Porsche is bringing 911 celebrations to Pebble Beach

Article by Anita Panait, on August 4, 2013

Porsche is extending the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the already iconic 911 sports car by displaying new and historic models at the 63rd annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance set on Aug. 14 to Aug. 18, 2013. Porsche will display a special limited edition 50th Anniversary 911, along with rare Porsche road and racing cars, at the Pebble Beach event.

The sports carmaker will make the upcoming 918 Spyder hybrid super sports car available at a number of locations throughout the Monterey peninsula during the weekend like the Porsche Zentrum at Quail Lodge, Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Quail Motorsports Gathering on Friday, Aug. 16, will feature a Porsche exhibit that will underscore 50 Years of the 911. One of the first Porsche 911s sold in the United States will be showcased alongside the 50th Anniversary 911 and the 2014 911 GT3.

The Porsche Zentrum will play host to the current lineup of Porsche models like the 2014 911 GT3 and the upcoming Panamera S E-Hybrid from Aug. 14 to Aug.  18. The Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will feature a special Porsche 911 class inhonor of the 50th anniversary of the 911.

To be exhibited in the garage of the Laguna Seca are a 1972 Martini 2.1 Turbo RSR, the 1978 “Moby Dick” 935, the 1978 “Baby” 935 and two 911 GT1s. The vehicles will then be transferred to Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for display on Sunday.

The latest 911 GT3 Cup car that will take part in the United Sports Car Racing (USCR) series next year will be unveiled and displayed all weekend at Laguna Seca.

Porsche has generated a completely new engine for the 911 GT3. The six-cylinder naturally aspirated engine now has direct petrol injection, fused with maximum-performance components such as dry sump lubrication, forged pistons, and titanium connecting rods.

When combined with the valve control by rocker lever, an exceptionally high-revving engine that can reach up to 9,000 rpm was born. For the driver, this represents an even more comprehensive engine speed range that can produce time-determining advantages on the race track. The agile response of the drive system is amplified by the new power transmission without any intervention in propulsive power.

As the first 911 GT3, the brand-new model has a Porsche Doppelkupplung dual-clutch transmission (PDK) that had been created primarily for racing and that has now made a powerful return in a refined form. The PDK is another characteristic specifically produced for the 911 GT3, with features influenced by the consecutive gearboxes utilized in motor racing, allowing the driver more advantages when it comes to dynamics, execution, and driving pleasure.

This sports engine uses a high-revving concept. In fact, the all-new engine of the Porsche 911 GT3 is founded on the six-cylinder employed in the existing 911 Carrera generation. The architectural modifications to the base engine had one principal aim: to enhance the characteristic 911 GT3 high-revving idea further. High speeds empower high performance and gear changes, by which the revolutions stay in the range of peak performance after shifting up. Thus, the six-cylinder achieves its peak performance of 475 hp (350 kW) at 8,250 rpm; the nominal torque of 440 Newton meters (Nm) is achievable at 6,250 rpm.

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