The Porsche 918 Spyder is set to go into production at the end of September 2013, with the first customers receiving their vehicles before 2013 is out.
"What we are doing with the 918 Spyder is redefining driving fun, efficiency and performance," said Wolfgang Hatz, Member of the Executive Board Research and Development of Porsche AG.
The prototypes, their camouflage harking back to historical Porsche 917 racing cars, signal the final touches to the 918 Spyder. The focus is on the interplay between the highly sophisticated individual drive components. The combination of combustion engine and two independent electric motors — one on the front axle and one in the drive line, acting on the rear wheels — poses completely new demands on the development of the operating strategies.
"They are therefore a critical component in this vehicle into which we have put all of our expertise and capacity for innovation," said Hatz.
The super sportscar is designed as a plug-in hybrid vehicle combining a high-performance combustion engine with cutting-edge electric motors for extraordinary performance: on the one hand, the dynamics of a racing machine boasting more than 565kW, on the other hand, fuel consumption in the region of three litres per 100 kilometres.
Moreover, Porsche is breaking yet more new ground with the technology demonstrator 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.
In the process, the 918 Spyder is offering a glimpse of what Porsche Intelligent Performance may be capable of in future.