The new Porsche 911 goes drifting

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The new Porsche 911 goes drifting

The sports auto maker has revealed that the new Porsche 911 has been subjected to a rigorous testing program ahead of its launch.

We've seen the new sheetmetal and driven the prototype, so it's nearly time for Porsche to reveal the new 911.

The cars were also thoroughly tested in these no less important environments.

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 have seen elevation changes spanning up to four kilometres.

"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", comments Andreas Pröbstle, Project Manager for the Complete Vehicle of the 911.

In hot countries such as the Gulf States in the Middle East or Death Valley in the US, the air conditioning, thermal management, and combustion behaviour need to pass functional tests in temperatures up to 50 degrees Celsius - so the interior components must not expand or contract and make noises when exposed to heat, for example. November 5 brings us first "official" spy photos taken during the 911's lengthy testing program as an official preview of the model.

In Finland's -35°C temperatures, the tests focused on a cold start, heating, air conditioning, traction, handling and braking, as well as a response speed of control systems responsible for driving dynamics.

The carmaker also tested the Porsche 911 in the European Arctic Circle areas and during endurance runs on the road and tracks in China to check the reliability on fuels of various qualities.

The nextgeneration 911 has proved to be the vehicle of all times. The front bumpers seem to have active shutters on the air dams which can open at higher speeds thus increasing the downforce. 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.

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