Porsche 981 Bergspyder study (2015)
Date of unveil by Porsche AG: May 30, 2019
Premiere: May 30, 2019 Gaisbergrennen, Austria
|Engine||3.8 B6 289 kW|
|Weight||1099 kg / 2423 lb|
In 2015, Porsche's executive board ordered Weissach engineers to design and build the lightest sports car possible based on the 981. It was to be more minimalistic than the 981 Spyder. Some of the inspiration came from the 1968 Porsche 909 Bergspyder, although 909 was a complete space-age machine with no magnetic metals used and there was no chance to get power-to-weight ratio anywhere near the brainchild of Ferdinand Piëch. The 981 Bergspyder became 16% lighter than the 981 Spyder and got a special 3.8-litre engine with 289 kW, but the 909 Bergspyder with 2-litre engine would still have a 100% or 2 times better power-to-weight ratio, because it was a purpose-built hill climb racer.
The 981 Bergspyder study did not pass the feasibility test and remained a one-off, a delight and eye-candy for Porsche fans. The car was shown to the public for the first time in 2019 at the classic Gaisberg hill climb event in Austria.
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