Porsche 918 Spyder is even faster, beats its benchmark values

Article by Christian A., on November 18, 2013

Although the first specs of the Porsche 918 Spyder were already impressive, the German manufacturer announced today that its hybrid super sportscar is even faster. Fitted with the weight-optimised Weissach package, the Porsche 918 Spyder is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.6 seconds (-0.2 seconds), to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 7.2 seconds (-0.5 seconds) and 300 km/h (186 km/h) in 19.9 seconds (-2.1 seconds).

As you may know already, two electric motors on the front and rear axle power the 918 Spyder. These motors push the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.2 seconds, without producing any emissions. With the Weissach package fitted, the time is reduced to 6.1 seconds.

Moreover, the Porsche 918 Spyder featuring the Weissach package lapped the Nurburgring racetrack in 6:57 minutes. Despite its impressive performances, the 918 Spyder is certified to efficiency class A+.

With the Weissach package fitted, the vehicle has a NEDC fuel consumption amounts to 3.0 l/100 km (3.1 l/100 km without the Weissach package). CO2 emissions are only 70 g/km (72 g/km without the Weissach package). The level of energy consumption was determined to be 12.7 kWh/100 km during the approval cycle.

The Porsche 918 Spyder features a multi-link chassis inspired by motorsport design. Complementing this chassis are additional systems, such as the rear-axle steering (basically an electro-mechanical adjustment system for each rear wheel) and the PASM or Porsche Active Suspension Management adaptive shock-absorber system. This rear-axle steering adjustment system is speed-sensitive, giving steering angles up to three degrees for every direction.

Therefore, the rear axle can be steered in a similar direction as the front wheels or in the opposite. At low speeds, this adjustment system steers the car’s rear wheels in a direction opposite to the front wheels, thus shortening the wheelbase.

Cornering is thus made faster, more precise, and more direct, and the turning circle is reduced. Meanwhile, at higher speeds, the rear wheels are steered in a direction similar to the front wheels, thus lengthening the wheelbase and significantly increasing the stability of the rear end when quickly changing lanes. This results to an outstandingly stable and safe handling.

The tyres need optimum grip as well as razor-sharp handling on different road types. Moreover, they need to be durable, particularly on the racetrack, with the lowest possible rolling resistance. As a result, those who developed the Porsche 918 Spyder’s Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres were faced with a conflict of objectives. While working closely with engineers at Porsche, these Michelin tyre experts were able to impressively overcome this challenge.

During the testing period, 550 prototype tyres in total have been produced and tested. After all this, the 918 Spyder will be rolling out of the production facilities on exclusive Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres that are also specially tuned.

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