To our engineers, clever and innovative hood technology is particularly important. The result we see today is a flexible fabric hood comprising a fixed glass rear screen and three integral hood elements, which are manufactured from magnesium. This makes the hood highly robust and, yet, particularly lightweight.
Another benefit is that the hood is smooth and firm. The fabric remains taut keeping the familiar 911 lines elegant. A triviality? Only if you choose to ignore the impressively low drag coefficient.
In the case of the 911 Carrera Cabriolet models, for example, it’s as low as 0.30. A further feat of Porsche engineering.
The rear screen is made from glass and is electrically heated and scratch-resistant to provide excellent rearward visibility. A rain channel on the hood carries away water to avoid dripping when the doors are opened.
Electrically powered, the hood is operated using a button on the centre console or via the key remote. It opens or closes in just 13 seconds and remains operable up to a speed of 31 mph. The concertina action ensures optimum protection for the interior lining.
The interior hood lining is made from a heat-insulating and sound-absorbing material. Consistent interior temperatures and an effective suppression of wind noise are the perceptible results. Thankfully, however, even the hood’s soundproofing properties are no match for the resonant Porsche sound.