The Porsche 918 Spyder concept mates a 500-hp V8 with three electric motors in a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The 918 Spyder is one of three Porsche models with hybrid drive making their world debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. This trio, made up of Porsche’s new Cayenne S Hybrid SUV with parallel full-hybrid drive, the 911 GT3 R Hybrid race car with electric drive on the front axle and a flywheel mass battery, and the two-seater high-performance 918 Spyder mid-engine sports car with plug-in hybrid technology, clearly demonstrates not only the great bandwidth of this new drive technology of Porsche as a genuine pioneer in hybrid drive.
The highly innovative 918 Spyder concept car combines Porsche’s Intelligent Performance philosophy with the high technology from motorsport, with classic but modern design to make a truly convincing statement. This open two-seater is powered by a high-revving V8 developing more than 500 horsepower and a maximum engine speed of 9,200 rpm, as well as electric motors on the front and rear axle with overall mechanical output of 218 horsepower. This vehicle is intended to offer the performance of a super sports car with acceleration from a standstill to 60 mph in just under 3.2 seconds, top speed of 198 mph, and a lap time on the Nordschleife of Nurburgring in less than 7:30 minutes, faster than even the Porsche Carrera GT.
Sign me up for one of these super-hybrids!