As the Taycan, next Macan and soon-to-be-revealed EV Boxster prove, Porsche is leading the way with performance EVs, but the 911 will keep its flat-six for as long as legislatively possible, says Porsche’s e-fuels team leader Karl Dums.
By 2030, 80 per cent of Porsche’s line-up will be electric, but the 911 appears to be sacred, which is why the company is forging ahead with the development and investment in e-fuels.
Porsche has been developing carbon-neutral fuels in collaboration with Chilean producer HIF Global, which already provides fuel for the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and Porsche Experience Centres. Meanwhile, the German company has pressured EU lawmakers to allow the sale of combustion engines on the proviso that they only run on e-fuels.
Porsche has also been exploring the possibilities of hydrogen, conducting virtual tests around a digital model of the Nordschleife. Porsche used a “luxury-segment reference vehicle” with a kerb weight of 2,650kg, comparable to a Porsche Cayenne S.
The simulation chalked up a respectable lap time of eight minutes and 20 seconds while producing emissions compliant to ultra-tough Euro 7 testing procedures.
Report by Russell Campbell
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