First fully road legal prototypes of Porsche 918 Spyder commence trials

Article by Andrew Christian, on May 15, 2012

It’s not a secret that Porsche is working hard its next supercar, the 918 Spyder, right? Today, the German manufacturer revealed some photos in order to see in what level of development is the new car. As you can see from the photos, the design is almost finished but customers will have to wait some more, as the 918 Spyder will go into production at the end of September 2013 and the first buyers will receive their cars by the end of 2013.

The 918 Spyder prototypes were “dressed” like the historical Porsche 917 racing cars but the new vehicle promises to offer a lot more, such as a combination of a combustion engine (V8) and two independent electric motors, one on the front and one in the drive line, acting on the rear wheels.

The Porsche 918 Spyder is expected to deliver a total output of 770 hp and an impressive fuel consumption of three litres per 100 kilometres. Furthermore, the 918 Spyder will feature full carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque with unit carrier, fully adaptive aerodynamics, adaptive rear-axle steering and the upward-venting “top pipes” exhaust system.

“What we are doing with the 918 Spyder is redefining driving fun, efficiency and performance,” said Wolfgang Hatz, Member of the Executive Board Research and Development of Porsche AG.

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