Porsche 918 Spyder – Parallel Hybrid Supercar

March 4th, 2010 by GreenDan Leave a reply »

Today the Geneva Motor Show opened its doors to everyone passionate about cars, especially the eco-friendly ones. With this in mind it would be interesting to mention that Porsche has presented its 918 Spyder concept supercar.

The German carmaker’s new vehicle resembles a Carrera GT. It is powered by a 500hp V8 engine, but it also has two electric motors that generate extra 218hp or 160KW.

The company’s press release says that in theory Porsche 918 Spyder can reach a speed of 62mph in 3.2 seconds, with the top speed being 198mph.

It is also worth mentioning that the vehicle is a parallel hybrid, which means that it can engage one of the two engines or use both. On electrons alone the 918 Spyder can travel 16 miles.

The car has 4 modes:

1. E-Drive – pure electric power.
2. Hybrid – both engines are used.
3. Sport Hybrid – just like the Hybrid mode it uses both engines but with more power going to the rear wheels.
4. Race Hybrid – the car shows everything it is capable of. According to Porsche, the Spyder can cross the Nordschleife* in less than 7:30 minutes).

*Nordschleife is a 20.8 km (12.9 miles) long section that was built back in 1927 and is today used for testing new vehicles.

[via Yahoo Cars]

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