A Porsche 918 Spyder Concept has been spotted by our friends over at Teamspeed putting in time at the Nurburgring! The car is wearing a historic Martini Livery! It must be about the coolest thing Porsche has ever done to a test mule and it sure beats the usual camouflage! The 918 Spyder project has enjoyed a certain amount of transparency during its development.
We know that the finished design will feature a combustion engine and two independent electric motors – one on the front axle and one in the drive line, acting on the rear wheels. The combustion engine is a 4.6 liter V8 unit originally fitted to the three-time ALMS LMP2 Championship-winning RS Spyder. This will feature 570hp on its own and the exhaust outlets will exit in the middle of the engine block to reduce engine compartment heat. This will be coupled to an 80kW lithium-ion electric motor powering the two front wheels. In total, this means 770hp, with 553 pound-feet of torque available across the rev range.
The 918 Spyder will go into production at the end of September 2013 as planned, with customers getting the first cars before the end of 2013. The Porsche 918 Spyder will get a combustion engine and two independent electric motors – one on the front axle and one in the drive line, acting on the rear wheels. The engineering and design focus is centered on minimal fuel consumption and maximum performance. We are told that Porsche engineers have been impressed so far with the testing results.
The Porsche 918 Spyder will get three different modes. The first is “E-Power”, an all-electric setting, then we get the standard “Hybrid” mode which focuses on efficiency, finally there is the “Sport Hybrid” which pushes the balance in favour of performance! Fuel economy is estimated at three litres per 100 kilometres which translates to 78mpg. We announced recently that the 918 Spyder will get a Track Pack that includes a stripped-out interior, an unpainted exterior and other goodies!
In terms of design, it is expected that Porsche will fit a removable two-piece targa roof as they did with the Porsche Carrera GT. For more information on the new supercar from Porsche check out our recent post. Check out the full gallery over at Teamspeed.