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The Porsche development centre at Weissach has celebrated its 50th anniversary. Home to 6,500 designers, engineers and test drivers, the world famous ‘think tank’ is wherejourneys from initial design sketch to road-going or racing reality.
The Weissach story actually starts in 1960, when Ferry Porsche, son of company founder Ferdinand, agreed a deal with the local Black Forest mayor to build a test track on open fields.
This 200-metre circular skid pad is where thewere put through their paces – and was quickly followed by rough-road tracks for testing suspension, then a high-speed Can-Am circuit in 1971.
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Introduction to forced induction
That same year, the Entwicklungszentrum Weissach officially opened its doors. One of its earliest projects was the original 911 (930) Turbo, which adopted turbocharging technology from motorsport to boost Porsche’s flat-six to 260hp.
A rival for theand Ferrari 512 BB, it was arguably Germany’s first supercar.
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At the same time, Porsche engineers were inventing a new type of axle – named after its birthplace. The Weissach axle debuted on the 928 in 1977, and used rubber bushes to make the rear wheels point inwards when cornering. This made the V8-engined coupe impressively stable and easy to drive – quite the opposite of a 930 Turbo, in fact.
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Moulded by motorsport
Weissach expanded in the 1980s, leading development for the space-ageand gaining a wind tunnel and crash-test facility.
Since then, additions have included a temperature chamber that simulates from -40 to +90 deg C, an acoustic tunnel with 600 microphones, and a pit-stop practice area for motorsport teams.
In recent times, the development centre has become its own sub-brand. Weissach Package editions of the Porsche 918 Spyder andoffered less weight and aggressive aero for ultimate track performance.
Expect to see the Weissach name writ large again when the new 911 GT3 RS debuts in 2022.
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© Alexander Trienitz Mathieu Jaminet and Michael Ammermüller may again a winning cup in height Stamping A curse for Porsche is broken: Mathieu Jaminet and Michael Ammermüller brought the 911 GT3 R its very first success on the Sachsenring. On the route at Hohenstein-Ernstthal, the SSR-Duo brought the victory in the Saturday race of the ADAC GT Masters. "Of course I am very proud to have achieved something that nobody has done yet. It was good to finally convert this bad tradition into a good.