Testing the next 911 is the gig of a lifetime, but as this development video from Porsche proves, it's still a job.

The Tangent Vector film crew was given behind-the-scenes access to the development of the 991, and the resulting ten-minute mini-documentary shows the length Porsche's engineers will go to make sure the automaker's latest and greatest arse-engined flagship is ready for the rigors of daily life. In this case, "daily life" for the development crew involves traversing the Arctic in -40 degree temperatures and keeping things on the road during a sandstorm. Get an eyeful in the video after the jump.



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      xcatchmyshadowx
      • 3 Years Ago
      It’s a running joke in the automotive world that the person in charge of styling the next Porsche 911 has the easiest job in the industry. BUT, in reality, that task is one of the most difficult. Unlike most cars, Porsche has to walk a fine line with the 911, keeping faithful to the car’s decades-olds shape while still moving the overall design forward. And, as if that charge wasn’t difficult enough, Porsche engineers have to ensure the 911 can live up to its modern rivals, despite the limitations of a six-cylinder engine and a rear-engine layout. and you know what?! the new 911 is now even greater, in all aspects! fannnnntastic job Porsche!
      ilikedags
      • 3 Years Ago
      lol. i'd like to see how a ferrari or lambo would handle the same conditions. call me a porsche fan boy, but nobody better engineers a sports car. other cars might look prettier or have better numbers in some categories. but from an engineering perspective no one comes close. just look at how many old 911's are still on the road, and not being babied like their equivalents from modena, et c. i know several people who have over two hundred thousand miles on their porsches.
        lewazzinaroillus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ilikedags
        so true,..i know a few ferrari owners, and don't get me wrong,...i LOVE their cars as much as they do!,...but they DO NOT drive ANY of them as daily drivers!,...NOT ONE!,... my 911 is,...and all our previous 911's, have ALWAYS been our daily drivers,...all, everyday, and in every way!,...snow, sleet, freezing rain,...schlepping the kids around,[that tiny back seat really DOES come in handy,..as long as they're still pre-teens or younger],...AND our 911's STILL come with a man-peddle!!!,...thank god porsche,..unlike so many others [ferrari,..nissan's gtr,...many others,...NO MAN-PEDDLE!!... just a disgrace to me,..but then again,..i'm a dying breed] still caters to those of us old-schoolers that want that!...my 2 cents, for what it's worth,..[not much, i'm sure, but had to vent!]
      CorkscrewArtist
      • 3 Years Ago
      Did anyone else notice that at 9:11, the narrator said 911?
      mix35
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very good mini documentary. It gives you a sense of what really goes into a Porsche from an engineering and design aspect. On a separate note, other production and film companies should take a note on how to use music as an undernote while highlighting the sound of the porsche engine. Too many videos here have loud rock or techno music that takes away from the focus of the vehicles they are highlighting. Just my two cents anyway
      ACURA23CL
      • 3 Years Ago
      Before I get lost in the thread, could someone take a moment and briefly explain the "991 / 996 / 997" nomenclature that is applied to the 911? I've only heard those numbers so far, but I figured someone on AB must know this info.
        Don Dicker
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ACURA23CL
        DH it is simply up to Porsche to to assign a "project ID #", it has a somewhat chronological history. First 911 called 901 and all subsequent #'s ascending, 903,904,906,908,910, 911, 912,914,916,924, 930,928,944,964,931,951,996,997 and let's no slight the mighty 917-30. I may have missed a couple, some one will complete the list. Excellence is expected, by Paul Frere, you will feel enlightened.
        ACURA23CL
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ACURA23CL
        @ Captain Spadaro, Mikey White: Right, but I guess more specifically, is there a method to how the number is chosen? For example, is there any way to know right now what the next chassis code will be for the 991 successor, based on on some pattern used to-date? Guess, I'll check out the Wiki and the article Mikey suggested. Just curious really...
          lewazzinaroillus
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ACURA23CL
          porsche "fooled" everyone with the new generation,...most, if not all,...thought it was to be "998",...guess what?,...porsche gave em all the digital salute,..and said,..nope,...991!,...one of the MANY reasons i love that company!
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ACURA23CL
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        Mikey White
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ACURA23CL
        991 is the chassis code for the brand new 911. The 997 was the previous generation, and 996 before that. Wikipedia has a great article covering the various generations.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ACURA23CL
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      Zitao Liao
      • 3 Years Ago
      i wanna be a porsche engineer. damn!
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