Wrong. This cutaway 997 Turbo is currently on a world tour of Porsche dealerships and motor shows, and is making a short stopover in Adelaide. It provides a fascinating chance to get up close and literally see what makes up the 911 legend.
The biggest thing that strikes you is the craftsmanship that goes into these cars. For sure, they are mass produced these days, but they possess the same precision that makes old 911’s so reliable and durable. Anyone who’s ever seen under the skin of a modern Ferrari or Lamborghini would no doubt be surprised at how home built they look.
And I guess the quality shows. I really could picture driving a 911 Turbo to work every day and on the track every weekend, but most people wouldn’t consider doing the same in an F430 or Gallardo.
… and prop shaft running to the front transfer case, and driveshafts out to the front wheels. The 4WD system features Porsche Traction Management, which can send power to the front or rear axles to counter under or oversteer. It adds a whole lot of grip, but it also adds a whole lot of weight.
It’s in photos like this where you can see why these cars are expensive – just think of the cost and complexity involved in manufacturing those cast aluminium suspension arms, and that’s just one part of thousands.
I really love looking at the packaging of the 911 Turbo, and how they’ve managed to pack so much technology into such a small place. Just look at the intercooler flow. The cool air flows into these scoops just behind the doors (or where there are usually doors…)
And it’s even more impressive when you see that there is only about a 3 inch pipe from the exhaust mounted turbo to the intercooler, and then short routing from the top of the intercoolers into the centrally mounted intake. Keeping the charge tracks short means minimal lag, something these modern Porsche turbos are famous for.
You can see how modern cars are designed and built with safety in mind. This is a perfect cross section of where the windscreen meets the roof – it almost looks like an integrated roll cage made from perfectly formed sheet metal.
My German is non-existent and Google translate is a little vague, but this roughly translates as “Model built through technical vocational education and the press department of Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche AG”. So basically, the car was built by students and funded through Porsche’s PR department.911 #997 #Porsche #Porsche Centre Adelaide #Turbo