Porsche 918 Spyder prototypes are up and running offering a glimpse of what Porsche Intelligent Performance may be capable of in the future. Running Porsche 917 race liveries the 918 prototypes employ the combination of a combustion engine and a pair of independent electric motors – one on the front axle with the other acting on the rear wheels.
Designed as a sports car the 918 plug-in hybrid boasts cutting-edge technology which sees it excel both in the performance and fuel-saving departments. The 918 produces a combined power output of 566kW while fuel consumption is expected to be in the region of 3l/100km – quite astonishing for a performance-imbued sports car.
As a demonstrator, the 918 Spyder showcases other unique and cutting-edge technologies such as the full carbon fibre reinforced plastic monocoque, fully adaptive aerodynamics, rear axle steering and an upward-facing exhaust system.
The 918 Spyder will go into production at the end of September 2013 with the first customers receiving their vehicles before the end of that year.