No manufacturer wants to release an underdeveloped car. Strenuous testing plays a major role in the development of any new vehicle. Porsche's program for the 2012 Porsche 911 is just a bit more strenuous, and more scenic, than those of most other companies.

Part ad/part Travel Channel special, this video gives a ten-minute look into the less comfortable side of being a Porsche development driver: the sandstorms, the -40° temperatures, the dirt roads, the barren locations, the frozen transaxles. However, there is plenty of serious fast driving in next-generation 911s to make it worth the hardship, and South Africa looks much more interesting than Milford, MI.