Porsche to display racing-spec 918 Spyder Concept at 2011 Detroit Auto Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 6, 2011

For sure, many Porsche fans will be visiting its booth at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, especially with its recent confirmation that its new model will be “spectacular.” Porsche is currently working on several brand new models, including the production version of last year’s 918 Spyder Concept, a new entry-level sports car and compact SUV; however, these will not be released until several more years.

Rather, Porsche is expected to preview a model that won’t be for general sale but will be targeted at racing enthusiasts and professional motorsport teams.

An AutoBild report states that Porsche will preview a new customer race car in the form of a 918 Coupe.

Similar to the Audi R8 LMS and Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3, the 918 Coupe will be exclusively for track use and will be powered by a race-bred V-8 engine. It will have a new mid-engine platform intended for the upcoming production 918 Spyder, which will go on sale in 2014.

And instead of the 918 Spyder’s advanced hybrid drivetrain, it will feature a more conventional naturally aspirated mill. It is estimated to deliver about 600hp and its pricing is believed to range into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

By combining electric-mobility with a number of high-tech racing features, the Porsche 918 Spyder concept is able to deliver an attractive range of qualities. A good example of this is the planned 70 grams of CO2 per kilometer of emission with fuel consumption at 78 mpg U.S. or 3 liters for every 100 kilometers.

Despite being an ultra-compact city car, the figures are indeed more than outstanding. However, the Porsche 918 Spyder concept was also designed to be a super sports car with 320 km/h (198 mph) of maximum speed and an acceleration time from 0 to 100 km/h of not even 3.2 seconds.

Lap time done at the Nordschleife of Nurburgring has been measured to be even less than 7:30 minutes. This figure shows that it is even faster when compared to the Porsche Carrera GT. Porsche debuted three models with the hybrid drive during the 2010 Geneva Motor Show.

The first is, of course, the Porsche 918 Spyder with the other two being the Cayenne S Hybrid SUV and its parallel full-hybrid drive, and the 911 GT3 R Hybrid race car with the flywheel mass battery and the electric drive placed on its front axle.

In particular, the Porsche 918 Spyder is a two-seater car sports car with a mid-engine and plug-in hybrid technology. This shows the amazing bandwidth offered by the new drive technology as well as demonstrates that state-of-the-art power the brand is known for considering it is a pioneer in hybrid drive.

Equipped with the high-technology used in motorsport, the Porsche 918 Spyder manages to combine this with the brand’s Intelligent Performance philosophy. The result is a classic but modern design that gives a strong statement.

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