It seems we can’t get enough of the Porsche 918 Spyder. A few days ago we saw the Porsche 918 Spyder post a lap time round the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7 minutes 14 seconds and today Porsche released a new video of the 918 Spyder.
In the video we spot Walter Röhrl as well as Chris Harris as a passenger.
The YouTube summary of the video reads like this:
“Sometimes, words cannot describe a feeling. But in this case, a simple figure can. Location: Nürburgring, Nordschleife. Car: Porsche 918 Spyder. Lap time: 7 minutes, 14 seconds. Equipment: Optional Weissach Package, street-legal tires.Any questions left?”
Well Yes, please make sure we have the opportunity to drive it when it arrives in SA. Enjoy the video.
The Porsche 918 Spyder prototype completed a lap round the 12.8 mile Nürburgring-Nordschleife in a time of 7 minutes and 14 seconds.
To put it a bit in prespective the 2012 Nissan GTR’s official lap time round the Nürburgring-Nordschleife is 7 minutes 24 seconds, and the Toyota LFA Nürburgring Edition does it in 7 minutes and 14 Seconds.
Dr. Frank Walliser, head of the 918 Spyder project,states, “With the time of 7:14 minutes, the 918 Spyder prototype is already proving to be a fully sustainable concept after just a few months on the road.”
According to Porsche, the lap time of the Porsche 918 Spyder prototype is one of the best ever recorded for a street-legal vehicle with standard tires.It is particularly impressive as it was achieved from a standing start. The 795-horsepower plug-in hybrid super sports car was equipped with production-intent Michelin street tires and the optional “Weissach” feature package, which includes measures to improve driving dynamics.
Testing of the Porsche 918 Spyderseems to be progressing well so we are looking forward to the series production which is to start late in 2013.
Earlier this year in March members of the press were given the opportunity to drive the Porsche 918 Spyder in Nardo Italy. Two months later and Porsche has started testing of the prototype vehicles.
According to Porsche the initial results of the driving trials are in line with the high expectations placed on the Porsche 918 Spyder.
According to the specification sheet the plug-in hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder is stated to have a combined power output in excess of 500 kW and fuel consumption in the region of three litres per 100 kilometres. The assumption is here is that if testing is progressing well, then that means they are meeting or exceeding their targets.
The Porsche 918 Spyder is planned for production at the end of September 2013.
Built as a technology demonstrator and as a successor of the Carrera GT, the 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid vehicle combines a high-performance combustion engine with cutting-edge electric motors to deliver performance that is beyond extraordinary.
Recently a fortunate few members of the press were given the opportunity of driving what appears to be a cosmetically rough 918 prototype at the Nardo Test Track in Italy.
Some of the technology demonstrated on the 918 Spyder includes the full carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) body, fully adaptive aerodynamics, adaptive rear-axle steering and the upward-venting “top pipes” exhaust system.
The 918 Spyder will have a zero to 100 kph sprint time of less than three seconds with a top speed estimated at over 325 kph and a less than 7:22 minute lap time round the Nürburgring Nordschleife. This will all be accomplished by a car packing more than 566 kW of power accompanied by an efficient or improved fuel consumption figure of approximately three liters per 100 kilometres. In all electric mode the vehicle will have a maximum speed of over 150 kph.
The Porsche developers defined a total of five operating modes that can be activated via a “map switch” in the steering wheel, just like in motor sports cars, these five modes being; E-Power, Hybrid, Sport Hybrid, Race Hybrid and Hot Lap. These range from the E-Power mode which can cover more than 25 kilometeres in pure electric mode to the Hot Lap Option which is a hybrid option in which the combustion engine is used under high load with the electric motor and the traction battery providing additional boost at their maximum power output limits.
The main source of power is the 4.6 litre V8 engine which delivers 419 kW. One of the key points being the so called top pipes (which happen to be the short tailpipes which are located in the upper part of the rear end immediately above the engine) which also help to produce the awesome sound of the 918 Spyder.
Essentially, the hybrid module comprises a 90 kW electric motor and a decoupler acting as the connection with the combustion engine. As a result of the parallel hybrid configuration, the 918 Spyder can be powered at the rear axle both individually by the combustion engine or electric motor or via both drives jointly.
A seven-speed Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) transmission channels power to the rear axle. If no propulsive power is required on the rear axle, the two motors can be decoupled by opening the decoupler and PDK clutches.
On the front axle there is another, independent electric motor with an output of approximately 80 kW. The front electric drive unit drives the wheels via a fixed ratio. A decoupler ensures that the electric motor can be decoupled at high speeds to prevent the motor from over-revving. The drive torque is independently controlled for each axle. This makes for a very responsive all-wheel function, offering great potential for traction and driving dynamics.
The electric energy for the electric motors is stored by a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery with its own independent cooling circuit comprising 312 individual cells with an energy content of approximately seven kilowatt hours (6.8 kWh). The charge plug is mounted on the B-Pillar of the 918 Spyder.
Check the video below by Evo magazines Editorial Director and Founder Harry Metcalfe as he does a walk around the 918 Spyder.