Porsche To Build 918 Spyder Race Track Edition

Porsche will produce 918 of its 762-horsepower, 552 pound-feet torque 918 Spyder hybrid and of these about 20-percent will be Race Track versions of the carbon-bodied supercar.

The car is scheduled to go on sale Sept. 18, 2013 (9/18) and buyers are expected to pay a premium over the projected $845,000 entry level price to have Porsche remove interior items and delete the paint for a weight savings of about 67 pounds (30 kg).

The Spartan approach to marginally improved performance is a time-honored Porsche tradition, and perhaps this will help the “less than 1700” pound (3,748 pound) – and still not especially light – Race Track version keep up with the also anticipated 920 horsepower Ferarri Enzo hybrid.

Both cars use electric motors to augment drive through multi-speed transmissions. Ferrari will use a V12 and Porsche will use forced induction for its V8.

Porsche has said by the time the 9/18 date rolls around, it will have taken orders for 90 percent of the 918 Spyder’s total limited production run.

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  • john iv

    And this car is on this site because . . .? I thought this site was about helping the enviornment through better transportation options. I don’t see how a car that is worth $900,000 and has 762 hp qualifies. Just because it is a hybrid doesn’t mean it should be posted on this site.

  • Jeff Cobb

    Hi john iv,

    Thanks for the comment. If you were to say this car is extravagant or needless or any such related thing, that would be understood, and within realm of your justifiable opinion. But if you wish to say what content does and does not belong on this site, please allow me as editor here to share a little more about the vision for this site.

    There are several reasons to include this coverage and I’ll touch on a few.

    First off this site is called HybridCars.com, so this Porsche being a hybrid does fit.

    The above brief is actually a followup on a previous article where no one questioned the validity of the content, and we cover all sorts of things that may be deemed not ready for prime time, experimental or not strictly practical, and what have you.

    Granted the focus here is on practical alternatives but in the macro picture of advancing “green tech” toward alternatives to petroleum, it is an “all of the above approach.”

    As such every demographic and psychographic contingent is being catered to, and we offer something for all as able.

    Thus, we have been covering all sorts of things that may seem far afield from what may be your core interests, but still fit the overarching spectrum.

    And think about this: If there ever does come a day when the whole world migrates away from petroleum, the automotive universe will still likely include supercars and sportscars. These manufacturers are jumping to regulations and a shifting market, and we’re covering them now, and where ever they will be in the future as part of the whole automotive universe that is anticipating becoming greener.

    What’s more, supercars and higher performance vehicles create excitement; they imbue panache, and help “sell” the concepts of efficiency to many people who are interested in the viscerally fun side of traveling.

    Brands including Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini and so on are exotics that generate interest, and their green efforts add prestige to an industry too often panned for self-righteous, narrow views.

    For that matter, so does any racer create interest- as KleenSpeed seems to understand.

    http://www.hybridcars.com/news/kleenspeed-ev-x11-sets-laguna-seca-lap-record-48299.html

    Its goal is eminently practical; it wants to supplant internal combustion with electric drive cars for regular people, but what is it doing to create buzz, credibility, and get attention? Setting aside a budget and R&D effort to set lap records in an electric racer – a car that would seem completely impractical to ordinary folks just concerned with mileage and emissions.

    The big picture has a place for all these and more, and these efforts are all trying to go in the same direction. So, even if a nearly million dollar car is out of reach for most of us, it does contribute to the greater goal.

    Hope that helps.

    Regards,

    Jeff

  • Al Bunzel

    According to http://green.autoblog.com/2010/03/01/porsche-918-spyder-plug-in-hybrid-concept-gets-78-mpg-hits-62-m/ the concept Porsche 918 could drive in EV only mode for 16 miles and this is a plug-in hybrid.

    It would be interesting to know how far in EV only mode the race track edition will travel.

    It is great to see Porsches and Ferraris going in this technology direction. In the future, we are likely to see the Electric Motors get more powerful and hopefully the gas motors will get smaller or disappear.

    Also, Porsche and Ferrari (along with other super car makers) are leaders in carbon fiber technology, which helps make cars lighter, hence more energy efficient resulting in more environmentally friendly cars. You can be sure that they will also be looking at ways to make batteries smaller, lighter and have more energy density. As these manufacturers innovate, others will follow.