Porsche puts electricity into its legendary 911 and says it is the fastest in its history

The Porsche 911 doesn't need much introduction.

Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
14 May 2024 Tuesday 17:34
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Porsche puts electricity into its legendary 911 and says it is the fastest in its history

The Porsche 911 doesn't need much introduction. It is a model that has been sold continuously since 1964. A case similar to that of the Ford Mustang, which was born that same year. Although the step that the German model is about to take will undoubtedly mark a before and after.

The Stuttgart brand has just reported that the first electrified version of its legendary sports car successfully completed the testing period and is ready to go on the market. The official presentation of the 911 hybrid will take place on May 28 and Porsche is already announcing that the results they have been obtaining during the testing process place it as the one with the highest performance in its entire history.

Electrification is not something new for the German company, as it has developed hybrid super sports cars, such as the 918 Spyder, and even currently offers 100% electric models, such as the Taycan and the latest generation of the Macan SUV. But electrifying the 911 means modifying the company's historical emblem.

And while there are many who will take this as a process of natural evolution, there are others who will see this step as sacrilege. To make a comparison, Ferrari sold more electrified cars than purely gasoline cars last year, however, it has just presented a model with a 12-cylinder V engine without any electrical assistance.

After an extensive development and testing program, the new 911 with this powertrain is ready to begin series production. But the brand clarifies that electrification, in this case, was not intended as an efficiency solution but as a performance enhancer.

“For the first time in the 61-year history of our icon, we installed a hybrid system in a road-going 911. This innovative high-performance propulsion makes the nineonce even more dynamic,” said Frank Moser, vice president of the 911 and 718 Ranges.

“During development we left nothing to chance and tested the new 911 in all types of conditions all over the world. From freezing cold to scorching heat, as occurred during the final stages of testing in Dubai. The 911 hybrid has resolutely overcome even the most difficult challenges. In total, our engineers and drivers have traveled more than five million kilometers,” added Moser.

Testing and tuning on the Northern Section of the Nürburgring circuit (the Nordschleife) has always had a special significance during the development of the 911. In this phase, driver and Porsche ambassador Jörg Bergmeister completed a lap of the demanding circuit of almost 21 kilometers in 7:16.934 minutes, that is, 8.7 seconds faster than the equivalent version of the predecessor model.

The brand clarified that the car with which that time was achieved was equipped with standard street tires and with the aerodynamic kit that incorporates the fixed rear spoiler, which has been available as an option for several generations of the 911 and which provides greater downforce. at high speeds.

“The new nine-eleven has become considerably faster on the track,” says Bergmeister. “We have more grip, much more power and the immediate response of the high-performance hybrid system, which is a big advantage.”

We will have to wait until May 28 to find out all the final details of the new Porsche 911 hybrid. But there is no doubt that this advance represents an important leap in performance.