In the year which saw the Porsche 919 Hybrid affirming its place in history with a one-two finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the pinnacle of the brand’s motorsport innovations will once again welcome the plaudits, when the show car takes to the stage at Dubai International Motor Show (DIMS) in less than two weeks. From November 10th to 14th, the model which represents decades of Porsche know-how, will showcase to the public the brand’s latest developments in evolving technology from the race track to road-legal production cars.
From direct fuel injection to Porsche Doppelkupplung (double-clutch transmission), the list of track-to-road technology conversions continues to grow, as Porsche’s race-inspired philosophy develops new advancements which permeate through all of its models. Exemplifying technology transfer and pure Porsche performance at the 2015 instalment of the Dubai International Motor Show will be the 919 Hybrid show car as the most highly evolved specimen alongside road legal models, such as the new Porsche 911 Carrera and the first plug-in hybrid in the premium SUV segment, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid.
Deesch Papke, Chief Executive Officer of Porsche Middle East and Africa FZE, commented: “To-date there have been more than 30 technology developments that originated on the race track and were applied to Porsche road cars. It all comes down to racing car developments that prepare the groundwork for victories and serve as models of fuel-efficient and low-emission production models. Power alone will not win a championship. Instead, a race car needs to be a harmonious concept of drive system, aerodynamic features and lightweight design. At Porsche, we call this ‘Porsche Intelligent Performance’.
“This is not just a claim or a new piece of technology; it’s our brand’s philosophy and a commitment to making the most of every last drop of energy; minimum input, maximum output. It has become a hallmark of our cars and an integral part of our evolving heritage”, Papke continued.
For the last seven decades, the race track has been the merciless test platform for Porsche sports car technology. Examples of technology transfer include mid-engine positioning, aerodynamics, turbocharging, PDK, regulated all-wheel drive and hybridisation. Whether it is lightweight design or extending the range of electric vehicles, Porsche experiments with new solutions in motorsport through the 919 Hybrid as well as a range of 911 race cars.
In true Porsche form, the engines in the new 911 Carrera set benchmarks in terms of performance, driving pleasure and efficiency, thanks to more than four decades of experience with turbo engines in both, racing and production vehicles. Motorsport as a test bed for unrivalled innovations has allowed the latest 911 to boost efficiency by up to 12 per cent.
Being an example for how Porsche pushes E-Performance to new heights, the Porsche 919 Hybrid demonstrates the brand’s latest know-how in alternative drive train development. At the upcoming motor show, the Stuttgart-based sports car manufacturer will present an example of how the brand implemented hybrid technology in a sports SUV. The Cayenne S E-Hybrid sets the standard among luxury all-wheel-drive vehicles with its lithium-ion drive battery, enabling pure electric driving for 18 to 36 kilometres and electric top speed of 125 km/h. As a convenient plug-in hybrid, the battery can be charged either from a mains supply or whilst driving.
Last year, Porsche became the first manufacturer in the world to offer three plug-in hybrid production models: the Panamera S E-Hybrid, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid and, last but not least, the Porsche 918 Spyder super sports car. The 919 Hybrid show car is therefore an important element of Porsche’s presence at this year’s Dubai International Motor Show. It is a research laboratory on wheels for the further development of hybrid technology, with the aim of achieving maximum dynamics and efficiency. Porsche continuously gathers knowledge and experience with every kilometre that the 919 races, and this will help give future generations of sports cars a competitive edge.
The Porsche 919 Hybrid show car, the new Porsche 911 Carrera and Cayenne S E-Hybrid will be on display on the Porsche stand from November 10th until 14th at the Dubai International Motor Show.