That’s perhaps the best piece of news for proper petrol heads who wish to see their Porsche GT cars soldier on without electrification.
Porsche is actively pursuing ways to electrify all the cars in their range. While it’s crucial to go for the electrification route, diehard fans of the ICE vehicles must be worried a bit by these eco-friendly attempts signaling the end of the conventional fossil fuel-powered models. However, according to Porsche’s GT division boss Andreas Preuninger, these initiatives will not affect the GT models.
Speaking to Autocar, Preuninger said, “There are ideas to maybe look in that direction for the normal sports car line but not for the GT cars. 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 number plate 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.”
While he fully supports the brand’s plans to apply electrification to most cars in the Porsche line-up, including the Taycan electric sedan and the hybrid 911, the GT division boss prefers to keep electric motors away from the GT range of hardcore sports cars.
“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.
Thankfully the board members understand the significance of maintaining the GT range in all its purity. After all, it’s important to the brand’s integrity as a manufacturer of hardcore, high-performance sports cars like the recently launched 718 Boxster Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4.