For the last 87 years, Porsche has been producing record-winning, luxury sports cars. Among these record-winning cars is the Porsche 911, the most famous and well-known Porsche car in production. The Porsche 911 was created with the purpose of reinventing the classic German car: a high-performance, rear-engined sports car that is capable of out-performing others similar to it. Since its conception in 1963, the Porsche 911 has been remodeled, however, the basic concept from its birth has remained unchanged. These newer models, like the 911 GT2 and GT3 continue to break records and thrill the masses.
With the recent understanding of greenhouse gases and the effect of exhaust fumes, fossil fuels and free radicals on the destruction and break down of the ozone layer, many companies have been making the move to producing products which are more environmentally friendly. Porsche is one of these companies, and thus the invention of Mission E, the Porsche green initiative, was created. Porsche has realized the need to invent a concept that is keeping up with the current times: environmentally friendly, yet still powerful cars that continue to do the Porsche name proud.
The purpose of Mission E is to create a car that still fulfills the Porsche MO, a record-winning sports car, while requiring not a single drop of gasoline. The car will be run on batteries that power two motors, called PSM’s, which give the new line of Porsche cars the same edge and tenacity as their predecessors. Just earlier this month, Porsche has announced and revealed the name and release date of their new Mission E car: the 2019 Porsche Taycan.
There has been talk floating around that Porsche would like to convert most of their current models to electric models. They have however, confirmed that the Porsche 911 would most certainly not be getting an all-electric upgrade. Many fans and Porsche diehards have wondered why the decision has been made to leave the 911 relatively unchanged, and a number of theories have been speculated, none of which have been confirmed.
Heritage Of The 911
Don’t mess with a winning formula. This concept has caused Porsche to decide to leave the 911 relatively unchanged and unscathed. Since it is one of the classic Porsches, the heritage behind the car is more than high-speed performance, it symbolizes how far Porsche has come to produce a car that is both stylish and a winner; a true representation of German engineering.
The Scope Of Technology
Electric cars aren’t new. However, electric engines in high-speed, high-performance cars is. Currently, there is a huge market to make cars that are not reliant on fuel. Porsche realized this market and made a plan to adapt the current technology to apply it to the Porsche cars. The Mission E concept was born, however, the scope of the technology is still lacking, and whether these cars will perform on par with their fueled counterparts is the real question.
When designing a car that is electric, a huge amount of remodeling needs to take place. Electric cars require batteries, and these batteries are lined up at the bottom of the car. This changes the entire center of gravity and the way the car feels when driving, especially around corners. The concern with this was that the feel of the car would not be like the original 911, and so the decision to leave this car untouched was made.
Even though it seems like the Porsche 911 will not be getting its electric upgrade, there has been talk of making a hybrid model of the 911; a car that is both fuel and electric, to bring about an even more powerful machine that is bound to break even more barriers in the automobile and racing worlds. Stay up-to-date with all the latest Porsche news at Porsche Hangout!