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Old Sun, Mar-19-2017, 04:21:32 AM   #1
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Default Andreas Preuninger: "Don't rule out a mid-engined Porsche 911"

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Porsche seems poised to make the biggest conceptual change to the design of the 53-year-old 911 and for the first time put a mid-engined version on sale.

Porsche Motorsport’s manager of high-performance cars, Andreas Preuninger, told Autocar: "There is nothing coming soon, but in the mid-term don’t rule it [a mid-engined 911] out." He added: "I think that adding some excitement to the car in this way wouldn’t be bad."

Preuninger’s boss, Frank Walliser, confirmed there was significant customer interest in such a car. Porsche Motorsport has a proud tradition of listening closely to its customers, one reason why a manual gearbox is now once more available on the latest 911 GT3.

The mid-engined 911 will be comparatively easy for Porsche to produce, not least because the car already exists in racing RSR form and proved its potential by coming second in the Daytona 24 Hours on its first outing. There is no issue with rear seats because GT 911s have always been homologated as two-seaters. And now that Porsche has just one Motorsport engine that's used in everything from the standard road GT3 to the ultimate mid-engined racing RSR, engineering the car should be relatively simple.

Moreover, despite the fact that the normally aspirated 4.0-litre engine already produces 493bhp and revs to 9000rpm, it has considerable additional development potential. Walliser says the most they’ve seen so far is 608bhp with the engine "screaming on the bench".

Quite what the mid-engined 911 will be called is unclear. It could have an all-new name, adopt the same RSR acronym of its racing counterpart or use one of the existing road car names.

What is certain is that Porsche doesn't think the car is in any way heretical to the 911 brand. When asked if Porsche could really call such a car a 911, Walliser replied simply: "We already do."
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The forthcoming mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette may face some stiff competition from its old foe the Porsche 911. Speaking with Car and Driver at the Geneva auto show, Porsche’s GT model line director, Andreas Preuninger, revealed that a mid-engined variant of Porsche’s classic sports coupe is “absolutely” a possibility. Nevertheless, Preuninger was quick to note that such a vehicle is “not something that’s in the making at the moment.” Although the 911 has traditionally been a rear-engined vehicle, Porsche has tinkered with the sports car’s engine location in the past. Porsche notably crafted the 911 GT1 road car in the mid-1990s, a mid-engined 911 model that served as a homologation special for the brand’s mid-engined race car. Today’s 911 RSR race car positions its engine between its axles because of racing series rules that both work against the 911’s standard engine location in terms of weight balance and are vague enough to allow for the powerplant to be moved. (They dictate that the engine must be in the same location as in the production car, but get no more specific, which means Porsche can say the engine is still behind the driver and be legal.) While Preuninger seemed hopeful that future rule changes could bring the German race car’s engine back to its rightful place aft of the rear wheels, he acknowledged that a street-legal, mid-engine 911 model is an open possibility if racing rules continue to advantage a mid-engine setup. (Or they’re made to be more specific, of course.)

More concrete is the return of the hard-hitting GT3 RS. Although Preuninger wouldn’t confirm the model to us, he acknowledged that “There has always been an RS version to [the] GT3, so . . . something like that could be in the making.”

Don’t expect the next GT3 RS to adopt the 2018 GT3’s six-speed manual transmission option, though. Because of the RS’s singular focus as a track car, Preuninger said he doesn’t believe a stick shift is necessary for Porsche models bearing the RS badge. The brand’s quick-shifting PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission is the preferred tool for those looking to shave every millisecond from a lap time.

Finally, Preuninger indicated that the updated 911 will not spawn an R limited-edition model, as its predecessor did. No surprise, really; the 911 R was really just created in reaction to customer resistance to the previous GT3’s PDK-only powertrain approach. With the manual transmission available in the new high-performance, big-winged 911 GT3, those customers can have a clutch pedal to scratch that particular itch.
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"Porsche Motorsport has a proud tradition of listening closely to its customers"


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So, front-mid?
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Good old Pregundick trolling Porsche fans again
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So, front-mid?
front rear mid.
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front wheel drive.. mid mounted.. with electric rear motor for the left side only
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Would look great parked next to a mid engined corvette.
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