New 911 Undergoes Final Tests
Porsche has released pictures of the upcoming new 911, codenamed 992, undergoing the final stages of testing – the eighth generation of 911 will be officially revealed early in 2019. The images depict subtly disguised prototype versions of the 992 taking part in extreme weather tests around the world, all of which are designed to ensure that the new model can cope with the stresses of various real-world environments. Outside of Germany’s urban highways and cities, the new 911 has also visited regions such as the European Arctic Circle, China, the Nürburgring, Italy’s high-speed Nardò test track, and Mount Evans in Colorado – Porsche’s engineers will have driven the prototype cars around two million miles in total by the time testing is complete.
“In addition to its outstanding performance, it’s the 911’s suitability for daily use that has always put it in a class of its own,” commented Andreas Pröbstle, Project Manager for the Complete Vehicle of the 911. “That’s why we test the vehicle under all conditions, and in every type of weather and region. 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 added.
In hot climates, such as the Gulf States in the Middle East or Death Valley in the USA, the new 911’s air conditioning, thermal management, and combustion behaviour need to pass functional tests in temperatures of up to 50 degrees Celsius. The car’s interior components must not expand or contract and make noises when exposed to heat. In Finland’s the car has been exposed to temperatures of minus 35 degrees Celsius, the test focusing on areas such as cold start, heating and air conditioning, traction, handling and braking, as well as those systems relating driving dynamics.