Porsche 981 Bergspyder study (2015)

Date of unveil by Porsche AG: May 30, 2019
Premiere: May 30, 2019 Gaisbergrennen, Austria

Porsche Boxster 981 Bergspyder
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Engine3.8 B6 289 kW
Gearbox  6-speed manual
Weight1099 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.

Porsche Boxster 981 Bergspyder
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Porsche Boxster 981 Bergspyder
The car uses minimal insulation material and has most of the components weight-optimised including carbon fibre rear and front lids © Porsche
Porsche Boxster 981 Bergspyder
Added side air collectors (from Cayman GT4) add weight - losing weight wasn't that important, the looks were important too© Porsche
Porsche Boxster 981 Bergspyder
Door handles deleted © Porsche
Porsche Boxster 981 Bergspyder
Beautiful work by Style Porsche team© Porsche
Porsche Boxster 981 Bergspyder
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Porsche Boxster 981 Bergspyder
The 981 Bergspyder got some inspiration for its looks from the 1968 Porsche 909 Bergspyder© Porsche
Porsche Boxster 981 Bergspyder
The seat is from the 918 Spyder supercar © Porsche
Porsche Boxster 981 Bergspyder instruments
Unique dashboard and simple centre console around the gear lever© Porsche
Porsche Boxster 981 Bergspyder dashboard
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Porsche Boxster 981 Bergspyder tachometer from 918 Spyder
The instruments in this prototype are from the 918 hybrid, that's the reason they read "Zero emission" and "Charge" © Porsche
Porsche Boxster 981 Bergspyder engine cover
Some retro-styling on the 3.8-litre engine © Porsche
Porsche Boxster 981 Bergspyder logo
"Berg" means mountain or hill in German © Porsche
Porsche Boxster 981 Bergspyder roll-over bar
The passenger door could be opened to access the special luggage compartment for a helmet and a removable cover for the driver's seat© Porsche
Porsche Boxster 981 Bergspyder steering wheel
Cool © Porsche
Porsche 981 Bergspyder vs 909 Bergspyder
1099 kg/2423 lb vs 384 kg/847 lb © Porsche

Article © James Herne / Stuttcars.com


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