In recognition of Porsche’s victory in the 1984 Paris-Dakar Rally, this spiritual successor to the 911 Safari traveled 5,00,000 kilometers (about 3,10,750 miles) in a variety of terrain – from snow and sand to ice and rock – as part of a program its own test. In 2018, Autocar India was the first to report that Porsche could produce an improved 911.
Porsche 911 Dakar
While Porsche has yet to confirm the full powertrain or modification specifications, it is expected to share the same high adaptability as the 443-horsepower 911 Carrera 4S, given that the brand recently sent two custom-tuned 911s off-road to the Ojos del Salado in Chile – the highest volcano in the world – with this engine.
The only confirmed change for the 911 Dakar from the standard car is the ABS system, which is optimized to work on unpaved surfaces, and increased ground clearance, which we expect will be similar to volcanoes.
These cars featured a number of off-road improvements, including shorter gear ratios, 310mm-wide off-road wheels and tires, a 350mm-higher suspension, lightweight chassis protection, a specially modified cooling system, and a round case – all of which would On similarly designed serial cars is logical.
As part of the testing programme, the 911 Dakar was moved to the Château de Lastours test circuit in southern France, a well-known testing ground for Dakar rally cars. “I knew what the 911 could do on the road, but I was absolutely amazed at how well the car performed here in the open,” said Porsche racing driver Romain Dumas, who already knows the 911.
The car’s behavior was tested on other soft surfaces, such as sand, in Dubai and Morocco, where it was repeatedly driven over steep sand dunes in 45 degrees Celsius and, according to Franck Moser, Vice President of 911, delivered “leading performance”. and the 718 series.
Two-time world rally champion Walter Ruhrl has praised the 911 Dakar for driving “precisely and calmly” on Sweden’s frozen lakes. He said: “No Porsche customer will believe everything you can do with this car until they drive it themselves.
Details of the specifications, availability and pricing of the 911 Dakar will be revealed next week by Porsche at the Los Angeles Auto Show.