Porsche’s secret mid-engined 911
While Porsche has become known over the years for its iconic rear-engined 911 design, it’s worth remembering that the first Porsche, 356 number one, was actually mid-engined, for better weight distribution and cornering ability. The engine was moved to the rear to free up space for a pair of small seats so families could travel in their Porsche.
Over the years, there has been a mid-engined line that runs continuously through Porsche’s family tree. Most of the company’s non-911 racing cars have been mid-engined. and the Boxster, Cayman, and 918 Spyder today epitomize the balance and handling dynamics of mounting the engine directly behind the driver.
Porsche even experimented with mounting the 911’s engine in the middle of the car, as you’ll see in this video.