Porsche 918 Spyder 2015

September 19, 2013
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Porsche 918 Spyder 2015

Porsche 918 Spyder 2015

The Porsche 918 Spyder has top-mounted exhaust pipes in similar fashion to the flare launchers on the original 1966 Batmobile.

Not nearly as fascinating as what lies beneath the coupe’s carbon fiber skin.

The all-new supercar, arriving late next year, is the most complex vehicle Porsche has ever designed. The hybrid gasoline-electric exotic features a race-bred 4.6-liter V8 supplemented by two electric motors drawing power from a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack. It boots up like a computer, glides combustion-free like something out of a science-fiction movie and then ignites its fuel-fed engine to blast in excess of 200 mph.

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Porsche 918 Spyder 2015

The 918 Spyder’s existence is as significant as the Le Mans Porsche 917 and as technologically groundbreaking as the 1986 Porsche 959 – it suggests that hybrid supercars will not only prevail, they will dominate.

Porsche pulled the silk sheets off a fresh mid-engine concept at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. The all-new Porsche 918 Spyder promised unheard of hybrid performance and drop-dead gorgeous looks (it made more than a few grown men cry). A little more than two years later, we are sitting in the cockpit of a working prototype test car in the hot pits at the Nürburgring. Miracles do come true.

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Porsche 918 Spyder 2015 interior

It is the most technically advanced vehicle Porsche has ever screwed, welded, molded and bonded together.

 

Gone are the clear polycarbonate wheel covers (molten brake dust permanently scarred the material) and the side exhaust pipes (worldwide certification proved too difficult), but the styling of Porsche’s newest supercar remains mostly intact from what we observed in Switzerland. New additions include the aforementioned top-mounted exhaust (better packaging meant more effective thermal management), vents on the front quarter panels (dumping high pressure air out of the wheel wells) and magnesium wheels. Despite its work-in-progress state, our salivary glands went into overdrive when the grayscale Martini prototype (it goes full color when it’s done) pulled up.

As mentioned, the Porsche 918 Spyder is the most technically advanced vehicle Porsche has ever screwed, welded, molded and bonded together. To prevent brain overload, it is best digested in components.

 

Porsche 918 Spyder 2015

The chassis is constructed as a carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque tub interlocked with a CFRP unit carrier (the front and rear clips on the prototypes are aluminum, optimized for energy absorption in a crash, but that may change for production). There is integrated rollover protection and the removable carbon fiber Targa roof panels split into two pieces for storage in the sizable front trunk when not needed. As of now, curb weight is about 3,750 pounds with 43 percent of the mass on the front axle and 57 percent on the rear. The very low center of gravity, a requirement for optimal handling, is about even with the wheel’s center hubs.

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Curb weight is about 3,750 pounds with 43 percent of the mass on the front axle and 57 percent on the rear.

 

The suspension is a double-wishbone design up front, with a multi-link configuration in the rear. An electro-pneumatic lift system (for raising the vehicle when approaching inclines) will be optional. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), the automaker’s adaptive suspension acting on the twin-tube gas-pressure dampers both front and rear, is standard.

Cayenne Turbo parts bin, are 16.1 inches in diameter (1.4 inches thick) up front, and 15.4 inches in diameter (1.3 inches thick) in the rear. They are clamped by custom-made six- and four-piston aluminum monobloc calipers, respectively. The standard wheels are single-lug forged aluminum, in staggered sizes front and rear. Up front are 9.5×20-inch wheels wearing 265/35ZR20 tires while the rears are 12.5×21-inch wrapped in 325/30ZR21 rubber. The Porsche 918 Spyder Tires are formed with a custom compound and molded with asymmetrical tread, made by Michelin in France.

 

Porsche 918 Spyder 2015

 

Porsche 918 Spyder
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Overview
Manufacturer Porsche
Production 2015-Limited production series (918 units)
Designer Michael Mauer
Body and chassis
Class Sports car (Spyder)Racing car (RSR)
Body style 2-door roadster (Spyder)2-door coupé (RSR)
Layout Mid-engine, all wheel drive
Powertrain
Engine 4.6 L V8 delivering 616 PS (453 kW; 608 hp) @ 8,500 rpm with two electric motors delivering 283 PS (208 kW; 279 hp), total power equaling 887 hp.
Transmission 7-speed PDK dual-clutch
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,730 mm (107.5 in)
Length 4,643 mm (182.8 in)
Width 1,940 mm (76.4 in)
Height 1,167 mm (45.9 in)
Kerb weight 1,700 kilograms (3,700 lb) or 1640 kg (3616 lb) with the optional Weissach package.
Chronology
Predecessor Porsche Carrera GT
Successor TBA

 

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