2012 Porsche 911 to Get KERS Across Model Range

2012 Porsche 911 to Get KERS Across Model Range

The next-generation Porsche 911 is set to make a significant departure from past models, including the use of a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) on all models.

The system will be similar in principle to that introduced in Formula 1 cars back in 2009, storing energy from braking and then transmitting that energy as an acceleration force. Unlike those KERS systems, however, the Porsche design uses a mechanical flywheel design rather than a complex system of electronics and heavy batteries.

According to a report by Autoblog, Porsche’s KERS system is suggested to be the reason why the next-gen 911 gains roughly 4-inches in wheelbase, as it will sit between the engine and transmission. Previous reports have suggested the added length will also be used to transform the 911 from a rear-engine car into more of a mid-engine one.

The new Porsche 911 could debut as early as this Fall’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

[Source: Autoblog]

  • Ryan

    …now if we could just get one of their performance arms (porsche, audi, or lamborghini) to enter into F1…

  • Eric

    I really do not see the point of the KERS system in a road car. Why would anyone want a short burst of power? Is this similar to the Turbo Boost button on KIT in Knight Rider? This would be good for race cars on a closed course, but not good for a street car. This technology should be used for storing electrical energy for re-charging batteries in electric vehicles.