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Test driving the Porsche 918 Spyder prototype

By FaezClutchless on 25 Mar 2012

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Most of us are aware that Porsche is developing their next supercar model which is the 918 Spyder and it will be the world’s first hybrid supercar. Normally when someone sees the phrase hybrid car, he or she will think of something like the Prius. But, this is most definitely not a Prius as Porsche has promised that the 918 Spyder will offer supercar performance with stunning fuel efficiency.

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Porsche has built three prototypes until now and recently, the German automaker has invited the guys from Wired magazine to test drive one of them on the Nardo Ring high speed test track in Italy. The car may not look much or complete right now but it was in bits and pieces just a few weeks ago and Porsche managed to assign a team to assemble the parts in time for the test drive.

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The 918 Spyder is equipped with a 570bhp engine which was borrowed from the ALMS LMP2 RS race car and with two additional electric motor units. The first electric motor unit (mounted between the engine and seven-speed transmission) is rated at 120bhp, while the second unit which is mounted on the front axle produces 107bhp.

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The combined power output of the car and plus its total weight of 1678kg allows it to complete the century sprint in less than three seconds and with a top speed of 325km/h. The car’s set-up also includes a 6.8kWh battery that offers an all-electric range of 26 kilometres which requires a recharging time of six hours. But if an 110V outlet is used, the time needed to recharge takes only two hours.

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Fans of the 918 Spyder can only drool for now as the car will only go on sale in September 2013.

Photo credit: wired.com

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