As you may know already, Porsche is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and it already revealed a special edition of its 911 sports car. Still, the German manufacturer is continuing its celebration and its iconic sports coupe took the centre stage at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed. With a height of 34 metres, the ‘Central Feature’ sculpture celebrating 50 years of the Porsche 911 is the tallest in the history of the Festival of Speed.
As you can see from the photos, the sculpture features three futuristic white, steel ‘arrows’ race upwards, each with an example of the 911 at its apex. Three versions of the 911 are honoured with an early Golf Blue coupe from 1965, the legendary Yellow Carrera 2.7 RS from 1973 and the latest all-wheel drive 991 Carrera 4.
The sculpture was designed by acclaimed artist and sculptor Gerry Judah and was unveiled last night by Lord March and Wolfgang Hatz, board member for Research and Development at Porsche AG. The 34-metre high steel monocoque sculpture weighs 25 tonnes and brings together brilliantly the feelings of excitement, wonder, beauty and function which so exemplify the 911.
Fittingly, Gerry Judah came up with the idea for the Porsche sculpture while on the road: “Great ideas can take a moment, good ideas can take a long time. I got the idea for the Porsche sculpture while I was driving; it came to me in a flash!” “I had to create a sculpture which personifies the energy and dynamic excitement not just of the cars and Festival of Speed, but also reflected how something as beautiful and dynamic as the 911 can in turn celebrate the event.” “The 911 is a fantastic shape, so I had to think, ‘what can I do with it?’ You can’t deconstruct it, so in the context of the Festival, however beautiful the 911 is, you need to embody a sense of speed. So the sculpture has to give the car the energy it deserves.” And, he adds with a smile; “You can’t just put a car on a plinth; it has to be exciting!”
The next generation of the Porsche 911 Carrera breaks ground with a number of new developments. For instance, nearly 90 percent of its components were redesigned or redeveloped. Moreover, the new Porsche 911 Carrera conveys a better version of the so-called Porsche Intelligent Performance, thanks to its new lightweight body, new suspension systems and enhanced drivetrain efficiencies. This can well be seen on the Porsche 911 Carrera’s improved dynamic, lower fuel consumption and emissions (up to 16 percent) and higher degree of daily practicality.
Just as the Porsche 911 Carrera has advanced in terms of technology, its design and proportions also have. Compared to its predecessor, the new Porsche 911 Carrera is longer by 56 mm (2.20 inches) to 4.5 meters (176.81 inch), as complemented by a width of around 1.8 meters (71.18 inches). Its roof line is around 7 mm lower than that of previous and around 6 mm lower than that of the Carrera S – although its maximum headroom remains the same. Interestingly, a Porsche 911 Carrera with an electric slide/tilt sunroof offers larger headroom (plus 15 mm).
Moreover, the new Porsche 911 Carrera comes with a wheelbase that is around 100 mm (3.94 inch) longer than that on its predecessor. Compared to the previous model, the new 911 Carrera has overhangs that are shorter by 32 mm (1.26 inch) and 12 mm (0.47 inch) on the front and rear, respectively.
In terms of styling, the new Porsche 911 Carrera has clearly undergone an evolution. The front end is now wider, as defined by its new headlights and larger side air intakes. The coupe-like character of the 911 Carrera is apparent on the sides, thanks to its new styling and larger alloy wheels, as well as a more convex windscreen. On the rear, the sports car features redesigned, narrower LED tail lights as well as a wider, variably extending spoiler that, along with other aerodynamic aids, helping lower the Carrera’s lift while retaining a good coefficient of drag value.