Over the last couple of weeks, the news from Porsche has been all about hybrid technology. First up was the announcement of the 911 GT3 R hybrid that will run with an electro-mechanical flywheel hybrid system at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring this spring. Then came the debut of the all-new 2011 Cayenne, which will feature Porsche's first mass produced hybrid drivetrain.
Finally came the biggest surprise in the shape of the 918 Spyder concept. This possible successor to the Carrera GT features the 3.4-liter V8 used in the RS Spyder race car along with over 200 horsepower worth of electric motors and batteries that can be plugged in for about 15 miles of electric driving.
While Porsche the sports car maker has not until now built hybrid vehicles, company forefather Ferdinand Porsche built the first known hybrid vehicles, including plug-ins, at the start of the twentieth century. A pair of videos released by Porsche provide more details on the 918 as well as the 911 and Cayenne in the context of what the company calls "intelligent performance." Porsche's intent is clearly to maintain the performance levels that people have come to expect from its vehicles while making them much more efficient. You can check them out after the jump.