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VIDEOS: PORSCHE CAMP4 Ice Drifting in a Brand New Porsches 2012

 Hot cars on ice!

Drivers flex winter driving muscles in redesigned 2012 Porsche 911

(Courtesy of Andrew Taylor)

“Driving on ice requires very little input from the steering wheel and a lot of input from the accelerator pedal

Drifting sideways in the all-new Porsche 911 Carrera S is a great feeling.

It’s Porsche Camp4.  30 Pfaff Porsche enthusiasts about to learn all about oversteer and understeer on ice–in brand new Porsches.

(Courtesy of Andrew Taylor)

For the uninitiated, Kai, the German Porsche Factory driver, explains the differences between oversteer and understeer.

“Ven you understeer, you zee vot you hit. Ven you oversteer, you hear vot you hit.”

Kai,the German Porsche Factory driver explains that a car handles on ice just as it does on tarmac.

The difference is that you reach the limits of adhesion on tarmac at speeds in excess of 150 km/hr. On ice you reach those same limits at 30 km/hr.

(Courtesy of Andrew Taylor)

Professional driving instructors coach you the entire day. Drive around racecourses carved from ice, swinging cars through slaloms, learning how to drift in large circles on a skid pan.

(Courtesy of Andrew Taylor)

Driving on ice requires very little input from the steering wheel and a lot of input from the accelerator pedal. When you get it right, you are effectively swinging the car sideways from corner to corner, like the pendulum on an old grandfather clock, in a constant state of oversteer.

The drivers spin out of control more times than one would care to admit, as the instructors stand at the corner exits laughing and doing pirouettes like clumsy ballerinas as drivers slide around the course.

What a blissful day for everyone left smiling. A great way to make fast friends who share a unique understanding of how Porsche cars behaved when driven to the limit.

 

SOURCE: Andrew Taylor @ pfaffleasing.com.

 

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2012 in Porsche Camps

 

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VIDEO: Early 1960s Porsche Factory Tour Showing All Facets of the Construction of the 356 – Made by Hand

VIDEO: Early 1960s Porsche Factory Tour Showing All Facets of the Construction of the 356 – Made by Hand

Ever wonder what Porsche 356Bs looked like coming together in Stuttgart? Here is some excellent factory footage showing various stages of manufacturing the little sports cars.

MADE BY HAND: A nice  five part video series from the 1960s takes you through the entire build process of the famed German sports car.  If you aren’t into metal work details, it might be worth it to skip ahead to video II. But the remaining four videos are definitely worth watching…enjoy!

This series is an official documentary showcasing the production of the Porsche 356 one of the most beautiful pieces of automotive designs ever produced.

According to the YouTube caption the documentary was filmed at Zuffenhausen in the early 1960s. The Super 90 engine is discussed and putting all those things together suggests these are 356Bs that are being built.

The film has been split into five parts and runs for around 40 minutes. However it is well worth the investment in time to watch all the clips. If you do you will be rewarded with some fascinating footage of old skool production techniques.

Porsche employed a stringent quality control regime and seeing how laborious that was is a real eye opener. In today’s era of highly automated production manual checking like that would not be cost effective. The three-man transmission installation technique shown in Part 4 is also, thankfully, a technique now consigned to the history books.

There are five long videos below, so sit back, relax and enjoy! Or come back later to watch the 5 part series when you have some time to kill.

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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