Porsche To Run a Twin-Turbo V-8 On Renewable Fuel, At Le Mans
With the advent of electric propulsion and the search for “greener” alternative fuels, it’s safe to say we live in interesting times. For better or worse, the strife for sustainability has reached motorsports and Porsche is one of the leading companies, working on finding a solution that doesn’t involve complete electrification. It seems Porsche is on to something, since its LMDh prototype utilizes a hybrid powertrain, focused around a twin-turbo V-8 running on renewable fuel.
Porsche Adds New Classic Colors To Its Paint-To-Sample Program
Porsche is a car manufacturer that prides itself not only with first-class engineering, but also exclusivity. Porsche Exclusive Manifaktur has recognized the increased demand for custom colors, in recent years and has introduced the new Paint to Sample and Paint to Sample Plus options. After Porsche’s Sonderwunsch program, this is the next step in exclusivity for the German carmaker.
The Porsche IPO Isn’t happening Just Yet
If there’s one brand that’s catapulted EV ambitions within the Volkswagen Group, it has to be Porsche. While Audi may have been the first to bring their e-Tron to market, it wasn’t until the Taycan came along that several brands within the VW Group started making the shift to electric mobility.
The New Porsche 911 GT2 RS Could Have 720 HP Or More Thanks to 3D Printed Pistons
The Porsche 911 GT2 RS is a beast of a car that, as of today, delivers a cool 700 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque from a twin-turbo, 3.8-liter, flat-six. It’s fast enough to get to 60 mph in a spleen splitting 2.7 seconds and tops out a respectable 211 mph. Those numbers represent an improvement of 0.8 seconds and six mph over the model it replaced. One could argue, then, that the next-gen 911 GT2 RS doesn’t need more power, but Porsche simply wouldn’t agree. This time, however, extra power and better performance aren’t coming from bigger turbos and more most. No, this time it comes, at least in part, thanks to 3D printed pistons.
Engineering Explained Exposes the Genius Behind Porsche’s New Tungsten Carbide Brakes
Porsche is one of the leading carmakers when it comes to innovation and high performance. The new Taycan stands as a more recent testament to Stuttgart’s appetite for new tricks, which is also visible in less obvious places.
Take Porsche’s fancy new tungsten-carbide brake disc, which doesn’t rust, produces little to zero brake dust, and most importantly, offers a no-fade experience.
Porsche’s 99X Electric Race Car Wants a Piece of Formula E
Porsche might have abandoned its Le Mans efforts, but the company made it clear that it wants to focus more on other competitions, namely Formula E. And now that goal is so much closer as Porsche unveiled the 99X Electric Formula E race car and, as one would expect from Porsche, even its name bears some significance in the bigger equation. Let’s see what’s what.
BMW and Porsche Tease an Ultrafast EV Charger That Nobody Can Use
Charging electric cars is a major concern for EV owners. In fact, it is one of the aspects that affect the decision-making process of any prospective buyer as well. Companies have come up with fast chargers and superfast chargers that are relatively close to competing with traditional refueling times, but they aren’t quite there yet. All of that may change, though, as BMW and Porsche have announced a new ultrafast electric car charger that is faster than even Tesla’s supercharger!
Porsche Says Human Drivers Will Always Have Option to Drive
Porsche has always been an enthusiast favorite for the simple fact that they’ve always delivered driver-centric cars. And now, Porsche says it will never have Level 5 Autonomy in its cars. According to the automaker, when it comes to self-driving cars Porsche drivers want to hand off the driving when it’s tedious and take it back when it’s fun. We agree.
Porsche Says It Can Cut Tesla’s Charge Times In Half
As the electric car market becomes bigger and more populated these days, Porsche is looking for a way to stand out from competition, and a big part of that approach is developing technologies that will allow it to claim the industry’s quickest charging times. The Porsche Taycan electric sports car — it’s Porsche’s first all-electric model ever — is expected to showcase that with the ability to charge 80 percent of its battery in just 15 minutes.
Porsche and Hyundai are Looking to Add Augmented Reality to Future Models
The images posted look like screenshots from a video game with so many details around the windshield, but this is the reality that might soon be seen in Porsches and Hyundais. The automakers have invested in a company called WayRay, which is basically into augmented reality. In simple words, your ordinary head-up display is going to get all the more intuitive with a lot more information.
Porsche is Reportedly Considering Developing Flying Taxis
Add Porsche to the growing list of companies that are looking to gain entry into the flying car segment. A report from German magazine Automobilwoche quoted Porsche Sales Chief, Detlef von Platen, who revealed that Porsche was gauging the temperature on the possibility of pursuing such an endeavor. Full details of Porsche’s plans were not revealed, but the thought of seeing a flying Porsche in the future is enough to make some heads roll.
3D Parts Printing: Porsche Classic’s Way of Making Life a Little Easier for Those in Need of Hard-to-Find Parts
Ask anybody who restores classic cars, either for fun or for a living, what the biggest challenge is in completing these projects. The most common answer you’ll get is “supply,” as in the supply of classic car parts that have become impossible to find today. In times like this, alternative ways to get these parts are your best bet, and in the case of Porsche Classic, it found a way to do just that. Its secret? 3D printing.
Porsche Says to Quit Complaining About Squeaky Brakes or Pay Us to Check Them for No Reason
Squeaky brakes are never fun to listen to, but apparently, Porsche is also tired of hearing its customers complain. Porsche produced a detailed, four-minute video explaining how and why brake squeal occurs in large-diameter, high-performance brakes. The German automaker goes on to assure its customers that the noise is completely normal and not an indication of malfunction. Of course, Porsche will gladly have technicians inspect the brakes at a customer’s request.
As the video describes, brake squeal happens as the brake rotor undergoes tiny but rapid vibrations under braking. The action makes the large rotor act like a speaker, amplifying the vibrations into an audible sound. Due to the minuscule inconsistencies with each braking application and the environment in which they occur brake noise isn’t something that is easily engineered away.
Vehicles with smaller, normal-performance rotors have a less likely chance of developing brake squeal under average conditions. Customers buying high-end sports cars with prices varying between $50,000 to $190,000 typically demand perfection. Hopefully, thanks to the video, Porsche customers will understand their squeaky brakes are working perfectly fine, even if they don’t sound so great.
Check out the video above for an in-depth, animated look into the science behind brake squeal.
Check Out The Tech In The New Porsche Panamera
Porsche just dropped details on the 2018 Panamera, a four-door that supposedly combines the comfort and practicality of a luxury sedan with the speediness of a thoroughbred sports car. All opinions aside, that kind of combination requires a good deal of technology to make it work correctly, and of course, Porsche says the new Panamera brings the goods. But the question is – does it really?
When it comes to innovation in the pursuit of lap times, Porsche certainly knows what it’s doing. But the Panamera is supposed to be more than a track monster. It’s also supposed to be a mile-munching GT car with some semblance of practicality, which can make for a rather tricky balancing act. Throw in a price tag of $101,040 for the base-model Panamera 4S, and you’re left with one very pricey jack-of-all-trades.
So then – what’s the new Panamera bring to the table in terms of technology, both in the cabin, and under the hood? Read on to find out.
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Looking to improve both fuel economy and performance in its future products, the Volkswagen Group is reportedly working on the development a new family of turbocharged V-6 and V-8 engines. Although no timeframe was given for when these engines will debut, they will first appear in Audi and Porsche products before making their way under the hoods of other VW Group brands, including Volkswagen, Bentley and perhaps evenLamborghini.
The source of the information is unknown, but Autocar reports that the new engines will share common elements, including a 90-degree layout with each cylinder having a 0.5-liter displacement. This means that the V-6 will be a 3.0-liter engine, while the V-8 will be a 4.0-liter. Making these new engines even more intriguing is that each will be fitted with a standard turbo at launch but could eventually switch to an electric turbo in the future. Audi could also be developing a downsized version of the V-6 – around 2.5 liters – that will be used on entry-level products and use the Atkinson cycle.
Based on the report that these engines will be utilized by Porsche, it would seem that they are being developed for larger passenger cars and SUVs such as the Porsche Panamera and Porsche Cayenne.
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Porsche has announced a new app to help track-day enthusiasts get the most from their Stuttgart rockets come race day. It’s called the Track Precision App, and it’s designed to provide weekend warriors with the data and references required to shave crucial tenths in the pursuit of lowest-lap-time glory.
“Four out of five of all Porsche GTs ever built have been driven on the track. One in three enthusiastic drivers take to the track in the first year to test the sporting limits of their vehicle and their own abilities. Porsche has developed the Track Precision app especially for such drivers,” the automaker says in a press release.
Using GPS data, video recordings and vehicle data from an auxiliary control unit, the app offers drivers a range of functions, both for on-track use and for analysis in the pits.
First, the driver selects his venue from a list of roughly 60 digitized international racetracks. Alternatively, the driver could add to the list with a single reference lap using the map editor. With the smartphone securely attached to the dash or windscreen, the app will begin to record as soon as the driver crosses the start/finish line. Data includes traction, (oversteer/understeer), steering angle, lateral and longitudinal acceleration, sector and lap times, engine rpm, gear position, throttle and brake pedal positions, and road speed.
The app comes as a free download for Android or iPhone smartphones through Google Play or iTunes. Availability is offered to owners of current-gen Cayman GT4, 911 GT3 and 911 GT3 RS models outfitted with the optional Sport Chrono Package. GT customers who opted out of this package can have the app retrofitted by Porsche Tequipment at a certified Porsche Center.
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Most autonomous automotive technologies offer convenience and safety, but none really have what it takes to provide a heady dose of adrenaline. Porsche is looking to change that with an adaptive cruise control system that can corner with lateral acceleration forces of up to 0.7 g, and surprisingly, it’s all in the name of greater efficiency.
It’s called the InnoDrive system, and Car And Driver says it’ll reach consumers within the next five years. Porsche is currently developing it on twisty two-lanes in Germany, and it uses data on the road elevation gradient and corner radius (stored in the car’s navigation system) to accurately execute throttle and brake input for Stig-perfect turns. While the computer takes care of the stop and go, all the driver has to do is steer. Passengers can select three different lateral limits, up to a top setting of 0.7 g.
How does hard cornering translate into greater efficiency? Carrying more speed in a turn not only equates to less time on the road, but less time braking and accelerating as well. What’s more, the system is able to keep the engine running at just the right rpm for max bang for your buck when it comes to fuel economy. All told, Porsche says InnoDrive can decrease fuel consumption by 10 percent, while decreasing drive time by two percent.
Higher speeds and more money saved at the pump? Yes please.
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The holiday season is upon us so its entirely understandable if you’re scrambling to get your Christmas shopping done as soon as possible. You don’t want to be one of those people who receive all these cool gifts and give gift certificates in return, right? These days, it’s perfectly normal to do online shopping. As a matter of fact, it has become a more convenient way to shop for gifts than going to the mall and squeezing yourselves between throngs of people doing the exact same thing. So we’re doing all of you a solid by compiling a list of gift options that you or your gearhead family members may be interested in. But instead of scouring the usual online stores, we’ve taken a slightly different approach and went straight to the online stores of some our favorite automakers.
We scoured for cool items to suggest and found a whole bunch of them. These items range in price from affordable gifts like a computer mouse all the way to a premium smartphone that isn’t even on the market yet. Just remember that these gifts are just suggestions. Whether you buy them or not is entirely up to you.
Click past the jump to read about our gift ideas from the online stores of various automakers.