Creates innovative ‘spoiler’ for new Porsche 911 Turbo
Continuing with its innovations to enhance customer satisfaction, Apollo Tyres has added yet another feather in its cap. What makes this effort even more significant is that the result goes beyond a tyre. In an exclusive partnership with Porsche, the R&D team at Apollo Tyres has developed the new, variable front spoiler for the recently introduced Porsche 911 turbo and 911 turbo S. The spoiler, branded as ‘Air Master by Vredestein’, is an integrated part of the Porsche Active Aerodynamics system and protected with a series of patents by both partners.
Recently, Apollo Tyres became the first manufacturer to produce an all-season tyre using European natural rubber or Russian Dandelion, as a part of the EU-PEARLS project. This project was undertaken to reduce the dependence of tyre manufacturers on rubber trees, which are mostly grown in Asia.
Commenting on this innovative spoiler, Peter Snel, Chief, Apollo Tyres Global PV R&D, said “I am excited about this innovation by the team, especially as it goes beyond the usual tyre-related research. This also demonstrates Porsche's confidence in us for developing such an item. The variable front spoiler is made with a specially developed EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) rubber. This combines the flexibility to adapt to the required aerodynamics in all weather conditions and ambient temperatures with the strength and elasticity to withstand impact damage from road particles.”
At low speeds, the spoiler retracts beneath the bumper to ensure maximum ground clearance, allowing the 911 turbo to pass speed bumps without a hitch. At higher speeds, the spoiler extends on the outside to optimise the airflow around the wheels and reduce fuel consumption. In the performance position, the spoiler is fully extended to create extra downforce on the front wheels which, combined with the fully extracted rear wing, results in exceptional road-holding.
The spoiler is powered pneumatically with several air chambers to give it the required shape. The entire system was developed by a dedicated cross-functional team from Apollo Tyres R&D and Apollo Vredestein manufacturing. All production processes were also developed by the team internally, and production of these spoilers started in a special production cell earlier this year.