Porsche 918 RSR – Racing Laboratory Hybrid Prototype

By - January 10th, 2011

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Whereas 2010 ended in a note of cautious optimism for the auto industry, 2011 starts in an auspicious climate with several announcements prior to the 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. One entry is the Porsche 918 RSR, a two-seater mid-engine coupé. The first racing version of the Porsche 918 Spyder, the Hybrid Super Car scheduled to be in production, its number “22″ is in honor of the Le Mans record setting Porsche 917 of 1971. The liquid metal, chrome blue colored 918 RSR, along with the Porsche’s emergency orange accents highlight the vehicle’s nature as a prototype, thus dubbed among Porsche employees as “Race Lab”. A V8 along with 2 electric motors positioned in the front wheels power the 918 RSR to 767 hp. Meanwhile, a 36,000 rpm flywheel accumulator retain additional power during breaking by the front wheels . If need be during overtaking maneuvers, driver can push a button to “call up” the stored power for additional boost in speed. Like that of a laboratory, a minimalistic cockpit with rocker switches and visual system that display all telemetry information. Next to the driver sits the flywheel accumulator.  Certainly gets your heart racing, doesn’t it? The Porsche 918 RSR Racing Laboratory set to debut at this week’s 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

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