Posted by: Jessie | March 11, 2010

Hybrid Porche?


The New Hybrid from Porche

Wow!  This is one awesome car!  Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Just when it seemed there were no surprises left at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show, Porsche has gone and shocked the world with the unveiling of the midengine 918 Spyder concept. The car is a plug-in hybrid all right, but it’s an open-top plug-in hybrid with a mid-mounted V8. How cool is that?

The  V8 is evolved from the 3.4-liter engine in Porsche’s RS Spyder LMP2 racecar. It makes “over 500 horsepower,” according to Porsche, and has a 9,200-rpm redline. It joins forces with electric motors mounted in both the front and rear axles that make a combined 218 hp. Porsche’s PDK seven-speed twin-clutch automated manual transmission delivers power to the rear wheels, while the two front motors drive the front wheels directly through a fixed ratio.

Get this concept car on a track and you’d be timing it at 3.2 seconds to 60 mph, says Porsche. That’s quicker than a Carrera GT and would almost certainly make it the quickest Porsche road car ever. It would also be the most fuel-efficent, as consumption is said to be on the order of 3 liters per 100 km on the European test cycle, which is around about 78 mpg.

A lithium-ion battery pack mounted behind the 918 Spyder’s passenger compartment provides juice for the electric motors. In addition to the plug-in capability, the batteries regenerate using KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System), the system developed for Formula 1 that recovers energy that would otherwise be lost as heat during braking.


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