It seems Autoblog.com has got the run on Porsche 911 news these days, starting with the possible use of KERS technology across the 911 range in the future. KERS is Kinetic Energy Recovery System and uses brake energy recuperation and a flywheel system for added power and acceleration.
The Porsche 911 KERS technology hasn’t been officially confirmed, but apparently the added length of both the wheelbase and the whole vehicle indicates that extra space is being made to fit the flywheel between the engine and the gearbox. Not only does the KERS have benefits in terms of performance, it should also contribute to Porsche keeping emissions and fuel consumption down. We should also see plenty of new lightweight materials used.
In the meantime, the new Porsche 911 should also get what is being called a “pop-up” hood as an additional measure to protect pedestrians in the event of a collision. We’re a bit confused as to how it will work, but a couple of actuators are set to raise the bonnet automatically in the case of hitting a pedestrian.
Having survived a very minor run-in with a taxi as a pedestrian myself (it sounds far more dramatic than what actually happened), I can only say that in the weeks after I would have been very happy as a driver knowing that any pedestrian I was to hit was better protected.