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Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche 911 “Edition 918 Spyder"
Excuse me, I need to go buy a lottery ticket.

Porsche is making a lot of enthusiasts change their opinions about hybrids. Many think of the Prius and other stodgy (by enthusiast standard) hybrids that are all about economy with little thought towards performance. Porsche has changed that with several spectacular hybrid vehicles.

The coolest of all these hybrids was the Porsche 918 Spyder that debuted at the 2010 Geneva Motor show. The vehicle was so well received that Porsche has now announced that it is building the super car and Porsche dealers are taking orders for the cars right now. The 918 Spyder will be a plug-in hybrid and built in limited numbers.

The car will use a high-revving V8 with over 500hp combined with a pair of electric motors that will develop at least 218 additional horsepower for the car. Porsche also claims that the vehicle will consume 3L/100km on the New European Driving Cycle test. The EPA figures for the car will be announced near the end of 2013.

Only 918 of the cars will be made and they will all be built at the Porsche Stuggart-Zuffenhausen plant with construction set to start on the first of the vehicles on September 18, 2013. The cars will land on US shores towards the end of 2013. The price is a sphincter puckering $845,000 excluding detonation and handling.

The style of the car is almost identical to the concept car that debuted in Geneva. The difference is that the production version will be based on a carbon fiber reinforced plastic monocoque and will have a manual roof system with removable panels that can be stored in the front luggage compartment. Porsche is also offering the well-heeled 918 Spyder buyers the chance to own a special edition 911 Turbo S with deliveries to start later in 2011. 

The special 911 will also be limited to 918 units and will be called the 911 Turbo S "Edition 918 Spyder". It will have design elements that echo the styling of the 918 Spyder. It will have all sorts of special touches and will be offered in coupe or cabrio forms for $160,700 or $172,100 respectively. 



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RE: strange
By Iaiken on 3/21/2011 12:40:00 PM , Rating: 2
I dunno... If you've watched the 911 GT3 R Hybrid (where this technology was developed), it's actually winning GT series races.

It is just as fast (if not faster) as the other cars out there and it doesn't have to pit nearly as much. The longer the race, the higher they climb in the standings because they need around one fewer pit stop for each 650km of race.

Also, there are no batteries... The KERS system that runs the electric motors was driven by a flywheel at last check.

I can't wait to see how the GT3 Hybrid does in the upcoming 24 hour races this year.


RE: strange
By Iaiken on 3/21/2011 12:46:12 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry, looks like the street version will use liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery positioned behind the passenger cell.

The fly-wheel will be limited to the 918 RSR race car. A car that would look damned sexy in Gulf livery if I do say so myself.


RE: strange
By FITCamaro on 3/21/2011 3:37:35 PM , Rating: 2
Unless the car can travel any real distance on that battery, there's no way a 500 hp engine, even with half the cylinders shut off, is going to get 78 mpg. Porsche's engines don't make big horsepower from smaller cubic inches because of their small camshafts. Big horsepower from small cubes comes from high lift, high duration camshafts at the expense of low rpm torque.


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