By David Thomas on May 16, 2013
Porsche introduced the world to its Spyder Concept way back in March 2010 — a time when electric vehicles were thought to be the near future for everyone. The idea of Porsche putting a plug-in hybrid powertrain into its halo race car might have dimmed with the tepid reaction to typical EVs.
That doesn't seem to be the case.
Porsche has let out some more details about the prototype for the 918 Spyder, which is running rings at Germany's famed Nurburgring track. Porsche says it has completed a time of 7 minutes and 14 seconds, an identical time to a specially equipped Lexus LFA.
It hits speeds of more than 200 mph thanks to a 608-horsepower, 4.6-liter V-8 engine teamed to three electric motors, including one powering each set of wheels. Combined power is said to be ... 887 hp.
But the startling part may be just how committed to hybrids Porsche seems.
The Spyder is considered the "gene pool" for Porsche's future sports cars. Yes, this means the hallowed 911.
While your mind wraps around that future, here are more specs and photos straight from Porsche.
Technical Specifications – Porsche 918 Spyder
Maximum Revs: 9,150 rpm
Range: Purely electric approx. 18 mi.
Warranty: Vehicle (Battery) 4 years (7 years)
Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David