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, Volume 114, Issue 6, pp 4–8 | Cite as

The chassis of the Porsche 911

  • Peter Schäfer
  • Georg Wahl
  • Manfred Harrer
Cover Story Chassis

With the new-generation 911, Porsche has been successful in developing a vehicle which significant increases the spread between everyday suitability and racing circuit performance and a thereby improved efficiency. Besides improved mechanical chassis technology, new mechatronic vehicle dynamics systems contribute to a further marked improvement of the lap times.

Basic Vehicle Concept

A model change for a classic sports car with a 50-year history like the Porsche 911 is a delicate matter indeed. Nevertheless, in terms of CO 2 emissions, lightweight construction and the spread between comfort and sportiness, the new 991 Series is streets ahead of the predecessor series — and the competitors. Porsche achieves this spread by applying an overall vehicle concept with three mainstays, :
  • : improved concept features such as longer wheelbase, increased car body stiffness, reduced weight and a wider track width

  • : refined chassis mechanics such as stiffer, lighter, crash-optimised axle concepts...

Notes

Thanks

The authors would like to give special thanks to the following co-authors, who had an important part to play in making the information given in this article more precise: Eberhard Armbrust, Alfred Aden, Dr. Thorsten Koch, Manuel Höll, Rainer Hennemann and Peter Mevißen.

Copyright information

© Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Schäfer
    • 1
  • Georg Wahl
    • 1
  • Manfred Harrer
    • 1
  1. 1.Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche AGWeissachGermany

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