Porsche buys the Nardo Technical Center

Article by Christian A., on April 12, 2012

Porsche Engineering Group announced today that it just bought the Nardò Technical Center automotive proving ground in Apulia in southern Italy from Prototipo SpA. For those who don’t know, Porsche Engineering Group is a subsidiary of Porsche AG and has more than 80 years experience in engineering services.

Regarding the Nardò Technical Center, this covers an area of more than 700 hectares, while the handling circuit has a length of 6.2 kilometre. Moreover, the centre features an oval circuit which has a length of 12.5 kilometre.

"The Nardò proving ground with its high-speed and vehicle handling circuit ideally complements our facilities in Weissach. With the systematic development of the company in Nardò as part of Strategy 2018, Porsche is proving to be a reliable employer and business partner in Apulia as well," said Matthias Müller, President and CEO of Porsche AG. "With its rich array of facilities, from dynamic surfaces to acoustic and off-road sections coupled with the numerous workshops, our clients can continue to make extensive use of Nardò for their vehicle trials in the future as well," said Malte Radmann, CEO of Porsche Engineering. Thanks to the mild climate, the Nardò proving ground can be used throughout the year in three shifts around the clock, seven days a week.

Every angle of the Porsche 911 Carrera communicates its evolved style. From the side, larger alloy wheels and a more convex windscreen adds to the new jauntier, more coupé-like style. Among the new signature features of the broader front end are its new headlights and bigger side air intakes. The wider, extendable rear spoiler accentuates the new 911 Carreras’ larger output of power. This, with other optimised aerodynamic features, ensures significant lower lift while keeping an equally good cd value. The rear lights use LED technology and are redesigned narrower to finish the rear profile.

The Porsche 911 Carrera establishes new Porsche Intelligent Performance standards. The advanced aluminium-steel lightweight body, with a range of new components and functions, equally aids efficiency and driving action.

This 911 Carrera is the first passenger car ever with a standard seven-speed manual transmission, based on the optional seven-speed Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) module. The first six gears have a close ratio to afford drivers excellent acceleration and the seventh gear's quasi-overdrive characteristics offer a more extensive range for fuel efficiency.

This 911 Carrera is also the first Porsche sports car with auto start/stop functionality, which could save up to 0.6 litres per 100 kilometres, according to the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). The auto stop/start is combined with standard PDK and manual transmission. The engine and transmission joint thermal management system and on-board electrical system recuperation reduce fuel consumption by a further 0.35 l/100 km. The new cooling design does away with underbody vent openings for aerodynamic advantages, further benefitting performance.

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