Porsche gives sneak peek at new 911 prototype

Ruben Fields
November 8, 2018

Porsche took the new 911 to the Gulf States, Middle East, and Death Valley to test air conditioning, thermal management, and combustion behavior in those areas.

Porsche has finally previewed the next-generation Porsche 911 in a set of pictures before its official launch.

The prototype 911 cars are moving between climate zones with temperature differences of up to 85-degrees Celsius, moving across elevation changes of more than four kilometers, and sitting in traffic in major cities. Function and stress tests have been performed on the "entirely new operating concept in the cockpit" including instruments and displays. Next, the human-machine interface (HMI) undergoes function and stress tests, including the driver assistance and Porsche Connect systems.

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To assess how well the interior components, combustion engine, and air conditioning can handle the heat, Porsche tested the model in the desert, to ensure the entire auto could withstand temperatures typical of the Gulf States in the Middle East or Death Valley in the US, which can reach up to 50°C, or 122°F. Additionally, the interior components must also not expand and make noises when exposed to heat.

Finland where temperature drops below -35 degree Celsius was chosen as the freezing region to test for cold-start testing, heating traction, handling and braking behaviour as well as the response speed control system (electronics) which are related to the driving dynamics. The endurance test was carried out in China's roads and race tracks besides also proving that the 911 can run reliably despite varying fuel quality. Porsche says the test cars will have completed a total test run of 3 million kilometers when they have served their objective, and part of that is, of course, testing at the legendary Nürburgring, where many 911 customers will undoubtedly take their new pride and joy. By the time testing is complete, the cars have been driven for around three million kilometres in total.

The German sports vehicle maker will be using the last three weeks before the debut to prepare its fans for the grand premiere and it has just started the teaser campaign.

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