Porsche chief designer talks about his dreamsMay 22, 2020
Michael Mauer admitted that he wanted to create a light sports car.
Weighing just 384 kilograms, the 909 Bergspyder will go down in history as the lightest Porsche in history. Then there was 718 Formel 2, whose weight was only 456 kg. We also must not forget about the 356 SL with an aluminum body weighing 640 kg.
These are just three models from the history of Porsche in the field of light sports cars, the experience that the head of the company’s designer would like to direct to the development of a new base model.
Speaking to CAR Magazine, Michael Mauer talked about his dreams and plans. He also mentioned one of the company’s earliest works, 550 Spyder, and how he wanted a modern interpretation of the 1950s roadster.
“I would like to make a completely new sports car, maximized. We will see. There are many discussions. I think this is possible, especially with new materials, ” – Mauer said.
The closest thing Porsche offers today is the 718 Boxster T, but with a weight of 1335 kg, it is far from the light models of yesteryear. Needless to say, not a single automaker will ever be able to return to the creation of these cars, which, given all the rules regarding mandatory safety equipment. Nevertheless, the Boxster could lose those extra pounds, including by reducing the size.
The subject of weight is of great importance to Porsche, as the company recognized that the development of the Boxster and electric vehicles is complicated by heavy batteries. The decision to remove the internal combustion engine from entry-level sports cars has not yet been made.
Porsche is currently testing Boxster electrical prototypes to learn more about what needs to be done. Meanwhile, Macan is getting ready to embrace the future of EV.
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