2013 Porsche 918 Spyder
Porsche's first hybrid supercar is the 918 Spyder. It's rear mounted V8 works in concert with two electric motors to deliver up to 770 bhp.
Like its Carrera GT predecessor, the 918 is based around a carbon fiber monocoque chassis with a rear subframe made from Carbon Fiber.
The rear mounted V8 is a version of the same unit that powered the LMP2 Sypder RS to numerous victories in the ALMS. The 580 bhp unit exclusively powers the rear wheels with an 129 bhp electric engine. The front wheels receive their own 116 hp electric engine. Porsche developed both a Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV) and Electric Porsche Traction Management (ePTM) to control the power.
For an additional €71,400 Porsche have the Weissach-package which reduces the weight by 35 kg. This is the result of replacing the leather seats with lighter cloth, removing the carpet, air conditioning, door panels and radio. Porsche add magnesium wheels, a 6-point-harness and carbon fiber accents in the interior.
The Porsche 918 Spyder is on the road: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, has taken the driving trials of the super sports car of the future a step further with completion of the initial prototypes. The 918 Spyder will go into production at the end of September 2013 as planned, with the first customers receiving their vehicles before 2013 is out. “What we are doing with the 918 Spyder is redefining driving fun, efficiency and performance,” said Wolfgang Hatz, Member of the Executive Board Research and Development of Porsche AG.
The prototypes, their camouflage harking back to historical Porsche 917 racing cars, signal the final touches to the 918 Spyder. The focus is on the interplay between the highly sophisticated individual drive components. The combination of combustion engine and two independent electric motors – one on the front axle and one in the drive line, acting on the rear wheels – poses completely new demands on the development of the operating strategies. “They are therefore a critical component in this vehicle into which we have put all of our expertise and capacity for innovation,” said Wolfgang Hatz. These operating strategies and the development of the software to go with them are one of Porsche’s core competences. Both of them have a major influence on the extreme driving fun to be had with the 918 Spyder and they make possible a unique combination of minimal fuel consumption and maximum performance. The initial results of the driving trials are in line with the high expectations placed on the 918 Spyder.
The super sports car is designed as a plug-in hybrid vehicle combining a high-performance combustion engine with cutting-edge electric motors for extraordinary performance: on the one hand, the dynamics of a racing machine boasting more than 770 hp, on the other hand, fuel consumption in the region of three litres per 100 kilometres. Moreover, Porsche is breaking yet more new ground with the technology demonstrator with spectacular solutions such as the full carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque with unit carrier, fully adaptive aerodynamics, adaptive rear-axle steering and the upward-venting “top pipes” exhaust system. In the process, the 918 Spyder is offering a glimpse of what Porsche Intelligent Performance may be capable of in future.