Apollo Tyres creates a spoiler for the Porsche 911 Turbo
Tyre manufacturers produce tyres, but not only! Apollo Tyres have developed a special system to optimise the aerodynamics of the new Porsche 911 Turbo.
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Rubber under the bumper
In principle, a car has four rubber tyres and a metal or plastic body. On the new Porsche 911 Turbo, things are a bit different: Of course, the body is made from metal and other composites, but the lower part of the front bumper is made of rubber, the same colour as the tyres. And for a good reason: This mobile surface has been designed and developed in close collaboration with tyre specialists from Apollo Tyre, through its subsidiary Vredestein. The 911 Turbo and its extreme version, the Turbo S, are the first sports models to have a mobile and pneumatically controlled aerodynamic system, which allows the car to cut through air quickly and efficiently depending on conditions.
More or less down force
If you take a look under the front bumper of the 911 Turbo, you will see a thicker part, which is quite unusual for a sports car: A sort of dark grey strip, which can vary in size depending on driving conditions. To drive over speed bumps, the spoiler is fully retracted and at high speed, it extends to optimise the airflow around the car and hence reduce fuel consumption. And, when the driver wants maximum performance from the German sports car, the spoiler is fully extended to create as much extra down force as possible. According to Porsche, the “Air Master” by Vredestein, which is part of the “Active Aerodynamics” package, cuts more than 2 seconds off the 911 Turbo’s lap time on the Nürburgring track.
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