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The 918 Spyder: Genetic blueprint for future Porsche sportscars
Record-breaking super sportscar offers the best of both worlds
In the 918 Spyder, Porsche is launching the future of the sportscar: As the first vehicle to boast global road homologation, the model beat the record of seven minutes set for a lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife, achieving a time of 6:57 minutes. What's more, the 918 Spyder can glide through the city without releasing any emissions, and virtually without a sound.

Design and body
Perfect synthesis of form and function
The design of the 918 Spyder pays homage to legendary Porsche race cars. It is based firstly on the 917, which won overall victories for Porsche at Le Mans from 1970, and secondly the successful RS Spyder, the endurance winner of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) from 2005.

Operating strategies and driving modes
From comfortable to race-ready: Five modes for three motors
The centrepiece of the 918 Spyder concept is the distribution of propulsive power across three power units, all of which are integrated and controlled via an intelligent management system. To benefit as much as possible from the coverage offered by the different systems, Porsche developers have defined a total of five operating modes. Just like in motorsport, these modes are activated via a map switch in the steering wheel.

Engine and transmission
Outstanding performance courtesy of unique hybrid concept
The 918 Spyder is the first production vehicle to have three independent power units that can be controlled separately. The combustion engine and rear electric motor are arranged in series on a common axle and drive the rear axle via the PDK. The second electric motor acts on the front wheels via a single-stage gearbox and a decoupler.

Chassis, tyres and brakes
Chassis with race car genes and rear-axle steering
The outstanding driving dynamics of the 918 Spyder is the result of pure racing technology. Design, construction and components of the chassis and running gear come directly from the RS Spyder. The front wheels are driven by a double control arm axle, and the rear wheels by a multi-link axle. The properties of this racing chassis are further refined by the active shock-absorber system (PASM) and the rear-axle steering.

Adaptive Aerodynamics
Porsche Active Aerodynamic (PAA) coordinated with driving modes
When designing the 918 Spyder body shell, it was possible to focus on achieving optimum aerodynamic properties, in addition to the design itself, thanks to the rolling chassis construction. All air intakes and outlets are integrated aerodynamically into the body to optimal effect. These are designed to conduct air flows through and around the vehicle in an optimum manner. Another aerodynamic and highly effective area is the fully closed underbody, which provides an undisturbed and even air flow underneath the vehicle.

Interior and features
Ground-breaking control concept: Innovative black-panel technology in the cockpit
The driver is at the heart of all the technology in the Porsche super sportscar. With this in mind, the engineers have developed a cockpit that is typical of the brand and pioneering in its clarity. The cockpit concept is divided into two basic sections: The first section comprises the controls that are important for driving. These items are grouped around the multi-function steering wheel and combined with driver information displayed on three large round instruments.

Less weight for improved performance
Porsche is offering drivers who want a more performance-oriented finish the “Weissach” package in the 918 Spyder. Modified super sportscars are also recognisable from the available special colours and designs inspired by legendary Porsche race cars. Roof, rear wing, rear-view mirror and windscreen frame are made from visible carbon fibre. Parts of the interior are trimmed with Alcantara instead of leather, and in many cases, visible carbon fibre replaces the aluminium. Sound insulation measures have also been reduced. more ...
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High-tech craftsmanship
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