Porsche 918 Spyder Revisited – Supercar Series

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The Porsche 918 uses a hybrid-carbonfibre construction, a 4.6L V8 combustion engine and a petrol-electric ‘plug-in’ powertrain.

Porsche 918

The electrified portion of the car consists of one permanently excited electric motor per axle, producing a maximum 210kW between them. While the rear motor-generator drives through the same seven-speed PDK transmission as the combustion engine, the front motor drives via a single speed and is deliberately under-geared to run out of revs and decouple at 265kph. Top speed is 345kph.

Porsche 918

0.6
secs to 100 kph

0
kph top speed (214 mph)

0.1
litres per 100 km

0
kW Power (887 hp)

Porsche 918

The fascia is covered in carbon and neatly sectioned off into two zones: a primary one for driver controls grouped around the steering wheel; and a secondary one dominated by the rising centre console. The gear selector is just behind the right-hand shift paddle. Likewise, the drive mode selector – sited on the tunnel in other Porsches – nestles on the bottom-right quadrant of the steering wheel.

Porsche 918

The Porsche has four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering delivering mechanical grip. In addition the on board computers decide how to best vector the per-axle power to each individual wheel, pushing and pulling the 918 around corners.

Porsche 918

Witness the record-shattering lap of the 918 Spyder on the Nordschleife.

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