So, this is how the 2013 Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid Supercar will look like…
From what appears to be an exclusive preview event for select customers/press, here are undisguised images of the 2013 Porsche 918 Hybrid Supercar. While Porsche has released images of the Bacardi Martini liveried 918 Spyder sportscar, the car in the spyshots looks like one that is destined for the production floor, even as German sportscar maker Porsche is all set to officially launch the first hybrid supercar in the world, later this year. From an abject lack of hybrid supercars, we now seem to have a surfeit of this brand new segment of high performance, technology packed cars emerging onto the world supercar scene.
Talking of which, the coming years will witness not one, not two, but four such supercars, in the form of the Porsche 918 Spyder, the next generation Ferrari Enzo, the Mclaren P11 and the Jaguar C-X75. Coming back to the Porsche 918 spyder, the hybrid supercar will use a 4.6 Liter V8 petrol engjne, mounted in the middle of the car. This engine will produce a peak power of 570 Bhp and will be the main power source of the car. The internal combustion engine will be supplemented by two electric motors, situated on the front and rear axle of the car to optimize weight distribution.
The electric motors that run on lithium ion battery power will together, generate another 200 Bhp of peak power to take the total power output of the car to a mammoth 770 Bhp. All this power and the instantaneous torque output of the electric motors will give the 918 Hybrid Supercar blistering acceleration with the 0-100 Kph sprint coming in 3 seconds. Top speed, typical of every supercar designated so, is a heady 325 Kph. But even that isn’t what is the real defining factor of this car, which will use carbon fiber extensively in its construction.
The real deal of course, is the 33 Kmpl fuel economy figure that Porsche claims for this supercar, and this is something that is a first in the supercar world. Now, even if that figure is under pussyfooting conditions, it is something that we’re soon going to expect from every supercar given the slew of hybrid supercar launches lined up in the next couple of years. Too bad that the production version of the 918 Spyder doesn’t get the KERS system, which incidentally will be used only on the race going version of this supercar.