Porsche is set to introduce fully driverless vehicle technology, which will provide insights into how racing drivers are faring and enable them to improve out on the circuit.
The Financial Times has revealed that the German manufacturer is preparing its own version of driverless vehicles which will mirror the performance of racing cars.
"This technology work as a virtual driving instructor out on the track," said Porsche director Olivier Blume to the UK daily at the Festival of Speed in Goodwood, in the UK. "The system can help you by saying: 'You can brake a little later', or 'you can take the corner a little tighter'."
Software based on performances by professional drivers
Data is being collected from on-circuit performances by professional drivers and will form the basis for developing the future Porsche software. It will enable vehicles to complete a lap fully autonomously, with the passenger having the experience of being driven by a pro.
The driver can then take over and complete their own lap, and by comparing the data from the two performances, they can see where to improve their driving.
Mark Webber involved in the project
Of the professional drivers involved, Porsche is particularly hopeful of working with former Formula 1 star and Porsche world endurance champion Mark Webber, with the Australian lined up to bring his experience to help the German manufacturer develop new models.
Two new models unveiled
Two new Porsche models were also unveiled at the Festival of Speed, held at Goodwood from 29 June – 2 July, namely the latest two versions of the 911. The Turbo S Exclusive created quite a stir with its gold livery and black stripes, and is the most powerful of the turbo versions, capable of accelerating from 0 – 60 mph in less than three seconds, and with a top speed of 206 mph. Only 500 models will be available around the world.
The second was the 911 GT2 RS, which is the top of the range in terms of horsepower, checking in at 700 HP. "It is not only the punchiest version of this legendary Porsche, but also has the most powerful engine ever allowed on board a 911 road car. It’s an absolute monster!" proclaimed Dan Greenawalt of Forza Motorsport of the model that will also be on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany, next September.
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