Porsche expands its Weissach r&d center with a $200 million investment

Article by Andrew Christian, on July 21, 2014

Porsche AG has officially opened three new buildings at its Weissach development center. The sports car maker spent more than $200 million to build a new design studio with concept car construction facility; a state-of-the-art aero-acoustic wind tunnel; and the Electronics Integration Center.

Porsche’s Weissach research and development center has made its distinction as the only carmaker pooling all R&D together in one place.

The r&d center takes care of everything from concept to production car development, as well as test runs on facility’s own road and off-road circuit. The new studio sets optimum conditions for Porsche’s the design staff when creating the exterior and interior of its vehicles.

The inclusion of the studio in the center means that complete sports cars are created under a single roof. The new studio features an architectural layout that allows for a maximum level of transparency and communication -- as it encourages interaction between the 'Preparation' and 'Flow Analysis' disciplines.

Just located adjacent to the new studio is the 'New Wind Tunnel,' which means that there is more time for collaboration wasted and less time wasted on shifting from design and aero-acoustic development.

The proximity of the wind tunnel allows experts to use it as they like from the early stage of development to testing ready-for-production vehicles.

"Weissach now stands more than ever for top German engineering expertise and pure Swabian inventive spirit," said Matthias Müller, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG, during the ceremony. "Intelligent engineering leads to success not only in motor vehicle manufacturing, but in architecture as well. That's shown by these new buildings: our creative developers are able here to work hand-in-hand even more methodically than before," said Müller. [source: Porsche]

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