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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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RE: Its not technically a hybrid!.
By gstrickler on 1/10/2011 7:59:00 PM , Rating: 2
Batter can be considered an energy storage device

In common usage, maybe, but a hydroelectric dam is an energy storage device and no one has called that a battery (although one does have a battery of hydroelectric turbines). I would say that a common understanding of a battery is an electrical energy storage device, not any energy storage device. And, as I pointed out, that's technically incorrect.

The commenter claimed it technically was a battery. No, technically, it's not. Lookup and read the definition of a battery, and this does not qualify under any formal definition.

RE: Its not technically a hybrid!.
By Howard on 1/11/2011 2:40:22 AM , Rating: 3
A dam isn't an energy storage device, the water is. The dam is the energy conversion device, in this case from gravitational potential to kinetic to electric.

RE: Its not technically a hybrid!.
By gstrickler on 1/11/2011 12:29:52 PM , Rating: 3
No, water is not the device, it's the energy containing material. It contains potential/gravitational energy. No water = no energy.

The dam is the storage device. It's the dam that allows for the energy to be stored. No dam = no storage.

The hydroelectric generators are the energy conversion devices. No generators = no electricity.

RE: Its not technically a hybrid!.
By Howard on 1/11/2011 9:45:45 PM , Rating: 1
What do you mean by water not being a storage device, but a storage material? Are you just trying to be a dick?

Yes, the generators are the conversion devices... but without the dam you would not have them. Semantics, really.

As far as dam allowing the energy to be stored, I don't think potential energy needs to be immediately usable in order to be considered as energy; you only need a reference. So a lake full of water on a mountain should suffice as gravitational potential energy storage.

RE: Its not technically a hybrid!.
By Pjotr on 1/11/2011 9:59:07 PM , Rating: 1
Are you just trying to be a dick?

The first person to reach the name calling stage always loses! :-)

By gstrickler on 1/12/2011 1:08:44 PM , Rating: 2
Without a dam, the water would just flow at it's own rate, there is no energy storage. The energy available is dependent entirely upon the instantaneous water flow. That's not storage.

Same principal applies to the mountain lake. If it's not available immediately/on-demand, then it's not storage in any useful sense because it's only available at the natural instantaneous flow rate.

While it's in the lake (natural or created by a dam), it's potential energy. Until that potential energy is converted to kinetic energy by allowing it to flow, it's useless because we can't directly convert potential energy to actual energy, we must first allow gravity to convert it to kinetic energy. It's right there in the name "potential energy", it's not energy yet, only potential energy.

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