Porsche 918

Porsche 918

The Porsche 918 Spyder has become an extremely sought-after supercar, and considering that it’s still in its prototype stages, it’s become one of the most highly anticipated ones too.

Now we know how automakers are careful with divulging too much with their prototype models so they resort to the tried-and-tested method of dressing these models up in camouflage. Porsche has obviously done this on numerous occasions, but for the 918 Spyder, they’re taking a slightly different route.

Together with long-time partner Martini Racing , the German automaker has revisited the iconic Martini Porsche race cars by dressing up the 918 Spyder Prototype in the legendary Martini livery.
Development of the Porsche 918 Spyder is still ongoing with the car now moving its extensive testing phase to the Nurburgring. Apparently, riding around one of the most famous tracks in the world has conjured up nostalgic emotions and the result is one of the most awesome liveries to ever be dressed on a Porsche.

Hit the jump for more information on the Porsche 918 Spyder Martini Racing Prototype.

Porsche 918 Spyder

It’s only been a few days since we brought out a series of spy shots of the upcoming 918 Spyder wearing a very cool Martini Racing livery, and today it’s time for another testing session. Judging by the photos, this prototype was testing somewhere in Spain, and lucky for us, our spy photographers were able to take some pretty cool images of the interior, as well as more shots of the cool "Martini Hippie" livery previously used in the 917 race cars.

The first thing we noticed is the enormous center console that seems to be inspired by the console found in the Carrera GT , but it also gets a large LCD screen in the middle. A few dials and control interfaces are visible below the screen, but it’s clear that the large screen will be a touch screen.

Porsche has tried to keep everything camouflaged, but it’s also obvious there will be plenty of carbon fiber used for the upcoming supercar’s interior. Spy shots also reveal a red indicator that shows what gear the car is in and a few gauges that help the driver be in control of his vehicle. The sports seats also reveal the "918 Spyder " logo stitched into the headrest, but we bet the final product will look completely different. The tachometer appears to have a 9000rpm redline, and the word "Charge" also appears on it, while aluminum paddles complete the look.

As a reminder, the 918 Spyder will be powered by a 570 HP 4.7 liter V8 engine combined with two electric motors. The front motor is rated at 107 HP and the rear motor at 121 HP. With nearly 800 HP, the supercar will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds and will go up to a top speed of over 200mph.

Just the other day, we were able to snag a spy video of the upcoming Porsche 918 Spyder at the Nurburgring race track in Germany, but now it looks like the hybrid sports car has found its way to Valencia, Spain where not one, but three 918 Spyder prototypes were caught testing. One of the three prototypes appear to be the exact prototype our spy photographers caught testing at the Nurbrugring, but the addition of two other prototypes means that Porsche is extensively testing their next halo car before launching it on the market in September 2013.

The production version of the 918 Spyder will combine a race-derived 4.6-liter V8 engine with two electric motors for a total output of 762 HP and 552 lb-ft of torque. On the US market, the model will be priced at $845,000 and the European market will be able to snag it up for 645,000 Euro. The only problem is that there will only be 918 units of the Spyder built and they are already sold out!

A few days ago, we brought you a new series of spy shots for the upcoming Porsche 918 Spyder and today, two new videos have popped up that show the car in action at the famous Nurburgring race track. These two videos may be short, but they do provide a good idea as to how cool the 918’s engine sounds.

As a reminder, the 918 Spyder will be powered by a race-derived 4.6-liter V8 engine combined with two electric motors for a total output of 762 HP and 552 lb-ft of torque. The model will be offered with "spectacular solutions such as a full carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque with unit carrier, fully adaptive aerodynamics, adaptive rear-axle steering, and the upward-venting ’top pipes’ exhaust system." Sales will begin at the end of 2013 at a starting price of $845,000.

Hit the jump for the second video.

With Volkswagen buying out the rest of Porsche , there are definitely some changes afoot, but for the most part, the changes are going to be the same as we have known since before the buyout, err, “corporate restructuring.” The production line, fortunately, will not change under the new ownership, and we felt it was time to outline what Porsche has in store for us in the coming years.

The Pajun has been one of the most on-and-off models recently, as was the baby Boxster . The baby Boxster is all but eliminated from consideration, but the Pajun looks to be a distant possibility. Also in design and testing phase are the 918 Spyder and Macan models.

In planning we have “Project 960 ,” which is Porsche’s potential answer to Ferrari. This is far and away the most intriguing of the group, as it’s something that Porsche has lacked since its inception.

While many Porsche enthusiasts may complain about their beloved automaker expanding its lineup, it is clear that this expansion is to allow the super-exclusive automaker to hit its goal of 200,000 new vehicle sales by 2018. That is a rather lofty goal, but with controlled lineup expansion and no reduction in quality, this is attainable.

Click past the jump to read a more detailed summary on all of Porsche’s upcoming plans.

Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche ’s next halo car, the 918 Spyder , just got done running some laps at the Nürburgring for the first time, and lucky for us, our spy photographers were right there to take advantage of the glorious opportunity. As you can see, this prototype went from the classic black exterior paint to a very cool white combined with some Martini stickers - a first for the 918.

The Porsche 918 Spyder will be powered by a race-derived 4.6-liter V8 engine combined with two electric motors for a total output of 762 HP and 552 lb-ft of torque. The model will be offered with "spectacular solutions such as a full carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque with unit carrier, fully adaptive aerodynamics, adaptive rear-axle steering, and the upward-venting “top pipes” exhaust system." For interested customers, Porsche will also be offering a Race Track package .

The new Porsche 918 Spyder is set to be unveiled in September 2013 with the first deliveries to be made by the end of the same year. The model will be priced at $845,000 in the U.S., but only 918 units will be produced.

Porsche 918 Spyder

Customers still have to wait more than a year until the Porsche 918 Spyder arrives on the market, but at this point, we know pretty much everything there is to know about the future hybrid supercar. Here’s another tidbit to add to the bunch: Autocar is reporting that the next 918 Spyder will be offered with a very cool Race Track package - sold at a premium price.

This package comes with a stripped-out interior and the option of being delivered paint-bare (no paint), details that will reduce the total weight by about 30 kilos/66 lbs. Porsche hopes that about 20% of all the 918 units to be sold will be ordered with this package.

The 918 Spyder will be powered by a race-derived 4.6-liter V8 engine combined with two electric motors for a total output of 762 HP and 552 lbs-ft of torque. The model will be priced at $845,000.

Source: Autocar
Chevrolet SS Performance

Both Chevrolet and Porsche have already confirmed the existence of the SS performance sedan and the 918 Spyder supercar respectively, but the details offered on both of these models are quite limited. Thank goodness for the internet because now we can tell you more about both models due to some new details that have popped up online!

As many probably know, the future Chevrolet SS will be built on the same architecture as the Camaro - an architecture that has already been thoroughly criticized for weighing too much. Chevrolet hopes to change that by working hard on reducing the total weight, a measure that will improve the car’s fuel efficiency, performance, and handling. In order to reduce the weight, Chevrolet will use high-strength steel, electric power steering, and lightweight suspension and interior components. The future SS will also benefit from new safety features like front-collision and blind-spot alert systems.

As for the Porsche 918 Spyder, recent tests proved the supercar can hit a top speed of 200 mph and can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in sub-3-second. Yep, that’s enough of an update for us!

We’re looking forward to finding out more on these two models, so stay tuned!

Source: USA Today
Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche has just dropped a series of new official details and images on their upcoming 918 Sypder , and while we were reading the press release, our spy photographers sent us a new set of spy shots of the upcoming supercar. We’re guessing these photos were taken in the same place the "official" spy shots were taken, but our images show the car from a few more angles.

The future 918 Spyder is set to be unveiled at the end of September 2013 as planned, with the first customers receiving their vehicles before 2013 is out. It will combine a 4.6 liter V8 of combustion engine and two independent electric motors – one on the front axle and one in the drive line, acting on the rear wheels - for a total output of more than 770 HP according to Porsche. However, if rumors are true, then this Porsche will be dishing out somewhere in the 800 HP area (570 HP from the V8 engine, 120 HP from the rear electric motor, and 110 HP from the front one). The hybrid supercar will also have an impressive fuel economy of 3 liter per 100 kilometers and Porsche says it will come with "spectacular solutions such as a full carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque with unit carrier, fully adaptive aerodynamics, adaptive rear-axle steering, and the upward-venting “top pipes” exhaust system. "

All of that gets us truly hyped about this hybrid monster, but the Porsche 918 Spyder will be priced in the $850K area and only 918 units will be built, so don’t expect to see it on every street corner.

In the past few days, talks about Porsche have stemmed around the fact that they reported a net profit of €37 million (about $48.2 million) despite the fact that they had sold the remaining 50.1% stake of their core sports-car business to Volkswagen which took off €4.37 billion (about $5.7 billion) off their bottom line. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that Porsche is doing rather well in their endeavors and will be doing even better once their future 918 Spyder hits the pavement.

There hasn’t been much talk about the company’s first plug-in hybrid model in awhile and even though it is still a year away from its official debut, a few journalists were able to jump into the passenger seat of a rough prototype to see what it can do, including the folks from Wired.com who were kind enough to share their images of the Mad Maxx-looking prototype.

As Porsche has already confirmed, the 918 Spyder production version will drop the concept’s 3.4 liter V8 engine in favor of a new 4.6 liter version based on the RS Spyder LMP2 race car. This engine will deliver a total of 570 HP and will be combined with three electric motors that will increase the total output to an impressive 770 HP. These numbers will be enough to get the car from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds and from 0 to 124 mph in less than 9 seconds. Top speed will sit at 202 mph, but when it is running solely on electricity, that top speed will jump down to 90 mph.

Source: Wired

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