IS A LITTLE OVER ALRIGHT?

In this article, Bilstein explains how its DampTronic X technology provides unrivalled driving dynamics in the new Porsche 911

With every new generation of the Porsche 911, one could easily ask: how does the 911 manage to reinvent itself every time?
Somehow the sports car icon always manages to be clearly recognised as a 911 despite new designs on the one hand, and to reliably set the driving dynamics benchmark on the other. With the latest Porsche 911, the 992, the developers went one step further.
For years, high agility and high ride comfort were criteria which practically excluded each other. But Porsche has been proving for years that it is possible. In the new Porsche 911 the developers took it to extremes – especially with the suspension. And that is where Bilstein came into the equation.
Bilstein says that with its shock absorber expertise, it closely supported Porsche in the development of the PASM shock absorber (Porsche Active Suspension Management) with new technology.
“When Porsche first confronted us with the requirements of the new Porsche 992 in 2015, we already had plans in the drawer for a shock absorber in which the conflict of objectives between driving comfort and agility could be resolved,” Bilstein Head of Technology and Innovation, Dr -Ing. Andreas Rohde, said.
“The customer wanted a much wider spread between agility and driving comfort in order to have more possibilities to characterise the car. This is made possible by our brand new DampTronic X damper, which is celebrating its premiere in the Porsche 992.
“The DampTronic X damper is equipped with a very fast switching adjustment valve. Its high adjustment dynamics allow the required damping forces to be adjusted in a few milliseconds to the damping requirement determined by the central control unit.
“The control concept calculates and adjusts the damping several hundred times per second, depending on the driving situation and wheel-selectively.”
As a result, both agility and driving comfort as well as safety can be increased.
Together with the Porsche engineers, Bilstein worked for about three years on the development of the system.
“We were going in circles to meet customer requirements in terms of identification and robustness,” Porsche Key Account Manager, Andreas Verhoven, said.
Testing was carried out on the high-speed circuit at Nardo and, of course, on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. The results were reportedly impressive: compared to its predecessor, the Porsche 991, the damping force in the standard suspension of the Porsche 992 has up to 40 percent more spread.
Bilstein says this makes the new Porsche 911 even more comfortable to drive. But at the same time, it says the new 911 generation has certainly not lost its agility.
With more agility, more comfort and more driving safety – rarely has a sports car been as perfect as the new Porsche 911, says Bilstein.

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