World-beating lightweight battery from Porsche

Trust Porsche to make something as mundane as a battery into something sexy and desirable!

The Lithium-Ion battery is a new option for the 911 GT3, GT3 RS and Boxster Spyder and is smaller and lighter than a conventional battery. It is also more efficient in that it almost 100 percent of its capacity is available for use (compared to 30 percent with other car batteries), and it also charges faster.

The lightweight battery is made up of four cells and integrated control electronics. This battery management system protects the battery from major discharge and guarantees a consistent charge level within the individual cells. Once battery voltage drops below a certain threshold, a warning signal reminds the driver to re-charge the battery either simply by driving the car through the power of the engine running or by means of a conventional battery charger.S10_0157_a5 The battery will also be offered as a retrofit for existing owners.

Next-generation 911

Next-generation 911

Porsche 911

Text: Jack Rix / Photos: SB-Medien/Automedia

27th January 2010

It might look familiar, but these are the best shots yet of the next-generation Porsche 911, codenamed the 998, that will replace the current car in 2011. As with every iteration of the iconic 911, styling changes are subtle although there are some interesting features on this test mule that will whet the appetite of 911 fans.

Don’t be fooled by the 911 Turbo-style air intake in front of the rear wheel arch. On closer inspection it’s nothing more than a sticker – Porsche engineer’s idea of a joke in an attempt to confuse any onlookers. And judging by the light camouflage the front and rear bumpers have been remodelled very slightly.

Up front the headlights sit a fraction more upright, while below them is a set of dazzling LED daytime running lights. The side indicators are now also LEDs. Panamera-inspired wing mirrors are no longer mounted in the corner of the front windows, but on the shoulder of the bodywork, creating better visibility for the driver.

The oversize rear boot-lip spoiler looks like a tribute to the legendary 959 hypercar, but it won’t be on the production car. It’s job is to mask the rear end – fueling rumours that an all-new retractable rear spoiler will be making an appearance.

Expect the same direct-injection flat-six engine from the current car to be carried over, with a mild power hike of course, and coupled to a reworked version of the PDK dual-clutch gearbox.

Porsche 911 GT3 R


480bhp, 4-litre flat-six powers 1200kg

This is the view most other competitors will get of Porsche’s latest FIA GT3 contender.

The latest production-based racer from Porsche looks mighty impressive. Packing a 4-litre flat-six producing 480bhp, the 1200kg car carries more aerodynamic devices and bigger wheels than many a GT1 or GT2 car of only a few years ago.

“Since we first announced our intention to launch the 911 GT3 R, demand has been huge,” said Uwe Brettel, Head of Motorsport Sales.

“The number of GT3 R vehicles we had planned for 2010 is almost sold out.” Customer teams from around the world will receive the latest cars in just a month or so. The 911 GT3 R carries a base price of 279,000 euros (plus national VAT) and will be shown to the world for the first time at the January 14 – 17 Autosport International show in Birmingham.

Compared with the outgoing model, the Stuttgart company’s latest GT3 contender is wider, has a more adjustable rear wing, includes ABS braking and traction control, and has an ‘e-gas’ with ‘throttle-blip function’ accelerator. The latter is designed to “help pilots familiarise themselves quicker to the new GT3 race vehicle”.

Gosh, in this category, if you can’t match the revs to road speed yet, I think you’re going to be in a bit of trouble come the first corner.

As with its predecessor, the new car is based on the homologated, extra-wide-body, street-legal Porsche 911 GT3 RS.


Porsche Considering Three-Cylinder Engine For 2012 Boxster

January 4th, 2010 Porsche is in the midst of developing its next-generation Boxster sports car, which has been seen undergoing testing in prototype form on a number of occasions in recent months. The new car is expected to go on sale late next year as a 2012 model and according to a new report Porsche may be planning a special fuel-efficient model. A rumor alleging that Porsche insiders are talking about a lightweight, turbocharged four-cylinder platform for the 2012 Boxster recently began making the rounds, however, the car’s model line director, Hans-Jurgen Wohler, has revealed to Autocar that a turbocharged three-cylinder powerplant may even be possible. Installing a downsized engine would be one way for Porsche to reduce its fleet emissions in line with tough new government standards coming into play in the U.S. and Europe over the next couple of years. “A Boxster with a four-cylinder engine, or maybe even a three-cylinder turbo, could produce between 180 and 200 horsepower,” said Wohler. “Given the Boxster’s history–that it started with a 200 horsepower, 2.5-litre engine–I think this is possibly something that customers could accept. The thought coincides with possible rumors of a revived 914 that could be co-branded by both VW and Porsche, targeted at different market sectors, which means the new Boxster could certainly be fitted with a compact turbocharged mill. If that’s the case, we’re sure Porsche will still offer a six-cylinder option for upper range models. [Autocar]

Porsche is in the midst of developing its next-generation Boxster sports car, which has been seen undergoing testing in prototype form on a number of occasions in recent months. The new car is expected to go on sale late next year as a 2012 model and according to a new report Porsche may be planning a special fuel-efficient model.

A rumor alleging that Porsche insiders are talking about a lightweight, turbocharged four-cylinder platform for the 2012 Boxster recently began making the rounds, however, the car’s model line director, Hans-Jurgen Wohler, has revealed to Autocar that a turbocharged three-cylinder powerplant may even be possible.

Installing a downsized engine would be one way for Porsche to reduce its fleet emissions in line with tough new government standards coming into play in the U.S. and Europe over the next couple of years.

“A Boxster with a four-cylinder engine, or maybe even a three-cylinder turbo, could produce between 180 and 200 horsepower,” said Wohler. “Given the Boxster’s history–that it started with a 200 horsepower, 2.5-litre engine–I think this is possibly something that customers could accept.

The thought coincides with possible rumors of a revived 914 that could be co-branded by both VW and Porsche, targeted at different market sectors, which means the new Boxster could certainly be fitted with a compact turbocharged mill. If that’s the case, we’re sure Porsche will still offer a six-cylinder option for upper range models.