The Porsche 911 flat-6 engine is as famed and integral to the character of the car as naive, reckless romanticism is to Taylor Swift. Which is why we were thrilled when we spotted this video, which shows the Porsche 911 flat-6’s construction at its home plant in Zuffenhausen, at various levels of completion.
The video begins with piston rings being pressed into place and inserted into the block. From there, we get to see chains and pulleys fitted, installation of the cylinder heads, spark plugs, etc. Finally, a combination of human- and automaton-performed processes take the powerplants from looking like simple, uncomplicated masses of aluminum parts, to the sophisticated, petrol-burning instruments that power one of the world’s best sportscars.
There are no words in the video, but that’s really just as well; we don’t speak German anyway. And who would want something so shrill as human speech to interrupt the beautiful, lulling mechanical noises that make up this factory’s soundtrack?
In fact, someone needs to create a 10 hour loop of this Porsche 911 flat-6 plant footage. We’ll watch and listen every night until we can fall asleep.