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Porsche’s Carrera GT roars onto the BICOctober 13th, 2004

Bahrain – Fresh from its recent record set as the fastest road-approved car to lap the Nürburgring North Circuit in Germany (7’32.44 minutes only to complete the 22.6 km long loop), Porsche’s Carrera GT came to Bahrain today to take on the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) at an event hosted for the media and Porsche owners by Dubai-based Porsche Middle East (PME).

The Carrera GT is the ultimate high-performance Porsche yet, accelerating from 0-100 in under four seconds and 0-200 in under ten. With a 5.7 litre cubic capacity, its design is based on pure racing engineering which applies both to the chassis and the suspension and to the V10 normal-aspirated engine, delivering as well the six-speed manual gearbox which comes complete with a thoroughbred motor racing clutch. The Carrera GT, with 612 bhp, guarantees a top speed of over 330 km/h.

Mark Bishop, PME’s managing director, hosted the event at the track along with Amaury La Fonta, PME’s marketing manager and three professional driving instructors from Germany, who flew over specially for the event to demonstrate the car’s proficiency and expertise on the track.

Seven of the new Carrera 911 S models were also on the track where participants had the opportunity to test drive this recently launched model which as well bears the distinct Porsche styling and racing car bred aerodynamics.

During the 2003/04 fiscal year which ended on July 31, 2004, Porsche AG has delivered 222 units of the Carrera GT to customers around the world, 6 of which are already on the roads of the Middle East. Porsche is the smallest, most profitable and only remaining independent car manufacturer. Porsche Middle East has recently become the 5th largest subsidiary for Porsche in the world, following closely behind major markets in Europe and the US.

Report from 21/10/2004