under 3285 lbs
hp + 218 hp
under 4.6 lbs per hp
(from Porsche Press
Release) Porsche Presents 918 Spyder High-Performance Concept
Sports Car in Geneva
Stuttgart. Presenting a high-performance mid-engined concept sports
car with ultra-efficient, low-emission drive technology, Dr. Ing.
h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is further increasing the Company’s
competence in hybrid technology.
The 918 Spyder prototype combines high-tech racing features and
electro-mobility to offer a fascinating range of qualities: An
emission level of just 70 grams CO2 per kilometre on fuel
consumption of three litres/100 kilometres (equal to 94 mpg imp)
truly outstanding even for an ultra-compact city car, on the one
hand, combined with the performance of a super sports car and
acceleration from a standstill to 100 km/h in just under 3.2
seconds, top speed of 320 km/h (198 mph) plus, and a lap time on the
Nordschleife of Nürburgring in less than 7:30 minutes, faster than
even the Porsche Carrera GT, on the other.
The 918 Spyder is one of three Porsche models with hybrid drive
making their world debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. This trio –
made up of Porsche’s new Cayenne S Hybrid SUV with parallel
full-hybrid drive, the 911 GT3 R Hybrid racing car with electric
drive on the front axle and a flywheel mass battery, and the
two-seater high-performance 918 Spyder mid-engined sports car with
plug-in hybrid – clearly demonstrates not only the great bandwidth
of this new drive technology, but also the innovative power of
Porsche as a genuine pioneer in hybrid drive.
The highly innovative 918 Spyder concept car combines Porsche’s
Intelligent Performance technology, high-tech in motorsport, and
classic but modern design to make a truly convincing statement.
The Porsche 918 Spyder with plug-in hybrid provides the performance
of a thoroughbred super sports car on fuel consumption of just three
litres/100 kilometres in the New European Driving Cycle, equal to a
CO2 emission rating of 70 g/km.
This open two-seater is powered by a high-speed V8 developing more
than 500 bhp and running at maximum speed engine of 9,200 rpm as
well as electric motors on the front and rear axle with overall
mechanical output of 218 bhp (160 kW).
The V8 combustion engine is a further development of the highly
successful 3.4-litre power unit already featured in the RS Spyder
racing car and positioned midship in front of the rear axle, giving
the car the right set-up for supreme performance on the race track
through its good balance.
Power is transmitted to the wheels by a seven-speed Porsche-Doppelkupplungs-getriebe
also feeding the power of the electric drive system to the rear
axle. The front-wheel electric drive powers the wheels through a
firm transmission ratio.
The energy reservoir is a fluid-cooled lithium-ion battery
positioned behind the passenger cell. The big advantage of a plug-in
hybrid is that the battery can be charged on the regular electrical
network. A further point is that the car’s kinetic energy is
converted into electrical energy fed into the battery when applying
the brakes, thus providing additional energy for fast and dynamic
A button on the steering wheel allows the driver to choose among
four different running modes: The E-Drive mode is for running the
car under electric power alone, with a range of up to 25 km or 16
miles. In the Hybrid mode the 918 Spyder uses both the electric
motors and the combustion engine as a function of driving conditions
and requirements, offering a range from particularly fuel-efficient
all the way to extra-powerful.
The Sport Hybrid mode uses both drive systems, but with the focus on
performance. Most of the drive power goes to the rear wheels, with
Torque Vectoring serving to additionally improve the car’s driving
In the Race Hybrid mode the drive systems are focused on pure
performance with the highest standard of driving dynamics on the
track, running at the limit to their power and dynamic output. With
the battery sufficiently charged, a push-to-pass button feeds in
additional electrical power (E-Boost), for example when overtaking
or for even better performance.
With the hybrid drive system offering this wide range of individual
modes and applications, the 918 Spyder is able either to achieve lap
times comparable to those of a thoroughbred racing car – such as
less than 7:30 minutes on the Nordschleife of Nürburgring – or,
focusing on a more economical style of motoring, with a reduction in
emissions to just 70 grams of CO2 per kilometre.
Like the drivetrain, the lightweight body structure of the 918
Spyder also bears out the car’s DNA carried over directly from
motorsport: The modular structure with its monocoque bodyshell made
of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFP) and the appropriate use of
magnesium and aluminium not only reduce weight to less than 1,490 kg
or 3,285 lb, but also ensure supreme driving precision thanks to the
very high level of torsional stiffness.
Reminiscent of highly successful, legendary racing cars such as the
Porsche 917 Le Mans and the current Porsche RS Spyder, the 918
Spyder with its design concept so typical of Porsche arouses
powerful emotions. The combination of racing car dimensions, clearly
structured design with perfectly balanced surfaces, and innovative
details all round creates an overall pattern of aesthetic, perfectly
balanced harmony in design full of power and dynamics. This indeed
is the ideal synthesis of form and function following Porsche’s
The smooth balance of tradition and progress gives the car a
powerful stance on the road in its combination of dimensions.
Variable aerodynamics typical of Porsche ensure both visionary and
traditional highlights especially around the rear spoiler. The
striking rear hoods extending out of the headrests, in turn, not
only fulfil an aerodynamic function on the 918 Spyder, but also
accommodate retractable air intakes with a ram air function.
The driver and passenger are not only perfectly embedded in
contoured sports bucket seats, but also form part of the cockpit
with its synthesis of efficient function and ergonomic high-tech
operation offering an outlook at the interior architecture we may
possibly see in super sports cars of the future. The three
free-standing circular dials for road speed (left), engine speed
(middle) and energy management (right) would appear to come directly
from a racing car in the ‘60s, bearing out that unique philosophy of
driver orientation so characteristic of Porsche.
The centre console rising up towards the front in the 918 Spyder
houses a touch-sensitive surface for intuitive control of the car’s
functions, serving consistently to reduce the number of visible
controls and maintain the principle of direct operation.
The control units relevant to the driver are concentrated in
particular on the three-spoke multifunction sports steering wheel,
while the variable driving modes, again so typical of Porsche, are
supplemented by a map switch enabling the driver to call up various
drive programs and serving as the push-to-pass button for
E-boosting, for example when overtaking. Instrument illumination,
finally, varies from green for the consumption-oriented running
modes to red for the performance-oriented driving programs.
The 918 Spyder also comes with further innovative functions such as
the Range Manager. After being activated in the Center Display, the
Range Manager uses the map in the navigation system to present the
remaining range the car is able to cover, naturally allowing the
driver to influence that range through the appropriate choice of
power and performance. In cities with environmental alert areas the
Range Manager also states whether the driver is able to reach a
certain destination on electric power alone.
Applying this information and using further info on the availability
and location of special energy filling stations, the driver is then
able to choose his personal style of driving as well as the right
battery charge and filling strategy.
Offering a unique combination of extremely low fuel consumption,
supreme performance and long electric range, the Porsche 918 Spyder
represents an essential milestone in Porsche’s strategy on the way
to genuine electro-mobility.