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Porsche Adds Hybrid Boost For A More Powerful Cayenne Turbo S

Porsche, more than any other manufacturer, has a laser focus on making sure enthusiasts know hybrids don’t have to be boring. The Panamera Turbo S e-Hybrid has been on the market for over a year now, and the 670 horsepower super sedan can beat the pants off of most things that would have been considered a supercar just a decade ago. Sure, hybrids are nice for saving a bit of cash at the pump, but Porsche has made sure that the highest power cars in its fleet are hybrids. Continuing that line, Porsche has added hybrid power to the Cayenne Turbo for 2020, giving the world a Cayenne Turbo S e-Hybrid and Cayenne Turbo S e-Hybrid Coupe. This means you can not only can you have your instant-torque power boosting cake, but you can eat it, too as you crawl around big cities on silent EV-only power emitting zero hydrocarbons. Win win!

By combining a 4-liter twin-turbo V8 with a powerful electric motor, the new range-topping Turbo S e-Hybrid Porsche SUV will offer that same 670 horsepower for absurd acceleration. The turbocharged engine makes 541 horsepower on its own, and the addition of a 134 horsepower worth of electric propulsion. The Turbo S e-Hybrid models will both reach sixty miles per hour from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds, which is downright astonishing considering the size and heft of the Cayenne. Both the standard Cayenne and Cayenne Coupe versions are electronically limited to 183 miles per hour. Can you even fathom rocketing along at just shy of 200 miles per hour in an SUV?

The Turbo S e-Hybrid models come with PCCB brakes, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus, and Sport Chrono packages as standard. Also included are a special set of 21-inch « Aero Design » wheels and wheel arch flares painted in body color rather than black matte. Available as options for the new e-Hybrid are a Sport Exhaust system and rear axle steering. Both of which are pretty much mandatory, right?

If you’re going to go to the trouble of getting the most powerful SUV in the Porsche lineup, you should probably also order the Cayenne Coupe model with the available Lightweight Sport package. This pack includes a carbon fiber roof, 22-inch GT Design Wheels, the Sport Design Package, the Carbon Interior Package, a Heated Multifunction Sport Steering Wheel in Alcantara, an Alcantara roof liner, black and silver Houndstooth seat centers and various exterior body parts in carbon fiber. All of that sounds pretty rad to me!

Slightly less interesting, Porsche has also made the standard Cayenne e-Hybrid available in Cayenne Coupe guise now. That model carries over the same drivetrain as the regular Cayenne e-Hybrid—a 3-liter turbo V6 and electric motor with a total output of 455 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque—only in the lower-roof Cayenne Coupe body. Still cool, but not nearly as awesome as the fire-breathing Turbo S e-Hybrid model.

The Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid, Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe and Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe are all expected to reach U.S. Porsche dealerships in the first quarter of 2020. The starting MSRPs are $161,900 for the 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid, $164,400 for the 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe and $86,400 for the 2020 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe, all excluding $1,350 for processing, delivery and handling.

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Project Boxster Clubsport: Part 23 – A New Direction

All Digital Renderings: Kevin McCauley

 

The best laid plans of mice and men oft go awry. We’ve had « Project Boxster Clubsport » for a few years, and it’s been dormant for the last two trips around the sun. I’ve done some work on the car, and it’s been driven a quick trip here and there, but it has mostly been laying in wait. It looked like I would have the time to give it a rehash last fall, but that fell apart. My life got infinitely busier, running this site began to take up more of my time as we grew, and other project cars took precedence. My priorities shifted, and now I’m going all in on the Boxster that has been sitting for far too long. If you’re going to do something, don’t do it half-assed. Climb aboard as we go whole hog on this crazy machine. It’s time that this project was dragged out of the shadows and brought back into the light. It’s going to be made better than ever, so lets get started!

In case you haven’t seen where the project has been in the past, here are links to every installment.
Part 1 – Introduction
Part 2 – GT3-Style Center Console Delete
Part 3 – LED license plate lights
Part 4 – Headlight Polishing
Part 5 – Tail Light Tinting
Part 6 – Emblem Delete and Paint Correction
Part 7 – Lightweight Battery
Part 8 – Short Shift Kit Installation
Part 9 – Lightweight Audio
Part 10 – Big Brakes, Spacers, and Wheel Studs
Part 11 – Wheels and Michelins
Part 12 – Parking Lot Damage
Part 13 – Flares and Paint
Part 14 – Interior Door Handle Update
Part 15 – Non-Smoker Kit
Part 16 – Stiffer Sway Bars
Part 17 – Momo Steering Wheel
Part 18 – H&R Sport Spring Installation
Part 19 – Adjustable Rear Toe Control Arms
Part 20 – Rear Suspension Braces
Part 21 – How Does It Drive?
Part 22 – Aborted Revival

Before we get started we would need to thank Michelin. As many of you know, Michelin is a long-time sponsor of FLATSIXES.com. Recently, they have generously offered to sponsor Project Boxster Clubsport as part of their involvement with our site. Please consider checking out what Michelin has to offer by clicking their banners on this page. Without Michelin’s support, and others like them, this site really wouldn’t be possible.

When taking on a project, I don’t like to do things in half measures. Let’s go all out, turn some heads, and make an impression. Why not take this Boxster Clubsport thing to its ultimate expression? I don’t think this is a project that will ever be *done* because as time and money permits, it will always be in our best interest to make this faster and cooler. But we have laid out some goals, and worked with one of the best automotive artists in the game to bring those goals out of the ether and into reality. Right now the car is just a rendering, but the image can be a powerful motivator. By turning this into something I can stare at longingly, it has become a personal goal to work toward rather than some abstract thing in my head. So, what are we going to be doing here?

This project idea has been floating around in my head for at least 5 years now, and it’s time to act. The inspiration behind this build is the Porsche street/race cars of the 1950s and 60s. Think back to something like a 356 Speedster or 550 Spyder. It was technically street legal, allowing a racer to drive the car to the race track, take the windshield off, tape off the headlights, put some numbers on the side, and race around all day before driving home again that evening. My goal is to make this a modern take on that vintage sports racer ideology. With Porsche’s work toward hybrid and EV technology, why not follow in their footsteps? Therefore the mission of this project is to be able to drive to the track on EV power, race around all day, and then drive home on EV power.

Step 1 – Hybrid power

Yep, you read that right, we’re following Porsche’s current trajectory and building a hybrid Boxster. The hope is that by using off-the-shelf components, we’ll get our hybrid Boxster done and on the road before even Porsche does. The plan here is to mount an electric motor in the front trunk to power the front wheels using a 996 Carrera 4 front hub, upright, and axle setup mounted to a used Nissan Leaf motor. It won’t be the easiest project, but luckily I have some very intelligent friends who are willing to lend a hand to help me figure this part of the project out. We’ll be engineering a mounting system, an axle hookup, and cockpit operation of the EV motor from scratch. This group of friends has recently figured out how to make traction control work on a 1960s muscle car, turned a Delorean into an electric car, and swapped a full Tesla powertrain into a small Japanese car. It’s good to have friends.

Effectively the car will operate as two separate powertrains. The engine won’t talk to the electric motor, and the electric motor won’t talk to the engine. The 2.5-liter 5-speed mid-engine layout will stay in place, operated with cable shifters, hydraulic clutch, and cable throttle as it has always been. We will add a potentiometer switch to the throttle pedal which will provide a signal to the electric motor up front telling it to accelerate or not. When I put my foot to the wood, I’ll be getting the full grunt of the 205 horsepower engine in the back, and the 80 kW (110 hp) motor up front will provide 210 lb-ft of torque for mega AWD acceleration out of corners.

« But where will the batteries go? » you might be asking. Well, because this is intended to be a street legal track car, I won’t be needing a passenger seat. In a monoposto configuration, the passenger’s seat will be ditched in favor of a slew of battery power units, and a proper tonneau cover will be fabricated to make the car more aerodynamic and provide that race car aesthetic.

The long-term goal for the project is to see a massive upgrade in both the gasoline powertrain and the electric drive, as time and budgets allow.

Step 2 – Bodywork

To go with this new track-ready AWD powertrain is a new totally awesome aesthetic for the car. The major complaint that 986/996 receive is about the headlights. Those runny eggs will be ditched in favor of a smoothed over front, a GT3-style bumper, and Le Mans-style fog lights installed where one might find a license plate. Once the track-ready roll bar is installed, including door bars, a dash bar, and suspension reinforcing connections to the strut mounts both front and rear, the windshield will be ditched for a smooth tonneau over the large convertible top opening. The rear flares will stay in place to cover the massive 295 section width Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires. Once I find another set of GT3 rear wheels, I’ll add the flares to the front in order to fit a square setup. For now, the 235 section fronts will fit just fine in the front wheel wells.

An early look at the render shows the preliminary sketch. From there, we made changes to the colors, livery, roll over bar, and other minor tweaks.

Step 3 – The Livery

To get the proper look right, I worked with Kevin over a series of texts to determine exactly what we were going for. We wanted a combination of throwback that was instantly recognizable as a Porsche livery, but to tie it in to the modern Hybrid aesthetic. All of the old Porsche race cars in the late 1960s were given a white base with a set of black wheels, so let’s start there.

The project was originally inspired by Porsche’s 909 Bergspyder (I wanted to build a Boxster Bergspyder before I even knew Porsche already built one!). I had initially wanted to give the car a simple red stripe livery like the 909 which has been lost to time. We decided the livery was too simple to apply to this creation. We came up with a list of cars that inspired our collective creativity, and Kevin worked diligently to apply those liveries to the body here.

Ultimately, it was Rod Emory’s 911K that gave us the stroke of inspiration we needed to reach the ultimate iteration of style that we wanted.

The 911K’s aesthetic brought us back to the similarly styled 907 LH which won the 24 Hours of Daytona back in 1968.

Then, as a play toward the future, we decided to replace the 907’s « P » prototype designation with the « HY » designation given to Porsche’s most recent Le Mans winner, the 919 Hybrid. Replace the 907’s yellow with Porsche’s distinct Acid Green touches on the livery and the brake calipers. Porsche uses this color to identify its hybrid models, which is why we chose to use it here. And there you have the final design.

Step 4 – Conclusion

It was an absolute joy to work through this process with Kevin. He’s a great artist, and an even better human. We could not have gotten even this far without his talents, insight, and passion for the Porsche brand. Now I have the motivation I need to see this project through to fruition.

I’m going to be wrenching on this thing hard core into the fall and through the winter months in the hopes that it will be track ready, though probably not pretty, by spring. For now it’s retaining a stock 5-speed, a stock 2.5-liter motor, and a stock Nissan Leaf front axle. Eventually, I’d like to see something Mezger, preferably with turbochargers, mounted in the back. Perhaps some day I can make the car all-Porsche again after someone crashes the first Taycan. While it will have a low power N/A flat six and a low power electric motor to begin with, this allows me to learn a bit about electric drivetrains and how to manage them on track before stepping up to larger power levels. I suspect an extra 110 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque won’t go unnoticed in a car that originally came from the factory with 205/181.

The goal with this car is to reduce its weight significantly in order to offset the added weight of the electric motor, batteries, and roll structure. A 1997 Porsche Boxster is quoted as having a curb weight of 2756 pounds. I expect the entire added-on weight to be somewhere in the realm of 600 pounds. By reducing the car down to just around 2000 pounds before putting weight back into it, we should have a bit of leeway to work with. I’m about to get started on a crash course diet for the car, and will be working to find places to take weight out. Because it will be a track car with no windshield, sound deadening and interior creature comforts will be decimated. Because it doesn’t have a top, the HVAC system is going away. Because it will have proper side-impact door bars, the doors can be stripped shells. And in the process, I’ll be putting myself on a weight loss and workout regimen as well. What’s the point in dropping pounds from my car if I can’t drop pounds from myself?

What do you think? Are you ready to go along for the ride?

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Chris Harris Samples the 919 Hybrid

 

Harris trying to familiarize himself with a very alien car.

There are few cars which can compare to the tech-fest that is the 919 Hybrid. With 4WD, a sophisticated electric motor powering the front axle, and the punchy V4 turbo driving the rear, the propulsion is unrivaled.

That’s not only due to low-end torque and enviable traction. In large part, it’s due to the way that it deploys its ~1,000 horsepower. With clever mapping to decide when the right moment is to deploy hybrid boost, all Chris Harris has to do is plant his right foot for the most efficient use of power. « Because the car feels a bit different in every corner, there’s a sense that it’s doing stuff that I don’t know about, » Harris elaborates.

The self-driving aspect might be exaggerated slightly for dramatic effect, but the typical approach one might take to a contemporary GT3 car doesn’t seem to apply with this rolling test lab. Even after learning how to manage all the systems at work, he needs a few tips from Neel Jani on how to take quick corners with great speed and consistency.

« The way you can just roll it into a corner off-throttle—how un-Porsche is that? » Harris asks.

It’s not surprising that the high G-forces quickly exhaust Harris, a reformed smoker, but it’s the way which the 919 Hybrid casually cruises through the fast bends that he can’t quite fathom. Thanks to the aero grip and the computer assistance, coasting off-throttle through some sections works better than one familiar with typical racecar behavior might think. Thanks to the outrageous levels of downforce, the car carries Harris to a new level of performance that leaves him baffled.

« I’ve never driven a racing car that feels like it’s doing more thinking around the lap than me. »

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This Is When The Porsche 911 Hybrid Is Likely To Arrive

Porsche is waiting for battery technology to evolve before it unleashes the most powerful Porsche 911 ever made.

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New 2019 Porsche 992 revealed: all you need to know

We’ve ridden shotgun in the prototypes, but Total 911 is attending the unveil of the new Porsche 992 series 911 in LA, prior to it reaching showrooms early next year. That it’s visually similar to the 991 before it is no surprise, Porsche’s evolutionary approach to its styling no more obvious than with the 911, but this eighth-generation model brings the company’s iconic sports car up to date, adding connectivity, driver assistance and improved environmental performance all while retaining its driver focus.

ENGINE & PERFORMANCE STATS

Retaining the 3.0-litre turbocharged flat-six of the 991.2, the 992 is launched in Carrera S guise, it developing 450hp, which represents an increase of 30hp over the outgoing Carrera S. In rear-wheel drive PDK form that allows a 0-62mph time of 3.7 seconds, or 3.5 seconds if the optional Sport Chrono pack is fitted. The Carrera 4S reduces that by 0.1 seconds thanks to its traction advantage, the top speed for the Carrera S being 191mph and the 4S 190mph. That’s 0.4 seconds faster than the equivalent outgoing 991.2 model, the 992 boasting performance in the realms of the 997 Turbo.

The consumption and emissions figures quoted for the 992 look less impressive, with Porsche quoting 31.7/31.4mpg and 205g/km/209g/km for the Carrera S/4S respectively. These figures are based on the new, stricter, WLTP testing procedure which give a a greater real-world result, so customers should expect consumption equivalent to the outgoing models, even if the numbers don’t suggest it.

AESTHETICS

Externally the 992’s most obvious visual cue is the new rear light bar, this LED strip spanning the entire width of the rear. All Carreras, from the launch S models, to the standard Carreras that will follow next year will be wide-bodied, with all being as wide as the current GTS/GT3 models. The width at the front axle grows by 45mm, too, the steered wheels being fitted with 20-inch alloys, the rear being staggered with a 21-inch rim.

That widebody is almost entirely constructed from aluminium in a bid to save weight, the 992 set to weigh much the same as the car it replaces. That’s despite the addition of some additional new tech, the 911 embracing driver assistance with the addition of lane keeping assist and lane departure warning equipment, brake assist with emergency braking as well as the availability of Night Vision Assist with a thermal camera. Should you option that, the images will be displayed on one of the screens situated either side of the large analogue rev-counter that sits prominently in front of the driver in the instruments. Convenience in traffic will be added with the option of an adaptive cruise control system with automatic distance control and stop-and-go function.

INTERIOR

The interior is a marked step from the 991, the centre dash dominated by a 10.9 inch touchscreen, it giving access to familiar entertainment and navigation functions as well as displaying the driving modes. To the usual Normal, Sport, Sport+ and Individual Modes Porsche has added Wet Mode, this selectable mode automatically prepping the PDK shift strategy, traction and stability systems and throttle map when wheel housing sensors detect wet tarmac.

The connectivity of the interior systems is improved, with swarm online data assisting with navigation, and apps including Porsche Road Trip for route planning and Porsche Impact being an emissions estimator that allows you to estimate financial contributions to offset your emissions with your favoured internationally certified climate project.

Engine revisions to help reduce that impact include revised turbochargers and new intercooling with shorter, more efficient paths, as well as an improved direct injection process. The addition of an eight-speed automatic transmission (a seven-speed manual will follow) derived from the Panamera also underlines Porsche’s future climate credentials as it allows the company to add a hybrid electric motor into the transmission at a later, as yet to be confirmed, date.

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