New Generation Porsche 718 Cayman EV to Keep “Mid-Engine” Philosophy

As already spread, the new generation Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster could be fully electrified. A new report reveals that the upcoming product will retain its mid-engine philosophy with its battery and motor.

As Coach reports, the Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster EV will adopt an e-core configuration with its new bespoke electric sports car architecture. With this, it is understood that the sitting position will be as low as possible to improve the center of gravity.

It has been said that the Concept Mission RThe design and dimensions of will be applied to the EV Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster. The chassis for this concept was actually a redesign of the one currently used on the 718 Cayman. Company boss Oliver Blume said: “When we electrify a model, we don’t carry over the combustion engine. [platform] because there are too many compromises.

“When we look at future sports cars, we would develop its own platform but connected to some modules from other cars. But the platform will be unique.

Porsche technical chief Michael Steiner added that this layout should be applied because the group’s current J1 layout and the upcoming PPE layout will add too high a height to the design.

“With a typical two-door sports car, you see that the car is really low because to reduce drag you want a silhouette that is as low and flat as possible,” Steiner said.

“To do this, the driver needs to be seated as low as possible, and if you do, there is no room for a battery under the driver’s seat.

“This is the same reason why many super sports cars today have a mid-engined design, with the engine behind the driver. With current battery cell technology, batteries are the biggest and heaviest part of the car – and that could be true for the next decade or so – so we developed what we call the battery design. -core. From a packaging and center of gravity perspective, it’s more or less a copy of a mid-engine design.

What about customer demand for a Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster EV? Steiner said, “I would say yes, but it requires weight reduction. If you drive and push a real sports car on the race track, you will always feel this [weight]. You might not notice it on the freeway, but a real sports car needs to perform well on the racetrack. “

Article written by Nikesh Kooverjee

Journalist for CAR Magazine since 2015. Doing my best to navigate the ever-changing landscape of the automotive world while keeping you abreast of all the remarkable stories.

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