Porsche Panamera S

Porsche’s 2014 Panamera S E-Hybrid-A Case For Electrification

by Lawrence Romanosky on March 28, 2014

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

Porsche introduced the Panamera S Hybrid in 2011 to good reviews and solid sales. This was a car that offered all of the Panamera virtues of space, elegance and vehicle dynamics, but with a level of efficiency uncharacteristic in a near-400hp drivetrain. For 2014 Porsche re-styled and substantially re-engineered the Panamera Hybrid, giving it much greater Electric range (E-Power) and Plug-In capability, sweetening the package considerably. [click to continue…]

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Porsche Engineering Group has recently announced that it will be taking over responsibility of the Nardò Technical Center automotive proving ground in Apulia in southern Italy from Prototipo SpA. This is the same facility Porsche showed off a prototype variant of its upcoming 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid supercar.

With more than 80 years experience in engineering services, the hundred per cent subsidiary of Porsche AG will be further optimising the test facilities and making them available to its clients for testing and trials purposes.The facility itself is slightly larger than than 700 hectares in the province of Lecce, Italy, with the test ground consisting of a 6.2 kilometre long handling circuit, a 12.5 kilometre long high speed oval circuit (easily seen from the photo above) and additional facilities for simulating different road surfaces and changeable weather conditions.

“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.

Together with the Porsche Development Centre in Weissach near Stuttgart, Germany, the Porsche Engineering Group has been offering Porsche’s extensive development expertise as a service to its clients from the automotive industry and other sectors worldwide, from renting test rigs to developing complete vehicles.

When finished, the production version will tip the scales at less than 1,678 kg, nearly 80-percent of the weight is below the centerline of the car, giving the 918 a fantastically low center of gravity. Additionally, the entire chassis is a mix of carbon fiber and aluminum, including the passenger compartment and associated crash structure, which weighs in at a mere 220 kg.
Carbon fiber assembly has come a long way since Porsche Carrera GT (which also utilized a carbon fiber tub). 10 years ago, it took Porsche took five days to make the GT’s chassis. Today, Porsche and birth up to five 918 tubs a day thanks to new innovations in composites and assembly methods.
When powertrain development of the 918 Spyder is completed, Porsche says that the 918′s 4.6-liter V8 (originally fitted to the three-time ALMS LMP2 Championship-winning RS Spyder) will produce an amazing 570 hp. Add the power of the front-mounted 80 kW motor and the rear-mounted 90 kW motor, and the 918 produces 770 hp. Seven hundred and seventy horsepower. From the factory.

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Porsche has launched an app for all smartphone-using Porsche owners to tap into the social networking realm with the Drive + app for the Apple iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

With the Drive+ app, Porsche owners can upload media of taking Porsche out for a spin, while viewing a new model at an auto show, or even watching a Porsche race around a track. This brings the Porsche community together in ways that were previously unimaginable.

There are several functions to the app, including:

– Upload multiple photos and videos
– Live feed
– Beautiful Dashboard
– Recent Activity, Popular and Featured Views
– Full web version
– Integrated Facebook and Twitter

Picture quickly slicing through the mountain roads in an all-new 2013 Porsche Boxster S, stopping for a meal somewhere in between. Using the Drive + app, a photograph can be taken and uploaded, while sending out a message seeking out other Porsche drivers who would like to join in on the fun.

Perhaps it’s a track day with the new 911. A video of the high-velocity excitement can be taken and then uploaded in between hot-laps, along with a status update inviting friends to come on out. We’ve all thought it would be cool to integrate social media into such a hobby as driving. Now through Porsche, we can.

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The Michelin Challenge Bibendum is the world’s premier forum for sustainable road mobility. Since 1998, Challenge Bibendum has showcased technological advances and test-driven the latest and fasted in clean vehicles all over the world. Held in Berlin this year, the new Porsche Panamera S Hybrid and the 911 Carrera captured the two top spots. The double win by the two Porsche models demonstrate that the optimum blend of efficiency and driving dynamics is capable of winning even a competition with a sustainability criteria. It’s no surprise that, with its parallel full hybrid drive system, the Panamera S Hybrid won the intercity rally and the second place finish of the 911 Carrera with a conventional combustion engine proves that Porsche models are fundamentally efficient vehicles.

The two Porsches were pitted against 14 other contestants in the combustion engine driven production vehicle category that judges both vehicles with conventional diesel and gasoline engines as well as hybrid and plug-in hybrid models. Acceleration and lap times on the 300 km (186 mile) course were measured as well as fuel consumption. There were also a number of regularity tests performed along the way.

With CO2 emissions of 159 g/km, the 380 hp Panamera S Hybrid boasts the lowest emissions of any model in the entire Porsche lineup. That equates to fuel consumption of 6.8 l/100 km based on the European rating. These values were achieved with optimized rolling resistance Michelin tires, which are available as an option. But even with standard tires, the new Porsche hybrid model’s fuel consumption is at an unprecedentedly low level in its class at 7.1 l/100 km, again, based on the European rating.

Read more about the Michelin Challenge Bibendum to learn more about about its goals and initiatives. Follow us on Twitter and join our Facebook community to keep up with the latest updates. Also, contact us today to book a test drive of either the Panamera S Hybrid or the 911 Carrera, or maybe even both!

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Making its official debut at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show, Porsche’s Panamera S Hybrid brings together a winning combination of performance, luxury, and impressive fuel efficiency. As the second vehicle in Porsche’s line of production hybrid models, the Panamera S Hybrid is the most fuel efficient Porsche of all time and leads the luxury hybrid class.

The same gasoline engine and electric motor combination that has been a proven performer in the Cayenne S Hybrid drives the Panamera S Hybrid. The 3.0-litre supercharged V6 engine delivers 333-horsepower and is supported by a 47-horsepower electric motor. Together, with just 20 horsepower less than the Panamera S, the Hybrid boasts 380-horsepower with a fuel consumption of only 7.1 litres per 100 kilometres based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC); the NEDC is supposed to represent the typical usage of a car in Europe and is used, among other things, to assess the emission levels of car engines. With the use of optional low-rolling-resistance tires developed especially for the Panamera, fuel economy improves to only 6.8 litres per 100 kilometres. Official EPA fuel economy estimates for North America will be available closer to the vehicle’s on-sale date.
As the Panamera S Hybrid sets new standards in hybrid efficiencies, it also pushes the envelope when it comes to performance. It accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds, topping out at a speed of 167 mph (270 km/h.) Its range in purely electric mode is approximately one mile, with electric-only acceleration possible up to just over 50 mph (85 km/h.)

The parallel full hybrid system is significant due to the fact that the compact electric motor is integrated directly into the transmission. The electric motor, which also serves as the vehicle’s generator and starter, combines with the decoupling clutch to form the compact hybrid module that sits between the combustion engine and the transmission.

The electric motor is connected to the system’s high-voltage nickel-hydride (NiMH) battery that stores electrical energy recovered from braking and driving. A special battery management system with a separate cooling system keeps the temperature constant and ensures optimum efficiency.

The entire system is regulated by the electronic engine management system. It decouples the combustion engine or switches it on, performing both these actions quickly and smoothly. And due to the rapid action separating coupling and the equally fast responding combustion engine, these processes are seamless and harmonious.

As expected, the Panamera S Hybrid comes very well equipped. Adaptive Air Suspension with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) adaptive shock absorber system, Servotronic® variable-assist power steering, and a rear window wiper come standard. The car also features the Cayanne S Hybrid’s special display which provides the driver with relevant information regarding the status of the vehicle’s hybrid system. Other standard features include Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with navigation and a universal audio interface that connects to an external audio source, such as an iPod or USB stick, to the PCM.

The Panamera S Hybrid will go on sale later in 2011 at a base suggested retail price of $95,000.

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