Sonne Porsche
Newsletter January 2000 Articles

Unbaffled Presidential Exhaust Notes
By Mike Cripps's the new millennium. Been there. Done that. Now back to life's more important fantasies like Porsches.

February will bring our first club event of the year with a Valentine's Sweetheart run on Sunday, Feb. 13. Seems like there has been some conversation lately about a North Shore run, so here goes. We join the Corvette and Camaro Clubs at the Toys-R-Us parking lot, Pearlridge, for a drivers' meeting at 9:30 a.m., launch at 10:00 and drive up to the Helemano Plantation for brunch and the Dole Maze (this is today's version of the old A-frame Pineapple Hut on Kam Hwy before dropping down into Haleiwa). Then on around the North with a stop for beer up Kahuku way and back via the windward coast. Hope to see you there.

This month's meeting is at the Waikiki Elks Club at 6:30 p.m. for business, 7 p.m. for dinner, on Thurs., Jan 20. The past few meetings have generated a lot of discussion as to what we want to do this year. If you have some ideas please come on down and share them. I promise to bring along a picture of the soon to be marketed 2000 Toyota MR2 Spyder just in case you forgot what a Boxster looks like. It is the sincerest form of flattery.


Le Mans Class-Winning Porsche 911 GT3

SONOMA, CA -- The ultimate new Porsche 911 race car made its U.S. debut here Sunday, July 25, 1999 in the American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sears Point Raceway.

The Porsche 911 GT3 arrived in the wine country coming off a successful international debut at last years 24 Hours of Le Mans. Two Porsche 911 GT3s finished first and second in class at Le Mans, 13th and 19th overall. At Sears Point, drivers Dirk Muller and Cort Wagner will co-drive the Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3 entry, to be run by Florida-based Alex Job Racing. Muller, from Germany, drove one of the 911 GT3s at Le Mans, while Wagner currently leads the American Le Mans Series GT class driver's points standings.

The 911 GT3 is the latest chapter in the story of special road going Porsches designed for customers who race or just dream of racing. The car is powered by a 3.6-liter, six-cylinder, horizontally-opposed aluminum engine, which can cover 0-60 mph in just under six seconds. The GT3 can reach a top speed in excess of 187 mph.

Weighing 66 pounds more than its 911 Carrera "brother," the 911 GT3 has a power-to-weight ratio of a top-flight athlete -- just 15.26 pounds/bhp. The car has 273 foot-pounds of torque at 5,000 rpm and the engine revs to its rev limiter speed of 7,800 rpm.

While the race car has made its way to American soil, the production-based version of the GT3 is not slated for sale in the U.S. or Canada. The Grand Prix of Sonoma, is Round 4 of the new eight-race American Le Mans Series.

(courtesy Porsche Cars North America, Inc.)

On-Line Interactive Learning
for Porsche Dealers

ATLANTA, -- Porsche Cars North America launched an interactive web site last year that ties all of its dealers together via the Internet. The endeavor is designed to improve communication with dealers and thereby provide better service to Porsche's customers.

Complete with a reference library, video collection, chat rooms and links with Porsche engineers, the web site replaces all of the company's print and video training and reference materials. In addition, information is now updated on both sides of the Atlantic, and factory planners can communicate with dealer showrooms.

"A Porsche buyer isn't choosing an appliance. Our clientele is the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable in the world," said Fredrick J. Schwab, PCNA President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our dealerships' staff must be better informed and connected. The online web site has just taken our penchant for technical innovation and applied it to information systems."

"Our web site is quickly becoming a way of life for our dealerships' staff," said Dave Parsons, Porsche Cars North America Sales & Marketing Training Manager. "In the morning, they pour a cup of coffee and go online.

They can get the latest information on new vehicle options, study in our reference library, e-mail a video clip or specifications to a prospect, view images of new accessories, or even chat with other Porsche dealers.

" The company will soon offer an on-line basic certification program for every dealership employee, from vehicle detailers to administrative staff. The objective is to enable each employee to confidently discuss Porsche's product range and rich heritage. The firm's strategic partner in the venture is The Gary Stock Company, a suburban New York-based training firm with long ties to Porsche and the auto industry. The web site went online Jan. 1, 1999.

(courtesy Porsche Cars North America, Inc.)