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Porsche 918 Spyder tops global debut with a Nürburgring lap record in 6.57 minutes

Super sportscar equipped with a hybrid drive takes the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 6.57 minutes

918 Spyder tops global debut with a Nürburgring lap record

Record Run 918 Spyder Nürburgring

Record Run 918 Spyder Nürburgring

Stuttgart. As the first vehicle to boast global road homologation, the Porsche 918 Spyder* has conquered the 20.6-kilometre lap around the Nürburgring Nordschleife in less than seven minutes. Achieving a time of exactly six minutes and 57 seconds, the super sportscar equipped with a hybrid drive shaved 14 seconds off the previous record.

Record Run 918 Spyder Nürburgring

Record Run 918 Spyder Nürburgring

Wolfgang Hatz, member of the Porsche AG Board of Management in charge of Research and Development, had the following to say:

l.- r.: Wolfgang Hatz, Board Member of the Executive for Research and Development, Walter Röhrl, twice holder of the rally world championship

l.- r.: Wolfgang Hatz, Board Member of the Executive for Research and Development, Walter Röhrl, twice holder of the rally world championship

“We promised a great deal with the 918 Spyder, namely to redefine driving pleasure, efficiency and performance. We have kept our word.”

As is always the case with Porsche, the 918 Spyder is also leading the way for future generations as the latest in the line of super sportscars. It is currently making its global début at the International Motor Show (IAA). With its unique spread, the model blends maximum driving dynamics with minimal fuel consumption. By taking the Nürburgring record, the sportscar is demonstrating the enormous potential that lies in Porsche’s pioneering plug-in hybrid concept, and is underpinning the leading role the company enjoys when it comes to developing sporty hybrid vehicles.

Dr. Frank Walliser, Overall 918 Spyder Project Manager

Dr. Frank Walliser, Overall 918 Spyder Project Manager

“The radical hybridisation of the 918 Spyder from the very outset is what made this lap record possible” says Dr. Frank Walliser, head of the 918 Spyder project. “The lap time on the Nordschleife is and remains the toughest measure of a super sportscar. Posting a time of 6.57 minutes, we achieved a result of which everyone in the development team and at Porsche as a whole is rightly proud.”

The record, which was previously held for four years, was even broken during the first attempt in the test drive on the morning of September 4.

All three drivers – Former European Rally Champion Walter Röhrl, Porsche test driver Timo Kluck and Porsche factory driver Marc Lieb – were quicker than the existing record with each lap driving the two 918 Spyder models used, and posted lap times of less than seven minutes on numerous occasions.

Record Run 918 Spyder Nürburgring

Record Run 918 Spyder Nürburgring

Ultimately, it was Marc Lieb who posted the absolute best time of 6.57 minutes, driving at an average speed of 179.5 km/h, as measured by Wige Solutions. Marcus Schurig, editor-in-chief of sportscar magazine “sport auto”, was on hand as an objective observer of the record-breaking runs.

Record Run 918 Spyder Nürburgring

Record Run 918 Spyder Nürburgring

The two sportscars, which deliver an output of 887 bhp (652 kW), were equipped with the optional “Weissach package” to increase the driving dynamics, and lead out on the standard Michelin tyres developed specifically for the 918 Spyder.

Record Run 918 Spyder Nürburgring

Record Run 918 Spyder Nürburgring

* 918 Spyder: combined fuel consumption: 3.3–3.0 l/100 km; combined energy consumption: 12.5–13.0 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions: 79–70 g/km

Source:
Communication Porsche AG
Product and Technology Communication

 

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VIDEO:Top of the list – Porsche To Unveil New Model at 2011 Detroit Auto Show

VIDEO:Top of the list – Porsche To Unveil New Model at 2011 Detroit Auto Show

“We’ll have something spectacular to show there,” Hans- Gerd Bode, a spokesman at the Stuttgart-based carmaker, said in an interview today. “You’ll have to wait and be surprised.”

At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Porsche will debut a new model.This video might give you a glimpse at what you can expect to see.  Watch the unveiling live, in the webcast from 6:30 AM EST (11:30 AM GMT) at http://www.porsche.com/detroit

Just the Facts:

  • Porsche will roll out a new model in Detroit on January 10, 2011.
  • Other models will make their U.S. debuts at the Detroit show.
  • A live Webcast will enable the public to watch the premieres.

STUTTGART, Germany — Porsche has announced it will unveil an all-new model in a world premiere at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show January 10th. Porsche has an official presence at the Detroit show this year for the first time since 2007.

Porsche has been hinting for some time that its return to the Detroit show would include an impressive debut.

Speculation is that it will be a supercar that could be a version of the 918 Spyder concept that made its debut at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show and was recently green-lighted for production a few months later. The German magazine Auto Zeitung reported earlier this month that the car could be the 929, a “no-compromise two-seat supercar” based on the 918 that would slot in above the 911.

First Press Conference at Detroit Auto Show Is World Premiere of New Porsche Concept

SOURCE Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

German Car Company Returns to Motor City with Highly Anticipated Concept Vehicle

ATLANTA, Jan. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —

WHAT: In a world premiere, Porsche will take the wraps off a new car that promises to be one of the most intriguing and talked-about debuts at the show.  This marks the automaker’s first appearance at the Detroit Auto Show in four years.
WHO: Matthias Muller, President and CEO, Porsche AG,
Wolfgang Durheimer, Board Member, Research and Development, Porsche AG
Bernhard Maier, Board Member in Charge of Sales & Marketing, Porsche AG
Michael Mauer, Head of Design, Porsche AG
Detlev von Platen, President and CEO, Porsche Cars North America
WHEN: 6:30 a.m., Monday, January 10, 2011 

USA/Canada – live feed

06.20 – 07.05 A.M. EST (= 11.20 – 12.05 UTC/GMT)
Live event to start appx 06.30 EST (= 11.30 UTC/GMT)
To be followed by footage at the end of the live part

WHERE: Porsche Stand,
Cobo Hall
1 Washington Boulevard
Detroit, Michigan

Satellite broadcast of Porsche Press Conference at North American International Auto Show 2011 from Detroit.

Webcast Link: The press conference will be broadcast live 6:30 a.m., Monday, January 10, 2011 on the Porsche website www.porsche.com/detroit.

Inside Line says: Porsche isn’t saying anything — except to remind the faithful to keep watching.


 
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