Month: December, 2014
Porsche has a long history with car racing, especially in endurance competitions, and it’s through the long and diverse history that they have developed some of their most useful and innovative technologies. Porsche has a firm belief in what they call “Tech Transfer” and employs a team of engineers with the task of taking concepts used in their race cars to beat out other manufacturers and private racing teams, and moving those concepts over to consumer vehicles designed to be driven under much more relaxed conditions. It’s a policy that has gone on throughout Porsche’s development and one that continues even to this day with their advanced LMP cars.
Bringing Technology to Market
Porsche has used the “Tech Transfer” policy to bring a diverse set of technology from their race cars to their road-going sportsters. If it wasn’t for the policy and a dedicated lab team used to make it happen they never would have shifted over the five-speed gearbox, turbocharging and even something as simple as a tire pressure monitoring system. All of these features, among others, were added onto Porsche vehicles early on because of race cars benefitted from them first and Porsche saw the value in a consumer world as well.
Endurance Races Bolster Fuel Efficiency Tech
Due to key races that Porsche is entering itself such as the Six Hours of Bahrain and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Porsche is speeding up their progress with fuel efficiency technology and making it possible to keep up with ever-increasing fuel economy regulations.
The LMP Car Leads the Way in Energy Recuperation
The Porsche LMP race car is currently a test-bed for new technology that Porsche eventually plans to release to the general public. Thanks to a variety of helpful technological advances the vehicle is noticeably faster than most GT cars on the road today and manages all that speed while utilizing 30 percent less fuel. These remarkable figures are achieved in large part by effective energy recuperation. The engineers that work on the LMP are doing their best to utilize every resource avaiablle to the vehicle to make it as efficient as possible, including things such as exhaust fumes that have long since been considered as waste only. Each time the vehicle is braked a small generator makes use of the braking force to create additional electricity that can be used for propulsion. The entire time the vehicle is running, a second generator is positioned at the rear and makes use of exhaust fumes to generate even more electricity that goes back into driving the vehicle forward.
Technology Will Take Time to Come to Market
Regenerative braking is already seen on some hybrid vehicles on the market today, but other more exotic technologies, such as exhaust-powered generators will take some time before they hit any mainstream vehicles. But its technical developments like these that allow Porsche to keep building forward, and allows them to offer cutting edge features into the market each decade they remain in business.
Many of the fuel efficiency technologies that can be seen in Porsche’s racecar lineup, can be expected to make their way into consumer vehicles in the next decade.
The head honchos at Porsche have been saying all along that they expected the special edition Panamera Exclusive to sell out over time, but even they didn’t expect the positive response they received. In just 48 hours after making the 100 run vehicle available for purchase, each of the vehicles was snapped up and off the market. Now they are kicking themselves wishing they had created more of the vehicles than they did.
While creating the limited Panamera Exclusive Series Porsche took the Panamera Turbo S and stretched it out by an additional six inches. They then gave it a two-tone paint job of black and chestnut brown and threw in matching leather upholstery and a premium luggage set. The rear seats of the vehicle were given 10-inch touchscreen displays for passenger enjoyment while riding around. Once all of the changes were made to the vehicle it was given a $310,500 price tag, tacking on $110,000 over the Panamera Executive model.
Giving it Another Try
Now that Porsche has seen the demand for their ultra-exclusive vehicle they are very likely to put out another run in the future. They know that some interested buyers were left out and that they could probably sell out another run of the vehicles without a problem. There is no word whether Porsche is going to release another run of these high-end special edition Panameras or if they are going to create highly exclusive lineups of some of their other models. Either way, according to Autocar this is a likely development in the future. The company spoke with Wolgang Hatz, Porsche’s head of Research and Development, and according to Hatz they will run similar limited offers in the future now that they know such a high demand exists for them.
It seems that buyers are interested in highly exclusive vehicles and are willing to pay exorbitant prices for them, even if they don’t have many performance improvements. The car is equipped with the same 570 HP engine and uses the same all-wheel drive setup giving both the ultra-rare version and the executive version similar feels while driving. We’ll have to wait and see what model Porsche decides to turn into an ultra-rare exclusive next, but it’s safe to say that there will be additional premium offerings coming up.