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Porsche Press Release – 918 Spyder prototype in attractive Martini Racing design

Prototype Porsche 918 Spyder in Martini Racing design

New edition of a successful partnership

918 Spyder prototype in attractive Martini Racing design

July 31st, 2012 Press Release

Stuttgart. Driving trials of the Porsche 918 Spyder are entering the next phase. A permanent fixture of the test programme for the 918 Spyder – and in the tuning process for all Porsche vehicles – is the 20.8 km long challenging Nürburgring-Nordschleife race circuit. After all, a lap time of less than seven minutes and 22 seconds is one of the development goals of the innovative super sports car with a plug-in hybrid drive.

Prototype Porsche 918 Spyder in Martini Racing design

The 918 Spyder combines a high-performance internal combustion engine with electric drives at the rear and front axles to achieve extraordinary driving performance and excellent efficiency. The system power of all three drives together is 770 hp. The car’s NEDC fuel consumption is forecast to be only around three litres per 100 km, which is equivalent to CO2 emissions of about 70 g/km.

Prototype Porsche 918 Spyder in Martini Racing design

The monocoque, consisting of carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP), reduces the car’s weight and delivers remarkable rigidity and precision. Other highlights are the car’s fully variable aerodynamics, adaptive rear axle steering and “top pipes” exhaust system which routes the pipes upwards. All of this makes the Porsche 918 Spyder a super sports car for the future, even though the styling of the prototypes is reminiscent of historical models.

Prototype Porsche 918 Spyder in Martini Racing design

The latest test vehicle is now turning laps in the legendary Martini® Racing look of many historic Porsche race cars, particularly from the 1970s. More than nearly any other race car design, the Martini® Racing look quickly attained cult status in those times and is still in vogue today. Martini® was already the official partner of the Porsche factory team between 1973 and 1978.

Back then, the attractively designed “Martini® Porsche” race cars with their numerous victories were a centre of conversation. These victories included finishing first overall at Targa-Florio in 1973, winning the Sports Car World Championship in 1976 and overall victories at the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1976 and 1977.

Porsche Typ 917 Kurzheck (“Short Tail”) Coupé (1971)

As early as 1971, a Porsche 917 finished first in the legendary endurance race in Le Mans with the support of Martini®. Whether a Porsche 908, 917, 935 or 936 or one of various 911 RS or RSR models, common to all of these race cars was the memorable Martini® Racing design implemented in a wide variety of forms.

Now, a new edition of this successful partnership is making the Martini® Racing design exclusively available to the innovative 918 Spyder. Porsche AG and the Martini® brand, represented by Bacardi & Company Limited of Switzerland, have once again signed a partnership agreement to make this possible.

Specifications of the 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 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.

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; electro-mechanical power
steering; multi-link rear axle with adaptive electromechanical
system for individual rear wheel steering;
optional electro-pneumatic lift system on front axle.

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 mainscompatible
plug-in charger.

Performance: Top speed > 325 km/h
purely electric > 150 km/h
Acceleration: 0 – 100 km/h < 3.0 s
Consumption
(NEDC): Total ~ 3.0 l/100 km
CO2 emissions: Total ~ 70 g/km
Range: Purely electric > 25 km
* Provisional specifications

SOURCE: Porsche AG Media Database

Communication Porsche AG
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Featured Videos: Porsche Winners of “My Daily Magic” Film Contest

When Porsche launched its new “Engineered for Magic. Everyday” advertising, the company also invited independent filmmakers to submit short films demonstrating how Porsche vehicles fit that motto.

The company let ten filmmakers borrow Porsches to produce their short videos, and has now released the winning video and the two runner-up sports on YouTube.

Check out the winning and two finalist My Daily Magic videos below.

The winning film was “It’s a Magical Life” by Michael Korbel, and follows the life story of a Porsche 911 owner — from meeting a girl on the beach to dropping his son off at school. Korbel’s film will be shown online and before movies at Spotlight Cinema Networks around the country.

Porsche also has published two of the ten finalist videos to YouTube. In “Sweet Dreams,” directed by Rod Guajardo, a young child dreams of the adventures her family will have driving to a picnic in a Porsche Panamera.

In Kristina Woo’s “The Ride”, a father uses his 911 Cabrio to recreate the open-air experience and thrills of a rollercoaster.

To further promote the “Everyday” marketing campaign, Porsche also has a new website where owners can submit stories, photos, and videos about their own vehicle. Called Porsche Everyday, the site contains everything from official Porsche TV commercials, to testimonials from owners with almost 300,000 miles on their Porsche.

Source: YouTube & Porsche

To give credit where it’s due, the winning video was imaginative, documenting the very moment when a new Porschephile is born. As World Car Fans tells us, the 60 second video earns winner Michael Koerbel a choice of prizes: he can opt for a one year lease on a Porsche vehicle (up to $18,000 in value), or can take $18,000 cash and a trip to the video’s Red Carpet Premiere screening.

“The magic of Porsche is how thoroughly the cars transform your everyday, routine driving,” said David Pryor, vice president of marketing, Porsche Cars North America.

“It’s not only about the weekend joyride. It’s the only car in the world that combines true sports car exhilaration and the drivability for daily use. This campaign brings this fact to life, painting a bigger picture of the real Porsche value proposition, in some cases through the words and images of owners themselves.

Find more Porsche Everyday Magic here: http://www.porscheeveryday.com/

 
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