Porsche Shuns KERS Hybrid Technology For Next 911 Sports Car

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2011 Porsche 918 RSR Concept

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"That's nonsense."

So goes the response from a high-level Porsche source when prompted by UK car magazine Autocar that the next 911 model will include an Formula One-style kinetic energy recovery system.

The technology, known widely as 'KERS', has been used in F1 for the past few seasons as a way of encouraging overtaking by offering drivers an 80 horsepower boost for six seconds a lap. KERS is being used this year in conjunction with the 'DRS' Drag Reduction System aerodynamic aid and high-wear tires to increase overtaking in the sport.

There had been speculation that Porsche's flagship model would feature the hybrid technology following its inclusion in the 918 RSR sports car concept. The system uses a flywheel to harness kinetic energy. The energy stored in the rapidly spinning flywheel can then be used for boosting performance, or as an alternative propulsion method for low-emissions running or extra traction.

Porsche has also said it doesn't intend to use range-extending technology. Panamera hybird development chief Michael Steiner has said that Porsche will endeavor to maintain a rewarding driving experience.

Porsche will "adjust the power delivery of its electric powertrains to produce a more Porsche-like driving experience", Steiner told Autocar. He added "Extended-range EVs are not suitable for Porsche".

Although the firm's engines will continually be developed for increased efficiency, Porsche is looking to make improvements in other areas, such as the use of lightweight materials such as special lightweight steels, aluminum and magnesium.

Porsche has already launched hybrid models of the Panamera and Cayenne, so it isn't yet ruling out a hybrid 911 altogether. "The new 911 will not be offered with hybrid drive... if and when it is, then it will most likely happen as a plug-in".


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