Porsche gives sneak peek at new 911 prototype

2020 Porsche 911 development drives

Prior to this, the prototypes' engines get revved up to complete the final stages of a global testing programme which put the new sports cars under a great deal of stress.

Though it's essential to test the 911 in all weather conditions, including the extreme climates where some of the production models will be used, most drivers will be taking their Porsche out on public urban and rural roads as part of their daily routine.

The long-awaited debut of the new 992 generation Porsche 911 is just weeks away, as we've read earlier: The 992 is expected to be presented at the Los Angeles International Auto Show at the end of this month.

Fleets of Porsche 911 test mules have been roaming the globe from very cold to very hot areas, separated by up to 85 degrees Celsius temperature gaps. They furthermore endured "lengthy traffic jams in major cities" and set "new records on race tracks".

In this frigid environment, Porsche tested the vehicle's cold start capabilities, heating and air conditioning, traction on snow and ice, handling and breaking, and control systems response. "The vehicles' drivetrain must function as flawlessly as its fluids, systems, operating processes and displays - it's the only way we can be certain that the vehicle is able to travel through all regions of the world without faults", he adds.

The testing focuses primarily on the chassis and engine, which have been enhanced even further to increase both performance and everyday use. These efforts, when put together, are integral in the carmaker's pursuit of ensuring the eighth generation 911 continues the tradition of being the best 911 of all time. At these places, the car's air conditioning, thermal management, and combustion behaviour must remain functional tests in temperatures up to 50 degrees Celsius. Elevation tests have run the gamut from Death Valley at 282 feet below sea level to Mount Evans, Colorado, reaching higher than 14,000 feet. By the time testing is complete, the cars have been driven for around three million kilometres in total.



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