918 Spyder Prototypes Commence Trials

May 17th, 2012 by Karen Joy Provo

The Porsche 918 Spyder is on the road. Porsche has taken the driving trials of the super sports car of the future a step further with completion of the initial prototypes. The 918 Spyder will go into production at the end of September 2013 as planned, with the first customers receiving their vehicles before 2013 is out. “What we are doing with the 918 Spyder is redefining driving fun, efficiency and performance,” said Wolfgang Hatz, Member of the Executive Board Research and Development of Porsche AG.

The prototypes, their camouflage harking back to historical Porsche 917 racing cars, signal the final touches to the 918 Spyder. The focus is on the interplay between the highly sophisticated individual drive components. The combination of combustion engine and two independent electric motors – one on the front axle and one in the drive line, acting on the rear wheels – poses completely new demands on the development of the operating strategies. “They are therefore a critical component in this vehicle into which we have put all of our expertise and capacity for innovation,” said Wolfgang Hatz. These operating strategies and the development of the software to go with them are one of Porsche’s core competences. Both of them have a major influence on the extreme driving fun to be had with the 918 Spyder and they make possible a unique combination of minimal fuel consumption and maximum performance. The initial results of the driving trials are in line with the high expectations placed on the 918 Spyder.

The super sports car is designed as a plug-in hybrid vehicle combining a high-performance combustion engine with cutting-edge electric motors for extraordinary performance: on the one hand, the dynamics of a racing machine boasting more than 770hp, on the other hand, fuel consumption in the region of three litres per 100 kilometres. Moreover, Porsche is breaking yet more new ground with the technology demonstrator with spectacular solutions such as the full carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque with unit carrier, fully adaptive aerodynamics, adaptive rear-axle steering and the upward-venting “top pipes” exhaust system. In the process, the 918 Spyder is offering a glimpse of what Porsche Intelligent Performance may be capable of in future.

Porsche using three electric Boxsters for testing

July 27th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Porsche is rapidly ramping up its vehicle electrification program, ranging from the top-level plug-in hybrid 918 Spyder concept and the 911 GT3R Hybrid racer to the new Cayenne hybrid that has now entered production. But the latest addition to the electric drive program is a group of three experimental Boxsters that are all electric.

Porsche is keeping closed lips on these new Boxsters for now and no technical details have been released. The Boxster prototypes will be used to test the new electric drivetrain systems as well as see what infrastructure is required to facilitate them. It’s no secret that Porsche is interested in a production version of the 918 Spyder and is likely using these Boxsters to evaluate the battery systems, along with the motors and power electronics.

Porsche shows off 918 Spyder hybrid in video

April 7th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The Porsche 918 Sypder was one of the biggest surprises of last month’s Geneva Motor Show and proved extremely popular with the visiting masses (read news item). After such a warm reception Porsche has signaled an intent to put the hybrid sportscar into production.

To back up the plan, Porsche has unveiled a new advertising campaign, calling the sportscar “The future of motorsport and series production.” To accompany this new marketing, Porsche has released a new video that offers a bit more information about its latest machine.

It’s an interesting video and worth a look, to check it out click on the link below. Continue reading “Porsche shows off 918 Spyder hybrid in video” »