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Old 12-15-2008, 07:24 AM   #1
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4 wheel drive on a boxster?

Just had a dumb thought this morning and figured I would share. What are the chances of installing a 911 c4 4 wheel drive system on a boxster S.
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Just had a dumb thought this morning and figured I would share. What are the chances of installing a 911 c4 4 wheel drive system on a boxster S.
I haven't studied it, but with the Boxster drivetrain being 180 degrees from the C4, I doubt it would be a simple drop-in. Plus, computer management being what it is, I'd imagine there's also more than just hardware work involved. On the other hand anything is possible with enough money.
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Old 12-15-2008, 06:03 PM   #3
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Just had a dumb thought this morning and figured I would share. What are the chances of installing a 911 c4 4 wheel drive system on a boxster S.
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha... you are joking right?

Easiest way would be to weld a Boxster body onto a C4 chassis.

The drive shaft for the front diff on the C4 exits the "front" of the tranny, which on your Boxster faces to the back. In addition, the floorpan would need to be extensively modified to allow the drive shaft to run forward and for the front diff to be mounted and drive axles to run to the hubs. Then there are the electronics... probably the easiest part, but still complex. Good luck.

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Old 12-16-2008, 06:34 AM   #4
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I think the easiest solution might be to simply buy a C4
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Not sure why you would want to really. The Box is so nicely balanced, the added drive control may not be worth the weight and repair related complexity. The 911 being tail heavy, needs the AWD much more than our perfectly balanced BOXES.

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Not sure why you would want to really. The Box is so nicely balanced, the added drive control may not be worth the weight and repair related complexity. The 911 being tail heavy, needs the AWD much more than our perfectly balanced BOXES.

I'm an AWD fan, personally. I haven't driven an R8 or Merciellago, but I do have two front engine AWD cars and the traction is really impressive. I have to imagine that the mid-engine and AWD makes for some impressive launches from a standing start and would help pull out of corners better.

I think the old problem of excessive understeer has been eliminated by the modern torque distributing systems.
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I'm an AWD fan, personally. I haven't driven an R8 or Merciellago, but I do have two front engine AWD cars and the traction is really impressive. I have to imagine that the mid-engine and AWD makes for some impressive launches from a standing start and would help pull out of corners better.

I think the old problem of excessive understeer has been eliminated by the modern torque distributing systems.

NO question that the traction is great and certainly would help a front or rear engine car. Not sure the incremental benefit outweighs the weight and costs on a mid engine car like a Box.
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I think the easiest solution might be to simply buy a C4
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