The new 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera’s design has been universally lauded by the automotive press and prospective owners alike, both for its clean, uncluttered lines and its aggressive front fascia, which features much larger air intakes than in previous generations. Of course, Porsche hasn’t given the upcoming 911 its revised shape merely to provide styling appeal, but more so to enhance aerodynamics. In other words, function has everything to do with the new model’s form.
Hidden behind the front corner vents are active shutters that open or close as needed, while at the other end of the car a new classically tapered rear deck lid design can dramatically transform into a highly dynamic rear wing. Porsche calls it “tailored cooling,” with an eye to maximizing “cooling performance” while minimizing “driving resistance” no matter the road conditions or performance requirements.
At 70 km/h the active front shutters close to reduce aerodynamic drag during highway driving, and at 90 km/h the rear spoiler lifts into its Eco position to once again minimize drag, but at 170 km/h the front shutters open and the rear spoiler raises yet again to its Performance position, providing maximum driving dynamics.
Additionally, as part of its Performance mode, the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) sport chassis automatically lowers the 911 by 10 mm to further improve its aero efficiency, this one element improving the car’s Nürburgring performance by four seconds per lap.
Also notable, the 911’s adaptive aero makes special adjustments for operating in new Wet mode, critical for navigating through Vancouver’s often slippery conditions, while enhancing safety even further the rear spoiler will automatically cant farther upward into an even more aggressive “Air Brake” angle to assist in emergency braking by adding yet more downforce over the rear axle.
The new 911’s body shape and active elements allow airflow to enter each front corner intake, pass through the radiators, and then skirt around the front wheels like an air curtain to reduce turbulence. Continuing rearward, the air flows along the car’s elegant coke-bottle doors before coursing up and over the muscular rear fenders into the rear deck lid-mounted engine vents in order to feed the 3.0-litre, twin-turbocharged H-6 engine’s new air-to-air intercoolers, after which it is directed downward ahead of exiting to each side of the rear bumper.
Of course, a picture is worth a thousand words and moving pictures even more, so make sure to check out Porsche’s descriptive video for even greater clarity on how all this aero mastery works together as a cohesive whole.
To learn more about the new 2020 911 Carrera, contact Porsche Centre Vancouver at (604) 736-7911, or come visit us in our showroom at 688 Terminal Ave, Vancouver.
The Porsche 911 – Adaptive Aerodynamics (2:56):
Story credits: Trevor Hofmann
Photo credits: Porsche
Date Posted: March 12, 2019