Porsche 918 Construction uses Bluetooth Screw drivers

Published - 15 Jan 2015

OK the sim racing news is pretty thin so why not take a look at cool car tech. We take notice of design queues from cars like the Porsche 918.  When is comes to hi tech, our Germans friends call the "car" - "our domain".  You have to give all credit, the Germans have provided icons in design and production leading all but the most elite marques.  As a person who loves sports cars - I have owned a three. A Porsche '78 911 SC (dog - heavy steering, mechanical timing chain - blew it up the 2nd day lapping the Embankment in London), a 964 Turbo 3.6 (wonderful to drive - it just ate the miles effortlessly - the P35 tyres were a downfall. The rims cut the tyre sidewalls if not at the exact correct tyre pressure) - and then the beast of then all, the Carrera GT (Serial No. 424) (phenomenally powerful and worthy of the title "super-car". All good stories...) Back to "car and tech". 

The Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid supercar has been called the "genetic blueprint for the Porsche sports car of the future," but the technical innovations aren't restricted to the car's two electric power systems and V8 engine punching 887 bhp. The company has also put a lot of innovation into its Porsche 918 Spyder factory in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. The 4,000 sq m (43,000 sq ft) facility where the 918 is hand built employs 100 people and uses a new take on the assembly line.

We like a bit of hi tech so picked up on the way the make a point of "one person, one car" in a time where robots are taking over. The geeky highlight for me was the Bluetooth screwdrivers.

Quote "Another innovation is the Bluetooth-controlled cordless screwdrivers. These are cordless and wireless and virtually silent, which cuts down on factory noise and makes it easier to reach where needed. In addition, the screwdrivers are connected to a database that records the torque applied to all safety-specific screws, so they can be checked and corrected later if needs be. Porsche says that the new factory is exclusively cordless for all tools and platforms as a way maintain the floor's open plan, increase work flexibility, and reduce component damage."

(Note to oneself: I have to get a Bluetooth screwdriver!)

I wonder who will get the ' 918 to the console first?

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