Breaking news from the Detroit auto show today. Porsche unveiled an amazingly well kept secret: the brand spankin new Porsche 918 RSR.
read more about it below.
After such ground-breaking success of the 911 GT3 R hybrid, it comes as now surprise Porsche thinks its captain of the hybrid-racecar world; and for damn good reason. In all honesty, the thing pretty much kicked ass and took names as far as hybrid are concerned.
The 911 GT3 R competed in three different ILMS events last year: Petit Le Mans, 24 Hours of Nurburgring, and Zhuhai 1000km in an unclassified class all by its lonesome, but still it held its own against other classes.
The car is set to pump out 563 hp from its mid-mounted 3.4-liter direct-injected V8, the same powerplant that powered the amazing Spyder RS. On top of that, supposedly an additional 204 hp can be tacked on thanks to its pair of electric motors mounted on the front wheels. That adds up to a potential of 767 hp under peak all wheel drive power.
The 918 RSR employs the same energy recovery and regeneration system as the 911 GT3 R Hybrid, with kinetic energy from the car’s braking being stored and transferred through a flywheel that rotates up to 36,000 rpm. Two 75 kW electric motors deploy the recuperated energy, making for significant performance gains. All of it is plugged into some sort of nuclear reactor in the passenger seat?
It can also lead to improved efficiency, as seen with the 911 GT3 R Hybrid during its three endurance racing outings in 2010. Drivers Jorg Bergmeister and Patrick Long finished an impressive sixth overall in the Zhuhai 1000km, outpacing the entire GT2 field, thanks to making two fewer stops over the course of the six-hour race.
On top of all that jazz, it comes as no surprise that the 918 is drawing on the design cues of its grandpappy, the legendary Porsche 917 which held the distance record for the 24 Hours of Le Mans all the way until 2010; a record of a whopping 3,315.21 miles at an average speed of 138.13 mph back in 1971. It took 39 years and an army of Audi engineers to take that down. Holy shhhhiiiii...