Porsche completes initial prototypes of 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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The Porsche 918 Spyder first arrived in concept form at the Geneva Motor Show in March of 2010. With its hybrid powertrain and exotic styling, the 918 Spyder became a sensation and was slated for production, with no more than 918 models to be manufactured. Now, over two years since its introduction in Geneva, Porsche has completed the initial prototypes of its forthcoming hybrid supercar and the production version is scheduled to arrive next year.

Porsche decided to go nostalgic with the design motif of its prototype 918 Spyders: The camouflaged bodywork pays tribute to the legendary Porsche 917 racing car which won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1970 and '71. According to Porsche, the focus of its prototypes is on the interplay between the 918 Spyder's individual powertrain components. The Porsche 918 Spyder makes use of a mid-mounted V8 engine as well as an electric motor on the front axle and another in the driveline that acts on the rear wheels. With a claimed power output of over 770 horsepower, Porsche estimates a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of just 3.1 seconds for the 918 Spyder, and an estimated top speed of 320 km/h. Despite the supercar levels of performance, Porsche expects the fuel consumption to be downright miserly at approximately 3 L/100 km.

In addition to its high-performance hybrid powertrain, exotic looks and frugal fuel economy, the 918 Spyder also features some innovative design details. The car makes use of a full carbon-fibre reinforced plastic monocoque structure, as well as fully adaptive aerodynamics. There's even adaptive rear-axle steering and an upward-venting "top pipes" exhaust system.

"What we are doing with the 918 Spyder is redefining driving fun, efficiency and performance," said Wolfgang Hatz, member of the executive board for research and development at Porsche AG. Porsche's new supercar is scheduled to go into production at the end of September 2013 with the first customers receiving their 918 Spyders before the end of 2013.
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Topics: Hybrid, Porsche, 2013, 918 Spyder, Supercar,

Organizations: Porsche, Spyder

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