If Porsche decided to build a production version of the new 918 Spyder, then there would most likely be a GT1 version of it. Now, let’s take that idea a step further to say that if a production version were to be revealed in 2012, the GT1 version (or the 918 RSR) would come out in 2013. How’s that for a timeline?
The 918 RSR model will race the same competitions as the classical 917 race car. It will drop the electric motors, but will retain the KERS and the 500hp V8. Since the GT1 regulates no more than 600hp, Porsche may remove air-restrictors from the engine to boost the output to 600hp. The "918 RSR" will be able to hit a top speed of 200mph and will make the 0 to 60 mph sprint in than 3.0 seconds.
It will feature a wider track, redesigned front and rear diffusers, as well as a fixed hard-top roof and a huge rear wing. The liveries on these images were created based off of the classic Porsche liveries and designed to compete in the GT1 class.
The incredible part to this rendering is that it was created by a 13-year-old who just so happens to be a Porsche fanatic. Yeah, the artist is 13. Nice job, kid!
Porsche unveiled the Porsche 918 Spyder concept car at the Geneva Motor Show back in March. It was a mid-engined two-seater that combined the performance of a super-sports car with the CO2 emissions of a small compact. Shortly after, Porsche announced plans to build a production version, but they had only 900 customers interested in the car which was about 100 order short of their goal number. This made the decision on sending the Porsche to production a difficult one. However, it seems that the ProConcept voters are still trying to win over consumers to get the orders needed because the German magazine, Auto Motor Und Sport, reported today that Porsche will unveil a pre-production version at the 2011 Nurburgring 24 Hour Race.
At the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, Porsche surprised us with the 918 Spyder. At the official launch, the company announced that whether or not people showed interest in the car would determine if they built it or not. Well, we think people are interested considering there are almost 900 potential buyers for the 918 Spyder hybrid prototype. Unfortunately, in an interview at the Beijing Auto Show, Wolfgang Duerheimer had said that they expected 1000 orders: "I’m confident that we will soon reach the threshold of 1,000," he said in the April 24 interview. "We need 1,000 seriously interested people to make a sound business case."
The 918 Spyder is powered by a V8 engine delivering more than 500 hp and three electric motors with an overall output of 218hp. The engine emits just 70 grams of CO2 per kilometer and has a fuel consumption of just 3.0 liters/100 kilometers (94 mpg imp). Despite this, the car’s performances are impressive: the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just under 3.2 seconds, top speed of 198 mph, and a lap time on the Nordschleife of Nürburgring in less than 7:30 minutes, faster than even the Porsche Carrera GT.
Of course, apparently, it will take a minimum of 100 more orders for the scales to tip in favor of producing this impressive collaboration of speed and environmental friendliness. Any opinions on this particular predicament? Let us know.
Yes, we know the Spyder Concept has already been revealed at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. That little bit of information, however, will not stop us from showing you yet another rendering of the Spyder especially when it is accompanied by a racing version. The first rendering provided to us illustrates a toned down version of the concept set for production which, realistically, does not provide a different picture than the unveiled Spyder Concept. The second rendering, however, shows us what a racing version of the Spyder could look like. Porsche has been known to produce an RS version of all their vehicles after the original has seen production for a few years and we think that this image may well be what the racecar may look like. Most notably, the artist has added a sleek hardtop and a massive rear spoiler to the racer as well as a more complex body kit.
If Porsche does decide to come out with an RS version of the Spyder Concept, we can only imagine that they will drop the hybrid engine for a more powerful piece of machinery that will send this beautifully commanding vehicle straight through the finish line.
Hit the jump for a look at what could be the next RS version in Porsche’s line.
After a resoundingly successful debut at the Geneva Motor Show, Porsche is now toying with the idea of building a production version of the 918 Spyder Concept. First things first, though, the company is making sure that in the event they do push through, they’d want to make a solid business case first.
There have been rumors going around that Porsche is in talked with a number of its dealers in the hopes of figuring out whether the 918 Spyder Concept has a home in any of their dealerships. According to Wolgang Durheimer, Porsche’s chief of research and design, a positive customer feedback is the most important thing to consider and that Porsche is reaching for a benchmark of somewhere around the neighborhood of 1,000 firm orders before it decides that the 918 Spyder Concept is primed and ready for the production block.
Just as the sky is blue and the grass is green, the Porsche 918 Spyder that was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show recently was a sensation to anybody lucky enough to have caught a glimpse of it. Now for those who were so thoroughly impressed with the concept, we have some pretty wonderful news to share. According to some insiders, the 918 Spyder will go on sale sometime in the next 5 years.
According to Porsche officials, most of whom seem to be on the same page regarding this issue:"There is no one inside Porsche who doesn’t want to build the 918. The response has been marvellous; we will ask buyers to sign letters of intent. The 918 Spyder provides the answer to whether there can be high-performance hybrid sports cars in the future. While most have expressed skepticism with this scenario, the Porsche 918 Spyder is proof to the contrary; high-performance hybrid sports cars have a place in the future of the auto industry."
The 918 Spyder is powered by a V8 engine delivering more than 500 hp and three electric motors with overall output of 218hp. The engine emits just 70 grams CO2 per kilometer and has a fuel consumption of just 3.0 liters/100 kilometers (94 mpg imp). Despite all of this, the car’s performances are impressive: the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just under 3.2 seconds, top speed of 198 mph, and a lap time on the Nordschleife of Nürburgring in less than 7:30 minutes, faster than even the legendary Porsche Carrera GT.
In all the years of the LeMans 24-hours race, there has never been a hybrid race car that has participated in one of the most gruelling races in the world. But that doesn’t mean that we’ll never get to see one.
If the Geneva Motor Show has taught us anything, it’s that even the high-powered exotic brands are slowly focusing more of their attention on developing hybrid cars. Porsche, Lamborghini, and Ferrari were among those that even unveiled hybrid sports cars during the auto show, showing that maybe the dawn of the hybrid race car is now upon us.
You know that your concept car has become a hit when it doesn’t take more than a week before somebody already has a digital rendering cooking up in their computers.
So, we weren’t surprised in the least bit when we happened upon a rendering of the Porsche 918 Spyder Concept from someone named Jack Davies. Since the 918 Spyder Concept was universally lauded when it made a surprising debut at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this week, the pressure on these artists to make a rendering worthy of the original was – short of saying – sky high.
For his part, Davies quickly put a hardtop on the 918, thereby eliminating the whole ‘Spyder’ concept altogether. As far as we’re concerned, we kind of liked the whole roadster element of the 918 and the hardtop kind of stains the overall enthralling package of the 918 Spyder.
Apart from that though, we have very little to complain about. It’s hard to butcher a really suave-looking car in the first place anyway. And while Davies didn’t exactly throw a whole trinket of aesthetic facelifts on the car, it was still enough to give his take on the 918 Spyder Concept a life of its own.
Now, about that hardtop? We think he should lose it and stick to one of the major elements that really made the 918 Spyder Concept stand out from everybody at Geneva.
When the Geneva Motor Show opened a few days ago, a lot of us had no inkling that Porsche would unveil the 918 Spyder. After all, much of the talk leading up to the show centered on the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid with little to no mention of the 918 Spyder anywhere.
Needless to say, our jaws dropped on the floor as soon as Porsche rolled out this top-down beauty. Sure, a lot of us had more questions than answers regarding the 918 Spyder and fortunately, EVO’s Chris Harris – that dude is everywhere, seriously – was able to spend a few minutes with the brains behind the 918 Spyder, Wolfgang Durheimer, Porsche’s executive vice president for research and development.
Porsche unveiled the Porsche 918 Spyder concept car at the Geneva Motor Show. It is a mid-engined two-seater that combines the performance of a super-sports car with the CO2 emissions of a small compact.
The 918 Spyder is powered by a V8 engine delivering more than 500 hp and three electric motors with overall output of 218hp. The engine emits just 70 grams CO2 per kilometer and has a fuel consumption of just 3.0 liters/100 kilometers (94 mpg imp). Despite this the car’s performances are impressive: the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just under 3.2 seconds, top speed of 198 mph, and a lap time on the Nordschleife of Nürburgring in less than 7:30 minutes, faster than even the Porsche Carrera GT.
The 918 Spyder is inspired by legendary racing cars such as the Porsche 917 Le Mans and the current Porsche RS Spyder. The exterior design is defined by striking rear hoods extending out of the headrests and retractable air intakes with a ram air function. The interior gets sports bucket seats, a touch-sensitive surface for intuitive control of the car’s functions and three-spoke multifunction sports steering wheel.
Updated 03/03/2010: Official details, images and video added. Check them out!
UPDATE 06/18/2010: Porsche has announced that they have received a sufficient number of letters of interest to make their decision on whether or not the Porsche 918 Spyder will go into production. If you haven’t guessed, it’s a yes!!
UPDATE 08/13/2010: We were able to get some pics of the Porsche 918 Spyder at a private Porsche event in Monterey. Check them out in the gallery!
UPDATE 08/18/2010: There are rumors circulating about the production Porsche 918 Spyder say that the power and displacement of the petrol engine will be increased. In addition to the increase in power, insiders at the Pebble Beach event also suggest that the 918 is being developed wearing Boxster and Cayman bodies and will be offered in both hard-top and soft-top forms. The changes don’t end there, however. The concept’s 22-inch alloys will be dropped and side mirrors will replace the concept’s camera. The side exhausts will also be moved around to the rear.