Porsche 918 Spyder to make its debut in the 2011 Nurburgring 24 Hour Race

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

As you may know already, back in March at the Geneva Motor Show, Porsche revealed the impressive 918 Spyder, a new concept car which previewed a successor to the Carrera GT supercar. Now the word is that Porsche will bring a pre-production version of the 918 Spyder at the Nurburgring 24 hour endurance race next year.

The German manufacturer already introduced this year the 911 GT3 R hybrid race car at this year's Nurburgring 24 Hour Race but it appears that with the new 918, Porsche wants to create a successor to the legendary 917 race car.

The 917 gave Porsche its first overall wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1970 and 1971. The concept version of the Porsche 918 Spyder is powered by a V8 engine capable to deliver 500 hp and a maximum engine speed of 9,200 rpm but also two electric motors, one on the front and one on the rear axle with an overall mechanical output of 218 horsepower (160 kW).

The car can accelerate to 100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds while the top speed is limited electronically to 320 km/h (198 mph). Porsche promises a lap time on the Nurburgring race track in less than 7:30 minutes, which means the 918 will be faster than the Porsche Carrera GT.

Amazingly, the Porsche 918 Spyder represents a fusion between high-tech racing features and electric-mobility. For instance, this new concept from Porsche is intended to perform just like a super sports car, with the ability to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in just under 3.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 320 km/h (198 mph).

Its performance was enough to post a lap time of less than 7:30 minutes on the Nordschleife of Nurburgring, which is faster than the Porsche Carrera GT. This ultra-compact city car concept, however, is intended to consume only three liters of fuel per 100 kilometers or around 78 mpg U.S., and emit just 70 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer.

Porsche 918 Spyder -- along with the new Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid SUV and the 911 GT3 R Hybrid race car -- features a hybrid drive and is scheduled to be unveiled to the world at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show.

These three models – the Porsche 918 Spyder sports car with plug-in hybrid technology; Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid SUV with parallel full-hybrid drive; Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid race car with electric drive on the front axle and a flywheel mass battery – underscore the super sports cars' status as a true pioneer in hybrid drive while exhibiting the depth of this new technology.

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