The moment the word “Hybrid” came meaning good fuel consumption and boring came to a petrol head’s mind. Where Honda and Toyota executives are laughing all their way to the bank creating clean but dull hybrids, reowned sports car maker Porsche does it too, but in a different way. This time they created a brand new Hybrid Supercar, which is the Porsche 918 Spyder.
Porsche is using 3 electric motors (conventional hybrids used only 1) to develop a total of 201 BHP. Where batteries are concerned, this one uses a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery positioned behind the passenger cell, which looks like a nuclear reactor powering this beast. Like KERBS in F1, it uses regenerative brakes where the batteries will recharge from the kinetic energies from braking.
It uses rear view drive layout and 6-speed paddle shifters, powered with a 3.4l V8 engine delivering 555HP. When more power is needed, the 3 electric motors will deliver additional 218HP, bringing a total of 700HP++ to power this environmental friendly beast. To reduce weight, the monocoque chassis is made from the carbonfibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) which brings its weight down below 1,500kg. Low emission of CO2 and good fuel consumption is also expected since this is a hybrid, but don’t expect Prius fuel consumption here.
Porsche plans to bring this into production by 2012 and it is currently expected at 500,000 euros which is going to be the most expensive production car for Porsche. However this is still acceptable. And if everything goes well, Porsche has indeed killed 2 birds with one stone. One for the petrol heads, and another for environmentalist. Only if the word “rich” is mutually inclusive.