"For instance, they used the transmission gears suitable for the 718, but oops! Since everything was installed upside down in the car, it resulted in seven reverse gears and one forward gear. So, they had to add an extra gear to reverse the entire sequence. However, the 718 gearbox couldn't withstand the hours-long Weissach endurance test at its new 9,000 RPM redline. Hence, they had to engineer a pressure lubrication system for the gearbox's main shaft, requiring considerable engineering effort. And as if that wasn't enough, it was necessary to conduct a separate crash test for the new detail to ensure no leaks or potential oil splatters occurred. This gives us an insider's view into the challenges of automotive engineering at the highest level.
It's therefore not surprising that the power dropped by 20 horsepower to 500 horsepower, which, according to project leader Markus Atz, has no model-political reasons but is based on the necessarily lengthened exhaust pipes crossing over the rear axle. 'Naturally aspirated engines are sensitive to such changes,' says the Swabian."