Posted by: porschebahn | February 14, 2009

Where did the Porsche “Panamera” name come from?

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The Panamera name is derived from the legendary endurance race “Carrera Panamericana”.  This gruelling race, similar to the Mille Miglia and Targa Florio in Italy, took place each year from 1950 to 1954 on the more than 1,800 miles of the Mexican part of the famous transcontinental passage Panamericana.  Due to the extreme racing distance and the duration of 6 days, the Carrera Panamericana posed an unparalleled endurance test, where not only speed but also the reliability to last over long distances contribute to the success.  It is these characteristics that Porsche feels define the Panamera in a special way.

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Porsche 550 Spyder  –  “Carrera Panamericana 1954” by Nicholas Watts

To see more of Nicholas Watts work visit The Motorsport Gallery

Porsche has had a strong presence in the race then and now. 

A link to US web site of the La Carrera Panamericana.


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