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2013 Porsche 918 Spyder – A state of hybrid art

2013 Porsche 918 Spyder – A state of hybrid art

2013 Porsche 918 Spyder – A state of hybrid art
September 19
08:30 2013

At the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the German car manufacturer Porsche has been officially unveiled the production version of the brand new hybrid sports car 918 Spyder. Known as the Carrera GT successor, the car offers a unique combination of performance and efficiency.

According to the German brand, the new 2013 Porsche 918 Spyder combines the essence of the Porsche idea with the motor sport pedigree, maximum performance and minimum consumption.

The 2013 Porsche 918 Spyder represents the start of new era in the future of hybrid drive. All in one, this represents the idea behind the 918 Spyder model and this is how 911 has become the most successful sports car in the world for the past 50 years.

Under the hood of the 2013 Porsche 918 Spyder is a V8, 4.6 engine that can offer 608 HP at 8.700 rpm. This unit is based on the successful RS Spyder endurance race car and it can deliver revs of up to 9.150 rpm with a power output per liter of 132 hp/liter.

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The internal combustion engine is backed up by two electric motors that provide 286 horsepower at 6.500 rpm. The total power train output is 887 HP and the maximum torque is between 917 Nm and 1.280 Nm depending on gear ratio.

The 2013 Porsche 918 Spyder has a parallel hybrid configuration and it can power the rear axle either individually (combustion engine/electric engines) or via both drives together. The power train resources are put to the ground via a seven speed PDK transmission that sends the power to the rear axle.

In case you forget, we are talking about Porsche, a car manufacturer that can be replaced with sports cars. The new 918 Spyder is coming with five modes of driving for three engines that is controlled via an intelligent management system.


When you will pick the “E-Power” mode, the 918 Spyder will become a quiet and elegant car. This mode will be the default one if the battery is sufficiently charged. Depending on the conditions, the German sports car can cover 10 to 20 miles on the electric mode. In these conditions, the car can sprint from stand still to 100 km/h in less than seven seconds and the maximum speed that can be achieved is 93 mph. If the battery juice is too low, the car will automatically switch to hybrid mode.


When you will pick the “Hybrid” mode, your 918 Spyder will become efficient and comfortable. In this mode, the combustion engine and the electric ones are working together alternately. The main goal is to deliver maximum efficiency and minimum fuel consumption.

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Sport Hybrid

Now we are talking about serious business. The “Sport Hybrid” mode will offer you a 918 Spyder sporty and dynamic. The V8 engine will work continuously while the two electric motors will be activated only to support the acceleration thanks to the electric boost function. This mode is focusing on performance and sporty driving experience at top speeds. Well, after you find out this mode, you might say it’s enough. But it’s never enough when you are Porsche. Next on the list is “Race Hybrid” mode.

Race Hybrid

The “Race Hybrid” is the mode create for maximum performance combined with sporting driving experience. The combustion engine is chiefly used under high load, and charges the battery whenever the driver does not require maximum power. In this mode, the electric motors also provide additional support in the form of boosting. In contrast to ‘Sport Hybrid’ mode, the electric motors run at their maximum power output limit for a short period for enhanced boost performance.

Hot Lap

If the “Race Hybrid” wasn’t enough, I want you to see your face when you will find out what “Hot Lap” mode can offer. Let’s say that Porsche put the “Hot Lap” button in the center of the map. It switches the final reserves of the car and it can only be activated in “Race Hybrid” mode. It pushes the traction battery to maximum power output limits for a few fastest laps. In this mode, all the battery energy will be drained out.

Until now we use a lot the word battery. Now it’s time to tell you how this works. The electric energy for the electric engines is stored in a liquid cooled lithium-ion battery pack. It has 312 individual cells with an energy content of seven kilowatt hours. It was created to offer performance when though we speak about power charging or about output.

If you have plans to buy one of the 918 Spyder you have to know that Porsche will offer a seven warranty period for the battery pack. If you chose to recharge the battery on a normal 230 Volt power socket you’ll have to wait four hours, but if you will use the Porsche Speed Charging Station (DC), the battery will be fully charged in only 25 minutes.

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The 2013 Porsche 918 Spyder is 4.643 meters long, 1.940 meters wide and 1.167 meters tall. The wheelbase has 2.730 meters and can offer enough space for the occupants. The fuel tank comes with 70 liter capacity while the luggage area is coming with 110 liters.

But a car is not defined only by horsepower. You can do very much with a car that can ride bad or that can’t go into corners. That’s why, Porsche has designed a new chassis. The multi-link suspension was inspired by motor sport and it works with the Porsche Active Suspension Management adaptive damper system and rear axle steering.

The last system is speed sensitive and is providing steering angles of up to three degrees in each direction. With this technology, the cornering is more direct, faster, precise and reduces the turning circle. At lower speeds, the rear axle wheels are turned in the opposite direction, while at high speeds, the same pair of wheels is tuned in the same direction as the front one.

If this isn’t enough for you, Porsche is coming with something extreme. It is dubbed the “Weissach” package and it can offer better performance with special look. The cars that will be equipped with this package will also be available in special colors and design inspired by Porsche race cars.

The “Weissach” kit is also coming with some super lightweight magnesium rims that reduce the total weight with 35 kilograms. Other goodies are six point harness seat belts, film coating instead of paint finish, additional aerodynamic parts made from carbon fiber.

Porsche Active Aerodynamic – Breath taking technology

The new 2013 Porsche 918 Spyder is coming with Porsche Active Aerodynamic (PAA). It is a system that can adjust aerodynamic elements for a better aerodynamic response. According to Porsche, the new system is working in three stages from maximum efficiency to maximum down force.

In “Race Hybrid” mode the retractable rear wing is set to a steep angle to generate high down force for the rear axle. More than that, the spoiler between the two wing supports at the trailing edge also extends. Another two adjustable air flaps are opened in the underbody at the front axle to direct air into the diffuser channels to produce a ground effect.

In “Sport Hybrid” mode, the rear wing angle is approached for a higher top speed. The spoiler remains extender but the underbody flaps close to reduce aerodynamic drag. When the vehicle is stationary and it is in “Race” or “Sport” mode the intakes are opened to provide maximum cooling. In “E-Power” and “Hybrid” mode, the air intakes close to keep aerodynamic drag to minimum.

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The cabin – a pioneering control concept

After you see the perfection embodied into the design of the new 2013 Porsche 918 Spyder, you must go inside. Here, the cockpit, because we can’t call it cabin, is dividing into two basic sections. The first one comprises the controls that are important for driving grouped around the multi-function steering wheel. The second section is coming with the infotainment system “trapped” into the center console.

The climate control, wing adjustment, lighting, Porsche Communication Management or Burmester High-End audio system can be operated via a brand new multi-touch control functions.

Another special thing is that the roof panels of the 2013 Porsche 918 Spyder is removable. IT can be stored in the 100 liter luggage compartment located, of course, in the nose of the vehicle.

According to Porsche, the new 918 Spyder “continues a long tradition of super sports cars at Porsche. Many of these vehicles have set technological benchmarks and have become the ultimate sports cars of their decades: the Carrera GTS, the first Porsche 911 Turbo, the 959, the 911 GT1 and the Carrera GT. More so than any of its predecessors, the 918 Spyder is providing the key momentum for developing technologies for future vehicle concepts. The 918 Spyder features all the components that reflect the Porsche DNA, yet in a format that is more powerful than ever before.”

Via | Porsche


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