a007apl Erster Beitrag: 1. April 2003 Letzter Beitrag: 17. Juni 2003 According to a report in the July 5th issue of "Autocar" magazine, Porsche may be working on a twin Turbo V8 super car to compete with the Mercedes SLR and the Lamborghini Canto. The article states that the Porsche 980 could be on display as early as next years Detroit Motor Show and may become available for sale in 2003 at $360,000. First revealed by Autocar's sister magazine "Auto Motor Und Sport", the new car, codenamed S1, would be Porsche's most high tech road car yet. Photo: www.motor-presse-online.de Autocar reports that according to internal sources, the S1 concept draws on the 911 GT1 built in limited numbers in 1996 to satisfy regulations laid down by the FIA, the world motorsport governing body but unlike the LeMans challenger, it is being developed for road use from the outset. The starting point is rumored to be an ultra-stiff yet lightweight carbon fiber monocoque similar to that employed by Ferrari with the F50 and expected to be used by Mercedes with the SLR. This should ensure the S1 complies with all relevant safety standards while keeping weight at a reasonable level. To ensure that the S1 becomes the fastest road-going Porsche of all time, work is reportedly underway to develop a high potency version of the all aluminum 4.5-liter engine that will debut in the Cayenne. The twin-turbo 5.4-liter 32valve V8 is expected to be a mid-mounted 90-degree unit is in development of the The S1's engine features two chain-driven camshafts per bank and variable valve timing. While details remain scarce, Autocar's Porsche sources claim the new powerplant is already delivering in excess of 660bhp on the test bed with more power possible if the boost pressure is raised. With upcoming stringent European Union emission standards, the challenge of keeping the engine tractable enough for road use could be a difficult task. But engineers think 700bhp and 225mph (360kph) is possible. The task of getting that power and torque to the rear wheels will be assigned to a sequential six-speed manual gearbox and may include paddle-style shifters behind the steering wheel as in the Ferrari's F1 system. Porsche has reportedly selected rear-wheel drive for the S1 due to concerns about weight and high engineering costs associated with the development of a four-wheel drive system capable of accepting such power.