German manufacturer Porsche plans for a quicker and more efficient development process for what will become the second electric vehicle in its line-up, the Taycan Cross Turismo, so that it should be on the road sometime next year.
Of course, the regular Taycan will act as the basis for the Cross Turismo, but Porsche will be using other state of the art engineering techniques and tools to speed things along. And such a tool is virtual reality.
Already, says Porsche, the virtual Taycan models being tested have covered more than ten million km, all digital. The most important of them were those driven on a simulated Nurburgring track.
Using network simulation, Porsche engineers have already taken the car for a spin on the Nordschleife seven months before the actual working machine is built. The main focus during the tests was electrical energy management.
The ability of the Taycan to properly manage its energy resources is essential for the car to achieve a track time of under eight minutes. Porsche did not say whether they achieved this target in the virtual environment.
“Digitalisation is giving us the chance to become even more dynamic and sporty,” said in a statement Joachim Deisinger, Porsche’s head of virtual vehicles.
“As well as being able to simulate individual assemblies and functions, we can also fine-tune the vehicle as a whole at a much earlier stage and in a more precise way.”
The Cross Turismo will be built on the same platform as the Taycan which will be launched by the end of next year. There’s no official info on the performances, battery or range for the models.
On the concept, the electric powertrain of the car developed an output of 600 hp, and a gave the model a range of 500 km (310 miles).
The two permanent magnet synchronous motors push the car from a standstill to 100 kph (62 mph) in under 3.5 seconds, and further to 200 kph in under 12 seconds (124 mph).