Porsche to display 918 Spyder concept at Goodwood Festival

Article by Anita Panait, on June 29, 2012

After more than two years since its launch at the 2010 Geneva Show, the Porsche 918 Spyder concept is set to make its debut in the United Kingdom at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Due to its popularity even back then, the Porsche 918 Spyder concept was given the approval for production.

The Porsche 918 Spyder concept will be displayed at Porsche’s booth at the Moving Motor Show, giving the public a chance to see what Porsche Intelligent Performance could do in the future.

Porsche 918 Spyder concept is a hybrid car powered by a V8 petrol engine that provides over 500 hp and further aided by two electric motors that combine for at least 160 kW (218hp). The 918 Spyder concept is projected to travel 94 miles on a gallon of fuel, based on the NEDC.

The architecture of mid-engine Porsche 918 Spyder concept is inspired by the Carrera GT, Porsche 917 race car, as well as the RS Spyder. The production version of the open-top, two-seater 918 Spyder concept will feature a manual roof system with removable roof panels, which can be crammed in the front luggage compartment.

918 Spyder’s high-revving V8 engine is based on the racing engine of the successful Porsche RS Spyder. The Porsche RS Spyder’s engine is the main force behind the car’s multiple wins in the Michelin Green X Challenge in the American Le Mans Series and the Le Mans Series as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Similar to the drivetrain, the light exterior of the Porsche 918 Spyder validates the authenticity of its racing roots. The standard stance of the car with its body built with carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFP) with extensive amounts of aluminum and magnesium does not only cut the weight down to less than 1,490 kg, or 3,285 lb, but also guarantees superb driving accuracy all thanks to a great amount of rigidity.

A reminder of the super successful, well-renowned sports vehicles like the Porsche RS Spyder and the Porsche 917, the Porsche 918, with its unique design that is so Porsche in character stirs up positive feelings. The mix of sports car proportions, well-defined design with extremely balanced curves, and state-of-the-art details overall, produces a model combination of function and form - all based on the design that is signature to Porsche cars.

The fluid harmony of progress and design heritage gives the vehicle a strong stance when driving it. Flexible aerodynamics, which is a usual Porsche attribute, guarantees both traditional and innovative highlights particularly around the spoiler at the back. The stunning back hoods protruding out of the headrests, do not only satisfy an aerodynamic purpose on the 918, but also allows retractable air intakes that come together with a ram air function.

Innovative interior gives a vision of the future

The passenger and the driver are not only seated well in masterfully shaped seats but are also attached to the cockpit, which gives a functional combination of efficiency and ergonomic innovative operation. Also, the cockpit gives a vision of the possible interior structure of succeeding Porsche racing cars.

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