• Dec 17, 2010
Porsche Design composite bobsled – Click above for high-res image gallery

Traditionally, Porsche hasn't been a name commonly associated with snow. That was before the German automaker got into the SUV game, though, and maybe just as important for the impending winter season, the downhill sled market, too.

A couple of years ago, Porsche Design rolled slid out its award-winning aluminum sled for kids, and has now followed up with an advanced composite bobsled. The design takes its cues from parabolic skis, with a slight bend in the runners for better steerability. Porsche Design also toiled over the optimal camber angle, kept the weight down to just 8.8 lbs, and got it certified to TÜV safety standards – all that for around $225 (hey, we never said Porsche ever did anything on the cheap). Follow the jump for the full press release and the images in the gallery below for a closer look.



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Downhill through the snow – with Porsche

Outstanding Products for wintertime

Stuttgart. In snow, Porsche shows maximum directional stability. To mark the winter season Porsche presents its plastic bobsleigh, which in 2010 was awarded the "red dot" for high design quality. This internationally recognized distinction is awarded annually by an international jury of renowned design experts.

The inspiration for the first Porsche bobsleigh was drawn from the racing bobsleigh. Thus its runners are based on the engineering of these professional sports devices and are almost as effective. Both have a so-called 'spring' in the runners, that give the bobsleigh its excellent steerability. This slight lengthways bend is scarcely visible, yet it certainly makes itself felt during the descent. It can be compared to the side cut of modern carving skis.

Another engineering highlight is the camber angle. In motorsport this chassis adjustment often makes the difference between victory and defeat. On the slope it makes for pure fun. The Porsche bobsleigh does not have ground contact across the full breadth but only at the edges of the runners. The result is maximum directional stability which, combined with the low center of gravity, gives excellent grip and outstanding maneuverability.

The plastic bobsleigh can be steered simply and individually using the four side grips. In sporting situations the bobsleigh's perfect balance means that it can be piloted simply by shifting ones weight on the ergonomically formed seat and by appropriate leg movement. By using the middle grip at the head end, braking can be precisely controlled, with fast response.

Tested and certified by German safety standards agency (TÜV) the Porsche bobsleigh weighs only approximately four kilograms. It is stowed in a practical nylon bag.

Winter will also be spectacular with the Porsche Aluminium sledge. Dashing down the slopes on the stainless steel runners and comfortable faux leather seat, winter can be enjoyed at full speed. After fun in the snow, the practical folding mechanism allows the sledge to be folded together and stowed in a high-quality bag for safe carrying.

Lifestyle articles from the Porsche Design Driver's Selection are available in Porsche Centers throughout the world and – except for the watches – on the Internet at www.porsche.com/shop. Not all products are available worldwide.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      gimme a cardboard and compared to the guy with that sled, ill be way more happy :D
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just in time to get some kid killed for the Holidays!!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      225? thats rather cheap for a sled... hell you can buy Adidas (designed by porsche) shoes that are made in some sweatshop in Asia from simple materials and be charged 250 for them.
      petedwomack
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thats not a bobsled. Its a Luge sled. They look nothing alike, im not sure how they could confuse them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Air cooled ?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh Porsche, what will you do next?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Design-wise it is rather uninspired.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This looks more like a luge than a bobsled.
        DLind2
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was wondering if I was the only one who noticed the typical American press lack of knowledge on this. There is most certainly a difference between the enclosed bobsled and an open luge.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just $225? That's not bad. Porsche? Composite? I assumed it would be in the four figures.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Porsche Parts
      Thanks for the post!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ooo I see what you did there!

      All the better to crash into the Porsche at the end of the driveway.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just $225? That's not bad. Porsche? Composite? I assumed it would be in the four figures.
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