Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Carlos Lago of Ignition tests Porsche 918 Spyder = The Future of the Hypercars is here

The 918 Spyder might pay homage to Porsche’s illustrious past, but its real mission is redefining supercar possibilities. Smart use of advanced technology works to eliminate the traditional conflict between performance and efficiency. Faster, and theoretically more fuel stingy than any past Porsche, the 918 ventures beyond today’s expectations of hybrid technology to ensure that driving fun and extreme performance continue to thrive. This is the Porsche for the age of environmental responsibility.
On this very special 100th episode of Ignition, Carlos Lago tests the Porsche 918 Spyder in Spain. Boasting an electric motor on the front axle and a parallel hybrid setup for the rear, this hypercar produces a combined 874 hp and 944 lb-ft of torque and aims to set a new precedent for performance and efficiency. To this end, it has dizzying amount of motorsports-derived technology -- its carbon fiber passenger tub, engine, and chassis are derived from the concepts that created the RS Spyder ALMS racecar -- but its European test cycle fuel economy results are comparable to the Toyota Yaris Hybrid's. How well does this immensely complex hypercar work?