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    Jeez! 55 control units heart no wonder it will be an easy car to drive really really fast


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    Love this car in matte black.  Especially the one with the Martini livery.

    I would get shiny paint, and cover it in a wrap for long term investment and short term style.

    ...with all those angles though the wrap would be exceptionally expensive!


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    Looks like the official embargo is done haha. 

    I had officially ordered one. Not sure about colour yet but more than likely it will be black, to hide the exhaust soot. Porsche already made the engine cover almost entirely in perforated metal mesh to hide the soot we seen from early prototypes but there is still panels left and the wing itself. Was told I cannot paint to sample. 

    Leaning against Weissach pack. All the extra carbon bits on the outside will get lost among the black paint. Most of the weight saving will also be gone as I planned on adding back A/C and the stereo. But I will order the carbon interior trim for sure. Plus the graphics seems a bit too loud for the street. About the only thing I want from the Weissach Pack is the Mg wheels which if I really want it I can order it separately. So the car will be 'lightly' optioned, just the carbon trim and lift kit. Haha. 

    There is really no logic to buying this car, it was simply a case of my right brain utterly dominated my left, logics be damn. The last words from my left brain was I will be proud when I pull up beside a Prius. 

    My only dilemma is which car I will let go when the 918 arrives, 12C or the Turbo S. Seeing I am looking at a early 2014 production I still got about 9 months to decide. Wish I can keep all 3 but my wife will surely kill me, if she doesn't already when she finds out tomorrow when I tell her.

    Now the wait begins.

     

     

     


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    Congratulations and you're nuts!

    Unless you track this car(who wants to track a million dollar car?) there really isn't any where you can use this car. Of course, ownership alone does make a statement.indecision


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    Imo, this car has to go in silverish paint. Otherwise all beautiful lines would be gone...

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    Whoopsy:

    Looks like the official embargo is done haha. 

    I had officially ordered one. Not sure about colour yet but more than likely it will be black, to hide the exhaust soot. Porsche already made the engine cover almost entirely in perforated metal mesh to hide the soot we seen from early prototypes but there is still panels left and the wing itself. Was told I cannot paint to sample. 

    Leaning against Weissach pack. All the extra carbon bits on the outside will get lost among the black paint. Most of the weight saving will also be gone as I planned on adding back A/C and the stereo. But I will order the carbon interior trim for sure. Plus the graphics seems a bit too loud for the street. About the only thing I want from the Weissach Pack is the Mg wheels which if I really want it I can order it separately. So the car will be 'lightly' optioned, just the carbon trim and lift kit. Haha. 

    There is really no logic to buying this car, it was simply a case of my right brain utterly dominated my left, logics be damn. The last words from my left brain was I will be proud when I pull up beside a Prius. 

    My only dilemma is which car I will let go when the 918 arrives, 12C or the Turbo S. Seeing I am looking at a early 2014 production I still got about 9 months to decide. Wish I can keep all 3 but my wife will surely kill me, if she doesn't already when she finds out tomorrow when I tell her.

    Now the wait begins.

     

     

     

    Fantastic! Congratulations! I agree with your choices. The car will look stunning. I also really don’t like the graphics. They are very gimmicky and far to OTT for road use.


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    Good stuff Whoopsy!
    It's great when you can let the correct side of the brain decide on things like these every now and then!


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    Whoopsy:

    There is really no logic to buying this car, it was simply a case of my right brain utterly dominated my left, logics be damn. The last words from my left brain was I will be proud when I pull up beside a Prius. 

     

    Haha - that is the best logic I can think of...I would love to see the picture of the face of the Prius driver when you say "that thing only gets 50 MPG"  why don't you stop destroying the earth and get a car that has at least 80 MPG!!!!!!!


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    Congratulations Smiley


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    So many colours look good on this car!


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    Whoopsy:

    Looks like the official embargo is done haha. 

    I had officially ordered one. Not sure about colour yet but more than likely it will be black, to hide the exhaust soot. Porsche already made the engine cover almost entirely in perforated metal mesh to hide the soot we seen from early prototypes but there is still panels left and the wing itself. Was told I cannot paint to sample. 

    Leaning against Weissach pack. All the extra carbon bits on the outside will get lost among the black paint. Most of the weight saving will also be gone as I planned on adding back A/C and the stereo. But I will order the carbon interior trim for sure. Plus the graphics seems a bit too loud for the street. About the only thing I want from the Weissach Pack is the Mg wheels which if I really want it I can order it separately. So the car will be 'lightly' optioned, just the carbon trim and lift kit. Haha. 

    There is really no logic to buying this car, it was simply a case of my right brain utterly dominated my left, logics be damn. The last words from my left brain was I will be proud when I pull up beside a Prius. 

    My only dilemma is which car I will let go when the 918 arrives, 12C or the Turbo S. Seeing I am looking at a early 2014 production I still got about 9 months to decide. Wish I can keep all 3 but my wife will surely kill me, if she doesn't already when she finds out tomorrow when I tell her.

    Now the wait begins.

     

     

     

    Best news I have read in a while !!! Congratulations !!!    Smiley   I am sure by the time you get it you will know which one to sell ( TTS ? ) 


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    +1 you are the man! keep us posted on the whole proces! Congrats wink


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    Congrats Whoopsy, i'm sure it will be on the fastest and most enjoyable cars to own!


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    You're going for it lately Whoopsy! Great news!


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    Great for you Whoopsy!  I hope it turns out to be everything you expect and more (I'm sure it won't disappoint).

    Can't wait to see pics when it arrives!

    I sure wish I had the difficult decision that you do regarding which car to eliminate.

    Enjoy it!!

     


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    Whoopsy:

     

    My only dilemma is which car I will let go when the 918 arrives, 12C or the Turbo S. Seeing I am looking at a early 2014 production I still got about 9 months to decide. Wish I can keep all 3 but my wife will surely kill me, if she doesn't already when she finds out tomorrow when I tell her.

    Now the wait begins.

    Congratulations. Smiley You are the second (or even third?) of our users to order a 918, which is amazing. 

    The 997 Turbo S is an excellent daily driver, so I would keep it. The 12C is wonderful but if you have the 918, well...do you really need the 12C? It also has advantages to own more than one car from the same brand. It gives you more "weight" with your dealer and Porsche.

    I heard the rumor that Weissach still isn't happy with the weight of the car. System power has already been raised to 887 hp but the weight seems to be an issue. I wouldn't be surprised to see a further weight reduction, I just hope they don't increase the price tag in exchange. Smiley


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    Congratulations Whoopsy!!! Great choice!Smiley If I had an ability to buy such a car I would make the same decision as you. But what are your points to buy 918 and not Laf or P1? Simply curious)Smiley


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    @Nick: Yes I have gone nuts. I think it has something to do with midlife crisis. And no I actually think I can go to a lot of places in the car, the electric mode helps a lot when I want to sneak out in the middle of the night, my wife can heard all my cars but not this one 

    @RC: This is primarily a Porsche board if you hadn't noticed. So a member ordering a Porsche car shouldn't be a surprised. Haha. Was it Futch who ordered first? Or did he switched to the LaFerrari?

    I am leaning towards letting go of the 12C over the Turbo S based on the fact that it is more stealthy, for the times I want to be 'undercover'. The is basically just as bonkers as the 12C if not more, doesn't make sense for me to keep 2 of the same. But the doors will be hard to part with. I had actually wanted variety, so my initial reaction was to trade in the Turbo S and keep the 12C, but thinking further I should keep the Turbo S instead. Still thinking though.

    As for the 'weight', I already had pretty good pull with my dealer, 2 C4S a Turbo and a Turbo S over the years plus the 918, especially since starting next year we will get a second Porsche dealer, by someone I had good relationship with, so they are keen to keep me as 'their' customer. The new Porsche VIP program doesn't hurt either. With the purchase of the 918 I get first refusals of any special Porsche cars over the next 10 years, whatever I take will also not count towards the dealer's allocation, as long as I still own the car. Pretty good perk I think. 

    The fact that the 918 is awd plus the pure electric mode is what wins me over the P1. Plus, I realized the P1 is just a 12C on a ton of steroid with a fancy aero bodykit. And I still hate the P1's joker's smiley face. McLaren also didn't help either. I was just at their factory, someone from McLaren read one of my posts on another forum about the P1's styling, he promised to meet me during the factory visit and show me a prototype. He missed our date and I was told all the XP cars are out testing. So I didn't get to see one in person to change my view.

    Growing up in my generation, there are a handful of hypercars that was born and sold out, F40, Enzo, F1, 959, CGT. All of them went on sale before I have the ability to purchase one. Now that I can, I didn't want to miss another opportunity. While currently there is 3 to choose from, in reality only 2 is 'buy-able'. Maybe I will lose money on the 918 or it won't appreciate as much as the other 2, but I don't care anymore. As I said, there is no logic in buying any one of them, the 12C is already pushing it but these trio are just over the top. I can only find enough reasons to justify to myself. But I only live once and that's good enough reason.

    I think the price is pretty much set in stone as it has already been pushed out to all dealers in their configurators, can't possibly change that now.  845k, 10k for the lift system and another 6k for the carbon trims. That's about it for me. 

    Bassalt Black, maybe dark blue metallic. Meteor Grey is an outside choice. 

     

     


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    kudryavchik:

    Congratulations Whoopsy!!! Great choice!Smiley If I had an ability to buy such a car I would make the same decision as you. But what are your points to buy 918 and not Laf or P1? Simply curious)Smiley

     

    Cause last night when I cut myself I saw I was bleeding Porsche blood? haha. 

    I am no where close to getting inline for LaFerrari, never was a customer. As for the other 2, see post above^


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    Not sure if the latest manufacturer performance claims have been posted (I didn't have the time to check every older post):

    0-100 kph in 2.8 seconds

    0-200 kph in 7.9 seconds

    0-300 kph in 23 seconds

    Vmax 340 kph

    Pure engine power is 612 hp (450 kW), ePower is 95 kW front and 115 kW rear. Total system power: 887 hp.

    Torque is 800 Nm from 800 to 5000 rpm.

    Launch control will be available in the final car too.


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    Interesting, are these the final specs or we should expect more?

    Torque is more than 900 lb-ft or I am wrong?

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    kudryavchik:

    Interesting, are these the final specs or we should expect more?

    Torque is more than 900 lb-ft or I am wrong?

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    Current test figures, could be better when the car is finished. Right now, Porsche seems to use 25 918 prototypes for testing and the weight seems to be an issue. I also get the feeling, from what I heard, that Porsche wants to beat the 7 minutes barrier on the Nordschleife. Smiley


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    Interesting to find out Porsche actually uses the reverse flow configuration on the V8 like BMW did, but without the turbos. Audi also uses the same configuration for the twin turbo V8 in my S8 too. AMG on the other hand still have convention flow on their twin turbo V8s.


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    Latest official info....a lot to read:

    A unique combination of performance and efficiency

    Stuttgart. The 918 Spyder embodies the essence of the Porsche idea: it combines pedigree motor racing technology with excellent everyday utility, and maximum performance with minimum consumption. The task faced by the development team was to create the super sports car for the next decade with a highly efficient and powerful hybrid drive. Developing the car from scratch, appropriately beginning with a sheet of white paper, allowed the team to come up with a no-compromise concept. The entire car was designed around the hybrid drive. The 918 Spyder therefore demonstrates the potential of the hybrid drive to a degree never seen before: the parallel improvement of both efficiency and performance without one being at the cost of the other. This is the idea that has made the Porsche 911 the most successful sports car in the world for 50 years. In short, the 918 Spyder will act as the gene pool for the Porsche sports cars of the future.

    The 918 Spyder reveals its close links to motorsport in a variety of ways. It has been designed, developed and produced by Porsche engineers who build race cars, in cooperation with series production specialists. A great deal of insight gained from the development of Porsche race cars for the 24 hours race in Le Mans in 2014 is thus integrated into the 918 Spyder – and vice versa. The structural concept of the 918 Spyder with a rolling chassis as its basis – a basic vehicle that can be driven even without a body – is race car tradition at Porsche. The concept of the V8 engine originates from the LMP2 RS Spyder race car. The load-bearing structures, the monocoque and subframe, are made of carbon fibre reinforced polymer. Porsche has many years of experience with this high-strength, lightweight construction material and has again achieved top results with the development of the series production 918 Spyder. Many parts of the super sports car come from manufacturers who have a proven record as suppliers for motorsport vehicles.

    Hybrid drive brings advantages in terms of driving dynamics
    A key message of the 918 Spyder is that the hybrid drive from Porsche is a plus for no-compromise driving dynamics. Drivers can experience this thanks to the unique all-wheel drive concept with a combination of combustion engine and electric motor on the rear axle and the second electric motor on the front axle. It is based on knowledge gained by Porsche during motor races with the successful 911 GT3 R Hybrid. Due to the additional, individually controllable front drive, new driving strategies for extremely high, safe cornering speeds can be implemented, especially for bends. Furthermore, the advanced “boost" strategy manages the energy of the electric drive so intelligently that, for every sprint with maximum acceleration, the full power of the 918 Spyder can be tapped into by simply pressing the accelerator down fully. In short, the 918 Spyder allows even drivers without motorsport training to experience the potential of advanced longitudinal and transverse dynamics.

    The Porsche 918 Spyder also has the potential to break many records. The current lap time for the North Loop of the Nürburgring is 7:14 minutes. This time was achieved in the presence of international journalists during test drives in September 2012 – more than a year before start of production. The 918 Spyder prototype was therefore approximately 20 seconds quicker than the Porsche Carrera GT. More test drives on the Nürburgring North Loop will follow. An even more important factor is that the 918 Spyder surpasses previous models and competitors by far in its efficiency as well. As a plug-in hybrid vehicle, it systematically combines the dynamic performance of a racing machine with over 880 hp and low NEDC fuel consumption, which at about three litres fuel per 100 km is better than that of most small cars today. To sum it up: maximum driving fun with minimal fuel consumption.

    Carbon monocoque guarantees lightweight design with a low centre of gravity
    The 918 Spyder utilizes the best state-of-the-art technologies, taken straight from motor racing, to achieve its top performance. The entire load-bearing structure is made of carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) for extreme torsional rigidity. Additional crash elements at the front and rear absorb and reduce the energy of a collision. The car’s unladen weight of approximately 1,640 kg (“Weissach" package), an excellent low weight for a hybrid vehicle of this performance class, is largely attributable to this concept. The drivetrain components and all components weighing over 50 kg are located as low and as centrally as possible within the vehicle. This results in a slightly rear end biased axle load distribution of 57 per cent on the rear axle and 43 per cent on the front axle, combined with an extremely low centre of gravity at approximately the height of the wheel hubs, which is ideal for driving dynamics. The central and low position of the traction battery directly behind the driver not only supports efforts to concentrate masses and lower the centre of gravity; it also provides the best temperature conditions for optimum battery power capacity.

    Chassis with race car genes and rear-axle steering
    The multi-link chassis of the Porsche 918 Spyder is inspired by motorsport design, complemented by additional systems such as the PASM adaptive shock-absorber system and rear-axle steering. Basically, this incorporates an electro-mechanical adjustment system at each rear wheel. The adjustment is speed-sensitive and executes steering angles of up to three degrees in each direction. The rear axle can therefore be steered in the same direction as the front wheels or in opposition to them. At low speeds, the system steers the rear wheels in a direction opposite to that of the front wheels. This makes cornering even more direct, faster and more precise, and it reduces the turning circle. At higher speeds, the system steers the rear wheels in the same direction as the front wheels. This significantly improves the stability of the rear end when changing lanes quickly. The result is very secure and stable handling.

    Porsche Active Aerodynamic (PAA) for different driving modes
    Porsche Active Aerodynamic (PAA), a system of adjustable aerodynamic elements, ensures unique and variable aerodynamics; its layout is automatically varied over three modes ranging from optimal efficiency to maximum downforce and is tuned to the operating modes of the hybrid drive system. In “Race" mode, the retractable rear wing is set to a steep angle to generate high downforce at the rear axle. The spoiler positioned between the two wing supports near the trailing edge of the airflow also extends. In addition, two adjustable air flaps are opened in the underfloor in front of the front axle, and they direct a portion of the air into the diffuser channels of the underbody structure. This also produces a “ground effect" at the front axle.

    In “Sport" mode, the aerodynamic control system reduces the attack angle of the rear wing somewhat, which enables a higher top speed. The spoiler remains extended. The aerodynamic flaps in the underfloor area close, which also reduces aerodynamic drag and increases attainable vehicle speeds. In “E" mode, the control is configured entirely for low aerodynamic drag; the rear wing and spoiler are retracted and the underfloor flaps are closed.

    Adjustable air inlets under the main headlights round off the adaptive aerodynamic system. When the vehicle is stationary and in “Race" and “Sport" mode, they are opened for maximum cooling air intake. In “E-Power" and “Hybrid" modes, they close immediately after the car is driven off in order to keep aerodynamic drag to a minimum. They are not opened until the car reaches speeds of approximately 130 km/h or when cooling requirements are higher.

    From comfortable to race-ready: five modes for three motors
    The core of the 918 Spyder concept is its distribution of propulsive power among the three power units; their cooperation is controlled by an intelligent management system. To best exploit these different approaches, the Porsche developers defined five operating modes that can be activated via a “map switch" on the steering wheel, just like in motorsport cars. On the basis of this pre-selection, the 918 Spyder applies the most suitable operating and boost strategy without driver intervention, thus allowing the driver to concentrate fully on the road.

    Quiet and elegant: “E-Power"
    When the vehicle is started up, the “E-Power" mode is the default operating mode as long as the battery is sufficiently charged. In ideal conditions, the 918 Spyder can cover over 30 kilometres on purely electric power. Even in pure electric mode, the 918 Spyder accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in less than seven seconds and can reach speeds of up to 150 km/h. In this mode, the combustion engine is only used when needed. If the battery’s charge state drops below a set minimum value, the vehicle automatically switches to hybrid mode.

    Efficient and comfortable: “Hybrid"
    In “Hybrid" mode, the electric motors and combustion engine work alternately with a focus on maximum efficiency and minimum fuel consumption. The use of individual drive components is modified as a function of the current driving situation and the desired performance. The Hybrid mode is typically used for a fuel economy-oriented driving style.

    Sporty and dynamic: “Sport Hybrid"
    In more dynamic situations, the 918 Spyder selects the “Sport Hybrid" mode for its power sources. The combustion engine now operates continuously and provides the main propulsive force. In addition, the electric motors provide support in the form of electric boosting or when the operating point of the combustion engine can be optimised for greater efficiency. The focus of this mode is on performance and a sporty driving style at top speed.

    For fast laps: “Race Hybrid"
    “Race Hybrid" is the mode for maximum performance and an especially sporty driving style. The combustion engine is chiefly used under high load, and charges the battery when the driver is not utilising its maximum output. Again, the electric motors provide additional support in the form of boosting. Furthermore, the gear-shifting programme of the PDK is set up for even sportier driving. The electric motors are used up to the maximum power output limit to deliver the best possible performance for the race track. In this mode, the battery charge state is not kept constant, rather it fluctuates over the entire charge range. In contrast to Sport Hybrid mode, the electric motors run at their maximum power output limit for a short time for better boosting. This increased output is balanced by the combustion engine charging the battery more intensively. Electric power is thus available even with several very fast laps.

    For pole position: “Hot Lap"
    The “Hot Lap" button in the middle of the map switch releases the final reserves of the 918 Spyder and can only be activated in “Race Hybrid" mode. Similar to a qualification mode, this pushes the traction battery to its maximum power output limits for a few fast laps. This mode uses all of the available energy in the battery.

    Main propulsion: the race car’s eight cylinder engine
    The main source of propulsion is the 4.6-litre, eight cylinder engine that produces 608 hp of power. The engine is derived directly from the power unit of the successful RS Spyder, which explains why it can deliver engine speeds of up to 9,150 rpm. Like the race engine of the RS Spyder, the 918 Spyder power unit features dry-sump lubrication with a separate oil tank and oil extraction. To save weight, components such as the oil tank, the air filter box integrated into the subframe and the air induction are made of carbon fibre reinforced polymer. Further extensive lightweight design measures have resulted in such features as titanium connecting rods, thin-wall, low-pressure casting on the crank case and the cylinder heads, a high-strength, lightweight steel crankshaft with 180 degrees crankpin offset and the extremely thin-walled alloy steel/nickel exhaust system. Striking features of the V8 are that it no longer supports any auxiliary systems, there are no external belt drives and the engine is therefore particularly compact. Weight and performance optimisations achieve a power output per litre of approx. 132 hp/l – the highest power output per litre of a Porsche naturally aspirated engine – which is significantly higher than that of the Carrera GT (106 hp/l) and outstanding for a naturally aspirated engine.

    Unique race car design heritage: top pipes
    It isn’t just this engine’s performance but also the sound it makes that stokes the emotionality of the 918 Spyder. This is attributable first and foremost to the so-called top pipes: the tailpipes terminate in the upper part of the rear end immediately above the engine. No other production vehicle uses this solution. The top pipes’ greatest benefit is optimal heat removal, because the hot exhaust gases are released via the shortest possible route, and exhaust gas back pressure remains low. This design requires a new thermodynamic air channelling concept. With the HSI engine, the hot side is located inside the cylinder V, the intake channels are on the outside. There is another benefit as well: the engine compartment remains cooler. This is especially beneficial to the lithium-ion traction battery, as it provides optimum performance at temperatures between 20 and 40 degrees Celsius. Consequently, less energy needs to be used for active cooling of the battery.

    In parallel in the drivetrain: hybrid module
    The V8 engine is coupled to the hybrid module, since the 918 Spyder is designed as a parallel hybrid like the current hybrid models from Porsche. Essentially, the hybrid module comprises a 115 kW electric motor and a decoupler that serves as the connection with the combustion engine. Because of its parallel hybrid configuration, the 918 Spyder can be powered at the rear axle either individually by the combustion engine or electric motor or via both drives jointly. As is typical for a Porsche super sports car, the power pack in the 918 Spyder has been placed in front of the rear axle, and does not have any direct mechanical connection to the front axle.

    Upside-down for a low centre of gravity: Doppelkupplung
    A seven-speed Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission handles power transmission to the rear axle. The high-performance transmission is the sportiest version of the successful PDK; it has undergone a complete redesign for the 918 Spyder and has been further optimised for high performance. To ensure a low mounting position for a low centre of gravity of the entire vehicle, the gear unit was turned “upside down" by rotating it 180 degrees about its longitudinal axis, in contrast to other Porsche series. If no power is required on the rear axle, the two motors can be decoupled by opening the decoupler and PDK clutches. This is the action behind the Porsche hybrid drive’s typical “coasting" with the combustion engine switched off.

    Independent all-wheel drive: front axle with electric motor
    On the front axle, there is another independent electric motor with an output of approximately 95 kW. The front electric drive unit drives the wheels at a fixed ratio. A decoupler decouples the electric motor at high speeds to prevent the motor from over-revving. Drive torque is independently controlled for each axle. This makes for very responsive all-wheel drive functionality that offers great potential in terms of traction and driving dynamics.

    Lithium-ion battery with plug-in charging system
    The electric energy for the electric motors is stored by a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery comprising 312 individual cells with an energy content of about seven kilowatt hours. The battery of the 918 Spyder has a performance-oriented design in terms of both power charging and output, so that it can fulfil the performance requirements of the electric motor. The power capacity and the operating life of the lithium-ion traction battery depend on several factors, including thermal conditions. That is why the battery of the 918 Spyder is liquid-cooled by a dedicated cooling circuit. The global warranty period for the traction battery is seven years.

    To supply it with energy, Porsche developed a new system with a plug-in vehicle charge port and improved recuperation potential. This vehicle charge port in the B-column on the front passenger side lets users connect the storage battery to a mains supply at home and charge it. The charge port is standardised for the country of purchase. The on-board charger is located close to the traction battery. It converts the alternating current of the mains supply into direct current with a maximum charge output of 3.6 kW. Using the supplied Porsche Universal Charger (AC), the traction battery can be charged within four hours from a ten ampere rated, fused power socket on the German 230 Volt mains supply, for example. Furthermore, the Porsche Universal Charger (AC) can be installed at home in the garage using the Charging Dock. It enables rapid and convenient charging within approximately two hours, irrespective of regional conditions. The Porsche Speed Charging Station (DC) is available as an optional extra. It can fully charge the high-voltage battery of the 918 Spyder in just 25 minutes.

    Pioneering control concept: clear organisation of the cockpit
    The driver is the focus of all technology in the future Porsche super sports car. A cockpit was created for the driver that is typical of the brand and pioneering in its clarity. It is partitioned into two basic areas. First, there are the controls that are important for driving, which are grouped around the multifunction steering wheel, combined with driver information displayed on three large round instruments. Second, there is the infotainment block that is housed in the lifted centre console, which was introduced in the Carrera GT. Control functions, e.g. for the automatic climate control system, wing adjustment, lighting and Porsche Communication Management (PCM), including a Burmester high-end sound system, can be intuitively operated by multitouch with a new type of black panel technology.

    For even higher performance: the Weissach package
    For very performance-oriented customers of the 918 Spyder, Porsche offers the “Weissach" package. These modified super sports cars can be recognised at first glance by special colours and designs that are based on legendary Porsche race cars. The roof, rear wings, rear-view mirrors and frames of the windscreen are made of visible carbon. Parts of the interior are upholstered with Alcantara instead of leather, and visible carbon replaces much of the aluminium. Sound insulation has been reduced. The emphasis on performance is not just visual: very lightweight magnesium wheels reduce unsprung masses; gross weight was reduced by about 35 kg. The benefits are experienced in further improved dynamic performance. Other references from motorsport are six-point seatbelts for driver and front passenger, optional film-coating instead of body paint, as well as additional aerodynamic body parts in visible carbon.

    Porsche redefined: a new super sports car for a new decade
    The 918 Spyder continues a long tradition of super sports cars at Porsche; as technology platforms, as the driving force behind both car emotion and car evolution and as the ultimate sports cars of their decades: the Carrera GTS, the first Porsche Turbo, the 959, the 911 GT1, the Carrera GT. More than any of its predecessors, the 918 Spyder is providing key impetus for developing technologies for future vehicle concepts. It offers a complete package of components that reflect Porsche DNA – more concentrated than ever before.


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    Very interesting. In videos we clearly have seen that porsche is using SB Limotive batteries - JV by samsung and Bosch. But since dec 2012 this company was terminated because of changing partnership conditions. Samsung will continue to produce battery elements, bosch will concentrate on development, r&d, marketing and distribution. 

    So, why does porsche use old battery pack?


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    Better power output per litre than the 458 


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    Whoopsy:

    Better power output per litre than the 458 

    To be precise it is the best production NA power output;)


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    Re: 918 latest news Thread Closed

    Jeez Whoopsy, I'm a bit late to the party, but what fantastic news!!! angelangelangel

    Many, many congrats to one of the most fascinating cars currently available! wink

    But I can't understand your problems about which car you should let go for the 918. It's so easy, just dump the Audi. indecision


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    Re: 918 latest news Thread Closed

    Haha, there are times when a big 4 door sedan is needed. Actually lately I have been going out of my way to drive the Audi. I have driven the 12C and the Turbo S exactly 2 times each since I got the Audi, and one of those includes a short trip to the gas station to fill up. The Audi dries REALLY REALLY nice. I am sooooooo surprised. 

    My wife has been hogging the G though. I barely got to touch it.


     
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