Porsche 918 Spyder thrills Goodwood crowds

Posted on Jul 15, 2013 by
Innovative 887 hp plug-in hybrid super sports car makes public dynamic debut at Festival of Speed

Innovative 887 hp plug-in hybrid super sports car makes public dynamic debut at Festival of Speed

The 918 Spyder super sports car made its public dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, providing a fascinating insight to the performance potential of its innovative hybrid drivetrain.

The 918 Spyder combines pedigree motor racing technology with everyday versatility, and maximum performance with minimum consumption. The task faced by the development team was to create the super sports car for the next decade with a highly efficient and powerful hybrid drive.

Developing the car from scratch allowed Porsche engineers to come up with a no-compromise concept. The entire car was designed around the hybrid drive. The 918 Spyder therefore demonstrates the potential of the hybrid drive through a parallel improvement of efficiency and performance without one being at the cost of the other. Porsche say the 918 Spyder will act as the gene pool for its sports cars of the future.

The car was developed and produced by Porsche engineers who build race cars, in co-operation with series production specialists. A great deal of insight gained from the development of Porsche race cars for the Le Mans 24 hours in 2014 is thus integrated into the 918 Spyder – and vice versa. The structural concept of the 918 Spyder with a rolling chassis as its basis – a basic vehicle that can be driven even without a body – is race car tradition at Porsche. The concept of the V8 engine originates from the LMP2 RS Spyder race car. The load-bearing structures, the monocoque and subframe, are made of carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP).
A key message of the 918 Spyder is that the hybrid drive from Porsche is a plus for no-compromise driving dynamics. Drivers can experience this thanks to the unique all-wheel drive concept with a combination of combustion engine and electric motor on the rear axle and the second electric motor on the front axle.

It is based on knowledge gained by Porsche racing the successful 911 GT3 R Hybrid. Due to the additional, individually controllable front drive, new driving strategies for extremely high, safe cornering speeds can be implemented. Furthermore, the advanced ‘boost’ strategy manages the energy of the electric drive so intelligently that for every sprint with maximum acceleration, the full power of the 918 Spyder can be tapped into simply by fully pressing the accelerator down. In short, the 918 Spyder allows all drivers to experience the potential of advanced longitudinal and transverse dynamics.

The Porsche 918 Spyder also has the potential to break many records and has set a lap time for the Nürburgring-Nordschleife of 7:14 minutes, achieved in the presence of international journalists during test drives in September 2012 – more than a year before start of production. The 918 Spyder prototype was therefore approximately 20 seconds quicker than the Porsche Carrera GT.

An even more important factor is that the 918 Spyder surpasses previous models and competitors by far in its efficiency as well. As a plug-in hybrid vehicle, it systematically combines the dynamic performance of a racing machine with over 880 hp and low NEDC fuel consumption, which at about three litres fuel per 100 km is better than that of most small cars today. To sum it up, maximum driving fun with minimal fuel consumption.

Pedigree motorsport technology delivers maximum performance with minimum fuel consumption

Pedigree motorsport technology delivers maximum performance with minimum fuel consumption

 

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