The Porsche 918 Spyder is on the road. The Porsche 918 Spyder will go into production at the end of September 2013 as planned, with the first customers receiving their vehicles before 2013 is out. 918 Spyder is redefining driving fun, efficiency and performance.
The prototypes, their camouflage harking back to historical Porsche 917 racing cars, signal the final touches to the Porsche 918 Spyder. The focus is on the interplay between the highly sophisticated individual drive components. The combination of combustion engine and two independent electric motors one on the front axle and one in the drive line, acting on the rear wheels poses completely new demands on the development of the operating strategies.
Therefore a critical component in this vehicle into which we have put all of our expertise and capacity for innovation. These operating strategies and the development of the software to go with them are one of Porsche’s core competences. Both of them have a major influence on the extreme driving fun to be had with the 918 Spyder and they make possible a unique combination of minimal fuel consumption and maximum performance. The initial results of the driving trials are in line with the high expectations placed on the Porsche 918 Spyder.
The super sports car is designed as a plug-in hybrid vehicle combining a high-performance combustion engine with cutting edge electric motors for extraordinary performance: on the one hand, the dynamics of a racing machine boasting more than 770 hp, on the other hand, fuel consumption in the region of three litres per 100 kilometres. Moreover, Porsche is breaking yet more new ground with the technology demonstrator 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. In the process, the Porsche 918 Spyder is offering a glimpse of what Porsche Intelligent Performance may be capable of in future.
The body, two-seater Spyder carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) monocoque interlocked with CFRP unit carrier, two-piece Targa roof, fixed roll-over protection system.The 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. Comes with 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. The brake system is high-performance hybrid brake system with adaptive recuperation, ceramic brake discs (PCCB).