Porsche 918

Porsche 918

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Gas prices have been soaring nationwide for sometime now. As of March 2011, the national gas price average is $3.56 and rising. For many enthusiasts that may sound like the death knell for the cars they know and love. We can hear it now, “No more supercharged V8s, no more twin turbocharged V6s. Goodbye Mustangs, goodbye Corvettes.” It really sounds like a bleak outlook for enthusiasts who live, breathe, and eat these cars (not literally, of course).

Luckily, that doesn’t have to be our future. As many of you are already aware, many companies are making great strides to preserve performance cars for all of us. They’re using new technologies to not only make sports and super cars faster, but they’re using those same technologies to make them more fuel efficient, giving us hope that there will be no end to the fast cars that we love.

That’s where we come in. We have come up with our list of the Top 10 Hybrid Sports and Super Cars that all utilize new technologies to make them faster, more fun, and more fuel-efficient. All of these cars are either on sale now, will be in the future, or will have their technologies transferred into production cars within the next few years.

Hit the jump to check out are list of top ten hybrid sports and super cars.

Porsche recently confirmed that their top of the line 918 Spyder will go into production and it would be the most expensive model they have ever sold coming in with a price tag of $845,000. Now it seems as if they are going back through their lineup to fill in some gaps they feel it has. Rumors suggest that the company has plans for another mid-engined supercar that will take on models like the Ferrari 458 Italia and the McLaren MP4-12C . Of course, there decision to go through with it will depend greatly on whether or not Volkswagen approves.

"We’re looking to extend the range," Porsche boss Mathias Muller revealed in a recent interview. "We’ve got an idea to do another mid-engined model. We’re thinking above the 911 but below the 918 Spyder.

We have ideas on styling and design, which we will continue to develop in the coming months. We’ll also evaluate the economic side and then decide [whether to push ahead]."

If built, the new model will be offered in both coupe and roadster versions and will be priced at about $275,000. It may also be constructed heavily of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic in order to get its weight down and performance up.

Power for the future Porsche supercar will have to be somewhere in the area of 550-600 HP in order to compete with Ferrari and McLaren’s resident supercars. The 458 Italia gets 570 HP and 398 lb-ft of torque out of its 4,499 cc V8 engine and the MP4-12C’s 3,800 cc twin turbo V8 engine delivers 592hp and 443 lb-ft. of torque. This power could be attained from Porsche’s 3,600 cc 620 hp water-cooled twin turbo flat-six found in the Porsche 911 GT2 RS .

Source: Autocar

The Audi A6 may have bagged this year’s EyesOn Design award at the Detroit Auto Show for “Best Production Vehicle”, but another auto manufacturer is taking home the award for “Best Concept Vehicle”.

That award goes to Porsche ’s stunning 918 RSR Racing Lab prototype. Defined by a design that features muscular wheel arches, dynamic air intakes, and a pulpit-like cockpit, the 918 RSR Racing Lab was the unquestioned showstopper of the 2011 NAIAS. It was even dressed up in a new “liquid metal chrome blue” paint finish to complement Porsche’s now famous hybrid orange finish on the front-to-rear racing stripes.

The 918 RSR Racing Lab wowed the judges comprising of Willie G. Davidson, Harley-Davidson’s EVP & Chief Styling Officer; Tom Matano, the Academy of Art University’s Executive Director of Industrial Design and Jack Telnack, Ford’s now-retired global VP of Design, beating out the likes of Kia’s KV7 Crossover and Ford’s Vertrek SUV for the title.

Congratulations to Porsche for the award! Now let’s see a production version of the 918 RSR Racing Lab!

Porsche already has the 918 Spyder and the 918 RSR Racing concepts making headlines and winning over the crowd like only a Porsche can, but we can’t seem to forget that the German auto manufacturer has already announced plans to replace the old Carrera GT with a brand new supercar, and we aren’t the only ones either. Teamspeed Junior member, zbaums, has stripped the RSR Racing concept of all its racing propaganda to reveal a rendering of what could be the future Porsche 918 Porsche 918 Coupe. With such an exciting future for Porsche and the increasing number of eagerly waiting fans, speculations are on high for this possible production version 918 Coupe, and we can’t help but join in on the fun.

Our speculations start off at a basic level as we imagine Porsche will be taking the concept and just adapting it for the streets. We believe the hybrid drivetrain will more than likely be dropped in favor of a more conventional engine for the top version, but we are not excluding the possibility of seeing a hybrid version offered as an alternative. Regardless of what engine they choose, we are confident that the Porsche’s numbers will exceed all of our imaginations.

Hit the jump to read more about a possible production version Porsche 918 Coupe.

Source: TeamSpeed

Every year, auto makers from all over the world make a conscious effort in putting their best feet forward for the sake of letting everyone know that while their current crop of cars are important, they also put great effort in developing concept cars for future use.

Sure, some of the concepts that we see every year don’t make it past the testing and development stages, but what’s really important is that automakers are going to great lengths in determining whether parts of the concept - or the entire thing, for that matter - can be applied on their production vehicles.

Aesthetic styling aside, concept cars have become one of our favorite segments in the industry. Not only do these cars give us a glimpse of what styling direction a company is looking into adapting, but it also gives us an idea what developments are being made from a performance perspective.

For 2010, we narrowed down our four best concepts of the year, from a conservative French automaker all the way to a brand paying tribute to an iconic model - and drive system - with a concept successor that’s nothing short of breathtaking.

Details after the jump.

After making its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the 918 Spyder Concept is on its way to the Museum of Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche AG at Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen where it will be displayed starting October 1 through 7, 2010.

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 .

Press release after the jump.

Sometimes, it’s not too hard to imagine what it must feel like to be walking in Jay Leno’s shoes. Don’t deny it; you’ve wondered the very same thing too.

Jay’s love for everything four wheels has been well-documented, and over the years our collective envy of the man has grown with each new sports car he takes for a spin. And the best part about being Jay Leno is that auto brands – from the start-up to the high-end – have all come knocking at his garage and bringing their new prized babies for the comedian to have a look at. Seriously, who wouldn’t want people from Ferrari or Porsche asking you how their car looks and performs?

In this episode of Jay Leno’s garage, no less than Michael Mauer, the head designer of Porsche, paid Leno a visit with the Porsche 918 Spyder Concept in tow. Leno and Mauer proceed to go about the musings of the Porsche hybrid sports car and while taking us on a mini tour around the car people fell in love with earlier this year. Trust us, it’s a video worth watching multiple times. And if you’re wondering, yes, Leno can probably afford one of these sports cars. As for the rest of us, well, the chances aren’t as peachy.

It has already been confirmed that Porsche will be bringing the production version of the 918 Spyder to all of the eager Porsche hybrid fans in 2014. Everyone is expecting the production version to have the same power as found in the concept version unveiled this year at the Geneva Motor Show and recently to potential clients at the Pebble Beach Concours. What those people don’t know is that the production 918 Spyder might get a little more oomph before its production debut.

The concept 918 Spyder is powered by a V8 engine delivering more than 500 hp and three electric motors with an overall output of 218hp. The rumors circulating about the production model 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.

Getting excited yet? Well, we only have about three and a half years to wait for it, but not all interested parties will be able to get one. Porsche will be limiting the production to a total of 1200 units, each carrying a price tag of £400,000 (around $625K at the current exchange rates).

Source: Autocar

During this past weekend the Porsche 918 Spyder made its appearance at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. However, a few days before that the car made its driving debut on a closed road in Monterey California. Behind the wheel was Porsche AG Design Chief Michael Mauer.

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 is made in just under 3.2 seconds while top speed goes to 198 mph. The most impressive performance number for the Porsche would have to be its lap time on the Nordschleife of Nürburgring of less than 7:30 minutes. This is faster than even the Porsche Carrera GT .

Source: WCF
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We may not have been able to attend the Pebble Beach Concours , but, thankfully, TeamSpeed was. And, not only did they attend, but they already have some pictures that are worth splattering all over the place; pictures of the Porsche 918 Spyder as it is shown off at a private Porsche event.

There’s no way Porsche can hold this car back from the production line. Well, okay, there is one way. It’s rumored that the prototype Spyder took five months and $20 million to build! That may be a small kink in Porsche’s plans that will hopefully be fixed.

The production 918 Spyder will feature a complete carbon fiber shell as did the concept, but will have an aluminum front end to comply with U.S. safety standards. On the inside, the Porsche already has a beautiful touchscreen center console and camera rear view mirrors.

The Porsche 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 CO2 per kilometer and has a fuel consumption of just 3.0 liters/100 kilometers (94 mpg imp). It can make the 0 to 60 mph sprint in just under 3.2 seconds while its top speed goes to 198 mph. The Spyder can also produce a lap time on the Nordschleife of Nürburgring seven minutes and 20 seconds , which is faster than even the Porsche Carrera GT .

Check out the photos for the Porsche 918 Spyder that are hot off the press!

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