from the

start, and after Sugden’s overtaking manoeuvre the

top three remained ahead of the field until the chequered

flag. Further down the field a battle between Asia

Racing Team’s Rodolfo Avila and Dutch driver Danny Chu

ensued, before Avila ultimately pulled away in front.

Determined to try and close the gap in the

championship points, Sugden, starting from second,

got off to a terrific start in Round 11, overtaking poleman

Menzel on the first corner. The two engaged

in a tight battle, but an error by Sugden on Lap 4

cost him dearly, allowing Menzel to re-take the lead

and ultimately finish the race with a comfortable six

second margin.

The winners celebrate after a gruelling race in Round 11. From L-R:

1st runner-up Tim Sugden, winner Christian Menzel and 2nd runner up

Darryl O’Young.

O’Young initially battled hard with Avila, with the Team

Jebsen ace ultimately edging ahead in the latter half

of the race. With his third place finish, O’Young is

the only other driver still in contention for the overall

championship, alongside Menzel and Sugden.

In Class B, Corum ThunderAsia Racing’s Melvin Choo

completed an equally perfect weekend, setting the

pace and clinching both coveted top positions. Hong

Kong driver Philip Ma came in second in both rounds,

with Team PCS Racing driver Yuey Tan and OMAK

Team’s Mak Hing Tak rounding out the podium in

third in Rounds 10 & 11 respectively.

The PCCA season culminates in a thrilling end with

Rounds 12 & 13 held at the Sepang International

Circuit, Malaysia over the December 4 - 6 weekend. n

Standings Overall

Place Car No. Driver Team Points

1 99 Christian MENZEL Team StarChase 194

2 88 Tim SUGDEN GruppeM Racing 188

3 55 Darryl O’YOUNG Team Jebsen 158

Standings Class B

1 98 Philip MA Jacob & Co Racing 202

2 69 Melvin CHOO Kwok Ming Corum ThunderAsia Racing 184

3 5 Yuey TAN YuHian Team PCS Racing 154


After Sales and Sales Training

Training takes centre stage with

Porsche Asia Pacific’s After Sales and

Sales Training Programmes.

Specialised, dedicated training programmes are

implemented across the Asia Pacific region to

ensure that our workforce is always best equipped

with the latest technical and customer service skills,

and to give our valued customers the peace of mind

that their Porsche is always in the best hands.

Zertifizierter Porsche Techniker

(Certified Porsche Technician).

Technical Certification is top priority for Porsche Asia

Pacific and also for the group world wide. With this

in mind, Porsche offers the ‘Zertifizierter Porsche

Techniker’ – a worldwide certification programme

for Porsche technicians which is managed by

Porsche Asia Pacific and Porsche AG, Service

Training. The programme aims to ensure a high level

of qualification for the technicians of all Porsche

partners worldwide, by equipping them with the

necessary skills and motivation to achieve them.

Divided into three incremental levels of expertise

– Bronze, Silver and Gold, each level has its own

curriculum and learning objectives. ‘Zertifizierter

Porsche Techniker’ ensures technicians of all levels

are equipped with the skills necessary to repair state

of the art technology from Porsche, along with the

assurance that only the highest and most rigorous

standards have been met. This provides customers

with the security that their vehicles will be attended to

with due competence and efficiency.

In the long run, by regulating training standards

internationally and maintaining a high level of

employee knowledge, Porsche is confident in

Korea: Thumbs up for a job well done

ensuring a constant improvement in service quality

and ultimately, higher customer satisfaction.

Porsche Certification System.

The Porsche Certification System (PCS) comprises

the systematic qualification and certification of all

employees with direct customer contact, and ensures

that they meet the requirements of Porsche customers

as representatives of the brand. Under this system,

Porsche currently offers the Certified Service Advisor

and Certified Sales Consultant programmes – all

designed to ensure that our customers receive only

the highest service standards which they deserve.

Korea: Successful candidates from the Zertifizierter Porsche Techniker

Silver Level programme wait eagerly to receive their certificates

Certified Service Advisor.

Recognising the importance of our customers, the

‘Certified Service Advisor’ training programme aims

to establish a culture of excellent customer service

amongst employees.

Combining a holistic 4-point training system which

encompasses Knowledge, Performance, Behaviour/

Skills and Personality, employees must meet the

minimum requirements in these four aspects, as well

as pass an intensive, independent evaluation before

being recognised as a Certified Service Advisor.

By committing to such large scale, dedicated

training programmes, Porsche ultimately aims to

increase customer confidence in its dealerships,

with all customers being served by professional and

well-informed Service Advisors. Additionally, less

customer waiting time and vehicle downtime can be

expected due to an increase in workforce efficiency,

as well as reduced communication errors between

customers, technicians and warranty personnel.

Certified Sales Consultant.

Porsche Asia Pacific also recently introduced a new

certification concept for the area of Sales, with the

worldwide pilot held in Singapore in October 2009.

Designed as a 2-year programme for the sales

consultants in the Porsche Asia Pacific region, the

comprehensive training covers all Sales, Marketing

and Product related topics and will be progressively

rolled out across the markets from January 2010

onwards. Upon completion, the best sales people will

be awarded with a certificate.

By actively engaging our sales people and equipping

them with the latest knowledge and skills, Porsche

customers can look forward to the utmost in service,

professionalism and satisfaction right from the day

they begin their Porsche experience. n

Singapore: The first successful sales people from the worldwide pilot of the Certified Sales Consultant training programme


Panamera Launch in Vietnam

The new Porsche Panamera

has arrived in Vietnam.

All dressed up: Porsche Centre Saigon celebrates the launch of the Panamera

The Panamera made its long-awaited debut in Vietnam

with an exclusive launch ceremony held at Porsche

Centre Saigon, on Saturday evening, 3 October 2009.

Now, you can discover and explore all that Porsche’s

new Gran Turismo has to offer for yourself at Porsche

Centre Saigon.

Nearly 200 invited guests and journalists were

welcomed by the Porsche Centre Saigon staff and

special guest Dr. Henrik Dreier, Regional Manager

Marketing, Porsche Asia Pacific, to celebrate the

launch of Porsche’s fourth model series following the

911, the Boxster/Cayman and the Cayenne.

Earlier in the day, a press conference was held for

the briefing of the new Panamera’s highlights and

unique, innovative features to the press. Over 30

representatives from popular newspapers and various

lifestyle and motoring magazines were invited and

present at the event.

Speaking at the press conference, Mr. Andreas

Klingler, General Director of Prestige Sports Cars,

the official Porsche importer in Vietnam emphasized,

“Porsche has developed a complete new car, which

will redefine the four-door luxury segment. The

Panamera is a typical true Porsche with outstanding

performance, comfort and efficiency. Porsche

has managed, with the new Panamera, to bring

more spirit into the luxurious car segment. It does

not have to be boring anymore to drive in a four

door car”.

As evening approached, the official launch party

began. Aptly titled “The Quintessence of Driving”,

the Panamera launch ceremony was perfectly

planned right down to the last detail. With a classic,

monochromatic colour scheme of black, white

and grey – complete with lightly scented candles,

bouquets of flowers, lounge sofas and lighted lounge

tables, the atmosphere was chic, laid-back and

elegant. Additional programme highlights included

a contemporary ballet dance item, jazz band

performance and fashion show - which successfully

set the pace and built up momentum for the night’s

grand debut.

Then came the most exhilarating moment of the

night - the unveiling of the new Panamera. As the

guests turned their attention towards the stage, the

Panamera S appeared majestically, making its grand

entrance via a revolving stage and was unveiled by

Dr. Henrik Dreier and Mr. Andreas Klingler. And that

was only the beginning - amidst a thrilling display of

laser lights and smoke effects, a second Panamera S

was presented shortly afterwards.

To help guests understand more about the

Panamera’s key product features, Mr. Peer Marzahn,

After Sales Director, Porsche Centre Saigon,

together with a famous local actress engaged

in an innovative ‘Question and Answer’ role play

presentation. With great aplomb, the duo brought the

product explanation to life, and successfully piqued

the interest of the guests.

And what better way to end off the night, then for the

guests themselves to get an upclose look and feel

of the Panamera themselves? With the assistance of

the well-trained Porsche Centre Saigon sales staff,

journalists and guests were invited to observe and

discover the new Panamera first-hand.

As the night drew to a close, guests were presented

with door-gifts to remind them of their memorable

Excited guests enjoying the programme during the Panamera Launch

Mr. Andreas Klingler – General Director of Porsche Centre Saigon

Panamera experience. Having taken their first step in

the Panamera journey, the guests left satisfied and

excited from a successful evening, and eager for

more.

For more information on this or other events,

please contact the Porsche Centre Saigon at

(+84.8) 54141 911 or visit our showroom for a

consultation. n

Porsche Centre Saigon

802 Nguyen Van Linh

Tan Phu Ward, District 7,

HCM City, Vietnam

Email: info@porsche-vietnam.com.

Website: www.porsche-vietnam.com.

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