Porsche preparing a Race Track package for the 918 Spyder

Article by Christian A., on July 14, 2012

The Porsche 918 Spyder will get a Race Track package that reduces weight and boosts overall performance. The Porsche 918 Spyder already takes inspiration from race cars but then, the automaker thought about making a version that’s even more intense. It’s not surprising really since this is the same company that delivered the 911 GT3 RS, which is basically a street-legal race car.

Instead of increasing the power, this very expensive package is made lighter by removing items like the interior luxuries and the paint, reducing the overall curb weight by more than 60 lbs, according to Autocar.

The standard curb weight is likely to fall below 3,700 lbs, which isn’t too light but is still impressive, considering the electronics and batteries on board. Nevertheless, it wouldn’t be too much of a burden to get this vehicle moving, especially with its electric motors coupled to a 4.6-liter V8, resulting to an output of about 770 hp.

As a brand, Porsche has been known to follow the principle of equipping its vehicles with the best in motor racing technology and combining this with everyday practicality. In other words, they offer maximum performance but at minimum consumption. This is what the new 918 Spyder is all about. Once it officially makes its debut during the 2013 IAA, it will signal the beginning of a new chapter in how hybrid drives will be in the future.

Indeed, the 918 Spyder is mainly inspired by the brand’s experience in motorsport particularly with the developments that were implemented for a race car that was used during the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans.

For this new model, Porsche used a structural concept that has long been standard in the brand’s race cars which is the rolling chassis. For those not familiar, this refers to a chassis that does not involve the bodywork. The V8 engine that powers the 918 Spyder is based mainly on the one inside the RS Spyder, which itself is a Le Mans Prototype 2.

For the supporting monocoque structures, Porsche made sure to use carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic or CFRP. While technology pioneers are indeed excited about the new 918 Spyder, they are not the only ones to feel that way. The reason is that this latest offering from Porsche is expected to showcase what a hybrid drive can still do, something no one has seen before.

Specifically, it can deliver excellent performance and exceptional fuel efficiency, without any compromise on each one. In fact, this concept is the main reason why the Porsche 911 continues to be one of the world’s most successful sports cars for half a century. What this means is that the 918 Spyder has inside it the potential to be the sports car of the future.

There is no doubt that compared to its many rivals, the 918 Spyder is the most fuel efficient model. Despite having an output of at least 880 bhp, the plug-in hybrid has an NEDC fuel consumption of merely 3 liters per 100 km. That figure is even lower than that of many compact cars today. With the 918 Spyder, drivers get to experience maximum driving pleasure while guaranteed to have minimum fuel consumption.

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