Porsche Australia enlists large names to have fun 911 milestone

Mark Webber and Stéphane Ortelli have joined Porsche Australia for its newest marketing campaign, celebrating 60 years of the 911.

The 911 Dakar Down Underneath marketing campaign options the pair of racing drivers as they sprint between Cooper Pedy within the Australian Outback to South Australia’s Bend Motorsport Park.

Within the video, Mark Webber will get behind the wheel of the brand new Porsche 911 Dakar, which contains a 3.0-litre twin-turbo flat-six making 353kW of energy and 570Nm of torque, mated with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive.

It will possibly do the 0-100km/h dash takes a claimed 3.4 seconds.

“G’day mate, welcome to Australia,” Webber says to Ortelli because the Monégasque racing driver will get into the high-riding 911 in Coober Pedy carrying a black field.

Flicking the Dakar to Rallye mode, Webber navigates a dust highway as Ortelli tries to maintain the field secure.

The video then jumps to the race observe close to Adelaide, the place Webber brings the Dakar to a cease subsequent to a 911 GT3 RS parked within the pits.

The field adjustments palms and Ortelli takes the steering wheel of the GT3 RS, which has a 4.0-litre naturally aspirated flat-six engine with 386kW. It does the 0-100km/h dash in a claimed 3.2 seconds.

After making an attempt and failing to maintain the field secure, the duo get out of the automotive and reveal it was carrying a now very smushed sixtieth birthday cake.

Mark Webber has been a model ambassador for Porsche Australia since 2016. Stéphane Ortelli is finest identified for his three world championship wins and 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans race title.

“Each Mark and Stéphane are legends in terms of pushing efficiency boundaries and on this movie, they actually present the enjoyable that’s embedded in driving the rear-engine 911,” stated Porsche Automobiles Australia CEO and managing director Daniel Schmollinger.

Porsche Australia revealed the 911 Dakar late final 12 months. It contains a 50mm carry, a retuned chassis, lively roll stabilisation, rear wing, purple aluminium towing hooks, a wider physique, Pirelli Scorpion All Terrain Plus tyres and a 12V outlet on the roof.

Inside, the Dakar options mounted bucket seats up entrance, and no rear seats. Thinner glass is commonplace, as is a light-weight battery, to assist hold the load down relative to the broader 911 vary. 

If that isn’t sufficient, the Rallye Design Bundle – which carries an extra $54,730 price ticket – brings a two-tone white and blue end with purple and gold stripes, in a nod to the closely reworked 911 that gained the 1984 Paris-Dakar rally.

The automobile prices $491,400 earlier than on-road prices, and Porsche has dedicated to providing 2500 examples worldwide.

The 911 GT3 RS alternatively has a beginning worth of $500,200 earlier than on-road prices. It arrived in Australia within the second half of this 12 months.

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I was born on March 15, 1980, in Detroit, Michigan. I grew up in the heart of Motor City, surrounded by the culture of automobiles. I had a close-knit family, including my parents, two older siblings, and a younger brother. I attended Roosevelt High School in Detroit, where my love for cars began to flourish. From a young age, I showed an early interest in automobiles. I would spend hours tinkering with my bicycle and helping my father fix up our family car. It was clear that I had a natural affinity for all things mechanical. This passion for cars led me to pursue a career in the automotive industry.

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