Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid Plug-in, $845,000

Wednesday March 23rd, 2011 at 10:33 AM
Posted by: aquadog

Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid Plug-inThe Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid plug-in, the concept car which debuted at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, is now available for order for $845,000.

The 918 Spyder will come equipped with a plug-in hybrid system that consists of a high-revving V8, 500-horsepower engine, combined with two electric motors for an additional 218-horsepower. The electric motors will provide about 16 miles of electric-only driving on a single charge and are powered by a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery that can be charged from any conventional power socket. The Porsche 918 Spyder also features a 7-speed Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) dual clutch transmission, a 0-62 time of 3.2 seconds, and a top speed of 199 mph.

The 918 Spyder Hybrid plug-in is similar to the concept shown at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, but is now based on a carbon fiber reinforced plastic monocoque and will feature a manual roof system with removable panels that can be stowed away in the front luggage compartment.

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Porsche's New 918 Spyder Concept Breaks Cover

Friday March 26th, 2010 at 6:33 AM
Posted by: Derek

Driving Sports TV Episode #15: Porsche’s new 918 concept breaks cover and it’s a stunner. Economy, power, speed all in one wickedly sexy package. Then, we’re off to Missouri where Ken Block is gunning for his fifth straight win at the 100 Acre Wood Rally, Round 2 of the Rally America Championship. Can Travis Pastrana, Antoine L’Estage or any of the other teams stop him?

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Centerlock Porsche Wheels Now Available To Mere Mortals

Wednesday November 12th, 2008 at 4:1111 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Porsche has decided to bring a little more racing tech to the street, this time in the form of centerlock wheels.

You know, those are the kind of wheels you see on race cars, the type that are held on by one big nut right in the middle of the wheel, rather than four or five little ones.

They’re on the car for performance reasons. First off, they weigh less, which helps in over-all performance, and specifically it reduces unsprung weight, which greatly increases handling performance.

Also, and not that this wold come into play for every day driving, they also shave time off of pitstops at the track. It takes less time to deal with one big nut that it takes to deal with four or five. Next time you watch a stock car race, notice how long it takes them to get a fresh set of rubber on the car versus how long it takes for a Grand Prix car. That’s why GP cars use centerlock wheels: It saves time during a pit stop.

Anyway, the engineering angels from Stuttgart are now offering 19-inch RS Spyder wheels exclusively for the 911 Turbo. As you would expect with anything Porsche builds, they’re going to work, and, they’re not going to be cheap: The retail price of the 19-inch RS Spyder wheel in Germany including 19 per cent VAT is Euro 3,510.50.

Yeah, they said “wheel” as in singular, so getting a set of four will be the equivalent of buying a new Miata.

Like Graham Hill said, “Speed equals money sir, how fast wold you care to go?”

Source: The Garage Blog

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Porsche Boxster RS 60 Spyder Review – First in its class

Thursday July 31st, 2008 at 10:77 AM
Posted by: Derek

Porsche Boxster RS 60 Spyder
Review and photos by Derek Mau

Pros:

  • Superb handling and excellent steering feel
  • Power to weight ratio of a true sports car
  • Top-notch gearbox
  • High quality interior

Cons:

  • Headroom not friendly to taller occupants with the top up
  • Road noise may too intrusive to some
  • Limited cargo space forces you to travel very light

Settling for second place has never been Porsche’s mind set. Porsche has a long list of podium finishes on and off of the racing circuit. In 1948 Porsche scored a first place finish at Innsbruck Stadtrennen with the 356, the first sports car to bear the Porsche name, only one month after it was road certified. Fast forward to 1984 for another notable first – Porsche, with the 911 Carrera 4×4, marks its first victory in the Paris–Dakar Rally. At Porsche safety is just as important as winning races. Porsche becomes the first car maker in Germany to equip all production models with an airbag for driver and front passenger as standard equipment. Now it seems that Porsche has taken the gold again in the form of a limited edition GT Silver Metallic Boxster, the RS 60 Spyder.

I was given the opportunity to test drive the RS 60 Spyder at the home of Porsche’s Sport Driving School (PSDS), Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. In my opinion, the race track is the best place to put the RS 60 through its paces without scaring the natives on public roads. As an added bonus, I had legendary racer and lead PSDS instructor, Hurley Haywood, show me the race line at Barber Motorsports Park.

Porsche Boxster RS 60 Spyder Hurley Haywood

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