Porsche is eager to adopt electrification throughout its range but according to Porsche’s GT division boss Andreas Preuninger, these electrification plans don’t extend into the car company’s range of driver-focused GT models.
While speaking with Autocar, Preuninger said that not even the presence of a hybrid 911 in the range will prompt Porsche GT to go down the hybrid or all-electric route.
“There are ideas to maybe look in that direction for the normal sports car line but not for the GT cars,” Preuninger said. “If we would decide to make all the racing cars electrified overnight, then we would have a reason to look into that but, as always, it has to be a connection between the cars we use on the track to the cars we sell with a numberplate attached. Firstly, for homologation, but also we have to have the same DNA in the car and share the same platform, otherwise you lose credibility.”
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Preuninger is happy to see Porsche go down the hybrid and full-electric vehicle path with its more mainstream models and said he knows how important it is that Porsche’s board members fully support plans for GT projects to remain ICE-powered.
“I think it’s very correct and the right thing to concentrate on three pillars [across Porsche] – hybrid, complete electric and hardcore, typical sports car. Ferry Porsche once said the last car on earth would be a sports car and I’m absolutely sure he’s right. Luckily our board members support us with GT projects which are pure Porsche in a way a 911 always was,” he said.
There are a number of exciting cars being worked on by Porsche’s GT division, none more so than the 992-generation 911 GT3 spied testing throughout recent months. The Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Boxster Spyder are its latest works.