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Cayenne at 1:2 scalePorsche develops prototype golf car
Stuttgart. The Porsche Engineering Group, a subsidiary of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, has now delivered two vehicles of the “open two-seater” type after a development period of just four months. The prototypes are specially designed for use on golf courses, and apart from two comfortable seats also offer a copious loading floor for two golf bags at the rear.
The as yet unique golf car not only has the Porsche Crest on its bonnet, but also has many other details reminiscent of the sporty Cayenne off-road vehicle – although at a scale of 1:2. For the 2.7 metre long and 1.25 metre wide vehicle, the bonnet, front wings, headlights, front apron and 20-inch wheels have been faithfully recreated in absolute detail. The visual features at the rear of the Cayenne could not be reproduced completely due to the open load floor. However, imposing design elements such as the oval exhaust tailpipes, the rear lights and the original stainless steel loading edge were copied, so that the golf car can also be identified from behind as a mini-Cayenne.
The exhaust tailpipes act only as a design feature on the golf car, since it is powered by a 3.2-bhp electric motor which drives the rear wheels via a direct transmission. The drive technology and chassis have not been changed by the Porsche engineers, but are taken from the basic vehicle of Divaco GmbH in Essen. The top speed is 24 kilometres per hour, which can be achieved under full acceleration after a distance of just ten metres. Maximum range is around 30 kilometres – with the headlights turned off.
Before the two golf cars with the Cayenne look were delivered, they had to undergo a test drive on the test track at the Porsche Development Centre in Weissach. Only once the development engineers were satisfied with their unusual test candidates were they allowed to set off on their journey to Majorca. There, they will be used on the Alcanada golf course from early 2005 by Hans-Peter Porsche, who gave the order for the vehicle conversion. A decision has not yet been taken as to whether the Porsche Engineering Group will build further golf cars, and allow the mini-Cayenne to be offered to other golf courses around the world as well.
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