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Production version of this 918 "coupe" to bow in 2013

Porsche wowed automotive enthusiasts when it unveiled the 918 Spyder nearly a year ago. Porsche made those who can actually afford the vehicle salivate when it announced that it would actually make a production version of the vehicle.

Today, Porsche revealed its racing variant of the vehicle: the 918 RSR. The 918 RSR takes the best of the 918 Spyder (its sexy shape, albeit in coupe form) and combines it with the flywheel-based hybrid system found in the 911 GT3 R Hybrid.

Like the 918 Spyder on which it's based, the 918 RSR uses a 3.4-liter V8 that develops 563hp at an incredible 10,300rpm. The vehicle also features a 36,000rpm kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) flywheel actuator that stores energy generated during braking. With the touch of a button, the driver can call upon two electric motors (one in each front wheel) that use that stored energy to give a momentary power boost (8 seconds on a full charge) to 767hp.

The electric motor also provide torque vectoring for improved handling and steering response.

According to AutoWeek, Porsche has plans to produce a version of this concept for the racetrack, and a production model of the 918 Coupe (minus KERS) will join the 918 Spyder in 2013.

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Mmmm...time travel
By Doctorweir on 1/10/2011 9:10:21 AM , Rating: 2
What's the third pic? Flux Compensator?

RE: Mmmm...time travel
By Lord 666 on 1/10/2011 9:26:52 AM , Rating: 2
Its where the bored house wife sits to keep her stimulated. 36,000rpm gives new meaning to spin cycle.

RE: Mmmm...time travel
By GulWestfale on 1/10/2011 9:49:55 AM , Rating: 2
By The Imir of Groofunkistan on 1/10/2011 9:59:56 AM , Rating: 2
RE: Mmmm...time travel
By Jedi2155 on 1/10/2011 12:14:46 PM , Rating: 2

RE: Mmmm...time travel
By mkrech on 1/10/2011 5:31:45 PM , Rating: 2
It is the energy storing flywheel. Mounting it in the center of the car is best for weight distribution (needs mass to function) and also it can have handling benefits as well.
Stabilizing a car should be easier than a large boat.

On a separate note, I don't think I would want to be sitting next to that thing. Lots of angry potential energy that close tends to induce quite a pucker, if you know what I mean.

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