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Porsche Reveals High-Performance 918 Spyder Concept Highly Efficient and Ultra-Fast Plug-in Hybrid Super Sports Car
Innovative powertrain combines race-bred V8 engine with electric drive
This open two-seater is powered by a high-revving V8 developing more than 500 horsepower and a maximum engine speed of 9,200 rpm ñ as well as electric motors on the front and rear axle with overall mechanical output of 218 horsepower (160 kW).

The V8 combustion engine is the next step in the evolution of the highly successful 3.4- liter power unit already featured in the RS Spyder racing car and positioned mid-ship, in front of the rear axle, giving the car excellent balance and the right set-up for supreme performance on the race track.

Power is transmitted to the wheels by a seven-speed Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) transmission that feeds the power of the electric drive system to the rear axle. The front-wheel electric drive powers the wheels through a fixed transmission ratio.

The energy reservoir is a fluid-cooled lithium-ion battery positioned behind the passenger cell. The big advantage of a plug-in hybrid is that the battery can be charged on the regular electrical network. A further point is that the carís kinetic energy is converted into electrical energy fed into the battery when applying the brakes, thus providing additional energy for fast and dynamic acceleration.

Advanced body structure and design offer more than just good looks
Like the drivetrain, the lightweight body structure of the Porsche 918 Spyder also bears out the carís DNA carried over directly from motorsport: The modular structure with its monocoque bodyshell made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFP) and liberal use of magnesium and aluminum not only reduce weight to below 1,490 kg, or 3,285 lb, but also ensure supreme driving precision thanks to a high level of torsional stiffness.

Reminiscent of highly successful, legendary racing cars such as the Porsche 917 and the current Porsche RS Spyder, the 918 Spyder, with its design concept so typical of Porsche arouses powerful emotions. The combination of racing car dimensions, clearly structured design with perfectly balanced surfaces, and innovative details throughout, creates an ideal synthesis of form and function ñ following Porscheís design DNA.

The smooth balance of tradition and progress gives the car a powerful stance on the road. Variable aerodynamics, typical of Porsche, ensures both visionary and traditional highlights especially around the rear spoiler. The striking rear hoods extending out of the headrests, in turn, not only fulfill an aerodynamic function on the 918 Spyder, but also accommodate retractable air intakes with a ram air function.




Try saying Doppelkupplungsgetriebe five times fast.

Overall, IMO, it looks like a kit car. The rear end is too R8-ish.

They got the power and weight right.
 

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Didn't read the article, but what the hell is up with those side mirrors? Or are they something else?

Looks good other than that.
 

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Side mirrors are cameras most likely. I can't wait too see how watered down and ugly the car gets before it comes out, if it comes out.
 

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I'm digging it overall. There's some mini Carrera GT to it.
 

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Porsche 918 Hybrid Supercar Inches Closer to production
The Porsche 918 Spyder is nothing more than a cool “what-if” concept, but that hasn’t kept almost 900 people from lining up to buy one of the hybrid supercars.

Porsche unveiled the low-slug 918 Spyder to much acclaim last month at the Geneva auto show and in the weeks since has hinted that it will build the car. Although there’s no firm commitment to produce the sexy all-wheel-drive roadster, Wolfgang Duerheimer, Porsche’s development chief, says the company probably will make a decision if and when 1,000 potential customers show an interest in buying one.

“I’m confident that we will soon reach the threshold of 1,000,” he said at the Beijing auto show, according to Bloomberg. “We need 1,000 seriously interested people to make a sound business case.”
 

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Porsche May Price 918 Spyder at $630,000
Porsche AG may price the 918 Spyder, which soars to 100 kilometers an hour in 3.2 seconds, at 500,000 euros ($630,000), topping the Carrera GT as its costliest model, according to two people with direct knowledge of the plan.

At least 2,000 individuals have put in non-binding expressions of interest for the supercar, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is confidential. The 918 Spyder is one of three hybrid models Porsche presented at the Geneva auto show in March.

Demand for luxury cars is returning as Wall Street firms add jobs for the first time in two years and offer guaranteed payouts to attract top bankers. While Porsche hasn’t decided whether and when it will begin production of the model, at that price the 918 Spyder would top the 453,000-euro Carrera GT. Fewer than 1,500 of that model were built between 2003 and 2006.

“The Spyder will become Porsche’s new supercar showpiece project,” said Stefan Bratzel, director of the Center of Automotive at the University of Applied Sciences in Bergisch- Gladbach, Germany. “It unites Porsche’s high-performance engineering with intelligent drive technology.”

Porsche, which is merging with Volkswagen AG, needs at least 1,000 sales pledges to approve limited production of the car, development chief Wolfgang Duerheimer said in an April 24 interview. If only half of those who signed up eventually bought the car, Porsche stands to reap 500 million euros in revenue.

500-Horsepower

A Porsche spokesman declined to comment on the potential price tag and said a decision on production of the model will be made later this year.

The two-seater car accelerates to a top speed of 320 kilometers (199 miles) per hour, relying on a 500-horsepower V8 engine and electric drive-systems allowing the vehicle to run up to 25 kilometers on electric power.

The 918 Spyder emits no more than 70 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer on fuel consumption of three liters per 100 kilometers, according to Porsche’s website.

Frank Biller, an analyst at Landesbank Baden-Wuerttemberg in Stuttgart, where Porsche is based, said the 918 Spyder may enhance the carmaker’s environmental credentials and potentially help attract customers to the brand which he says builds “Europe’s worst gas guzzlers.”

Lamborghini SpA, another luxury brand owned by Volkswagen, introduced its Reventon Roadster supercar at the Frankfurt motor show last September. At 1.1 million euros, the Reventon is the priciest model Lamborghini has ever made.
 

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I don't care if it's a concept photo.....I want this. That is downright sexy in a "non-dd" supercar way.
 

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that car is very nice
 

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Porsche 918 Coupe in Detroit
Reports suggest race-specific 918 Coupe is Porsche's 'spectacular' surprise for Detroit show.

The ultimate Porsche is almost here! Speculation has been rife ever since the German firm let slip that it would be unveiling something ‘spectacular’ at the Detroit Motor Show next week - but only now has information began to trickle about what the newcomer will be.

According to our German sister magazine AutoBild, the Detroit surprise will be the second instalment in the 918 series, more specifically a coupe version of the hybrid 918 Spyder hypercar shown in Geneva last year. And our rendering gives an indication of how the show-stopping new model will shape up.

One thing’s for sure, with a low and wide stance, stubby nose section and muscular haunches the 918 coupe will look every inch the flagship for Porsche’s range. But if our sources are to be believed, this is a story with a twist in its tail.

Rather than simply showing a road-going 918 Coupe, it’s a race-ready 918 that will grace the Detroit stand. Building race-specific models for privateer racing teams, such as the 911 GT3 RSR, is a hugely profitable enterprise for Porsche, so this theory would seem to add-up.
 

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Porsche 918 RSR Hybrid
What's special about it?
With the Porsche 918 RSR, you have what is essentially the least "green" hybrid ever. That's because it's not really meant to be green. This is a racecar, or as Porsche refers to it, "a racing laboratory."

Sure, it has electric motors, two of them actually, but they're not really meant to do anything more than give this car more power. Seems logical enough, until you realize that the 918 RSR already has over 560 horsepower courtesy of its gasoline-fired V8. Does anybody really "need" more than 560 hp? Porsche does.

Maybe you remember the 918 Spyder concept from last year's Geneva auto show? It was a technological wonder, but didn't look like it would last very long on an actual piece of pavement. The 918 RSR, on the other hand, is a fully developed racecar. It uses a carbon-fiber monocoque and has gullwing doors and 19-inch, centerlock wheels. It's all business inside the car as well, with straightforward rocker switches on the dash and the big flywheel accumulator sitting shotgun.

That flywheel accumulator is what gives the RSR its edge. It captures power under braking and then stores it using an electric motor that spins at 36,000 rpm. When more boost is required, it feeds the two 75-kW motors that power the front wheels, a combination that Porsche says gives the 918 RSR a total of 767 hp for bursts of up to 8 seconds. That ought to do it.

As cool as this all sounds, don't expect to see a 918 hitting the streets anytime soon. Porsche said the RSR is all about research, even though it has already announced plans for a production 918. Expect the road-going version to show up looking a bit tamer than the RSR and with considerably less than 767 total hp on tap.






 
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