Porsche 918 Spyder (2013)

Porsche 918 Spyder (2013)

Model year: 2013
Engine: Parallel full hybrid, V8 engine + 2 electric motors
Displacement: 4593 cc
System power: 887 HP
Unladen weight: 1634 kg
Top speed: 345 km/h

The Porsche 918 Spyder combines purebred racing technology with excellent everyday utility and maximum performance and fuel economy. At the beginning of its development, the mission of the development team was to build the super sports car for the next decade using a highly efficient and powerful plug-in hybrid drive.

The entirely new development enabled an uncompromising concept. This means that the 918 Spyder reveals a previously unknown potential of the plug-in hybrid drive approach: parallel boosting of both efficiency and performance, without the one being achieved at the cost of the other. In addition, Porsche took new approaches in the technology platform with spectacular solutions such as using carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) for the monocoque and body, adaptive aerodynamics, active rear axle steering and “top pipes” in the exhaust system that branch above the engine.

On September 4, 2013, the Porsche 918 Spyder became the first street-legal vehicle with production tires to finish the 20.6 km circuit of the North Loop of the Nürburgring in less than seven minutes. With a lap time of exactly 6 minutes and 57 seconds, Porsche factory driver Marc Lieb broke the previous record by 14 seconds. With the Nürburgring record, the 918 Spyder proves the enormous potential of the forward-thinking plug-in hybrid concept by Porsche and reinforces the company’s leadership role in the development of sporty hybrid vehicles.

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