Porsche’s new roof box can travel at 200 km/h
Porsche Tequipment has revealed a new roof box which isn’t just super-practical – it’s been cleared for travel at up to 200 km/h.
The Performance roof box, revealed this week by Porsche Tequipment and available from Porsche Centres imminently, has been subjected to a comprehensive testing programme with the new Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo, including at speeds up to 200 km/h.
Created in cooperation with Studio F.A. Porsche, the roof box’s design is based on the ‘form follows function’ principle and features a slight counter-curve shape and a separation edge. Life-sized clay models were created – just as they are during the vehicle design process – to help the team assess the roof box from an early stage and they were even tested in the wind tunnel at Porsche’s Development Centre in Weissach in order to aerodynamically optimise the design.
“In addition to the permitted speed, the individualisation options for the roof box will also be unique,” explains Alexander Fabig, Vice President Individualisation and Classic at Porsche AG. “Like the box, the side blades are available in High-Gloss Black and three other popular colours from our model range: Dolomite Silver Metallic, Carrara White Metallic and Volcano Grey Metallic.” The side blades can also be optionally ordered primed or painted in the individual vehicle colour.
The new roof box has been dubbed the ‘Performance’ model due to the fact that it has been tested at maximum speeds of up to 200 km/h. It also had to prove its ability to withstand tough conditions on the rough-road track, while noise development was also tested in the Weissach wind tunnel.
Jochen Schmid, Director Tequipment at Porsche, described the testing process as “very demanding”: “On its way to series maturity, [the roof box] was driven on test tracks for several thousand kilometres as part of overall vehicle testing.”
The roof box has a capacity of 480 litres – space for at least five pairs of skis or three snowboards, for example – and can be opened from both sides, allowing easy and uniform loading.
Taycan Cross Turismo Models: CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km; electricity consumption combined: 29.4 – 28.1 kWh/100 km