On Friday June 19 the checkered flag signaled the end: after 21 months of production, the last Porsche 918 Spyder left the assembly line in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, as planned.
The 918 Spyder was developed systematically to be a high-performance hybrid plug-in technology. The hybrid concept sports supercar made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2010, where he had an overwhelming approval. In mid-2010, the Executive Board of Dr. Ing. Hc F. Porsche AG gave the green light for the development of production.
When the car was launched in late 2013, the 918 Spyder represents the continuation of a series of sports supercars in the history of Porsche. As pioneers in technology, the 904 Carrera GTS, the 959, the 911 and the Carrera GT GT1 were, without exception, in the group of the top sports cars of their respective decades.
Even more than any of its predecessors, the 918 Spyder is now offering big boost for advanced development of technologies for future sports cars. The key technology is a concept chassis that combines a combustion engine with two high-performance electric motors; his ingenious strategy of operation is one of the unique aspects of the 918 Spyder. It takes into account different requirements ranging from a driver-oriented type of efficiency to one that offers maximum performance.
In doing so, it is providing important insights for future development of production. To achieve maximum benefits from the wide range that exists between power and fuel consumption, Porsche developers defined a total of five modes. As in sports cars competition, these modes are activated by a ‘mapping switch’ located on the steering wheel. Porsche used its leading knowledge hybrid technology for the preparation of the characteristic map and the algorithm stored therein for controlling the three propulsion units and other systems. This knowledge will also apply to future undercarriage.
The car also creates an important basis for the hybrid drive of tomorrow thanks to its thermal management concept which has five separate cooling circuits and innovative hybrid cooling the rear electric motor with air and water. Another example with future implications: the Porsche 918 Spyder can convert much more kinetic energy into electrical energy than any other hybrid vehicle thanks to its intelligent control of the functionality of the generator and conventional brakes.
The Porsche 918 Spyder embodies classical virtues and sets benchmarks for the future. In September 2013, the 887 horsepower supercar, with total power of the system established the lap record for approved to circulate on the street and wheels production north of the track of Nürburgring circuit with a time of six minutes 57 seconds vehicles -a record so far has not been equaled by any other car. And for a long time maintained that record, even outside the lines. From here, we salute you, 918.