The Porsche 918 Spyder is aim to put the car into production by the end of September 2013 with deliveries scheduled towards the end of next-year. Recently, Porsche dropped some nice photos of the 918 Spyder prototype along with some interesting details.
“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.
While the prototypes are wearing some camouflage (influenced by Porsche 917 racing cars), most of the design shows of the final touches to the 918 Spyder. Porsche said that as of right now, the engineers and designers are focused on ‘the highly sophisticated individual drive components.’
The Porsche 918 Spyder, like the concept, features a combustion engine and two independent electric-motors – one on the front axle and on in the drive line for the rear wheels.
“They are therefore a critical component in this vehicle into which we have put all of our expertise and capacity for innovation,” said Hatz. These operating strategies and the development of the software to go with them are one of Porsche’s core competences.”
Porsche said that when it’s all said and done, the 918 Spyder has been designed as a plug-in hybrid with a combined power of 780PS, but at the same time, delivering a claimed fuel efficiency of 33kmpl. The 4.6-litre V8 engine alone produces 578PS while the electric motors contribute for the rest. The company claims that the Spyder will hit 0-100kph performance of just 2.8sec and a top speed of 325kmph while in pure electric mode, it can achieve a top speed of 150kmph.
While appearing like a coupe, the 918 Spyder will, as its name suggest, be an open top. The carbonfibre roof panel, divided in two parts, detaches. The car has a full carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque with an adaptive rear-axle steering and exhaust pipes which are faced upward and jutting out of the rear windscreen.
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