Frank-Steffen Walliser like many Porsche fans. He loves brands, and he has two 911 of his own. He took control of the development of 911 and 718 from “Mr. 911,” August Achleitner, earlier this year, and usually worked hard in meetings or spent time with development mules to ensure future Porsche sports cars retained their trademarks. balance and approachability.
So when we have the rare opportunity to catch up with Dr. Walliser at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, we have to ask him a few questions about the future of 911. Specifically, will the widely rumored Porsche 911 electricity happen in the near future? The answer: No. Not when he leads.
Citing packaging reasons, Walliser said the 992 platform wasn’t even developed with the thought of a full EV powertrain. When asked about super capacitors – smaller and lighter EV solutions – such as those found at Lamborghini Sian, he said Porsche considered them in the early days of the development of 991, but decided they didn’t provide enough electricity to justify their use.
Trying again, we wanted to see if a mild hybrid might occur in the lifetime of 992, he replied by simply asking, “Is it light?” He added that every hybridity that Porsche added to its sports car must have a little “pepper”.
Walliser rides 993 in the summer, his daily is the Panamera Turbo S E-hybrid Sport Turismo, and he is waiting for the delivery of Taycan – so Dr. Walliser clearly becomes a small pepper.
He jokes that he likes to stay away from anything with less than 500 horsepower if he can help. He sounds like our type of man, so as curious as we are about the future of 911, it’s good to know that the iconic Porsche sports car is in the safe hands of Wallis.