The 919 nomenclature is a reference to the successful race car of the 1970s, and the street car that debuted in 2013. The car made its competitive debut at the , the opening round of the. It made it 500 miles without any issue—a feat far less complicated supercars might not accomplish. To paraphrase Churchill, they are a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. The battery in the Porsche 918 Spyder has a performance-oriented design in terms of both power charging and output, enabling it to meet the performance requirements of the electric motor.
The tyres developed specially for the Porsche 918 are also raising the benchmark in the ultra sports tyre segment when it comes to driving on wet surfaces and in terms of aquaplaning safety. Initial acceleration is brutal as the electric motors and combustion engine dump their collective torque to each wheel. Straight-line pace is certainly striking, but the Spyder's single most impressive facet is without doubt its handling. The system works in three stages, switching automatically between optimum efficiency and maximum downforce, and working in harmony with the operating modes of the hybrid drive. This adjustment is speed-sensitive, providing steering angles of up to three degrees in each direction. There's a combined 285 hp and 431 lb-ft of torque the moment you hit the accelerator pedal, sufficient oomph for a 6.
Depending on the drive mode selected, the new Porsche can operate in front-, rear- or four-wheel drive modes. At low revs, it makes a gurgling sound like something is broken, and it really wakes up around 3500 rpm. Late last summer, unveiled the completely redesigned. Porsche is quick to highlight the official 78. Power for the new carbon-fiber Porsche is a mid-mounted 4. It takes some time behind the wheel and vital familiarization with the various switches controlling the advanced driveline before you feel comfortable unleashing the heroic performance at anywhere near full force.
It was only about 80 miles away from downtown Los Angeles, but it could've been a different planet, such was the vast openness of the scenery. It's ever-present, combining with the noise of brake pads meeting with carbon-ceramic discs and stones hitting the underside of a carbon-fiber chassis. So we aimed back west to continue on the main road. Two synchronous electric motors -- one mounted up front and another at the rear -- supplement the V8. Once word gets out it has the ability to back up its technical excellence, we have no doubt the remainder won't remain unsold for long.
It starts with a hybrid — but one that had to be distinctively Porsche. Plus, the the 918 has so much torque, downshifting is rarely necessary. However, it is achieved almost entirely in electric mode using a loophole in the European test procedure. The chassis is a and the brakes used are. The tyres of the 918: A special challenge On the one hand, the tyres needed to have optimum grip and razor-sharp handling on all road types. This significantly increases rear end stability when changing lanes quickly, resulting in exceptionally safe and stable handling. The first public showing of the car was on 14 December 2013.
Instead of using plug-in hybrid technology, power for the two electric motors is provided by a flywheel accumulator system that sits beside the driver in the passenger compartment. Porsche Slide 2 of 2 Press the throttle harder or extend the Spyder beyond 93 mph, and the race-bred V8 automatically bursts to life with a distinctive howl, a combination of electric power and combustion engine propelling the car. Nevertheless the official performance claims are spectacular. This was by far the most powerful car I'd ever driven, but it was shockingly friendly. The 918 had to be radically different, and Porsche's future depended on it.
And thanks for reading Autoblog. The car's weight was reduced by 39 kg, now weighing in at 849 kg 1,872 lb dry and 888 kg 1,958 lb with driver ballast. It is anything but subtle. They are selected via rotary dial in the lower right-hand side of the steering wheel, providing the new Porsche with a truly multifaceted character. In this mode, the combustion engine is used only when needed. Power is delivered via both a fixed gear and seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox; the former operates on the front axle to provide electric drive to the front wheels at speeds up to 165 mph, while the latter sits at the rear and drives the rear wheels with a combination of electric and gasoline-engine power.
A few days before setting off, I spoke with the guy tasked with making the 918 a reality. Instead, two electric motors take care of movement. Which, ironically enough, is actually faster than your soul can leave your body. Now you have truly rabid performance and a sonorous exhaust note. The phrase I kept coming back to was sensory overload.