Denksport im Porsche 911 Carrera T
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Porsche 911 T: On The Go

When it comes to tasks and solutions, questions and answers, it can help enormously if you can change your perspective. And the experience that mental exercise may, in good moments and in the right car, be construed as the entertaining lateral and longitudinal acceleration of thought.

Text: Michael Köckritz Photo: ramp.pictures 18.12.2018 2 min

A change of perspective. Creating distance. Moving. Mental exercise as pragmatic and athletic thinking. Laterally and longitudinally accelerating our thoughts. On winding roads, in tight hairpin turns and invitingly long straights.
We’re on it.
As we speak.
With a razor-sharp razor.

Denksport im Porsche 911 Carrera T
Denksport im Porsche 911 Carrera T
Denksport im Porsche 911 Carrera T

Less weight, shorter transmission ratios, crisp gearing from the shortened manual stick to gleefully shoot through seven precisely cut gears, plus rear-wheel drive with mechanical differential lock, a special sports chassis with lowered ride height by 20 mm, 370 hp and 450 Nm from the tried-and-tested 3.0-L twin-turbo boxer, zero to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds, top speed of 293 km/h and full bucket seats as a must: in response to the question of the ultimate sports car, Porsche delivers the 911 T (T as in Touring) as an exciting and convincingly pure answer that is fully in keeping with the principle of Occam’s razor.

Denksport im Porsche 911 Carrera T
Denksport im Porsche 911 Carrera T
Denksport im Porsche 911 Carrera T

This problem-solving principle named after William of Ockham finds use in science and the scientific method. Simply formulated, it postulates the following:

  1. When presented with several possible explanations for an observation, you should select the simplest theory that fits the facts of the problem.

  2. A theory is considered to be simple if it requires as few coherent variables and assumptions as possible in order to reach a logical conclusion.

Denksport im Porsche 911 Carrera T
Denksport im Porsche 911 Carrera T
Denksport im Porsche 911 Carrera T

The metaphorical use of the word razor here refers to the idea that the simplest and best-fitting explanation of a phenomenon “shaves away” unnecessary assumptions.

Apply this principle to the Porsche 911 T and you’ll see that the simple door opening loops, rear window and rear side windows made from lightweight glass, and reduced sound absorption are just as logical as the possibility to opt out of stereo and sat-nav at no extra cost – which frees up a nice amount of space in the mid-console that could accommodate your mobile phone if you wish. Though anyone who specs their 911 this way and wants to make a phone call will have to pull over and catch their breath first.

Denksport im Porsche 911 Carrera T
Denksport im Porsche 911 Carrera T

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