Last year, Porsche showed us their latest concept hybrid supercar called the 918 Spyder hybrid. Porsche later planned it for a limited production due to high demands and will most likely be priced above €500,000. Porsche has yet to show us the production version of the 918 Spyder, but before that, Porsche recently revealed something as close as you can get, the Porsche 918 RSR race car!
Think of it as a bigger brother to the 911 GT3 R Hybrid, the 918 RSR will be powered by the Porsche RS Spyder racer’s 3.4 liter V8 and adds another pair of electric motors for both the front wheels, which makes this race car produce a total of 757bhp. The two electric motors alone already generates 101bhp.
The special thing about this race car is its boost button. During braking, kinetic energy will be converted into electrical energy and is stored in a flywheel inside the car which spins at up to 36,000rpm. Once fully charged, a button on the steering wheel allows the driver to have a full 8 seconds of boost. Very handy for overtaking!
The Porsche 918 RSR will be shown at the Detroit Auto Show and the car will now be used as a testing base for Porsche’s latest hybrid technology. The production version of it however, will only go on sale early 2012 as Porsche do not want to interrupt the launch of their new 911. In the meantime, enjoy the photos below and a video which allow us to see the rotating cooling fan above the car in full spinning action…..yet in slow-motion.