Not so long ago the concept of a hybrid supercar was inconceivable. Now it’s a game changer.
With Porsche’s supercar predecessor, the Carerra GT, regarded as one of the best supercars of the 2000s, anticipation for Porsche’s next interpretation was sky high.
Now after 21 months of production, the last of the limited edition 918 Spyders has come off the assembly line.
Performance and efficiency
Quiet and relaxed when needed, but loud and ferocious when wanted.
The 918 Spyder is not an efficient hybrid hiding underneath supercar clothing, this is the most powerful Porsche ever built, a top speed of 214 mph and 0-60 in just 2.2secs.
The Spyder packs a 4.6 liter V8 engine producing 608 horse power with two electric motors providing an additional 279 horsepower. A total combined output of 887 horsepower.
Porsche’s goal was to develop a performance hybrid with plug-in technology. A car geared towards optimal performance on the track but efficient and convenient for everyday use. And it proved that back in 2013 setting a record time for a street-legal automobile on the Nordschleife track at Nürburgring with an astonishing time of 6:57 minutes. See it here .
The car of tomorrow
The 918 Spyder represents an entirely new look at the supercar. A car built to beat all on the racetrack but conveniently used everyday as a plug-in from home supercar.
This is evident with the integration of cars and apps. 918 owners can view important information on their vehicle remotely with the Porsche Car Connect application for mobile, tablet and smart watches. Owners have the ability to view tyre pressure, charge levels, and to remotely control selected vehicle functions with their fingerprints.
The 918 Sypder’s advanced technology will pave the way for the development of future sports cars.
The 918 Spyder combines the V8 high combustion engine with two electric motors for optimal power. The thermal management system has also been hugely innovative using five separate cooling circuits with the hybrid cooling the rear electric motor with air and water to then convert more kinetic energy to electrical energy.
The influence of Porsche’s involvement in motorsport is fundamental to the success of the 918’s highly intelligent technologies. Performance has been ingrained straight from the test track to explore how far the heights of hybrid technology can go.
The answer to the longevity of the sports car is here.
* Data determined in accordance with the measurement method required by law. Since September 01, 2018 all new cars are approved in accordance with the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP), a more realistic test procedure to measure fuel consumption and CO₂ emissions. You can find more information on WLTP at www.porsche.com/wltp. From 01 January 2019, all fuel consumption figures are shown as determined in accordance with WLTP. CO₂ figures will be shown as NEDC-equivalent values, as CO₂ based taxation will continue to be based on an NEDC value (derived from WLTP) until 06 April 2020. Fuel economy and CO₂ emission figures are only intended as a means of comparing different types of vehicles tested under the same test cycle. New WLTP homologated vehicles are therefore not directly comparable with any vehicles tested under NEDC.
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