Having spent quite a bit of time down south this past year I learned very quickly how to spot a Porsche SUV, a Porsche 4 door sedan, a 1970 Porsche 911. And on this particular day a white 1990 Porsche 911 that really caught my eye.
I was paying special attention to the rear spoiler and how the mechanics of it work at various speeds. I was speeding up and slowing down while snapping shots to get a good look at one in action and I have to say it is a marvel of german technology.
The description from the 1990 Porsche 911 manual describes the rear spoiler technology as such:
The rear spoiler extends automatically at above approx. 75 mph (120 km/ h) and retracts again below approx. 50 mph (80 km/h)
If the automatic control system fails, the warning message “Spoiler failure” appears on the multi-function display.
Failure of the retractable rear spoiler.
Display of the warning message “Spoiler failure” indicates failure of the retractable rear spoiler.
Driving stability will be adversely affected by increased rear axle lift at higher speeds.
It also warns, for those not-so-sharp Porsche owners who like to reach inside with their hands:
When extending or retracting the rear spoiler manually when the vehicle is stationary, parts of the body can get trapped between the moving spoiler and fixed vehicle parts.
Not good. Don’t do that.
Unfortunately this was our exit, otherwise I would’ve followed this white 1990 Porsche 911 to the most southern most tip of Florida. There you have it, another classic example of Porsche design.
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