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Old 03-01-2010, 05:53 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid concept

Autoblog: Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid concept







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The 918 Spyder concept combines high-tech racing features with electric-mobility to offer a fascinating range of qualities. For example, it is planned to provide an emission level of just 70 grams of CO2 per kilometer on fuel consumption of only three liters/100 kilometers (equal to approximately 78 mpg U.S.), which is truly outstanding, even for an ultra-compact city car. This car, however, is intended to offer the performance of a super sports car with acceleration from a standstill to 100 km/h in just under 3.2 seconds, top speed of 320 km/h (198 mph), and a lap time on the Nordschleife of N ̧rburgring in less than 7:30 minutes, faster than even the Porsche Carrera GT.



Innovative powertrain combines race-bred V8 engine with electric drive
This open two-seater is powered by a high-revving V8 developing more than 500 horsepower and a maximum engine speed of 9,200 rpm ñ as well as electric motors on the front and rear axle with overall mechanical output of 218 horsepower (160 kW).



Power is transmitted to the wheels by a seven-speed Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) transmission that feeds the power of the electric drive system to the rear axle. The front-wheel electric drive powers the wheels through a fixed 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 carís kinetic energy is converted into electrical energy fed into the battery when applying the brakes, thus providing additional energy for fast and dynamic acceleration.

Driver's choice of four distinct driving modes
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 carís driving dynamics.

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), 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, or the extremely low emissions and high fuel economy figures of a plug-in hybrid.
Hot. The future of the automotive world will be different yet still very exciting, I think.
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Old 03-01-2010, 06:10 PM   #2
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The perfect vehicle for the automotive enthusiast of the future. I like it.
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Old 03-01-2010, 06:20 PM   #3
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Hot
agreed.
It looks like a classic LeMans racer. Absolutely love it!
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Old 03-01-2010, 06:28 PM   #4
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Oh sweet mama! That is gorgeous.
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Old 03-01-2010, 07:24 PM   #5
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That is gorgeous.
I said that out loud when I saw the picture, "Oh my god that is f***ing gorgeous" to be exact.
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Old 03-01-2010, 07:30 PM   #6
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Tesla eat your heart out!

Too bad I could never justify purchasing either...
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Old 03-01-2010, 08:50 PM   #7
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so all the 'turbo boost' buttons from the 70's & 80's will finally come true.

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Old 03-01-2010, 08:58 PM   #8
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holy hell!
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Old 03-01-2010, 09:10 PM   #9
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Sadface, I thought this was the 40k baby boxster when I saw the pic. It looks awsome but seems like a concept for a new flagship.
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Old 03-01-2010, 09:15 PM   #10
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That thing is Beautiful. Unfortunately it looks like it is supposed to be something Very High End in the Porsche Line-Up (like the replacement for the Porsche Carrera GT). I'm curious to see how the pricing works out for this thing once it is released.
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Old 03-01-2010, 10:21 PM   #11
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It's like all they do at Porsche is...

Porsche Designer "Hey, let's just squash the 911 a little and make the vents bigger."

...And the end result is effing wicked.

I guess that's what happens when you take a design that has stood the test of time and make small tweaks instead of trying to reinvent everything, year after year.
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Old 03-01-2010, 10:31 PM   #12
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After I've picked my jaw up off the floor. This thing could help Porsche stay in the US with the CAFE crap.
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Old 03-01-2010, 10:53 PM   #13
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I read in another article this is perhaps the platform to be used for the Carrera GT replacement. So supercar price territory if/when it's built.
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Old 03-01-2010, 10:59 PM   #14
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That is one sexy car!
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The sexiest car I have ever laid eyes on.
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:36 PM   #16
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Finally a Prius I would buy.
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:49 PM   #17
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I LOVE it!!!!!
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:59 PM   #18
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Damn fine looking car indeed... Front end reminds me of an F430, especially those air ducts.
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Love it.

Nice side mirrors
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Damn fine looking car indeed... Front end reminds me of an F430, especially those air ducts.

Hmmm...me thinks it is supposed to remind one of a Porsche 917.
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Old 03-02-2010, 03:35 PM   #21
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this just made my day. I needed a new hot porsche to drool over.
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Old 03-02-2010, 06:53 PM   #22
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Cool video but the voice over needs more, at at least a German accent.

The voice didn't fit at all.
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