2010 Geneva Motor Show: Porsche 918 Spyder Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 28, 2010

Porsche fans will surely be looking at the 918 Spyder Concept that will be displayed at the Geneva Motor Show. This concept is believed to be a replacement for Porsche's Carrera GT supercar that has been out of production for a few years now.

The car actually doesn't share many features with the previous supercar but similarly, it scores high points when it comes to modern technology and style.

The 918 Spyder Concept is equipped with a 6.2-liter V-8 engine and a hybrid drive system. It is believed that this is a preview of a new supercar that could arrive as early as a year or two from now.

There are concerns that its 9,200-rpm, 500-horsepower output and 78-mpg efficiency wouldn't be easy to deliver in a production car. The fact that it has a hybrid drive system doesn't mean that performance is limited. The car can get to 62mph in 3.2 seconds and it has a top speed of 198mph.

It is claimed to have a Nurburgring Nordschleife lap time of under 7:30, which makes it faster than the preceding Carrera GT. The electric motors, which are on the front and rear axles, contribute 218hp. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch unit, while the front wheels are driven by a fixed transmission ratio. There are four driving modes available.

First, there's the E-Drive, which maximizes efficiency by using electric power only for up to 16 miles. Meanwhile, the hybrid mode uses both systems in conjunction to deliver an efficient ride around town. Sport Hybrid mode uses Torque Vectoring to further improve the car's dynamics. Then there's the Race Hybrid mode, which maximizes the performance of both systems.

In RaceHybrid mode, the hybrid system becomes a push-to-pass system, which boosts power for overtaking. The exterior is made of lightweight materials.

Its interior has the benefit of being given the latest in Porsche design and features, hinting that the car will go into production. The 918 Spyder will be joined by two other Porsche hybrids in Geneva, including the Cayenne S Hybrid and the 911 GT3 R Hybrid racecar, which uses a F1-derived KERS kinetic hybrid system.

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