• Apr 2, 2010
Porsche 918 Spyder at the track – Click above to watch the video after the break

No doubt about it, the Porsche 918 Sypder was both one of the biggest surprises of the Geneva Motor Show and one of its most memorable vehicles. No surprise, then, that the German automaker has signaled its desire to put the hybrid sportscar into production.

Speaking of which, Porsche is once again hinting at its production goals for the 918 Spyder with a latest advertising campaign, calling the sportscar "The future of motorsport and series production." Doesn't get much more straightforward than that, eh? To go along with the new round of marketing, Porsche has released a new video that offers a bit more information about its showstopper, which you can find after the break.

In addition, there's a second video highlighting Porsche's new 911 GT3 R Hybrid, which managed an impressive sixth-place finish in its racing debut last weekend. Wanna see for yourself? Click past the break to watch both videos from Porsche.




[Source: Porsche]





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      • 4 Years Ago
      In the picture, that dude looks tiny compared to the size of that rear wheel...
      • 4 Years Ago
      lol at the "extremely low" power to weight ratio. I'm surprised that made it through to the final version of a video that is otherwise nicely produced.
        • 4 Years Ago
        jeff is wright , i wanted to say weight/power. they messed up the translation in the video. the German word "Leistungsgewich" means Power-weight ( not Power/Weight ) it means how much weight is moved with a unit of power, Kg/KW.
        • 4 Years Ago
        you mean it's an extremely low weight to power ratio, i was pointing out how they mixed the ratio up in the video, essentially saying it's fat and slow. It's pretty obvious that this thing is by no means fat and slow.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Spark: are you joking?
        • 4 Years Ago
        maybe they just meant it's a lower ratio, closer to 1/1.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The picture of the guy driving it makes either the driver tiny, or the car huge.

      But this is definitely a drool worthy car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      OMFG build it already
      • 4 Years Ago
      The car looks amazing, but i never really understood the concept of hybrid sports cars. It's almost like an oxymoron to me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That is true, i never really thought about it that way
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, I understand it completely. The electric machine has more control and better power density than any ICE on the road, but the real advantage is control - a motor (which can also be used as a generator for capturing kinetic energy, but that's neither here nor there for the enthusiast) can deliver a specific torque within microseconds of the input from the throttle.

        Imagine that you could go from coast to the half a second after WOT, in say the torquey new V8 M3, within an instant. So fast that you can measure the speed your foot hit the floor with your buttmeter. It's so different from the response of an ICE that it could change the mid-corner throttle pattern in all of racing. Just look at what people have to say about the throttle response of the Tesla Roadster.

        There are still problems, such as energy storage. The motor can't replace the ICE entirely, either, but would suit enthusiasts well in a parallel hybrid setup like that in Porsche's 918. Bring it!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed.

        But if you are going to make a statement, this is the way to do it.

        Here's hoping that they produce two versions... one with green details, one without the "green", and just pure unadulterated turbocharged V8 power.

        Still wish it were a Flat-8...
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ amokabbaj that's because you associate the word "hybrid" with cars like Prius, or with eco friendly things.

        hybrid vehicles use more than one type of fuel, or more than one type of propulsion. if you put a coal burning engine on a car with a petrol engine, you have a hybrid, no matter how much it pollutes. or a diesel car that also runs on dolphin brains, you get the idea.

        Porsche invented the hybrid car in 1899 to win races and it worked. nuclear submarines are hybrids and they are pretty powerful. "hybrid" and performance are not an oxymoron.

        Porsche wants to show that cars can be eco friendly and have performance at the same time.
      • 4 Years Ago
      generic complaint about VW diluting Porsche and forcing them to build rebadged Golfs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      what are the rims on the 918 made out of?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have a feeling that this will cost much more than the 458 italia or the mp4-12c...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe we will get lucky and it will be the Boxster replacement at $40,000.
        • 4 Years Ago
        of course it will cost more , it's the new CGT , i'd guess around $450k.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Freaking Awesome :D
      • 4 Years Ago
      Curious how they are using a high-revving V8 instead of the turbo-6. I mean, they already have a 500hp H6, which should get better mileage than the V8. Why develop this new V8? Packaging?

      Anyone have any guesses on this?
        • 4 Years Ago
        My stupid guess is that since this is inspired by the Carrera GT (a least the design bit) it would make sense to make an new engine or a least a bigger one than the 6 thats in 911s, since Carrera GT had a brand new v10 when it was introduced. Don't really have an answer but great question. Or another stupid guess is that Porsche is hinting a spawning of new v8s going soon with this car?
        • 4 Years Ago
        this is not a new V8 , it's the V8 from the RS Spyder :

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porsche_RS_Spyder

        turbo engines don't rev very high. this engines revs up to 9200 RPM , higher revs means it is a better electric generator, the batteries recharge faster.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Its to bad the faster you charge batteries you decrease the life of the batteries over a more healthy slower charge. The problems I see coming from this.

        1) People who do drive it will end up paying big everyone 5-10 years to replace the battery.

        2) People who do not drive it will end up with a giant dead battery that they would need to trickle charge for months or years depending on their driving habits of their vehicles just so they can go out and drive it.

        This car is practical for people who want it to be practical but nothing beats just having to fill your car with gas and not having to worry about a 15k dollar battery(I know people with exotic vehicles easily pay over 20k in maintenance yearly on a single vehicle. Well except for the Ford GT :P.). I wonder if they are using Ford's new battery design for stronger and lighter batteries or maybe even recreated the technology.

        Don't get me wrong still wouldn't mind taking one out for a spin but don't think I would want to own one. I don't think we will see to many future supercars going the hybrid-electric route most likely just more efficient and better performing petroleum engines.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They certainly will wear out and need replacement, yes, but the way these batteries are designed and the way they are used (never depleted below 30% I think), it makes it too hard to know just how long they will last. So far, Prius batteries have lasted almost 10 years.

        And I don't understand your second point, but I do your first. Also, this is a Porsche, and this particular model will be quite collectible, so those who have it will be able to afford replacing it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ FordGTGuy , are you some kind of battery engineer ? they are coming with faster charging and longer lasting batteries constantly. batteries are a technology that evolves like any other technology. look at cell phone batteries , they recharge faster and last longer than the batteries in the old phones.

        this car will make it to production in a few years , who knows how much batteries will evolve in that time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        FordGTguy-
        Not all batteries have the same properties. In traditional lead-acid batteries, trickle-charging keeps battery life the longest, but is that the same with what batteries this car has? We dont' know exactly how these batteries will work. Hell, the Prius is 10 years old, how have those batteries held up in the first gen set?

        • 4 Years Ago
        @Noah

        I'm not completely sure but the batteries that power these hybrids usually work in the same way a normal car battery does and after a while it needs completely replaced as did the Ford Escape hybrids. Again were not exactly sure what this car uses but all batteries will die one way or another and faster charging does not help.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like how the Porsche informercial guy always stretches the last vowel of every sentence that makes him sound like a magician.
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