The 918 Spyder is one of three Porsche models with hybrid drive that made their world debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. Now it is going to roll out on roads, as the production unit of the firm is all set to start the production of this car.
This magnificent beast is an open two-seater and it is powered by a high-speed V8 developing more than 500 bhp.
The V8 combustion engine is a further development of the highly successful 3.4-litre power unit already featured in the RS Spyder racing car and positioned midship in front of the rear axle, giving the car the right set-up for supreme performance on the race track through its good balance.
Power is transmitted to the wheels by a seven-speed Porsche-Doppelkupplungs that also feeds the power of the electric drive system to the rear axle. A further point is that the car’s kinetic energy is converted into electrical energy fed into the battery when applying the brakes, thus providing additional energy for fast and dynamic acceleration.
A button on the steering wheel allows the driver to choose among four different running modes: The E-Drive, Hybrid, Sport Hybrid and Race Hybrid modes.
With the battery sufficiently charged, a push-to-pass button feeds in additional electrical power (E-Boost), for example when overtaking or for even better performance.
Topping up that 6.8 kWh battery pack mounted behind the passenger compartment will take around six hours on a traditional 110-volt outlet, but Porsche will supply owners with a quick-charging setup that will reduce that time to 2 hours.
An emission level of just 70 grams of CO2 per kilometre on fuel consumption of three litres/100 kilometers is truly an outstanding number even for an ultra-compact city car. But on the other hand, combined with the performance of a super sports car and acceleration rating from a standstill to 100 km/h in just under 3.2 seconds, this emission rate is pretty amazing.
The car’s top speed is 320 km/h plus and a lap time on the Nordschleife of Nurburgring was achieved in less than 7:30 minutes which is faster than even the Porsche Carrera GT.