Porsche has announced the completion of three new buildings at its Weissach development center in Germany, marking the end of a $200 million investment in the facility. A new design studio with a concept car construction facility, a state-of-the-art aero-acoustic wind tunnel and an “Electronics Integration Center” were added to the Weissach center.
The new design studio will give design staff the “optimum conditions for the whole process of creating the exterior and interior of Porsche vehicles,” Porsche says. All work on future concepts, from the design to the drive system, bodywork, chassis and electronics will be done in the new design center. Adjacent to the design studio will be the wind tunnel, which will test both concept car designs and vehicles ready for full production. The wind tunnel made up the majority of the $200 million investment.
The third building, the Electronic Integration Center, will be the place of work for Porsche developers in the fields of electrics and electronics. Because they are all under one roof, the building will help facilitate improved communications between different electronics departments. Previously, the separate departments were spread across twelve different buildings at the Weissach facility.
“Weissach now stands more than ever for top German engineering expertise and pure Swabian inventive spirit,” said Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG, Matthias Müller. “Intelligent engineering leads to success not only in motor vehicle manufacturing, but in architecture as well. That’s shown by these new buildings: our creative developers are able here to work hand-in-hand even more methodically than before.”