Sunday, December 15, 2013

Porsche Cold Weather Testing in YK/NT (NNSL - Subscription)

I remember traveling on the Tuk-Inuvik winter road in the early winter 2002-3.  We were returning to Inuvik in the morning hours with a string of headlights is coming along the ince road towards us.  It was a group of cold weather testing Porsches traveling the ice road to Tuk.  A memorable sight.

Luxury vehicle in Yellowknife for cold-weather testing

Laura Busch

Northern News Services
Published Friday, December 13, 2013


Social media was all a-twitter with the presence of at least five unmarked Porsches on Dec. 10. 
NNSL photo/graphic

What appears to be a costly fender bender occurred at the intersection of Old Airport Road and Franklin Avenue around 5:40 p.m. Tuesday, when a Porsche prototype currently undergoing cold weather testing collided with an SUV. - photo courtesy of David Thurstun
This is not the first time the high-end luxury automobiles have been spotted undergoing cold-weather testing in Yellowknife.

"We do winter testing up there quite often, between Yellowknife and Whitehorse. There's no question it's a great place to be able to put the cars through the paces in the cold weather," said Dave Engelman, media relations manager for Porsche Cars North America Inc.

"We take how our cars perform very seriously. Even though they may be, quote-unquote, sports cars, we want to make sure they will function as intended at any temperature."

The sports cars were last spotted in Yellowknife in December of last year.
This year's tests do not seem to be running as smoothly as in the past.

One of the Porsche prototypes was involved in an accident at the intersection of Old Airport Road and Franklin Avenue around 5:40 p.m.

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