Porsche Upgrading Research and Development Center

Upgrading Weissach, Germany research and development center will better position Porsche to meet future requirements on vehicle development, which is increasingly focusing on energy efficiency.

Porsche announced that it will extensively upgrade its research and development center in Weissach. The German sports car manufacturer is investing approximately $200 million in a highly advanced wind tunnel, a state-of-the-art design center and an innovative electronics integration center, according to a news release.

What’s amazing about Porsche is how well the company does by selling relatively few cars. Through October, Porsche’s year-to-date results to 20,337 cars compared to the same period in 2009 when it sold 15,952, up 27.5 percent. Its top selling vehicle, the new Cayenne SUV, saw sales of 1,139 – its best single month total in 2010. In the U.S., it has sold about 6600 vehicles.

As the system will not only be used for Porsche's internal developments, but will also be extensively available for Porsche customer development, it offers direct access from the adjacent design studio, and separate entrances for the discrete completion of customer development projects.Above all, a new studio will offer more space for the Porsche designers, who are involved from the very earliest concept phase of each vehicle development process.

Now’s your chance to work for Porsche. Of course, you’re going to have to move to Weissach, Germany. Porsche is increasing its staffing levels. Around 100 engineers are to be recruited in the first stage alone.

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