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VIDEO: PORSCHE 918 SPYDER EXCLUSIVE PARTY RELEASE EVENT

Private release NYC Party inside Canoe Studios in New York, for the “production” version of the 918 Spyder.

A video posted on Youtube by Canoe Studios in New York City has prematurely revealed the production version of the Porsche 918 Spyder, a hybrid supercar that was developed as a successor to the Carrera GT.

According to Youtube user liquidsk8s, the video was shot at a private ceremony where would-be owners were shown the car before the general public.

 

As expected, the 918 Spyder is nearly identical to the show car that was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2010. Compared to the concept the production version of the car is fitted with bigger mirrors, different door handles and side marker lights that are integrated into the front and rear bumpers. It is also a little longer than the concept that inspired it in order to accommodate a roomier cabin.

An official set of technical details has yet to be released but if the rumors are true, the 918 Spyder is powered by a 4.6-liter V8 engine that is mated to two electric motors. One of them is mounted on the front axle and the other on the rear axle.

Porsche claims that the 918 Spyder delivers more than 770 horsepower while still logging up to 78.4 miles per gallon if driven conservatively.

The Volkswagen-owned company’s new flagship hits 60 mph from a stop in about three seconds and goes on to a top speed of over 200 mph.

Power from the V8 is transmitted to the rear wheels via a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox. Power from the electric motors is controlled by computer and sent directly to the front wheels.

The 918 Spyder has several drive modes, offering different levels of performance and efficiency. E-Drive minimizes fuel consumption by using the batteries to power the car for up to 16 miles. Hybrid mode uses both electric and gas power for a blend of efficiency and longer range. Sport Hybrid adds torque vectoring for more performance-oriented driving. And, lastly, Race Hybrid maximizes both gas and electric output, without regard for efficiency.

Porsche will reportedly build just 918 examples of the hybrid sports car. Pricing information will be revealed closer to its launch.

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Posted by on August 4, 2012 in 918 RSR Concept, Geneva Motor Show

 

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PORSCHE 918 SPYDER PROTOTYP IS ON THE ROAD

Development of the Porsche super sports car enters next phase

918 Spyder prototypes commence trials

Stuttgart. 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 will go into production at the end of September 2013 as planned, with the first customers receiving their vehicles before 2013 is out.

“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.

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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.

SOURCE: Porsche AG Media database
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