The Detroit Motor Show has returned to it's glory with the debut of the all new Porsche 918 RSR. Shown for the first time to the motoring press this Porsche could hint to the future of Porsche racing.
The mid engined 918 RSR is powered by the same engine found in the 911 GT3 R Hybrid engine. Now with this engine in the sexy 918 RSR body, one can really see that Porsche has a winner on it's hands both from a design standpoint and technologically.
So what exactly makes the engine so special on this 918 RSR? Fist we have the V8 underneath the hood which is already good for an astonishing 563 bhp at 10,300 rpm. Then we have two electric motors on each of the front wheels which can be powered by the press of a button in the vehicle.Both of these engines are good for 102 horsepower each according to Porsche. These two electric motors are independent in power and up the power of the car to a total of 767 bhp.
Interestingly enough, there is also a flywheel accumulator which replaces the passenger seat in this hybrid concept. This is what you see in the picture below. I must say that the it looks quite odd with this sort of device found right next to the driver and one is going to need ear plugs to not be distracted by the rotor which can spin up to 36,000 rpm to rotation energy! The flywheel accumulator is also a fancy name for an electric motor and it gets charged when braking is done by the two front mounted electric motors.
A Porsche with 767 bhp is sure to be one extreme performer but there are no performance numbers to gander at here in the latest press release.It is also just a concept and hints toward the future of Porsche Motorsports.
I would be really interested to see the 918 RSR in action and here all the different motors working together.Unfortunately there are no videos of this car in action just yet.
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