The interactive live event, which kicks off at 17:00 on 18 September, will be broadcast free around the world in German, English and French languages via soundnacht.porsche.de. The Porsche Heritage and Museum department are pulling together a thrilling online programme that will, for the first time, take place at both the Porsche Museum in Zuffenhausen and the Weissach Development Centre, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
While presenter Anna Fleischhauer will host from the Museum together with various four-wheeled sound artists and their contemporary witnesses, across in Weissach, Matthias Malmedie and Mark Webber will celebrate the racing cars that have written successful chapters in Porsche’s motorsport history.
Famous icons and spine-tingling sound
Among the many icons that will have their engines started, are several models that will be presented for the first time at a Sound Night event. The Porsche 962 C, for example, will celebrate its premiere at this year's sound spectacle. Hans-Joachim Stuck won the Sprint championship with this racing car in 1986, and at the same time put the new and ground-breaking Porsche PDK dual-clutch transmission through its paces. Stuck – better known as ‘Strietzel’ – will also look back on the year 1987, when he competed in all five Supercup races at the wheel of the 962 C – with the starting number 17 and a further-developed PDK – and ended the season by winning the championship title.
Fans around the world can also look forward to the two-time world rally champion Walter Röhrl being on stage. He will present the 924 Carrera GTS Rally, with which he won four overall victories in the German Rally Championship 40 years ago. To mark that anniversary of the 1981 rally season, the Porsche Heritage and Museum department surprised Röhrl at the beginning of the year with the newly restored gold-black 924 ‘Monnet’ that he rallied with great success.
Alexander Klein, Head of Vehicle Management and Heritage Experience, will present the 911 (901 No. 57). The red coupé, built in October 1964, is one of the first production versions of the sports car, which originally had the type designation 901. Almost exactly 50 years later, the Porsche Museum bought back the rare model – which had been discovered by chance – and returned the oldest 911 in the company’s collection to its original condition. The 907 KH, which was produced in the racing department of Werk 1 in 1967 as the successor to the Porsche 910 for endurance races, will also make its debut at the Sound Night, with former hillclimb specialist Rudi Lins doing the honours.
But it is not only racing and road cars from the past that will carry the typical Porsche sound out into living rooms all over the world: current highlights from the motorsport world will also make an appearance. Presence and success in motorsport with electrically powered racing cars is an important part of the company’s Mission E strategy and so, Formula E driver Pascal Wehrlein will drive the Porsche 99X Electric on the running-in and test track at Weissach. The TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team 2021 has been fielding the 99X Electric in its second season in Formula E.
During the Sound Night, viewers can submit questions, some of which will be passed on for the stars on stage to answer. Those watching will also get the opportunity to vote interactively on estimation and knowledge questions. More information about the event can be found on the Museum website www.porsche.com/Museum.