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Porsche 918 Spyder Concept

Porsche 918 Spyder Concept

Porsche 918 Spyder Concept
Make Porsche
Model 918 Spyder Concept
Concept year 2010
Production year -
Engine Hybrid, V8 / Electric

Porsche don't often do concept cars, and when they do they're almost always just 'special edition' models of something they already make.

Thankfully however, deep down inside the Porsche hive, some designers were tasked recently with the job of styling something which was going to be genuinely different from all their current cars.

The 918 Spyder Concept is a hybrid powered two-seat sports car which looks kind of like a cross between an updated Carrera GT and a Boxster Spyder. It has a low-slung stance, buldging wheel arches and jumble of vents, intakes and grilles which all hint at the potential performance.

The hybrid drivetrain of the concept - which consists of a 500 horsepower V8 and a pair of electric motors offering up a combined 218 hp - is very clever indeed. It has no less than four different driving modes which are designed to offer either maximum range, maximum performance or a little bit of both.

The E-Drive mode is for running the car under electric power alone, with a range of up to 16 miles (25 km). In the Hybrid mode, the 918 Spyder uses both the electric motors and the combustion engine, offering a range of performance from fuel-efficient all the way to crazy-fast.

The Sport Hybrid mode uses both drive systems, but with the focus on performance. Most of the drive power goes to the rear wheels, with Torque Vectoring helping enhance the dynamic performance.

In the Race Hybrid mode the drive systems are focused on pure performance with the highest standard of driving dynamics on the track, running at the limit to their power and dynamic output. With the battery sufficiently charged, a push-to-pass button feeds in additional electrical power (E-Boost), when overtaking or for even better performance. When in race mode the performance numbers are quite shocking. 0-62 mph in under 3.2 seconds, and a top speed of 198 mph (320 km/h).

Porsche states that the interior of the 918 Spyder concept is designed to provide a hint at what the next generation of production car interiors will look like. The three freestanding circular dials for speed (left), engine rpm (middle) and energy management (right) were influenced by the style of 1960s race cars.

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