Owning a convertible can be very rewarding. Cars like the Mazda Miata embrace simplicity, as it can be easily dropped with one latch. On the other hand, the complex systems of the R8 Spyder and the Huracan Spyder have multiple electrical and hydraulic systems. Engineers at Stuttgart opted for a clean-sheet design for the new 911. Their latest press release shows the new Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet’s convertible top is an engineering masterpiece.
Instead of multiple folding sections, the section above the cockpit is a rigid magnesium frame. Not only does it copy the roofline of the coupe, it does without multiple bows and hinges. When opening, it moves rear in a linear action to cover the rear glass, almost identical to folding hardtops found on the competitors.
Instead of multiple actuators, each part of the top is spring loaded and hinged to one hydraulic cylinder. Not only does this save weight,