Gallery: Porsche 918 RSR Hybrid Race Car Unveiled at Detroit Auto Show

 
Porsche's new hybrid supercar takes design cues from classic racers like the 908 and the 917, fusing these classic profiles with cutting-edge hybrid technology.

Porsche‘s new hybrid supercar takes design cues from classic racers like the 908 and the 917, fusing these classic profiles with cutting-edge hybrid technology. The vehicle’s carbon fiber-reinforced plastic monocoque shell is emblazoned with the starting number 22, recalling the 1971 Le Mans victory of Helmut Marko and Gijs van Lennep.

An endurance racer at heart, the 918 RSR has a clever trick up its sleeve to keep it ahead of the competition. Whenever the vehicle brakes, a flywheel accumulator located next to the driver’s seat captures and stores energy. This energy can then be directed to the vehicle’s twin 102 hp electric motors to provide a burst of speed, allowing the vehicle to rocket ahead of other cars during critical overtaking maneuvers.

Porsche also announced plans to produce diesel and hybrid versions of the Panamera this year as well as a limited number of the 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid super sports car, making this a banner year for the luxury auto manufacturer.

+ Porsche

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3 Comments

  1. Bubby May 31, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Kudos! What a neat way of thninkig about it.

  2. Shermaine May 31, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    This forum neeedd shaking up and you’ve just done that. Great post!

  3. SuperParris January 10, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    I love the 911GT3 hybrid, a 480 horsepower. With the flywheel speed booster.

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