Porsche 918 Spyder shows up in Martini Racing livery

Article by Christian A., on August 1, 2012

To sustain the interest in Porsche’s upcoming 918 Spyder, the automaker has released several full color photos of this model decked out in full Martini Racing livery. The previous spy photos of the 918 were in black and white. Throughout those years, Martini (which served as the official racing partner of Porsche between 1973 and 1978) has become immortalized.

It first made a mark in the racing livery history books when the brand’s colors decorated the Porsche 917 when it triumphed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1971. Porsche is currently conducting tests on the 918 at the Nurburgring where it has achieved its target of surpassing a 7:22 lap time.

It doesn’t beat any records and it’s even four seconds off the pace of Porsche’s own GT2 RS but it would be a record for a production hybrid car. The 918 uses electric motors at every axle.

It will be equipped with a V8 engine that delivers a total system output of 770 hp as well as an impressive 78 mpg. Porsche divulged that there’s a new partnership to make the livery available on the 918 Spyder for customers. This partnership raises doubts of how far this deal will go. Porsche is planning a LMP1 entry at Le Mans in 2014.

The 918 Spyder embraces the Porsche essence, combining its motor racing pedigree technology with outstanding everyday fitness and maximised performance with minimal consumption. The 918 Spyder’s debut at the IAA 2013 demonstrates the beginning of a new era in the outlook of the hybrid drive.

And the technological innovators are not the only people excited by this flagship development, as the 918 Spyder establishes the possibility of hybrid drives to an extent like never before, reaching an analogous advance in both fuel economy and execution without conceding on them. This idea was the one that made the Porsche 911 the most popular sports car globally for the past five decades. And now, the 918 Spyder has the genetic design for the future of the Porsche sports car.

The Porsche racing affiliations tremendously influenced the 918 Spyder. Many of the improvements to the Porsche racer for the 2014 24-hour Le Mans were applied to the 918 Spyder and vice-versa. The structure’s concept, based on a rolling chassis (a chassis that does not have bodywork), is universal for Porsche’s racing cars.

The V8 engine design is founded on the Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2), the RS Spyder, and the supporting structures and carriers fabricated from carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP). More significantly, the 918 Spyder offers substantially more fuel economy than all its competitors.

Actually, it is a plug-in hybrid that integrates race car performance with an output of more than 880 bhp with an approximate NEDC fuel use of only 3 L per 100 km, lower than most of today's compacts. So, drivers can enjoy maximised driving enjoyment and minimal fuel use.

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