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For those not familiar with a mid-engine layout, this basically describes the placement of a car engine between the rear and front axles, typically right behind the passenger compartment. This means that there’s more weight over the rear tires, which in turn provides more traction and assistance to the front tires, especially when braking. Some famous mid-engined Porsches include the 911 GT1, Carrera GT, and 918 Spyder. If the automaker were to make a new one, it might look something like the 988 Vision Concept.
Inspired by the Porsche 918 Spyder, the 988 Vision boasts flared front wheel arches, a rounded cabin, LED headlights, and even small rear-view cameras instead of mirrors to reduce drag as well as decrease weight. Not much on the technical side is known, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it came equipped with either a hybrid drivetrain or is all-electric.
What other benefits does a mid-engine car have over others? Well, it provides ample empty crush space in the front, between the bumper and the windshield. This means that any frontal collision impact force will be absorbed more safely, minimizing damage to the passenger compartment of the vehicle.