Porsche vehicles are known for their outstanding handling and precise driving dynamics, features that can be found in every Porsche model, from the 718 Boxster roadster to the Cayenne sport utility vehicle. At the heart of Porsche’s reputation for providing optimal stability and control in all of its vehicles is the Porsche Traction Management system, a technology with one core and principal philosophy: Enhanced driving dynamics.
In simple terms, the objective of Porsche Traction Management is to enhance the pure, dynamic driving experience felt behind the wheel of a Porsche. First introduced in 2002 on the first generation of the Porsche Cayenne, PTM was then added to the mythical Porsche 911 in 2006 with the introduction of the 997 Porsche 911 Turbo. Porsche Traction Management was improved in 2013 and has since then been continuously tweaked by Porsche engineers to deliver the highest level of vehicle interaction and continuous traction and grip in any situation.
Today, Porsche Traction Management is found across the Porsche lineup and is at the heart of Porsche’s performance philosophy.
How Does Porsche Traction Management Work?
Porsche Traction Management constantly monitors the driving environment and the physical conditions in order to optimize driving dynamics. The torque distribution between the axles is constantly changing depending on where and how the Porsche is being driven.
The objective is to transfer the most amount of torque to the axle or wheel that will make the best use of it to create grip and ensure stability, thus releasing the highest level of performance. For example, PTM can sense when a Porsche is climbing a hill and will distribute more torque to the rear wheels, thus giving them more power to push the vehicle forward.
In another example, PTM can stabilize a vehicle caught in an oversteer situation by sensing when the rear lateral tire has reached its maximum threshold of grip and the rear end begins to slide out. Porsche Traction Management will compensate by distributing more torque to the front axle, thus helping the Porsche (and the driver) regain stability.
This continuous dance of torque between the front and rear wheels is undetectable to the driver, occurring quicker than the blink of an eye thanks to the input of multiple sensors that monitor conditions. Moreover, Porsche Traction Management works seamlessly with other Porsche technologies such as Porsche Stability Management and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus. Working together, these systems make optimal use of the engine’s plentiful torque to provide the ultimate goal for Porsche engineers: Enhanced driving dynamics.
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