Porsche Reveals 918 Spyder Hybrid
Imagine a supercar that hits 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and has a top speed of 200 mph. Now imagine this car getting 94 miles per gallon. This is the Porsche 918 Spyder prototype, revealed at the Geneva Motor Show.
The 918 Spyder is propelled by a 500-horsepower V8 engine along with front and rear electric axle motors. Liquid-cooled lithium ion batteries can be charged by a standard household electrical socket.
Incredibly, Porsche's latest creation emits only 0.25 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) per mile. For comparison this equates to 21 percent less CO2 per mile than a 2010 Toyota Prius.
Typical supercars, like those manufactured by Ferrari, can get 10-15 miles per gallon and emit up to 1.75 pounds of CO2 per mile.
According to the German publication Der Spiegel Porsche CEO Michael Macht said, “We are a sports car manufacturer and that means it's about driving fast - but at the same time about cutting pollution and conserving natural resources."
Tests of the 918 Spyder have determined the car is faster than Porsche's own Carrera GT supercar.
The prototype was one of three hybrid vehicles introduced by the company at the Geneva Auto Show. Porsche also revealed the Cayenne S Hybrid and the 911 GT3 R Hybrid racer.