Design boss claims he doesn't want to do "another hypercar with 2000bhp" and would prefer something smaller and lighter
3 March 2020

Porsche has no desire to follow the array of electric hypercars with four-figure power outputs into the market, according to the brand's design chief. 

Talking to Autocar in a phone interview that would have taken place at the cancelled Geneva motor show, Michael Mauer expressed that he has other ideas about what is important for enthusiasts. 

"I think now it is so challenging with the weight of batteries to find the best compromise of performance, drivability and lower weight," he said.

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"These hypercars are not only heavy, they are very much driven by aerodynamics, so they end up looking very similar. There is also the fact that [with an EV] the engine [power and character] is not a big deal any more, and therefore I would love to do something different.

"What I personally find very challenging is not to have another hypercar with 2000bhp, but for the Porsche brand to look into something smaller, something lighter, with more of a drivability focus." 

The comments reinforce an Autocar report from last November that plans to launch a pure-EV hypercar to succeed the 918 Spyder had been wound back as solid-state battery technology has not progressed as quickly as hoped. It is believed instead that Porsche engineers are pursuing a plug-in hybrid drivetrain originally developed by its motorsport division for an aborted return to the Formula 1 grid as an engine supplier. 

Such a powertrain should give it the engineering integrity, performance and character to compete head-on with other motorsport-inspired hypercars such as the Aston Martin Valkyrie and Mercedes-AMG One

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Talking more widely about EVs, Mauer predicted that as the demand for aerodynamic performance increases to boost electric range, we would see "much smaller cars, lower cars, more efficient aerodynamics".

"You can question how long this hype of SUVs will continue," Mauer continued, citing the upcoming Taycan Cross Turismo as an example of a car that offers SUV versatility in a lower, more range-friendly shape. 

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3 March 2020

Sounds like a sensible chap.

 

Very fast SUVs and 2000bhp electric cars are answers to very wrong questions.

 

 

3 March 2020
I think his principle issue will be the Tesla Roadster II which will have about 900 bhp, 250mph top speed, 0-60 in 2 seconds and costs about the same as the upper mid range 911.

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