Martini Racing Porsche 918 Spyder revealed

Following on from the recent spy video, Porsche has released these fantastic photos of its 918 Spyder prototype, looking resplendent in its Martini Racing livery, highlighting the special partnership between the companies which will continue with this new car.

Now in the next phase of driving trials at the fabled Nurburgring, the 918 Spyder uses a carbon fibre reinforced polymer monocoque, ensuring a rigid yet lightweight design, but it’s the drivetrain that remains the main talking point.

At the heart of the Targa-roofed 918 is a 425 kW (570 hp) 4.6-litre V8 engine, which is complemented by a 90 kW (121 hp) hybrid module at the rear along with a 80 kW (107 hp) electric motor driving the front wheels. When relying on electric power alone, top speed is 150 km/h (93 mph) with a range of 25 kilometres achievable – depending on driving style but, with the full-on 574 kW (770 hp) a its disposal, 100 km/h appears in just 3 seconds, while top speed is 325 km/h (202 mph). All from a car capable of consuming around three litres of fuel every 100 kilometres.

Other equipment of note includes a hybrid brake system with adaptive recuperation, ceramic brake discs, an adaptive electro-mechanical system on the rear axle for individual rear wheel steering, an optional electro-pneumatic lift system on the front axle and, of course, that stunning Martini Racing livery.

[Source: Porsche]

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