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The best Porsche that was never built
By Jason Gonzalez
I was reveling in a 15-minute break from work and prodding through the online classifieds in search of my next something to long for. It was early September, and I was flipping through the 944Online.com forum. A new thread caught my eye. Someone had posed a question about what "your dream 924/944/968" would be. I didn't have to give it much thought. Mine is easy: I want a 944 Carrera GTS. The only problem was that Porsche never made such a car. I knew what I had to do.
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Is a facelifted Porsche 991 Turbo already in the works?
GT Spirit
Just a few months ago, the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S were revealed and we had the chance to drive both of them. As you would imagine, both are absolutely spectacular sports cars capable of acceleration exceeding some of their mid-engined supercar rivals. However, now images have emerged reportedly showcasing a facelifted Porsche 991 Turbo testing under light camouflage!
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Michelin Survey
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Click here to take a quick survey from Michelin. All participants will be entered into a drawing for a $70 Michelin Pre-Paid Mastercard. The survey will close Jan. 10 at Noon.
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TUDOR United SportsCar Championship brand advertising campaign debuts on FOX Sports 1
IMSA
A 30-second television commercial capturing the on-track excitement of and anticipation for the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship was launched Dec. 16 on Fox Sports 1 as the centerpiece of the International Motorsports Association's (IMSA) multi-media brand advertising campaign.
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Tech Tactics East 2014
PCA
The date has been set for the fourth annual Tech Tactics East at the Porsche Cars North America site outside of Easton, PA. Please mark your calendars for March 1-2, 2014. The format will be the same as in years past. Our very special guest this year from Porsche AG is Daniel Vasiliades, who is responsible for the marketing of the Macan. We will also feature Owen Hayes, Director of Operations Porsche Motorsports North America, who will focus on the 991 GT America and the new United Sports Car Racing series. We have already booked speakers from Porsche Cars North America, Mobil Oil, Michelin Tires and Performance Friction Brakes. Three PCA members are also part of the program: Jim Newton from Automobile Associates, Lou Verdiales, PCA Tech Committee member responsible for 911 turbos, and John Paterek. This will be John's 34th consecutive appearance at Tech Tactics. He was a presenter at the inaugural event at the Harley Hotel in 1981. Returning by popular demand the second annual "model car show" will be held in the Registration area. Dust off your favorite die-cast Porsche for a People's Choice event.

Continental breakfast, "box" lunches and a complimentary event tee shirt are included in the registration fee of $60. Registration will open on February 4, 2014 on motorsportreg.com.

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Video: Stop, look, and listen to this lustworthy backdated Porsche 911
Jalopnik
This is a 1981 Porsche 911, but it doesn't look like one. That's because it has been backdated — stripped, rebodied, and tuned into one of the most distinctive Porsches in the world.
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Porsche is racing back to Le Mans with a 919 hybrid
Wired
After a 16-year hiatus, Porsche is returning to the greatest endurance race in the world, and the machine that's bringing them back to Le Mans is a four-cylinder hybrid that could set the bar in 2014.
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Video: Watch Porsche build its new Macan crossover
Motor Authority
Porsche's new Macan made its debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show last month but volume production of the sporty new crossover only got underway this month at Porsche's plant in Leipzig, Germany. This video shows parts of the production process, from the point the body is welded together to its initial painting to the final point where the Porsche emblem is affixed to the hood.
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Porsche acquires majority share in Manthey-Racing GmbH
Porsche
Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG has acquired a 51 percent stake in Manthey-Racing GmbH, thereby further strengthening its long-standing, successful cooperation with the racing team. Manthey-Racing GmbH specialises in developing and racing Porsche track cars, but also delivers all manner of services relating to the road cars from Zuffenhausen.
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Porsche announces Makowiecki signing
Crash.Net
Fred Makowiecki is to leave Aston Martin to become of Porsche's factory GT drivers for the 2014 season and beyond. Makowiecki, a former winner of the Porsche Carrera Cup France, will join Porsche having impressed with Aston Martin Racing in the World Endurance Championship this season.
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Are you the next Porsche 911 Targa?
Autoblog
The 991-type Porsche 911 was introduced in 2012, but it's just now hitting its stride in terms of the numerous variations for which the 911 is known. Following closely on the heels of the 911 Turbo Cabriolet models revealed at the LA Auto Show, Porsche looks to be readying the return of the 911 Targa.
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1978 Porsche 930 Turbo
Car and Driver
Following its domination of the Can-Am racing series in 1972 and '73, Porsche decided to share its turbocharging technology with devout customers. A year after its 1974 Paris auto-show debut, the first Turbo arrived here as a 1976 model. At a time when the most powerful Corvette had 210 horsepower, a Mustang II "King Cobra" boasted 139 ponies, and recovery from the first energy crisis had barely begun, Porsche's 2825-pound Messerschmitt attacked the supercar class with 234 horsepower.
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$845,000 Porsche uses less gas than a Prius
The Globe and Mail
The Porsche 918 Spyder is the fastest production car around the Nürburgring. At close to a million dollars, it is by far the priciest road-going Porsche. And according to Porsche, this 887-hp track monster uses less fuel than a Toyota Prius.
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Macan S Diesel will be America's most affordable Porsche: Report
Motor Authority
Next year will see Porsche's Macan crossover receive two new variants: a four-cylinder base Macan and a fuel-efficient Macan S Diesel. Unfortunately, only the diesel model will be reaching the U.S. market.

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Michelin Partners with IMSA, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship; Manufacturer to provide tires for several GT Le Mans teams
IMSA
The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) welcomes another world-class brand to the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with the announcement that Michelin is now an approved tire supplier for the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class and proud partner of IMSA and the TUDOR Championship for the next two years.

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Autobahn thrills to cost foreigners under German plan
Bloomberg
For the privilege of driving on Germany's speedy autobahn, Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to charge everyone, except Germans.

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Porsche Cayman S: Don't order a Boxster just yet
CNET News
The first-generation Cayman showed that you didn't have to buy a 911 to have an amazing Porsche experience. It also helped that it cut a fine figure pootling down the road. Now there's a new Cayman and it's better than its predecessor.
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Attention Cayenne and tow vehicle owners: PCA and Club Racing tow hitch covers available
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PCA stainless steel license frames in stock
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These elegant OEM quality stainless steel frames are now in stock in four finishes, including a high tech carbon fiber look. All frames are made from heavy rust proof 304 stainless steel with highly detailed laser etch graphics. Universal fit and easy mounting application. Includes matching frame finish hardware hider caps to complement your frames. Available in black powder-coated, brushed stainless steel, and gold titanium finishes. Price $19.99-39.99 S/H. Order here.
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Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday!
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