Porsche Design Christmas Gift Ideas: Bobsleigh and Sledge

In order to mark the winter season, Porsche is again presenting two Christmas gift ideas for the brand’s fans who wish for maximum directional stability in snow. For instance, its plastic bobsleigh (EUR225/US$300), which in 2010 was awarded the “red dot” for high design quality, and the Porsche Aluminum sledge (EUR399/US$530).

Inspiration for the first Porsche bobsleigh was drawn from the racing bobsleigh. Thus its runners are based on the engineering of these professional sports devices and are almost as effective.

Both have a so-called ‘spring’ in the runners, that give the bobsleigh an excellent steerability. According to Porsche Design, another engineering highlight of this product is the camber angle.

The Porsche bobsleigh does not have ground contact across the full breadth but only at the edges of the runners.
“The result is maximum directional stability which, combined with the low center of gravity, gives excellent grip and outstanding maneuverability,” the company says.

The plastic bobsleigh can be steered simply and individually using the four side grips. In sporting situations the bobsleigh’s perfect balance means that it can be piloted simply by shifting ones weight on the ergonomically formed seat and by appropriate leg movement. By using the middle grip at the head end, braking can be precisely controlled, with fast response.

Tested and certified by German safety standards agency (TÜV) the Porsche bobsleigh weighs approximately four kilograms (a little more than 8 lbs) and is stowed in a practical nylon bag.

As for the Porsche Aluminium sledge, highlights include stainless steel runners and comfortable faux leather seat, so that winter can be enjoyed at full speed. After use, the practical folding mechanism allows the sledge to be folded together and stowed in a high-quality bag for safe carrying.
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