For those who don’t know, the Porsche 909 “Bergspyder” was a sports car designed and built by Porsche in 1968 specifically for competing in hillclimbing competitions, and its basic design went on to become the successful 908/3. In 2015, Porsche’s Executive Board commissioned a project group from Weissach to build a sports car based on the 981 Boxster Spyder, that was to be as light and minimalist as possible, thus the 981 Bergspyder was born. The result was a single-seat sports car without a top, door handles or windscreen. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Its dashboard underwent a complete rennovation, fitted with elements from the Porsche 918 Spyder and assembled in the style of the super sports car. The seat also drew inspiration from the 918 technology platform, which means the passenger door could be opened, with another luggage compartment concealed behind it to provide space for a helmet shelf, a removable cover for the driver’s seat and additional luggage.
After undergoing lightweight design treatment including minimal insulation material and weight-optimised components, the ready-to-drive super sports car weighed just 2,423 lb (1,099 kg). It’s powered by the 3.8-litre 289 kW (393 PS) boxer engine from the Cayman GT4, giving it a power-to-weight ratio of almost 2.8 kg per PS, enabling it to go from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in just over 4-seconds and a Nürburgring time of around 7:30 minutes.