June 29, 2012

Porsche 918 Spyder concept makes UK debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Porsche 918 Spyder concept has made its UK public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. First unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Show, the concept received an overwhelming reaction from Porsche fans and sports car enthusiasts worldwide and was
subsequently given the green light for production. Now, the super sports car concept comes to the Porsche stand at the Moving Motor Show, offering a glimpse of what Porsche Intelligent Performance may be capable of in the future.

Due to its unique hybrid technology, the 918 Spyder concept is estimated to consume a mere three litres of fuel per 100 km (94 mpg) based on the NEDC. Its V8 petrol engine delivers more than 500 hp, assisted by two electric motors with a total of at least 160 kw (218 hp).

918 Spyder concept design
The design DNA of the concept car is clearly derived from the Carrera GT and Porsche 917 race car, as well as the RS Spyder. Unlike the open top of the concept car, however, the production version of the two-seater will feature a manual roof system with removable roof panels that can be stowed in the front luggage compartment.

918 Spyder development – from concept to production
First prototypes of the 918 Spyder are now undergoing driving trials and the final specification is being further defined. As a technology showcase, the  918 Spyder breaks further new ground with spectacular solutions such as the full carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque with unit carrier, fully adaptive aerodynamics, adaptive rear axle steering and the upward-venting ‘top pipes’ exhaust system.

Production of the 918 Spyder - which will be offered in left-hand drive only - is scheduled to commence on September 18, 2013 at the main Porsche factory in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, Germany. To ensure the exclusivity of the 918 Spyder, the two-seater is limited to no more than 918 units. Delivery of the first vehicles will commence in November 2013, priced from 645,000 euros – subject to VAT and on-the-road charges.


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