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Stability Management Helps Drivers Reach New Heights

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Difference Between Reckless and Under Control

Amateur drivers who step into a high-powered vehicle such as a Porsche 911 Turbo S can be forgiven if they are a bit apprehensive about pushing the vehicle to its upper limits. The 911, for example, is a small car with 580 horsepower, so it’s easy to see how a wary driver could be afraid of losing control. The new Sport mode on the Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system is designed to let regular drivers take the Porsche brand to the extremes, delivering a satisfying and dynamic ride while still keeping everyone safe. PSM with Sport mode turns what could be a date with a monster into a polite dance, gliding through corners with the ease of a ballerina. See how PSM can make you a better driver by taking a test ride at Porsche of Tucson.

Engineers Spent Years Developing System

The technology behind PSM with Sport mode did not come overnight. Philipp Peglau and a team of engineers spent almost 3 years on the project including driving thousands of miles in all types of conditions and on different race tracks. Meeting Porsche’s high driving standards didn’t come easy, but Peglau thinks the end result was worth the effort. “The new PSM Sport gives nonprofessionals the chance to enjoy this great experience too – within a safe framework,” Peglau said. “PSM Sport is not a drift mode. This would rob drivers of their feel for the car and give them a false sense of security about their skills. PSM Sport by no means takes control of the car out of the hands of advanced drivers.” Go behind the curtain to the success of PSM Sport and you’ll see that the key is to dampen the initial acceleration of the yaw. “This allows us to create a gentler transition. As soon as the system recognizes that the driver has everything under control, it allows for greater freedom,” Peglau said.

System Fail-safe Kicks in When Sensing Trouble

If the PSM Sport system senses the driver needs a little help getting things under control, it will provide an “emergency anchoring” feature to slow things down and get the car stabilized. “We might also say that PSM Sport takes the driver by the hand and leads him carefully up to PSM-off mode,” Peglau continued, “because that option continues to be available.” The system’s safety net is set to respond if the brake pedal pressure exceeds a certain threshold. How quickly it comes back on depends entirely upon the amount of pressure. The best way to see how the PSM Sport mode increases your driving pleasure is to talk to the pros and take a test drive at Porsche of Tucson.

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