Porsche 918 at Goodwood FoS 2012


Porsche announced UK debut of the 918 Spyder concept at the 2012 Goodwood FoS, The car is going into production in a few months for a 2013 launch.

The 918 is quite a remarkable machine. Thanks to its unique hybrid technology, the 918 Spyder concept is estimated to consume a mere three litres of fuel per 100 km (94mpg) based on the NEDC. Its V8 petrol engine delivers more than 500 hp, assisted by two electric motors with a total of at least 160 kW (218hp). Now, the super sports car concept comes to the Porsche stand at the Moving Motor Show, offering a glimpse of what Porsche Intelligent Performance may be capable of in the future.

You obviously want this car. I mean wha’t not to like. But there’s a problem with it. Limited to no more than 918 units, elivery of the first vehicles will commence in November 2013, and it’s priced from 645,000 Euro!

Porsche 918 Spyder Porsche 918 at Goodwood FoS 2012

Porsche 918 Specs and details:

918 Spyder concept design
The design DNA of the concept car is clearly derived from the Carrera GT and Porsche 917 race car, as well as the RS Spyder. Unlike the open top of the concept car, however, the production version of the two-seater will feature a manual roof system with removable roof panels that can be stowed in the front luggage compartment.

918 Spyder concept drivetrain
The 918 Spyder is driven by a unique type of plug-in hybrid system. In the concept car, this comprises a high-revving V8 engine with a displacement exceeding 4.0-litres and an output of more than 500 hp. The mid-engine power unit is based on the racing engine of the successful Porsche RS Spyder, which provided impressive proof of its efficiency with multiple victories in the Michelin Green X Challenge in the American Le Mans Series, the Le Mans Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Power transmission to the rear wheels is via a compact, seven speed Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK). The 918 Spyder concept car complements this with two electric motors – one each on the front and rear axle – with a joint mechanical output of at least 160 kW (218 hp). This configuration offers an innovative, variable all-wheel drive with independent control of the propulsion force on both axles.

The energy storage unit is a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery that can be charged from a conventional domestic power socket, delivering a range in excess of 25km (16 miles) in the NEDC on purely electric power.

918 Spyder concept performance
The super sports car offers performance of the highest order. The 918 Spyder concept accelerates from a standing start to 100 km/h (62 mph) in a maximum of 3.2 seconds and has a top speed of more than 320 km/h (199 mph). That means the Spyder will be able to lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife in less than seven minutes and 30 seconds – ahead of the Porsche Carrera GT (7 min: 32 s). The top speed on purely electric power is 150 km/h (94 mph). The Combined total fuel consumption of the 918 Spyder in the NEDC (ECE-R 101) is anticipated to be 3.0 l/100 km (94 mpg), equating to CO2 emissions of 70 g/km.

918 Spyder development – from concept to production
First prototypes of the 918 Spyder are now undergoing driving trials and the final specification is being further defined. As a technology showcase, the  918 Spyder breaks further new ground with spectacular solutions such as the full carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque with unit carrier, fully adaptive aerodynamics, adaptive rear axle steering and the upward-venting ‘top pipes’ exhaust system.

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