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CarAdvice podcast 139: Platform sharing explained

On this week's podcast, you're joined by Mandy Turner, Paul Maric, and Mike Costello. The team answer Gavin's question about what a platform actually is, and why brands share them...

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Mark Webber: 2019 Porsche 911 comparable to 919 Le Mans race car
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Mark Webber: 2019 Porsche 911 comparable to 919 Le Mans race car

Mark Webber may not be piloting Formula One cars these days, or even Le Mans prototypes, but if you’re a potential Porsche buyer or one of the marque’s many repeat customers, that can only be a good thing given his involvement in new car development with the iconic German brand, including the new 911...


Mark Webber talks about his connection to Porsche - video
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Mark Webber talks about his connection to Porsche - video

Mark Webber might have spent the majority of his career in a Red Bull Racing F1 car, but he's forged a strong connection to Porsche since leaving the world of single-seaters. Having raced the 919 Hybrid, he's now serving as an ambassador for the brand – and it appears the role is more than just a financial arrangement...


Mark Webber takes the Porsche Mission E for a spin - video
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Mark Webber takes the Porsche Mission E for a spin - video

After ending his Formula 1 career with Red Bull Racing, Mark Webber made the switch to World Endurance Championship (WEC) racing with Porsche. He's not competing anymore, but the Porsche partnership isn't over...


Maria Sharapova and Mark Webber take the 911 GT2 RS on a speed date - Video
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Maria Sharapova and Mark Webber take the 911 GT2 RS on a speed date - Video

What do ex-F1 and World Endurance Racer Mark Webber and tennis star Maria Sharapova have in common? They're both ambassadors for Porsche. In this new video clip, the pair take the 911 GT2 RS for a spin around the company's test track in Weissach – spoiler alert, Maria shrieks once or twice...


Porsche open to autonomous track mode, will be 'one of the last' with a steering wheel
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Porsche open to autonomous track mode, will be 'one of the last' with a steering wheel

Lutz Meschke, head of finance and IT at Porsche, has outlined the brand's strategy for autonomous vehicles, driver assistance and other technologies. In an interview published on the company's corporate website, Meschke said "digitalisation and autonomous driving [should be seen] not as a threat but as a tremendous opportunity" for the sports car brand...


Mark Webber: “I’ve always been a Porsche guy. Even when I had to pay for them myself.”
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Mark Webber: “I’ve always been a Porsche guy. Even when I had to pay for them myself.”

The GT2 RS launch in Portugal gave us a chance to catch up with Mark Webber, recently retired from front-line racing duties but now working in both development and as a brand ambassador for Porsche. The 41-year old Aussie was brought along to give passenger rides on the circuit at Portimao, but sodden conditions put paid to that...


Mark Webber announces retirement from racing
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Mark Webber announces retirement from racing

One of Australia’s most decorated international motorsport stars, Mark Webber, has announced his retirement from racing. Webber will hang up his helmet at the end of the 2016 season, signalling an end to a glittering career that started in his hometown of Queanbeyan in 1991...


Nissan and the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours
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Nissan and the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours

Armed with three brand-new GT-R LM Nismo race cars, nine drivers (three Le Mans rookies) and a total of more than 1200kW of power, Nissan this June made its 16-year return to the top-step prototype class of the world's most famous motor race, the Le Mans 24 Hours. For motorsport fans, few names hold as much weight and significance as Le Mans...


Mark Webber returns to Albert Park in a Porsche 918 Spyder
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Mark Webber returns to Albert Park in a Porsche 918 Spyder

Australian Formula One racing driver, Mark Webber, will return to the Albert Park circuit for the first time since his retirement in 2013 — driving a Porsche. Mark Webber will pilot the hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder supercar on a series of demonstration laps around the Albert Park Grand Prix circuit...


Mark Webber's early-2007 Red Bull F1 car available for sale
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Mark Webber's early-2007 Red Bull F1 car available for sale

A Red Bull RB3 Formula One race car driven by Australian Mark Webber during the 2007 season has been listed for sale in the UK for 250,000 pounds ($458,000). The listing on British website Race Cars Direct was posted late last month by Nigel Baskerville. Baskerville believes that his RB3 is the "only raced Red Bull F1 car in private ownership", but it's not clear how he came to be in possession of the vehicle...


Porsche 919 hybrid: LMP1 racer, complete driver line-up named
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Porsche 919 hybrid: LMP1 racer, complete driver line-up named

Porsche has officially named its LMP1 racer that will compete in the 2014 World Endurance Championship (WEC) series, along with its complete driver line-up, including Australia's Mark Webber. Coming just days after Webber helped complete the LMP1 race car’s 2013 testing program in Portugal, Porsche has announced its hybrid racing car will be called the Porsche 919 hybrid...


Mark Webber: first drive of Porsche LMP1 ahead of 2014 team switch
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Mark Webber: first drive of Porsche LMP1 ahead of 2014 team switch

Mark Webber has helped complete the Porsche LMP1 race car's 2013 testing program, banking his first laps in the car he will pilot in next year's World Endurance Championship (WEC) series. Despite still being under contract with the Infiniti Red Bull Racing Formula One team, until officially switching to Porsche from January 1, 2014, Webber tested the Porsche LMP1 on the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal...


Ricciardo announced as Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver for 2014
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Ricciardo announced as Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver for 2014

The statement that all of Australia has been waiting for has been made by Infiniti Red Bull Racing: "We confirm that Daniel Ricciardo will drive for the Team in 2014." After much speculation, rumour and a Mark Webber tip-off, the energy drink company’s Formula One team has made its official decision to employ West Australian Daniel Ricciardo for the 2014 F1 season...


Webber all but confirms Ricciardo to claim Red Bull F1 seat
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Webber all but confirms Ricciardo to claim Red Bull F1 seat

Mark Webber has all but confirmed fellow Australian Daniel Ricciardo will take his seat next season following his exit from the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team after seven years with the Formula One team. Speaking with Australia's Channel 10 prior to the Belgian Grand Prix's main event at Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday, 36-year-old Webber announced, "The decision's made...


Mark Webber won't miss, punch Sebastian Vettel
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Mark Webber won't miss, punch Sebastian Vettel

Australian Formula One driver Mark Webber has said there will be no love lost between Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel and himself when Webber leaves Formula One at the end of this season. In an interview with Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson, the 'star in a reasonably priced car' confessed he would not miss Vettel after his departure...


Mark Webber quits F1 for Porsche sports car racing
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Mark Webber quits F1 for Porsche sports car racing

Mark Webber will race for Porsche in sports car racing from 2014 after announcing he was ending his 12-year career in Formula One. The Australian had been contemplating his motor sport future for months, and confirmed speculation yesterday by signing with the German sports car manufacturer...


Casey Stoner to battle Mark Webber, Jamie Whincup at Top Gear Festival
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Casey Stoner to battle Mark Webber, Jamie Whincup at Top Gear Festival

Two-time MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner will take on nine-time Formula One Grand Prix winner Mark Webber and four-time V8 Supercar Champion Jamie Whincup in a race around Sydney Motorsport Park as part of next month's Top Gear Festival Sydney...


Infiniti Red Bull Racing reveals 2013 F1 car
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Infiniti Red Bull Racing reveals 2013 F1 car

The Infiniti Red Bull Racing 2013 Formula One car has been unveiled at the team's Milton Keynes base, revealing a new livery for the two cars to be piloted by triple World Champion Sebastian Vettel and Australian teammate Mark Webber...


'Webber can't maintain winning form': Red Bull motorsport director
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'Webber can't maintain winning form': Red Bull motorsport director

Red Bull Racing motorsport director Dr Helmut Marko says he thinks the team's number two driver, Mark Webber, can't maintain winning form for a whole year and struggles with pressure. Marko shared his thoughts about Webber, along with the Australian's Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, in an interview with the energy drink company’s own Red Bulletin magazine...