In the 918 Spyder, Porsche is launching the future of the sportscar: As the first vehicle to boast road homologation, the model beat the record of seven minutes set for a lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife, achieving a time of 6:57 minutes. What's more, the 918 Spyder can glide through the city without releasing any emissions, and virtually without a sound. To meet the driver's requirements, the 918 Spyder exhausts all possibilities offered by the combined drive of combustion engine and electric motor.
Hybrid drive enhances dynamic performance
The dynamic performance of the 918 is possible courtesy of the unique all-wheel drive concept with a combined combustion engine and electric motor drive system on the rear axle and a second electric motor on the front axle. This concept is based on Porsche's motorsport development work for the successful 911 GT3 R hybrid. The additional, individually controllable front-wheel drive enables new driving strategies to be used for extremely high yet safe speeds through bends in particular. What's more, the advanced Boost strategy provides an intelligent means of managing the energy of the electric drive. The strategy ensures that all it takes for the unrestricted total power of the 918 Spyder to be harnessed is by fully depressing the accelerator pedal, to have maximum acceleration at every burst of speed.
Perfect synthesis of form and function
The design of the 918 Spyder pays homage to legendary Porsche race cars. It is based firstly on the 917, which won overall victories for Porsche at Le Mans from 1970, and secondly on the successful RS Spyder, the endurance winner of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) from 2005. A combination of typical race car proportions, clearly structured form and innovative details produced an aesthetic, balanced design with great dynamic performance. It embodies the synthesis of form and function of the very DNA of Porsche design.
Unique: Prominent scoops with top pipes
The engine compartment cover on the 918 Spyder is absolutely unmistakeable: In the prominent scoops that stretch down from the headrests to the rear, the two polished ends on the top pipes lead out into the open. Above the actual exhaust system is the stainless steel cover of the catalytic converter, which is fitted in a central position. By virtue of its extended openings, the cover guarantees the necessary exchange of heat can take place. The actual engine compartment cover is heavily perforated, making it extremely light. At the same time, this cover is reminiscent of the 918 Spyder's predecessor – the Carrera GT.
From comfortable to race-ready: Five modes for three motors
The centrepiece of the 918 Spyder concept is the distribution of propulsive power across three power units, all of which are integrated and controlled via an intelligent management system. To benefit as much as possible from the coverage offered by the different systems, Porsche developers have defined a total of five operating modes. Just like in motorsport, these modes are activated via a map switch in the steering wheel. Using the pre-selected mode, the 918 Spyder applies the most suitable operating and boost strategy, without the driver needing to do anything else.
Innovative black-panel technology in the cockpit
The driver is at the heart of all the technology in the Porsche super sportscar. With this in mind, the engineers have developed a cockpit that is typical of the brand and pioneering in its clarity. The cockpit concept is divided into two basic sections: The first section comprises the controls that are important for driving. These items are grouped around the multifunction steering wheel and combined with driver information displayed on three large round instruments. The second section comprises the infotainment block housed in the elevated centre console, which was originally introduced in the Carrera GT. Systems like climate control, wing adjustment, lighting and the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system, along with the Burmester High-End sound system featuring eleven loudspeakers, can be operated intuitively via the multi-touch control functions on the innovative black panel display.
918 Spyder with Weissach Package
Porsche is offering drivers who want a more performance-oriented finish the “Weissach” package in the 918 Spyder. Modified super sportscars are also recognisable from the available special colours and designs inspired by legendary Porsche race cars.
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