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A unique pair of experimental Porsche 911s have climbed the steep slopes of the Ojos del Salado, in Chile, the highest volcano in the world.

08 Nov 2022 | International News : Germany


Porsche has brought a pair of experimental 911s, led by endurance racer and adventurer Romain Dumas, to explore the limits of the 911 in one of the toughest places on earth - the sheer slopes of Ojos del Salado, in Chile, also know as the highest volcano in the world.

Exploring up to 6,007m, the pair of 911s was led by Romain Dumas. The team took on strewn gradients as well as ice fields that tested the abilities of the cars in temperatures 30 degrees Celsius below freezing and with half the available oxygen in the air compared to at sea level.

The two cars were based on the 911 Carrera 4S, which produces 436bhp
At the core of each car is the 911 Carrera 4S, equipped with a factory standard turbocharged flat-six engine which develops 436bhp under standard conditions coupled to a seven-speed manual transmission.

The two cars were equipped with roll cages, carbon fibre seats and harnesses to meet the safety requirements such a project demands.

Next, portal axles were added to increase ground clearance. New, lower gear ratios allow for precise, gentle throttle inputs at low speed and work well with large, newly fitted off-road tyres.

A Porsche Warp-Connecter was used to form a mechanical link between all four wheels, allowing constant wheel load
A device called the Porsche Warp-Connecter was also added. Originally designed for motorsport applications, it forms a mechanical link between all four wheels to allow constant wheel load even when the chassis is enduring extreme articulation, contributing to maximum traction.

As a finishing touch, the bodywork was finished in two distinctive liveries. One features the same Porsche Motorsport color scheme adorning the 963 LMDh racer and the second 911-themed livery was designed by the styling team in Weissach.

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