Porsche to start production of the 918 Spyder in September 2013
Porsche unveiled the 918 Spyder concept at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show and now almost three years later, the German manufacturer has finally revealed new images, spec details and more importantly pricing on their new hybrid supercar.
Porsche will begin production of the 918 Spyder on September 18, 2013 (9-18) and it will be a limited edition model with pricing starting at € 800,000.
The 918 Spyder is a hybrid supercar that utilizes all Porsche’s state-of-the-art technologies, obtained from their 911 GT3 R Hybrid, and the V8 engine originates from their Le Mans Series LMP2 RS Spyder.
The 918 hybrid sports a 4.6-liter, eight cylinder engine that produces 608 horsepower at 8,500 rpm and 500 Nm (368 foot-pounds) of torque, and coupled to a 154 hp electric engine on the rear axle, and 127 hp one on the front axle.
Like the race engine of the Porsche RS Spyder, the 918 Spyder has a dry-sump lubrication system with a separate oil tank and oil extraction.
The seven-speed Doppelkupplungsgetriebe transmission, better known as PDK, is connected to the engine and the rear electric motor. The front motor has a separate gearbox that disconnects when front the car hits 235 km/h (146 mph).
There are five pre-selectable operating modes:
E-Power mode: is a full-electric mode and acts as the default setting. This allows you 25 km (18 miles) of only electric driving. In pure electric mode, the 918 Spyder accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in seven seconds and can reach speeds of up to 93 mph. In this mode, the combustion engine is only used when needed. If the battery's charge state drops below a set minimum value, the vehicle automatically switches to hybrid mode.
Hybrid mode: for fuel economy driving style. The electric motors and combustion engine work alternately with a focus on maximum efficiency and minimum fuel consumption.
Sport Hybrid mode: is based on performance and sporty driving so the combustion engine is in full use with the electric motors providing additional support.
Race Hybrid mode: for maximum performance and an especially sporty driving style. Here the electric motors are set to full power to give even more boost but for a short time while the gasoline engine also charges the batteries more aggressively, which leads to huge fluctuation in battery charge.
Hot Lap mode: there is an additional button switch that releases the final reserves of the 918 Spyder and can only be activated in the "Race Hybrid" mode, and releases the traction battery to its maximum power output for a few fast laps. This mode uses all of the available energy in the battery.
The batteries are liquid-cooled lithium-ion with 312 individual cells with an energy content of about seven kilowatt hours and can be charged on household socket in less than 7 hours.
In the Race Hybrid and Hot Lap modes, the 918 Spyder during a test at the North Loop of the Nürburgring circuit stopped the clock 20 seconds faster than the Carrera GT.
The two-seater Spyder features a carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) monocoque, PASM adaptive shock-absorber system and rear-axle steering. The rear axle can therefore be steered in the same direction as the front wheels or in opposition to them. At low speeds, the system steers the rear wheels in a direction opposite to that of the front wheels. At higher speeds, the system steers the rear wheels in the same direction as the front wheels improving the stability of the rear. There’s also an optional electro-pneumatic lift system on front axle.
High-performance hybrid brake system with adaptive recuperation braking system with 16in ceramic brake front discs and 15.4 in the rear.
Porsche also offers the "Weissach", which is a weight-savings package. The roof, rear wings, rear-view mirrors and frames of the windscreen are made of visible carbon and lightweight magnesium wheels reduce the gross weight by about 77 lbs, so the supercar weighs in at 3,616 lbs.
The package also includes six-point seatbelts for driver and front passenger, optional film-coating instead of body paint, as well as additional aerodynamic body parts in visible carbon and parts of the interior are upholstered with Alcantara instead of leather.