We had the opportunity to see the new Porsche 918 Spyder this last weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The carmaker made a great demonstration proving the performance potential of its innovative hybrid drive train. The model is capable of combining the technology used in the motor racing technology with excellent versatility and maximum performance with minimum consumption. The team tried to develop a model for the next decade with a very efficient and powerful hybrid drive. The car was actually designed around the hybrid drive and so it demonstrates the potential of the hybrid drive to a degree never seen before.
The new model demonstrates the potential of the hybrid drive which indicates improvement of both efficiency and performance without one being at the cost of the other. The new model actually reveals a link to motorsport in several ways. The concept of the V8 engine comes from the LMP2 RS Spyder race car. Now, the load-bearing structures, the monocoque and subframe are all made of carbon fiber reinforced polymer. Drivers are able to experience a combination of combustion engine and electric motor on the rear axle and the second electric motor on the front axle. The Porsche 918 Spyder prototype was actually around 20 seconds quicker than the Porsche Carrera GT.
The specialists will continue to test the model on the Nurburgring. As a plug-in hybrid vehicle, it systematically combines the dynamic performance of a racing machine with more than 880 horsepower and low NEDC fuel consumption. To be more precise, the model is capable of offering maximum driving fun with minimal fuel consumption. The engine enables the model to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in less than 7.0 seconds and to reach a top speed of 93 mph.
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