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Episode 7 – SPEED

Porsche’s racing team posts spectacular record times with the 911 GT3 RS. Two Frenchmen make a daring attempt at a world record with a bicycle. Race-car driver Christina Nielsen looks forward to entering Le Mans in a Porsche. And—the special story behind the 911 GT1 Evo. This episode of 9:11 Magazine is a celebration of speed.

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Speed Secrets

Four laps, each in under seven minutes—the 911 GT3 RS passed its trial by fire on the Nürburgring with flying colors. The Porsche racing team reveals what lies behind a performance of this caliber.

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Speed Trial

Jean-Claude Rude wanted to set a new world cycling speed record. In 1978 he made a daring attempt by riding in the slipstream of a Porsche 935 Turbo Martini. At the wheel was Le Mans legend Henri Pescarolo.

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Ms. Speed

Combining adrenaline with calm: Christina Nielsen is entering Le Mans 2018 in a Porsche. She was born with a love for speed. And now she lives her dream on racetracks around the world.

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The Art of Speed

Testimonies to legendary races – the posters by graphic artist Erich Strenger still evoke the adrenaline-charged excitement of Porsche victories. We explore Strenger’s extraordinary ability to capture speed on paper.

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Made for Speed

A real rarity: Porsche built the 911 GT1 Evo only twenty-one times. The fact that these road-legal race cars were made at all is due to a very special regulation...

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Speed secrets: Driving the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS to top times

New best time each lap

The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS was a solid twenty-four seconds faster than its predecessor model on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring. With each of four successive laps, the Weissach racing team broke its own sonic barrier of seven minutes every time. The record drive shows that teamwork is the key to success. An extensive interview features Holger Bartels, GT team leader, Jan Frank, GT performance engineer, Lars Kern, test and development driver, and Marian Fiebig, mechanic, on the background to the record drive.

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Perfection in Performance

The achievements of the 911 GT3 RS are the result of painstaking work and boundless passion on the part of experienced specialists, engineers, mechanics, and drivers. This photo gallery in 9:11 Magazine captures images of the record drive by the 911 GT3 RS on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife—and above all, the individuals who made its performance possible.

True engineering art: The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Designed for racing circuits, the car’s suspension, tires, aerodynamics, and transmission tuning were improved over those of its predecessor model. “Generally speaking, these are minor components,” says Holger Bartels, who heads the GT performance team. “But together they account for twenty-four seconds.” At the record drive on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring ... ... the Porsche team clocked four successive lap times of under seven minutes. Five mechanics, two drivers, and five engineers were involved in this feat. Lars Kern and Kévin Estre (left) were the record-setting drivers. A Porsche factory driver, Estre was at the wheel when ... ... the car beat its predecessor’s best lap time by a solid twenty-four seconds. The exact time: 6:56.4 minutes. Andreas Preuninger, director of the GT model line, is visibly delighted as he congratulates Estre on the high-speed lap. Eugen Oberkamm (racing director for overall vehicle development), Andreas Preuninger, and Kévin Estre (from left) celebrate the great success of the entire racing team. Teammates who can always count on each another : Jan Frank, Holger Bartels, and Marian Fiebig (from left) all contributed to the smooth performance and record drive of the 911 GT3 RS. Business as usual: For Jan Frank, a Porsche performance engineer who has also worked on the 918 Spyder and the 911 GT2 RS, it’s the third time in a row that his team has driven a newly developed car around the Nordschleife in under seven minutes. With a 520-hp naturally aspirated high-speed engine, the high-performance sports car is a remarkable model. “The record drive was the equivalent of a home run in automotive engineering,” says Jan Frank. Test and development driver Lars Kern has driven thousands of laps on the Nordschleife. Test-drives are part of his daily routine ... ... He especially likes the agility of the 911 GT3 RS and its ability to take curves at high speeds. Those features gain valuable seconds that make the difference in final racetrack times. Marian Fiebig, a mechanic who specializes in preparing and converting GT cars, worked with his team to perform ... ... lightning-quick wheel changes after every lap. The Porsche team had only one hour on the Nordschleife. But for Fiebig and his teammates, “good preparation is half the battle.”

Speed trial: The attempt to set a record behind a Porsche 935 Turbo Martini

Extended interview with Henri Pescarolo

Henri Pescarolo is famous to this day for entering Le Mans thirty-three times and winning it four times. Now retired, he looks back at a few exciting hours in 1978 that are etched in his memory. He was the “draft horse” driving a Porsche 935 Turbo Martini while pro cyclist Jean-Claude Rude rode behind him attempting to set a new speed record. In this video interview, Pescarolo talks about how he entered racing, and what it felt like to look in the rearview mirror and see a cyclist pedaling along at more than 160 km/h. 

Extended interview with Henri Pescarolo

Ms. Speed: Race-car driver Christina Nielsen

Fuel in Her Blood

Christina Nielsen is one of the most successful women in motorsports. 2018 is an exciting year for her. She will defend the IMSA championship title and enter the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a Porsche. In this extensive interview she talks about what winning means to her, why she chose a career in this hotly contested field, and how she finds backing and support in this sport.

Fuel in Her Blood

Expectations Exceeded

Lars Erik Nielsen was initially a little hesitant about his daughter Christina’s love of racing –even though he himself had spent years as an active race-car driver. But his doubts quickly vanished. He is proud of his youngest daughter’s professionalism, stamina, and will to win. Nielsen talks to 9:11 Magazine about the relationship between father, daughter, and racing.

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A Visit to Christina Nielsen’s Home in Denmark

Christina Nielsen writes history with her success in racing. In 2016 she was the first Danish woman to enter the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 2018 the twenty-six-year-old will enter Le Mans for the third time—in a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. Nielsen’s greatest supporter is her father Lars Erik. The 9:11 Magazine accompanied the tough Danish race driver on her trip back home.

Christina Nielsen’s focused gaze leaves no doubt that this woman knows what she wants. A collection of trophies in the garage testifies to the daughter’s success: Christina Nielsen is not only a two-time and defending GTD champion, but also the first woman to win a major sports-car championship in the US. Nielsen takes her new racing suit home, laying it out on the hood of a Porsche 996 GT3 RSR for her father Lars Erik to inspect. In 2006 he drove this car to a second-place finish in the GT2 class in Le Mans. A collection of trophies in the garage testifies to the daughter’s success: Christina Nielsen is not only a two-time and defending GTD champion, but also the first woman to win a major sports-car championship in the US. Christina Nielsen grew up in a world in which carsplayed an important role—and especially Porsches. Her father has always been a great fan of the brand. Father and daughter also enjoy driving for fun. On that day Lars Erik Nielsen drove a 1967 Porsche 911 with 130 hp, and Christina Nielsen a Porsche 911 Carrera S, of which 1,963 were made in 2013 to mark the model’s fiftieth anniversary. Four hundred hp and a powerful flat-six engine offer pure driving pleasure. But “speed also has something calming,” says this race-car driver—“something that helps you focus.” Christina Nielsen’s choice of career has placed her square in her father’s footsteps. That is one reason for their special relationship. Her father has been her greatest supporter since her first day on the racetrack.  After all, he also pursued the same passion for years... ...entering the 24 Hours of Le Mans five times. Christina Nielsen can focus on the upcoming race season at her father’s home in Vedbæk—with its calming view of the Baltic Sea.

The Art of Speed: Erich Strenger’s Porsche Racing Posters

How Erich Strenger Shaped the Image of Porsche

For more than three decades, Graphic designer Erich Strenger created countless images that spread the fame of Porsche throughout the world. His racing posters were especially instrumental in shaping Porsche’s profile. Today, they are valuable collector’s items. We take a look at the artist’s life work.

Born in 1922, Erich Strenger began working for the young Porsche company in the early 1950s. His graphic designs would accompany the brand for more than three decades. He placed a special focus on ... ... racing posters. Entitled “Porsche wins,” the oldest poster in the company archives is from 1951. It commemorates rally victories by the Porsche 356 in France, Italy, Germany, and Portugal. The posters were an important instrument for raising the profile of the young brand. This one was used not only for the class victory in Le Mans in June 1951, but also to announce wins in the USA and Morocco. Strenger around the year 1977. In addition to posters, catalogs, and instruction manuals, he designed the entire range of printed materials at Porsche. He was also involved in designing the Porsche logotype that still stands for the company to this day. His posters have become cherished collector’s items, like this one from 1971, which commemorates Porsche’s third successive world championship title at the International Championship for Makes. This poster celebrates victory at the 1,000 Kilometers of Spa in 1970.  Erich Strenger often incorporated the national colors of the country in which the race was held ... ... into his designs. To mark the triumph at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1979, he set the winning Porsche 935 against the drapeau tricolore. This poster commemorating the legendary victory by the Porsche 956 at the 1,000 Kilometers of Fuji in 1984 features a background reminiscent of the Japanese flag. Porsche victories at various long-distance races prompted a succession of new graphic designs, such as this one from the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1971 ... ... or this one showing the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1970 with the celebrated Porsche 917. One poster was dedicated to passionate racing driver Steve McQueen. It shows the Porsche 908 that gave McQueen his greatest racing success, a second-place finish in Sebring in 1970. The visuals also reflect the progression of time. This one, which announces Klaus Ludwig’s victory in the 1979 German Racing Championship (DRM), contains typical design features of the 1970s. Yet Strenger remained true to his clear visual idiom. The 914-6 GT “VW Porsche” dominated the 86-hour Marathon de la Route on the Nürburgring in 1970, taking the first three places on both the course and the poster. Strenger consistently found new ways to visualize sportiness and speed. This poster celebrates the ultimate race car of 1973, the Porsche 917/30, and its unparalleled win at the Road America Can-Am. Together with motorsport journalist and race-car driver Richard von Frankenberg (right), Strenger also developed and supervised ... ... the Porsche customer magazine Christophorus as its artistic director. This is the cover of the first issue in 1952. Christophorus is the oldest customer magazine in the automobile industry, and continues to accompany the brand to this day.

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911 GT3 RS

911 GT3 RS

911 GT3 RS: Fuel consumption combined 22.2 – 21.9 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 290 – 288 g/km