Porsche 918 Spyder configurator is the ultimate online game

Article by Christian A., on September 20, 2013

The configurator for the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder has made its debut. The production model recently came out at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. Those who use the configurator will be able to choose from 12 exterior paint colors, three wheel options, and seven interior treatments. Liquid Metal Silver and Liquid Metal Chrome Blue are included in the options for exterior paint.

918 Spyder wheels painted in Platinum are also available. The 918 Spyder can also be fitted with leather interior in Onyx Black with piping in Acid Green. Other options include a cupholder, six-point seatbelts and a fire extinguisher. Buyers may pick up their vehicle at either the plant in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen or Leipzig.

Those who arrange for the Leipzig setup will receive professional supervision during three hours of track time. The configurator doesn’t indicate the pricing. However, Porsche has made an earlier announcement that the plug-in hybrid will have a starting price of $845,000 when it starts selling later this year.

Porsche sources said that the base 918 Spyder can easily surpass the $1 million mark if it adds 10 high-end options. Porsche also offers other exciting options, including: a luggage set with a price tag of $19,900, $63,000 Liquid Metal Chrome Blue or Silver paint and six-point seatbelts worth $3,600. For sure, enthusiasts will be excited about the 770hp 918 Spyder -- the most exclusive plug-in hybrid in the world.

The V8 engine is integrated to the hybrid module as the Porsche 918 Spyder is created as a parallel hybrid like Porsche's present hybrid models. The hybrid module basically includes a 115-kW electric engine and a decoupler that fills in as the link with the combustion engine. Due to its parallel hybrid configuration, the 918 Spyder can be fueled at the rear axle either individually by the combustion engine or the electric motor, or through the two drives together. As is standard for a Porsche super sportscar, the power unit assembly in the 918 Spyder has been put in front of the rear axle, and it doesn't have a direct mechanical link to the front axle. A seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission manages power transmission to the rear axle.

Independent all-wheel drive: Front axle with electric engine

There is a new independent electric engine that produces around 95 kW of energy at the front axle. The front electric drive unit controls the wheels at a fixed gear ratio. A decoupler decouples the electric engine at high speeds to keep the engine from over-revving. The drive torque is separately controlled for every axle, generating an extremely responsive all-wheel drive function with significant potential as far as traction and dynamic performance go.

Lithium-ion battery with plug-in charging system

The electric energy for the electric engines is stored by a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery consisting of 312 individual cells with an energy content of roughly seven kilowatt hours. The battery in the Porsche 918 Spyder has a performance-situated design regarding both power charging and yield, allowing it to satisfy the performance necessities of the electric engine. The power limit and operating existence of the lithium-ion traction battery rely upon several factors, including thermal conditions. This is the reason why the 918 Spyder's battery is liquid-cooled by a devoted cooling circuit. The international warranty period for the traction battery is seven years.

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