• Porsche releases updated 918 Spyder hybrid supercar specifications as well as concept photos, set to arrive in 2013

      The Porsche 918 hybrid supercar is still on track and Porsche states the vehicle will be produced in September 2013 with first deliveries before the end of that year. They released photos of their test mule and the styling from the concept seems to have been dumbed down a bit. The car boasts over 770 horsepower now although they have not arrived at the final figure. This comes from a 4.6 liter V8 with approximately 560 horsepower and the rest from the electric motor which exclusively powers the front wheels.

      The car is expected to cost in the upper 800,000 dollar region so start saving your money now, only a little over a year to go.

      Press Release

      918 Spyder prototypes commence trialsDevelopment of the Porsche super sports car enters next phase

      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.

      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.

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        Gtrain -
        Price of this must be nuts
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        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Gtrain Click here to enlarge
        Price of this must be nuts
        Around ~800k