New season brings new technological solutions. More supercar manufacturer opts for hybrid drive in their top models. One of them is the Porsche who is still working on improving the prototype of its future model, the 918 Spyder.
Unlike Ferrari, who has been the premiere quite successfully hiding the appearance and technical details LaFerrari, Porsche had a different approach. German manufacturer during the development of the model 918 Spyder occasionally go out in public with photos of the prototype, and has published technical details and specifications of incomplete car.
This time we have the opportunity to see how it looks most recent prototype and to find out what changes were made to the operating system in the previous working version of the car. The current configuration of the hybrid system consists of 4.6-liter V8 with 447 kW/608 hp and 530 Nm of torque, and the electric motor. Electric motors produce 115 kW/156 hp and 95 kW/129 hp, and each of them run by one axle cars. Porsche says that thus gets the maximum combined output of 652 kW/887 hp and over 800 Nm of torque. The German company expects the car from 0 to 60mph speed up to 2.8 and will reach a top speed of 205mph.
The driver can choose one of 5 different driving modes which are located on the steering wheel controls. The E-Power mode, the car is moving on the electric drive. In this manner of driving 918 Spyder is capable of speeds up to 60mph in less than 7 s, a top speed of 90mph and have a range of movement of 20miles. In the Hybrid mode, the electric motors and the V8 work interchangeably, to achieve maximum efficiency in driving. Switching to Sport Hybrid mode provides continuous operation V8 units and electric motors are included only when needed to the car, when necessary, from time to time give extra incentives to power. Race Hybrid mode is similar to the preceding, and differs in the moments when the driver does not use the maximum power of the V8 engine to complement battery electric drive. Also, in this mode driving shifts in the PDK automatic transmission are tuned to enable motors to deliver maximum power to the disposal.
The last mode, Hot Lap, an upgrade of the Race Hybrid mode in which the system will be able to use all the energy available in the battery so the car has developed its maximum performance.
Porsche is predicted that battery can be supplemented for 4 hours using a 230 V outlet Quick charger. Finally, there is the optional Porsche Speed Charging Station (DC), in which the same operation is filling enough to just 25 minutes.
Porsche is the last of three rival the market offer their top model with hybrid drive. In the company were aware that they had to join the race for the electrification of the car because we all know that this technology will one day be found in cars that are accessible to the average customer.