Porsche likes to think ahead. That’s something our Porsche technicians certainly have observed all these years repairing Porsches. And if you own a Porsche, it’s a quality you probably appreciate too. After all, it’s one of Porsche’s advantages that make it unlike any other car on the road.
Porsche engineers are thinking of the future — not only for the one we leave our children, but also when it comes to technology development and the transition away from fossil fuels. The new eighth-generation 911 features a series of engineering approaches that enable it to support both mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid drivetrains during its planned 7-year lifecycle.
Smart, sleek and slick — just what you’d expect from a Porsche. Autocar explains:
“Although the 992-series 911 will initially be offered with an updated version of the old model’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre flat six petrol engine, delivering 444bhp in both rear-wheel drive Carrera S and four-wheel drive Carrera 4S models, (the company) has confirmed that development is progressing on a hybridised version that will provide the iconic sports car with the capability to run exclusively on electric power for limited distances.”
Porsche has managed to modify the rear-mounted drivetrain of the 911 to allow the housing of a disc-shaped electric motor within the rear section of its eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
“We’ve taken the experience we gained with hybrid versions of the Cayenne and Panamera, as well as the 918 Spyder, and applied it to the new 911,” August Achleitner, head of sports car development for Porsche, explained. “In the future, this will allow us to offer it with pure-electric capability.”
Innovative Weight Distribution
Porsche is no stranger to innovation. The battery for the 911 hybrid is expected to be housed within the front. This would seem to add considerable weight, but will actually improve weight distribution standard petrol engine-only versions of the new 911, which is put at 39:61 in the initial 1515kg Carrera S model.
Yep, pretty slick. A Porsche is designed to turn heads on the highway, but it also packs some serious engineering under the hood that’s more environmentally friendly. How awesome is that?