Porsche Releases Images of Forthcoming 918 Spyder
The new photos of the upcoming Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid supercar have been released by the automaker. The latest model decked out in full Martini Racing livery, displays the 918 in black-and-white, and the interiors have been captured for the first time. Martini has a significant role in the history of Porsche as it served as the automaker’s official racing partner between 1973 and 1978. Even though it became immortalized through those years, it was noted when it adorned the Porsche 917 when it won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1971. Currently, Porsche is testing the 918 Spyder on the Nurburgring to set a record of 7:22 lap time.
Porsche however revealed almost all the details of the new 918 including its technical details and powertrain specifications, and the interior pictures revealed resemble the original concept car, which was first shown at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, including the large center console with LCD screen – likely to be a touch screen. Besides, there is a set of switches and controls seen underneath the screen and a small red gear indicator display showing the currently selected gear. The big grey dash-mounted screen included in the new model is a temporary item used for diagnostic readouts during testing. The steering wheel has been designed with aluminium paddle-shifters, which is also seen alongside the heavily motorport-inspired carbonfibre and aluminium seats highlighted by a Porsche logo and ’918 Spyder’.
Moving to its powertrain, along with electric motors at each axle, the 918 will also be powered by a V8 engine that generates a total system output of 770 hp, combined with a remarkably impressive 78 mpg mileage. Porsche recently announced that the company plans to start a new partnership to make the livery available on the 918 Spyder for customers. Production of the car is expected to start in September 2013 that will be followed by the first deliveries later that year.