Porsche 918 Spyder had a dynamic debut at Goodwood

Article by Anita Panait, on July 17, 2013

The Porsche 918 Spyder super sports car had a dynamic debut at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed last weekend. The Porsche 918 Spyder offered a glimpse of the performance potential of its hybrid drivetrain by having a demonstration run up the Goodwood Hill. The super sports car combines pedigree motor racing technology with outstanding everyday versatility and merges maximum performance with minimum fuel consumption.

Porsche designers developed and designed the 918 Spyder around a highly efficient and powerful hybrid drive, aiming to create the super sports car for the next decade.

As a result, Porsche was able to create a sports car that boasts of superb performance that does not compromise efficiency – highlighting the true potential of the hybrid drive.

This attitude is what made the Porsche 911 the most successful sports car in the world for 50 years. The 918 Spyder carries the engineering and design DNA for the Porsche sports cars of the future.

918 Spyder has been designed, developed and produced by Porsche engineers who build race cars, in collaboration with series production specialists. Insight gained from the development of Porsche entries for the Le Mans 24 hours in 2014 has been integrated into the 918 Spyder, and vice versa. For instance, the 918 Spyder is built using a rolling chassis as its basis.

Likewise, the concept of the V8 engine is based from the LMP2 RS Spyder race car. Another race car feature of the 918 Spyder is that its load-bearing structures are made of carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP). A number of parts of the 918 Spyder are sourced from companies that have a proven record as suppliers for motorsport vehicles.

The Porsche 918 Spyder is a manifestation of the Porsche idea’s essence, wherein pedigree motor racing technology combines with exceptional everyday suitability, and where maximum performance combines with minimum consumption. The 918 Spyder debut at the IAA 2013 signals the beginning of a whole new chapter in the hybrid drive’s future.

It is not just the technology pioneers who are excited about this flagship project, with the 918 Spyder demonstrating the hybrid drive’s potential to a degree that has never been seen before, achieving parallel improvement in performance and fuel efficiency. This idea is what made Porsche 911 the world's most successful sports car for the past five decades. In short, the Porsche 918 Spyder possesses the genetic blueprint needed for the future Porsche sports car.

Furthermore, the 918 Spyder was influenced greatly by its motorsport affiliations. Several Porsche race car developments for the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans have been applied to the 918 Spyder, then vice versa. A standard for all Porsche race cars is a structural concept based on a rolling chassis. Moreover, the V8 engine's design is based on the engine used in the Le Mans Prototype 2 race car -- RS Spyder.

Meanwhile, the supporting monocoque structures as well as the unit carriers have been made from CFRP or carbon fiber reinforced plastic. However, more importantly, the 918 Spyder is more fuel efficient compared to its competitors. This plug-in hybrid joins together race car performance with an over 880 bhp output and an estimated NEDC fuel usage of only three liters per 100 km, lower than most current compact cars. You can therefore enjoy utmost driving pleasure with the least amount of fuel consumed.

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