When people think of Porsche, we are guessing that they usually think of fast, cool cars with killer looks and bad ass engines. We doubt that people ever think of hybrid technology as a feature that stands out amongst the brand’s lineup. To those people we say, "Think again." Porsche started what they call their "eco" history ten years ago, and the technology has been growing and evolving ever since then. Their latest hybrid technology can be found in their Porsche 918 Spyder Concept and 911 GT3 R Hybrid, and this video gives viewers a sneak peek at what this technology is all about.
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).
For the GT3 R, the hybrid drive combines a 480 HP 4.0 Liter flat six engine with two electric motors developing 60 kW each as well as an electrical flywheel power generator fitted in the cockpit next to the driver. This unit is used to deliver energy to the electric motors and is charged whenever the driver applies the brakes, with the two electric motors reversing their function on the front axle and acting themselves as generators when not providing four wheel drive traction.