2014 Porsche 918 Spyder closer to becoming a reality
Porsche has just revealed the 2014 918 Spyder decked out in vintage Martini racing livery. The German automaker has announced that the innovative plug-in hybrid has a development goal of running a lap time of less than 7:22 at the Nurburgring-Nordschleife. Porsche says the super sports car which made it’s debut at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show is entering “the next phase” of driving trials and engineers have some ambitious goals for the futuristic supercar.
The Porsche 918 Spyder uses an advanced plug-in hybrid drivetrain consisting of a mid-mounted 4.6-liter V8 engine, two electric motors and seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox. The combined output produces a whopping 770 horsepower. Porsche is predicting zero-60 mph times of under 3.0 seconds and a top speed of 202 mph.
Porsche says the supercar will get a fuel-sipping 78 mpg and has an electric-only driving range of about 15 miles. By using a brake-energy recovery system that works in conjunction with the standard carbon ceramic brake discs, the driving range will be able to be increased. The 918 Spyder will be ultra light-weight and uses a carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) which is super rigid for added strength. The supercar will be aerodynamic and will come with adaptive rear axle steering and “top pipes” exhaust system, which routes the pipes upwards and away from the vehicle.