Mille Miglia of Dubai - December 2023
Mille Miglia of Dubai 2023
This year marked a thrilling shift in our racing experience as we navigated the vibrant streets of Dubai and the all the 7 Emirates for the iconic Mille Miglia event. Departing from tradition, we opted for a powerhouse of performance, the awe-inspiring Porsche Turbo S, meticulously prepared by the skilled hands of D4S Motorsport and driven by Sergio Durante and Veronika Statauskiene.
Dubai, with its dazzling skyline and cutting-edge architecture, provided a stunning backdrop for this exclusive race. The city’s blend of modernity and luxury set the stage for a unique twist on the classic Mille Miglia format.
The Porsche Turbo S, a true beast of power and handling, effortlessly conquered the urban landscape. Its 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged engine unleashed an impressive 770 horsepower, propelling us through the streets with unrivaled speed. The streets of Dubai, known for their opulence and grandeur, became the racetrack for this extraordinary event.
As we maneuvered through the city’s twists and turns, the Turbo S showcased its prowess, seamlessly blending raw power with precision handling. The aerodynamic design and advanced engineering of the car ensured a thrilling performance at every corner.
In the midst of the race, the city’s unique charm added an extra layer of excitement. The juxtaposition of traditional souks and futuristic skyscrapers created a dynamic course, demanding both speed and finesse.
The exclusivity of the Mille Miglia of Dubai mirrored the sophistication of the landscape itself. With a carefully curated lineup of participants and the roaring Turbo S leading the pack, the event exemplified the epitome of automotive excellence.
In conclusion, the Mille Miglia of Dubai, set against the stunning backdrop of this cosmopolitan oasis and the desertic and mountain landscapes, proved to be an exhilarating fusion of tradition and modernity. The D4S Motorsport Porsche Turbo S, driven by Sergio Durante and co-driven by Veronika Statauskiene, showed to be a true marvel of engineering, left an indelible mark on the streets of Dubai, making this exclusive race an unforgettable experience for participants and spectators alike.
A Symphony of Elegance: Unveiling the Masterpieces of the Mille Miglia Middle East
The Most Beautiful Race in the Middle East set to grace the roads of the UAE once again in December 2023, promising a spectacle of automotive magnificence like never before. The air will resonate with the purr of engines and the timeless beauty of classic cars as they embark on an exhilarating journey through an exciting new route.
This year, the event has expanded its horizons, welcoming an impressive lineup of 120 cars that embody the essence of automotive artistry. Each vehicle, a masterpiece on wheels, tells a story of passion, craftsmanship, and the timeless allure of classic motoring. From sleek curves to roaring engines, the Mille Miglia Middle East brings together a collection of automotive gems that span the ages.
In response to the overwhelming demand from collectors and enthusiasts, the event organizers have curated an exceptional fleet, offering participants the chance to revel in the unparalleled experience of a regularity rally that transcends the ordinary. The diverse array of cars, ranging from iconic vintage models to contemporary classics, showcases the rich tapestry of automotive history.
As a special treat for the adventurous drivers, this year’s route extends to the Sultanate of Oman, embracing the breathtaking driving roads of the Musandam Peninsula. With its sinuous ribbons of tarmac cutting through majestic mountains, the journey promises an adrenaline-fueled experience like no other. The Mille Miglia Middle East continues to be a celebration of not only the beauty of the cars but also the spirit of exploration and camaraderie among enthusiasts.
Get ready to witness a symphony of elegance as the Mille Miglia Middle East unfolds, bringing together the most remarkable classics against the picturesque backdrop of the UAE and the rugged landscapes of Oman. This is more than a race; it’s a timeless ode to the allure of automotive excellence.
Porsche Rally Racing Proto D4S
Saturday, 29, April, 2023 – Porsche Experience Circuit Franciacorta (BS) – Italy
Unleashing the Power: The Porsche Rally Racing Proto D4S
Get ready to embark on a journey of adrenaline-fueled excitement as we unveil the extraordinary Porsche Rally Racing Proto D4S. On Saturday, April 29, 2023, at the Porsche Experience Circuit Franciacorta in Italy, witness the prowess of this unique prototype designed to dominate the ice racing scene.
History: A Prototype Born to Conquer
Crafted from the visionary concept of Dr. Eng. Sergio Durante and a team of skilled engineers, including Dr. Eng. Mauro Comoglio and Dr. Eng. Anja Praturlon, the Porsche Rally Racing Proto D4S made its debut in 2011 at the Kohl Motorsport Fair in Cologne, Germany. Sponsored by Concurrent Engineering, HAAS, and K&N, it emerged as a technological marvel.
From 2012 to 2013, this beast roared through international championships, clinching fourth place in the Ice Series and Ice Challenge against formidable opponents from the Andros Ice Racing Championship. It showcased its prowess in uphill races, notably securing first place in the prototype category at the Cesana-Sestriere. The years 2014-2018 witnessed triumphs in the Ronde Invernale and Winter Sprint races in France, etching its name in history with two pole positions, two overall victories, and a circuit record.
After a hiatus since 2019, the car has awakened from its slumber, gracing the brand new Porsche Experience Circuit of Franciacorta in Brescia with its exceptional presence.
Specifications: The Epitome of Performance
The Porsche Rally Racing Proto D4S is not just a car; it’s a masterpiece of engineering. Built entirely by D4S Motorsport, it boasts a rollbar welded to FIA safety standards, Sparco seats, Sabelt six-point racing belts, and an FIA-approved racing fire extinguisher. The bodywork is a symphony of lightweight materials, including Full Carbon Kevlar doors and hood, contributing to its aerodynamic prowess.
Under the hood, a meticulously prepared engine delivers an exhilarating sound reminiscent of an F1 engine. The racing gearbox, front and rear differentials, and custom suspension showcase the meticulous attention to detail, offering unparalleled control and performance.
Certified Characteristics: Engineering Marvel
Every inch of the Porsche Rally Racing Proto D4S is a testament to innovation. With a hybrid bodywork featuring carbon fiber, aluminum, steel, Kevlar fiber, and titanium, this prototype stands as a technological marvel. The cockpit is a blend of Alcantara, aluminum, and carbon fiber, housing bucket seats, a high-strength steel rollbar, and reinforcements.
Equipped with a variety of tires and rims for different racing conditions, this car is adaptable to any challenge. The meticulously crafted engine, cooling system, injection, and electronic ignition ensure optimal performance on the track.
Bringing the Future to the Circuit: The Porsche-D4S Hybrid General Electrical System
The Porsche Rally Racing Proto D4S doesn’t just break records; it sets a new standard for hybrid electrical systems. Blending Porsche’s legacy with D4S innovation, this system ensures peak performance, reinforcing the prototype’s status as a trailblazer in the world of racing.
Prepare to be mesmerized as the Porsche Rally Racing Proto D4S takes center stage, rewriting the rules of racing and setting the course for a thrilling future in motorsports.**
Vehicle certified characteristics
Hybrid bodywork in carbon fibre, aluminium, steel, Kevlar fibre, titanium
Crystals and windshield in super light Lexan, anti-reflection coating, water repellent coating, Porsche multilayer glass windshield
Internal conditions Alcantara, aluminium, carbon fibre, bucket seats, six-point belts, high-strength steel rollbar, reinforcements.
Tyres: 4 sets of tires and rims: slick, rain, snow and ice racing studded, various sizes from 16 to 18″ Those fitted with slicks, Michelin 18″ sizes, 19″ rain, 16″ ice racing. The rims are original Porsche 5-spoke aluminum equilibrated.
Also original Porsche wheels are mounted on the slick tyres.
Engine: Prepared engine, direct intake, tuned exhaust, variable valve timing, lightened flywheel, reinforced clutch, rigid mounts;
Cooling system, radiator: Forced ventilation aluminum radiators
Injection and electronic ignition, configured for 98-100 octane petrol or special fuel up to 120 Octane
Handcrafted exhaust system tuned 2 x 3in1, X-pipe, direct
Double electric racing fuel pump, with cell racing tank
The gearboxes are all manual and beautifully lightened crafted in high strength steel, super finisheded and diamond DLC coated and other nanostrucured coatings.
Braking system with aeronautical tubes, (with the overheating of the oil, air bubbles are formed in the oil, with this equipment the heating and expansion of the tubes are reinforced in order to avoid loose of internal pressure, permitting long session at the maximum attack on the circuit), built ad hoc and customized just for this car, disengageable ABS, self-ventilating discs, racing pads.
Steering gear with Porsche power steering
Porsche power steering pump
Competition shock absorbers and suspension, Bilstein custom adjustable in
compression and rebound, adjustable height, mechanically adjustable
Porsche-D4S hybrid general electrical system
Ice Challenge 2023: D4S impressive results both in technology and sport!
2023: after years that we decided to support the fast growing International Championship Ice Challenge, we got excellent results, both from technology and sport point of view
Sergio Durante win for the third time and for the second consecutive year with a hybrid rally racing car.
The 2023 Ice Challenge season – International Ice Speed Championship is coming to an end.
A really difficult season from the weather point of view, with alternating very cold and very hot temperatures with humidity, the maximum stress for the innovative technologies brought into the field by Durante Space Tech.
With three rounds held, the season is therefore preparing to formalize in its Hall of Fame the verdicts of an exciting and captivating challenge with equally spectacular challenges.
Ivan Carmellino boasts of a new overall victory like Sergio Durante, Jean Claude Vallino and Simone Firenze respectively in the hybrid, SSV and 2WD car category.
“Thanks to the teams, the riders, the track managers – concluded BMG Motor Events and D4S Motorsport – to our staff, collaborators, sponsors and partners, to the accommodation facilities that have or should have hosted us. It’s hard to finish like this, but let’s go ahead and think about 2024 from today”.
5 races in Italy and France, new program to annex Austria and Finland in the next year, beautiful cars, famous drivers, television and internet covering.
These are just some of the motivation to push us to be involved in first person. Apart passion, of course…
Sergio Durante in action: photo by Alberto Caldani