Date: Tue, 22 May 2007 10:05:31 +0200
Porsche Cayenne Mass Training Session for Trans-Siberia Rally
Stuttgart. Two and a half months before the start of the Transsyberia
Rally, Porsche has produced a small production run of 26 Cayenne S
Transsyberias in Leipzig. At a mass training session, the drivers got
intimately acquainted with their 385-bhp, long-distance rally vehicles and
prepared themselves for their two-week mission. Among the Porsche drivers
who will be lining up at the start in Moscow on August 2 are Armin Schwarz,
the second most successful German rally driver after Walter R√hrl;
three-time champion of the Dakar Rally, Ren√ Metge (France); two-time
motorcycle world rally champion, Marc Coma (Spain); and New Zealand rally
legend, Rod Millen.
During the three-day training session, the participants performed various
driving exercises on the off-road terrain of Porsche's Leipzig plant. Every
driver, without exception, was taken aback by the outstanding off-road
capabilities of the Cayenne S Transsyberia. The permanent all-wheel drive
of Porsche Traction Management (PTM) has a differential lock which further
improves traction. Rough-tread off-road tires ensure optimal grip with the
ground. The ground clearance of the Cayenne S Transsyberia can be adjusted
by means of a rocker switch on the dash to suit the different driving
conditions. Along fast stretches, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC)
uses a pair of active stabilizers to eliminate body roll almost entirely.
On trickier terrain, the stabilizers can be completely decoupled for
maximum suspension articulation.
"I never thought such a large automobile could be so agile," said rally
maestro Armin Schwarz (43) as he marveled at the sportiness of the Cayenne
S Transsyberia. Schwarz, who took third in the 2001 Safari Rally,
continued, "with its off-road tires, decoupled stabilizers and incredible
all-wheel drive, this thing can go practically anywhere. The 4.8-liter V8
engine has tremendous torque."
In addition to off-road driving, the training session in Leipzig also
featured slalom and obstacle-avoidance exercises on the asphalt, plus
navigation practice and repairs sessions. "After the training, I couldn't
feel better prepared for the adventure," said Schwarz. "I can't wait for
the Transsyberia, the same sorts of challenges await me between Moscow and
Mongolia as those I was up against in the Rally World Championship," added
the 1996 European Rally Champion.
The Transsyberia Rally starts in Moscow on August 2 and ends 6,600
kilometers away in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on August 17.
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