The new Porsche 911 has a “wet” mode to eliminate aquaplaningJanuary 6, 2019
The German sports coupe Porsche 911 2020 model year received a number of innovative features that ensure that this is the best version in the history of the model. One of these technologies, which for some reason was left unattended, is the “wet” mode.
Automotive News reported that Porsche engineers decided to add the so-called “wet” mode to the equipment list of their 911 sports coupe. It is needed to eliminate the effect of aquaplaning. This effect means a complete or partial loss of adhesion of the surface of tires with a wet coating. The fact is that in this case, a water layer forms between the surface of the tire and the road, which in turn leads to a loss of vehicle stability.
The German sports car like no one else is prone to the manifestation of this effect, in particular from its relatively low weight and wide tires.
The safety system, which is designed to prevent the formation of a water layer on tires, uses tiny microphone sensors that measure the intensity of water on the road that falls into the arches of the front wheels. If the car’s computers believe that the “wet” mode can be useful for current conditions, it will inform the driver about the need to turn on the system.
To reduce the risk of aquaplaning, this mode increases the distribution of power to the front wheels, which are smaller, reduces the increase in engine torque and activates the rear spoiler to increase downforce.
It is noteworthy that the guys from Porsche actually developed a similar security system in the 1990s as part of the European research program, and this technology was originally going to be used in the 911 Turbo.
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