Monthly Archives: August 2011

Would You Like To Work For Porsche?

By   August 31, 2011

Are you looking for a job? Well how would you like to work for Porsche? Just think about it, you could help make the next great car!

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It is being reported that Porsche will be hiring about 7,000 new employees. Of these many will be engineers and craftsmen. The reason for the new hires is that under VW, Porsche is working on increasing it’s lineup to seven cars. These will include the 911, Boxster, Cayman (Boxster and Cayman are considered one model), Panamera, Cayenne, 918 and a new smaller SUV (Porsche has confirmed this). There are also reports of a possible new car that will bridge the gap between the 911 and 918 as well as an entry level sports car.

The challenge that Porsche has is finding qualified people. For example, not very many people in Germany are getting the right engineering degrees for the needed engineering jobs. Because of this Porsche will likely start looking to other countries to find talent.

So, if you have the qualifications a job at Porsche may be right for you.


All Porsche owners are a big family, no matter what model each person chooses to drive. Please remember to flash you headlights whenever you pass another Porsche to acknowledge this fact.

Porsche Panamera S Hybrid – Video

By   August 31, 2011

Today’s video is of the Porsche Panamera S Hybrid. You either love or hate these cars. For me, I would prefer a sports car, but when driving the family around a four door car does make more sense. With the hybrid you get good performance and better gas milage, but you do miss some of the sound of the engine at times.


All Porsche owners are a big family, no matter what model each person chooses to drive. Please remember to flash you headlights whenever you pass another Porsche to acknowledge this fact.

ALMS Baltimore Grand Prix Race This Weekend

By   August 30, 2011

This coming weekend is the running of the Baltimore Grand Prix in the American Le Mans Series. We will be covering the race, giving pre-race Porsche related updates / previews as well as a recap of the race.

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Just To wet your appetite for some great racing action I am posting a press release from the Alex Job Racing team of Bill Sweedler and Leh Keen. Bill an Leh will be competing in the GTC category which is always a tightly fought category.

Alex Job Racing’s (AJR) Bill Sweedler and Leh Keen are ready to take on the new American Le Mans Series (ALMS) presented by Tequila Patron Baltimore Grand Prix to be run Sept. 2-3.

The Baltimore racetrack is a temporary street circuit that runs in and around the Inner Harbor and Camden Yards. The tight, two-mile, 12-turn circuit is a welcome layout to AJR’s Bill Sweedler, Westport, Connecticut. Sweedler has excelled at the country’s most famous street circuit that runs through the streets of Long Beach, California. Together with teammate Leh Keen, the duo posted the team’s best result of the season so far, second.

“I’m looking forward to another street circuit race considering our success at Long Beach,” Sweedler said. “The newly Baltimore layout looks awesome. Leh and I are ready to fight for a win! Since this is only a two-hour race, the pace will be flat out. There will most likely be one pit stop and our AJR team has performed flawlessly throughout the year. Our Battery Tender Porsche is all charged up! I can’t wait to get on the streets of Baltimore!”

Keen, from Charleston, South Carolina, is doing his homework and is equally excited to make tracks on the new circuit.

“I’ve been studying the track layout and am very excited to get out on the Baltimore streets,” Keen said. “We had a great run at Long Beach and I expect to have the same result this weekend. AJR is really due for a win. The No. 23 Battery Tender Porsche has had some bad luck recently, and it’s time to change that around. The GTC class has really heated up with some strong entries. However, I know AJR is the best team in the class, and I can’t wait to get back in the car. A two-hour race means an all-out sprint from lap one. Bill did an awesome Job on the streets of Long Beach taking the lead on the first lap and holding it for his entire stint. He really likes the street courses, as do I. We are excited and looking to do well this weekend.”

Team owner, Alex Job, has his team poised to get back on the podium this weekend.

“Bill and Leh are excited to run the new Baltimore track,” Job said. “We are coming off two tough outings at Mid-Ohio and Road America, so we are looking forward to this weekend. The two-hour time limit puts a real premium on running a clean race and having a spectacular one pit stop. Bill really takes to these concrete lined street courses, and I hope that carries over to this weekend. He and Leh had a great run at Long Beach with Bill leading most of the first half of that race. We want to duplicate that effort on Saturday, but finishing one more step up the podium for a win!”

The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron Baltimore Grand Prix can be viewed live on ESPN3.com starting at 4:15 p.m. ET, Saturday, Sept. 3, with a rebroadcast airing on ABC at 4 p.m. ET, Sunday, Sept. 4.

Alex Job Racing is one of the most successful teams in ALMS history with 39 wins. This record is supported by 46 pole positions and 75 podium finishes. The team has won three championships (GT in 2002, 2003 and 2004) complimented by their two GT class wins at Le Mans. The team also boasts seven Sebring 12-hour wins.

The ALMS GTC category is specific to one of the most popular factory produced racing cars in the world, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Developed for Porsche’s one-make series around the world, the new version of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is based on the road-going 911 GT3 RS. The power unit featured in the new 911 GT3 Cup is largely identical to the production engine of the 911 GT3 RS with the same output of 450 bhp and the same maximum engine speed of 8,500 rpm


All Porsche owners are a big family, no matter what model each person chooses to drive. Please remember to flash you headlights whenever you pass another Porsche to acknowledge this fact.

Porsche Cayman R VS Porsche Cayman S – Video

By   August 30, 2011

Today’s video is of a comparison of the Porsche Cayman R and a Porsche Cayman S. This comparison should be interesting makes for an interesting one for anybody thinking of buying a Porsche Cayman S or R.


All Porsche owners are a big family, no matter what model each person chooses to drive. Please remember to flash you headlights whenever you pass another Porsche to acknowledge this fact.

What Would You Buy – 2012 Porsche Cayman R or 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera

By   August 29, 2011

The new 2012 Porsche 911 (a.k.a. 991, you can read more about the 991 here) looks like it will be a great car. The Carrera model outputs a nice 350hp and can get from 0 to 60mph in just 4.2 seconds (with the right options).

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Having read about what appears to be a great car (I’m looking forward to reviewing one when they become available), it brings up a $16,000 question. Is it worth the additional $16,000 to buy a new 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera over a new 2012 Porsche Cayman R?

The 2012 911 Carrera has 350hp versus 330hp for the Cayman R. While the Carrera can get to 60mph from 0 in as little as 4.2 seconds versus as low as 4.4 seconds for the Cayman R. The 911 Carrera has a top speed of 179mph versus 175mph. The 911 Carrera has a starting price of $82,000 versus $66,000 for the Cayman R.

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So, the 911 is still a bit faster, but not by much. Plus I think on the track the Cayman R may be able to best the Carrera because of it’s better weight distribution and lighter weight. Having said this, the 911 Carrera would still have a stereo and air conditioning.

While I believe that you don’t need a stereo in a Porsche, there are quite a few places where A/C is a necessity (something that can be added back to the Cayman R, but at the cost of added weigh).

For me I would go with the Cayman R for it’s more focused appeal and weight distribution. Having said this, I also live in a place where an A/C is not needed and am planning on taking my A/C out of my current daily driver Porsche (I also already took out the stereo). Besides this I tend to like to spend less when possible.

I’m trying to setup a side by side comparison of these two cars once the 991 is released and will write about what I find when that happens.

So, that is what I would choose. What about you? Let me know in the comments.


All Porsche owners are a big family, no matter what model each person chooses to drive. Please remember to flash you headlights whenever you pass another Porsche to acknowledge this fact.

Just Released New 2012 Porsche 911 Video

By   August 29, 2011

Porsche has just released a new video of the new 2012 Porsche 991. The video features the Carrera S model that produces 400 hp. The car looks pretty good and I’m looking forward to reviewing one.


All Porsche owners are a big family, no matter what model each person chooses to drive. Please remember to flash you headlights whenever you pass another Porsche to acknowledge this fact.

The Porsche Guys Redesign Update

By   August 29, 2011

The redesign of The Porsche Guys site is finished. We hope that you find the new design cleaner and easy to use. Below are the highlights of the site redesign.

  • The home page has been redesigned to show an excerpt of each post. You can view the full post by clicking on the title or read more. This change should make the home page load faster.
  • The site now has a stay up-to-date box that makes it easy to get the latest news from The Porsche Guys. You can get updates in your E-Mail, through RSS, on Facebook or on Twitter. You can see the box in the upper left corner of the site.
  • The site now has a Porsche Videos page. From this page you will be able to find all of the videos that we post as well as other interesting Porsche related videos. You can get to the Porsche Videos page from the links at the very top of the page.
  • A contact us form has been added to the site. Use the form to send us news tips, ask questions, send us comments or find out about advertising opportunities on our site.

We hope that you like the new look and feel of the site. Let us know what you think about it in the comments.


All Porsche owners are a big family, no matter what model each person chooses to drive. Please remember to flash you headlights whenever you pass another Porsche to acknowledge this fact.

Porsche Turbo vs VW Beetle Drag Race – Top Gear – Video

By   August 26, 2011

Partly because this is a video is interesting and partly to celebrate the U.K. version of Top Gear showing new episodes (at least to the U.S.) on BBC America, I am posting a video from the show. This video is of a new Porsche 911 Turbo drag racing a classic Volkswagen Type I (a.k.a. Beetle). You would think that the 911 would win easily, but what makes the video interesting is how the even up the competition.


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All Porsche owners are a big family, no matter what model each person chooses to drive. Please remember to flash you headlights whenever you pass another Porsche to acknowledge this fact.

The Porsche Guys Redesign

By   August 26, 2011

When you visited our site today you may have noticed a slight change. Well over the next few days we are doing a slow rollout of our new site design. The hope is to make the site a bit more clean and make it easier to get to the things that our readers want. The most noticeable change right now is our new logo (visible in the top right corner of the site). The goal is to have the full redesign rolled out by the end of the weekend, but we shall see how that goes.

You can let us know how you like the design as it takes shape in the comments.


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Porsche Wins the Ideal Vehicle Award

By   August 25, 2011

This appears to have been missed by most automobile sites with all of the coverage of the 2012 Porsche 911 (a.k.a. 991), but for the fourth year in a row Porsche has been rated the number one premium brand in the U.S.A. The rating was performed by AutoPacific in their annual Ideal Vehicle Awards.

The title was given to Porsche based on a survey by 72,000 automobile owners that rated their cars in 15 categories. In the individual categories the Porsche 911 won best sports car and the Porsche Cayenne won best sports crossover.

Awards like these show that Porsche is continuing to build some of the best cars in the world.

Below is the official press release which contains more information about the award.

For the fourth consecutive year, Porsche customers have rated the driving experience of their cars as superior in AutoPacific’s annual 2011 Ideal Vehicle Awards (IVA). The Porsche brand is again the survey’s number-one rated premium car brand in the United States. Porsche took home the same honor in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

The AutoPacific IVAs are among the most comprehensive and respected in the industry and this year they were based on more than 72,000 owners’ ratings of their new 2011 model year cars and trucks across 15 key vehicle attributes that measure just how closely a vehicle matches their expectations. The cars that owners would change the least are considered the most ideal.

In addition to winning as a brand overall, Porsche also won this year’s overall car, specific IVA sports car segment and luxury crossover segments. The Porsche 911 won overall in the sports car segment while the Cayenne was chosen as the ideal luxury crossover. This also marks the 5th consecutive year that Porsche has taken the top spot in the IVA’s sports car category.

“An ideal vehicle is one that meets the owner’s expectations for the product. They do not want it changed. They don’t want it bigger. They don’t want it faster. They don’t want its styling changed,” says George Peterson, president of AutoPacific. “When asked what they would change about their new vehicle, buyers who want the least change are driving their ideal vehicle. This means Porsche has created cars that owners say they love just as they are.”

The IVAs are driven by data collected from thousands of new car and light truck buyers measuring the fusion between trust, anticipation, expectations and reality within specific product segments. In addition to identifying segment winners, IVA also establishes numerical ideal vehicle ratings for virtually every passenger car and light truck in the United States market. These results come from calculating owner input across 15 specific areas related to a vehicle’s attributes, including: exterior styling, exterior size, passenger roominess, cargo space, driver’s seat comfort, driver’s seat visibility, interior technology, interior lighting, power and acceleration, ease of getting in and out, interior storage compartments, ride, handling, safety features and tires and wheels.

The Awards incite the notion that automakers that best understand their customers and create the vehicle their buyers demand, come closest to the ideal.

AutoPacific is a future-oriented automotive marketing and product-consulting firm. Every year it publishes a wide variety of syndicated studies on the automotive industry. The firm also conducts extensive proprietary research and consulting for auto manufacturers, distributors, marketers and suppliers worldwide. Company headquarters and its state-of-the-art automotive research facility are in Tustin, California, with an affiliate office in the Detroit area.


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All Porsche owners are a big family, no matter what model each person chooses to drive. Please remember to flash you headlights whenever you pass another Porsche to acknowledge this fact.