Atlanta. The Porsche 918 Spyder is on the road: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, has taken the driving trials of the super sports car of the future a step further with completion of the initial prototypes. The 918 Spyder is planned for production at the end of September 2013, with the first customer deliveries currently scheduled for the United States late in 2013. "What we are doing with the 918 Spyder is redefining driving fun, efficiency and performance," said Wolfgang Hatz, Member of the Executive Board Research and Development of Porsche AG.
The prototypes, their camouflage harking back to historical Porsche 917 racing cars, signal the final touches to the 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. "They are therefore a critical component in this vehicle into which we have put all of our expertise and capacity for innovation," said Wolfgang Hatz. 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 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 918 Spyder is offering a glimpse of what Porsche Intelligent Performance may be capable of in future.
Preliminary Specifications - Porsche 918 Spyder *
Body: Two-seater Spyder; carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) monocoque interlocked with CFRP unit carrier; two-piece Targa roof; fixed roll-over protection system.
Drivetrain: Parallel full hybrid; 4.6-litre V8 mid-engine with dry-sump 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.
Engine Power: > 570 hp (V8 engine)
~ 90 kW (hybrid module on rear axle)
~ 80 kW (electric motor on front axle)
> 770 hp (combined)
Suspension: Double-wishbone front axle; optional electro-pneumatic lift system on front axle; electro-mechanical power steering; multi-link rear axle with adaptive electro-mechanical system for individual rear wheel steering.
Brake system: High-performance hybrid brake system with adaptive recuperation; ceramic brake discs (PCCB).
Energy supply: Lithium-ion battery with 6.8 kWh capacity (BOL nominal), 202 kW maximum power and mains-compatible plug-in charger.
Performance: Top speed > 200 mph
purely electric > 90 mph
Acceleration: 0 – 60 mph < 3.0 s
Consumption (NEDC): Total ~ 3.0 l/100 km
CO2 emissions: Total ~ 70 g/km
Range: Purely electric > 15 miles
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Note: *Specifications, performance standards, fuel economy, standard equipment, options, and other elements shown are subject to change without notice.
Update from Carbuzz.com:
The Carbuzz.com just grabbed some photos of a test mule at Nurburgring. Sporting some light MARTINI graphics, and no camoflage.
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Update from PorschePurist.com:Porsche 918 Gets Historic Martini Racing Livery as Option
It wasn't that long ago that we first saw some of Porsche's most historic liveries make a comeback (at least for promotional purposes) on the all new 2013 Porsche Porsche Boxster. Then, shortly after that, we saw the Porsche 918 getting driven around the Nurburgring in a black and white version of the famous Martini Livery. Well, earlier this week Porsche made it official and announced that an option for the new 918 is the availability of historic Martini Racing Livery.
We're of the opinion that the Martini Livery option is doubly good. Not only does the 918 look fantastic in this color scheme, but the option will help protect the initial $845,000 buyers have to plunk down for Porsche's newest supercar.
How Does it Protect the 918?
Simple, according to Porsche the historic Martini Livery isn't a paint job, but rather a full body wrap. Think of it as paint protection film for your entire Porsche. There's no word yet on just how much this option will cost, but according to paint protection companies we spoke with full body wraps on a 911 can run between $3000 and $5000 and that's not including any licensing or marketing fees that will surely need to be paid to Bacardi & Company Limited of Switzerland (the company representing Martini Racing).