The most important car to come out of Porsche factory over the next few years is the 918 Spyder. It’s a hugely advanced hybrid super car that will revolutionize the way we think about super cars for good. But don’t think for a minute because it’s a hybrid Porsche has gone soft here. Already they are working on a Race Track Pack for the 918, even though the car itself is still in development phase.
The idea of a Race Pack that will make the car more focused and faster is great. But as is the case with Porsche’s track-focused cars, expect to pay more for getting less. The 918 package will offer a stripped-out interior and the option for no paint, which will result in a weight saving of over 30 kg. But that will increase the price of the car, which is already pretty hefty at around €800K apiece.
Porsche will make 918 units of the 918, and expects to sell 20 percent of them with the Race Package. There is apparently no change in the car’s output of 770 horsepower, but hey, that should be enough! The Porsche 918 Spyder will go into production at the end of September 2013.
- Body: Two-seater Spyder; carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) monocoque interlocked with CFRP unit carrier; two-piece Targa roof; fixed roll-over protection system.
- Drivetrain: Parallel full hybrid; 4.6-litre V8 mid-engine with drysump lubrication; hybrid module with electric motor and decoupler; electric motor with decoupler and gear unit on front axle; electrical system recuperation; four cooling circuits for motors, transmission and battery; thermal management.
- Engine Power
- V8 engine: >570 hp
- Hybrid module on rear axle: ~90 kW
- Electric motor on front axle: ~80 kW
- Combined: >770 hp
- Suspension: Double-wishbone front axle; optional electro-pneumatic lift system on front axle; electro-mechanical power steering; multi-link rear axle with adaptive electromechanical system for individual rear wheel steering
- Brake system: High-performance hybrid brake system with adaptive recuperation; ceramic brake discs (PCCB).
- Energy supply: Lithium-ion battery with 6.8 kWh capacity (BOL nominal), 202 kW maximum power and mainscompatible plug-in charger.
- Top speed: >325 km/h
- Purely electric top speed: >150 km/h
- 0-100 km/h: under 3.0 s
- Fuel Consumption (NEDC): ~3.0 l/100 km
- CO2 emissions: ~70 g/km
- Purely electric range: >25 km