Porsche unveils IMSA safety vehicle

SWIFT AND SAFE: PORSCHE® CAYENNE® S TITANIUM EDITION TAPPED FOR IMSA TRACK-SAFETY DUTY Special edition of Porsche's all-wheel-drive Cayenne S SUV to serve as IMSA response vehicle during final round of 2006 ALMS series ATLANTA - October 20,...

SWIFT AND SAFE: PORSCHE® CAYENNE® S TITANIUM EDITION TAPPED FOR IMSA TRACK-SAFETY DUTY

Special edition of Porsche's all-wheel-drive Cayenne S SUV to serve as IMSA response vehicle during final round of 2006 ALMS series

ATLANTA - October 20, 2006 - A specially prepared 2006 Cayenne S Titanium Edition SUV will serve as the IMSA Second Response Vehicle for the final round of the 2006 American LeMans Series (ALMS). The 'Pure Red' Cayenne S Titanium Edition-outfitted with fire-extinguishing and special safety tools including hydraulic jaws and spreaders-will help keep competitors and fans safe during the final Laguna Seca round of the '06 ALMS series. Fitted with a low-profile lightbar and bedecked in IMSA and ALMS livery decals, the Cayenne S safety car remains on-station at pit-out during all on-track activities. Piloted by IMSA Director of Operations Gordon Gratiot, the "second-response" vehicle is called into action whenever there is an injury or accident that requires a pilot be extracted from a race vehicle, or when damage to any of the track's barriers or safety systems have occurred.

The second-response vehicle supports the first-response vehicle-a black Porsche Cayenne Turbo also known as the medical car-which carries a physician as well as extraction tools. For the past four years, Porsche has provided IMSA with a Cayenne Turbo and Cayenne S for these critical response-car duties. Gratiot says the Cayennes are particularly well-suited to these tasks.

"The Cayenne handles exceptionally well, even in extreme conditions, and when we have to take drivers back to the pits, they can ride comfortably with plenty of space," he said. The Cayenne S Titanium Edition is a new model for the Cayenne lineup designed specifically for the U.S. and Canadian markets. Available since mid-July, the V-8 powered Cayenne S Titanium Edition features titanium-colored trim, exclusive exterior and interior finishes and the Cayenne's most popular options as standard equipment. The Cayenne S Titanium Edition provides this additional content at a price point approximately 10 percent lower than a comparably equipped Cayenne S.

Like the Cayenne S, the Cayenne S Titanium Edition is propelled by a 340-horsepower, 4.5-liter V-8. Mated to the standard six-speed Tiptronic® S automatic transmission, the Cayenne S Titanium Edition can sprint from a standstill to 60 mph (96 km/h) in only 6.8 seconds. The Cayenne S Titanium Edition can reach 99 mph (160 km/h) in just 16.8 seconds, and has a top track speed of 150 mph (242 km/h).

-credit: porsche motorsport

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