Porsche’s performance heritage evolves at 2014 Qatar Motor Show

February 9, 2014 9:10 am

For more than 70 years Porsche has been evolving racing technology from the track to the road; now, the 2014 Qatar Motor Show is set to showcase the result of the brand’s continuous technology transfer from motorsport to series production.

Embodying Porsche’s commitment to pure motorsport, the revolutionary super sports car, the 918 Spyder, will make its regional public debut in Doha, exposing its ground-breaking and powerful E-Mobility credentials, tested in the 911 GT3 R Hybrid race car in its first development stages. In addition, the stunning Targa 4S will be bearing the flag as the latest progression of the iconic Porsche 911, a sports car which has won more races than any other.

The transference of innovation from purebred race cars to their road legal variants has become the definition of Porsche thinking with seven decades of success. From direct fuel injection to Porsche Doppelkupplung double-clutch transmission, active aerodynamics to ceramic brakes, the list of track-to-road technology continues to grow, as Porsche’s race-inspired philosophy develops new advancements which permeate through all the brand’s models.

Speaking ahead of the 2014 Qatar Motor Show, Christer Ekberg, Managing Director of Porsche Middle East and Africa FZE, said: “Our brand’s commitment to building on its unrivalled racetrack heritage is what continues to drive us forward, pushing back the boundaries of automotive innovation. For many years our engineers have introduced and tested new technology in the motorsports arena, before using the latest developments to ensure each one of our everyday sports cars has a bloodline which stems from the track.”

He added: “Personally I’m looking forward to presenting the super sports car 918 Spyder and 911 Targa 4S to Middle Eastern audiences for the first time. These cars, while different in appearance, root from the same race-inspired philosophy of Porsche Intelligence Performance; a commitment to maximising. I hope everyone will be as excited by them as we are.”

A marvel of modern engineering, the 918 Spyder takes the Porsche racetrack DNA into a ground-breaking sports car concept, boasting pedigree motor racing technology which is combined with excellent everyday suitability. Featuring an evolution of E-Mobility technology first trialled on the racetrack with the 911 GT3 R Hybrid in 2010, the car has been designed from the ground up to be a high-performance hybrid. The outstanding driving dynamics of the 918 Spyder is the result of pure racing technology. Design, construction and components of the chassis and running gear come directly from the RS Spyder. The front wheels are driven by a double control arm axle, and the rear wheels by a multi-link axle. The properties of this racing chassis are further refined by the active shock-absorber system (PASM) and the rear-axle steering.

Commanding an 887-hp output, the plug-in hybrid super sports car offers the virtually silent propulsion of an electric vehicle exemplifying the essence of Porsche thinking; maximum output from minimum input. The 918 Spyder is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.6 seconds reaching a top speed of 345 km/h, and a purely electric top speed of 150 km/h.

Joining the 918 Spyder in showcasing Porsche’s cutting-edge technological achievements at the 2014 Qatar Motor Show will be the brand’s latest modern classic, the legendary 911 Targa 4S, boasting unique state-of-the-art roof technology which shapes one of the most recognisable cars in the 911 range.

The 911 has been the basis of Porsche’s track success over the last five decades with the model accounting for two thirds of Porsche’s 30,000 race victories.

Historically, the 911 has always been dedicated to the principle of high performance, with motor racing its most important testing ground. Gaining its performance edge from efficiency, the 911 regularly bettered other more powerful cars in the field. Through this hallmark of Porsche thinking and extensive competition, the 911 has demonstrated its inexhaustible potential for technical development not just for road use, but in motorsport as well. It is through this evolution that the model has reach its latest peak in the form of the Targa 4S.

The 911 Targa 4S is the top model which delivers 400 hp from a displacement of 3.8 litres reaching a top speed of 296 km/h. When equipped with the PDK and Sport Chrono package, the model accelerates from 0-100km/h in 4.4 seconds.

Just like the original model, the new 911 Targa 4S features the characteristic wide bar in place of the B-pillars, a movable roof section above the front seats and a wraparound rear window with no C-pillar. But unlike the classic models, the roof segment on the new 911 Targa 4S can be opened and closed at the push of a button in just 19 seconds, providing a real spectacle.

Representing the highpoint of automotive innovations, the Porsche 918 Spyder and 911 Targa 4S will be on display at the brand’s stand at the Qatar Motor Show in Doha, from 21 – 25 February 2014.

Porsche Middle East & Africa FZE
Public Relations
Anja Wood
Phone: +971 4 3569 911