Porsche plots mid-engined 911
PORSCHE APPEARS SET to make the biggest conceptual change to the design of the 53-year-old 911 by putting a mid-engined version on sale for the first time.
Andreas Preuninger, Porsche Motorsport’s manager of highperformance cars, said: “There is nothing coming soon but in the mid-term don’t rule it out. I think adding some excitement to the car in this way wouldn’t be bad.”
Vice president of Porsche Motorsport, Frank Walliser, added that there was significant customer interest in a mid-engined 911. Porsche Motorsport has a tradition of listening to customer feedback, which is one reason why a manual gearbox is now once more available on the latest GT3, shown at Geneva.
A mid-engined 911 would be relatively easy for Porsche to produce. The car already exists in RSR racing form, and it proved its potential by coming second at the Daytona 24 Hours on its first outing. There would be no issue with rear seats because GT 911s have always been homologated as two-seaters, and now that Porsche has just one motorsport engine, which is used in everything from the standard road-going GT3 to the mid-engined RSR racer, engineering the car should be relatively simple.
The normally aspirated 4.0-litre engine already produces 493bhp and revs to 9000rpm,but it has scope for additional development. Walliser revealed that the most that has been seen so far is 608bhp, with the engine “screaming on the bench”.
It is not yet clear what a mid-engined 911 would be called. It could adopt the RSR badge of its racing counterpart, use an existing road car name or have an all-new designation. What is clear is that Porsche doesn’t believe the car would be heretical to the 911 brand. When asked if Porsche could call such a car a 911, Walliser said: “We already do.”
GT3’S engine would be suitable for a midmounted application