Reduced-fat Panamera headed to Hockenheimring.
Now, I'm not saying it's right and proper, but there are ways to procure televised coverage of the worlds' far-flung racing series using something called the (shhh!) Internet. Lately, we've been broadening our horizons beyond the typical DTM and V8 Supercars, having picked up on Italy's Superstars touring car series. Actually, we only started watching to see if the lone team of Chrysler 300 SRT-8s could stand up to the teeming hoards of competing Audis and BMWs, Cadillacs and ROW Chevrolets (actually, they can). The racing isn't bad, and the Italian announcers sound like a sackful of marbles being poured into an oil drum. But later this month, this Porsche racecar is scheduled to hit the grid, giving the Superstars a new four-seater to contend with at Hockenheimring. The 450-hp, 4.8-liter V8-powered Panamera -- in the works by N.Technology since earlier this year -- will be piloted by touring-car veteran and current BTCC racer Fabrizio Giovanardi in next year's Superstars series. And at just under 3,000 lbs -- 1,200 lbs less than a stock model -- it's indeed a lightweight Panamera. Perhaps a future RS version isn't as unlikely as some negative nellies around here would have us believe? The Hockenheimring race is set for June 13. For more info, head over to the Superstars site. [Jon Sibal via World Car Fans]