Volkswagen recently confirmed that their next-gen models could be a farewell to internal combustion engines. Coupling to this, Porsche had also stated that the 911 could be the brand’s only internal combustion engine within a decade.
However, in a recent report that was published on Tuesday by Autocar, Porsche has once again confirmed that it would put performance ahead of efficiency with the hybrid system that is destined for the 992-generation 911.
The prototype is expected to have better weight distribution with its front mounted battery packs
The report also cited retiring chief 911 engineer August Achleitner, who said that the 992-generation 911 was future proofed which can later be developed to run on electric power alone for short distances. While he had previously ruled out a standard plug-in hybrid powertrain for the moniker, it was also noted that the 911’s hybrid powertrain would closely resemble the one in the 919 Hybrid Le Mans race car.
Based on the same, we can expect an exhaust energy recovery system and a battery pack to power the front axle. Supplementing this, the reports also confirmed that early prototypes of the 911 hybrid feature a battery pack mounted at the front of the car.
The prototype is expected to have better weight distribution with its front mounted battery packs, in spite of the weight it adds, better than what we currently see in the standard rear-engine 911, Carrera. Among other changes, the new 911 gets a new gear set to make room for a small electric motor in the car’s rear compartment along with the latest ZF-sourced dual-clutch transmission.
Porsche also worked to tweak the all-wheel-drive system to allow 50 per cent of drive to route to the front wheels
Porsche also worked to tweak the all-wheel-drive system to allow 50 per cent of drive to route to the front wheels and implemented a brake booster system similar to the 918 Spyder for increased regenerative braking properties.
Reports citing internal sources of the company states that it is currently battling internally over a range range-topping hybrid model to sit alongside the 911 Turbo, or a mid-range 911 hybrid to sit alongside the Carerra models.