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PORSCHE SPYDERS: Porsche produced many variants of 'Spyders', examples included the 1953 '550 Spyder', the 1969 '917 PA Spyder', the 1977 '936 Spyder', the 2005 '9R6 Spyder' and in 2010 Porsche announced the '918 Spyder Hybrid' incorporating a 3.4 litre engine from the 9R6 RS Spyder, three electric motors powered by a rechargeable lithium ion battery stack and a KERS kinetic energy recovery system. Porsche claim the 918 Spyder Hybrid achieves fuel consumption of 3.0 litres/100km and a maximum speed of 320kmh.

PORSCHE 9R6 SPYDER: Developed for the Le Mans Prototype Class 2 Series, the 9R6's debut on the race track was undertaken in association with Porsche Partner Roger Penske. The car was immediately successful, winning it's class in the last race of the 2005 American Le Mans Series (ALMS). 9R6's then won the ALMS Series outright consecutively in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Le Mans wins for the car were also impressive, 9R6's won their class in 2008 and 2009.



Porsche 9R6 Spyder with DHL corporate colours


PORSCHE 908 SPYDER: The 908 Spyder incorporated a flat eight boxer engine of 2,997cc capacity, producing 350PS. The car was capable of 320kmh.



Porsche 908 Spyder


PORSCHE 936/77 SPYDER: Developed by Porsche to compete at Le Mans and the World Sportscar Championship, the 936 incorporated a 2.142 litre, six cylinder turbo charged boxer engine producing 540PS and a maximum speed of 360kmh. That performance level ensured many successes and the 936 won the 1976, 1977 and 1981 Le Mans 24 hour races with Jacky Ickx as lead driver. Additional notable racing achievements included winning the 1976 World Sportscar Championship and second place finishes in the Le Mans 24 hour races of 1978 and 1980.

The #4 car featured here is the 1977 Le Mans 24 hour race winner.


Porsche 936 Spyder


PORSCHE 917 PA SPYDER: This 1969 917 PA, was developed for the CanAm Series, The PA stood for 'Porsche Audi'. The Porsche Museum advised the car featured a 7.1 litre sixteen cylinder boxer engine producing 880PS.  The car was capable of 360kmh with an open top, minimal roll bar and effectively no windscreen! This particular car was never raced.



PORSCHE 918 SPYDER 'HYBRID': The 918 Spyder 'Hybrid' was first introduced to the public at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. The following 'Porsche images' of the proposed 918 Spyder 'Hybrid' depict the extent Porsche have gone to design and develop a performance orientated hybrid car, note that Dr Ferdinand Porsche developed a working hybrid car before 1905!

The 918 Spyder 'Hybrid' is claimed to achieve moderate fuel consumption figures of 3.0 litres per 100km and CO2 emissions of 70g/km, which is superior to the Toyota Prius, whilst offering the option of supercar performance with a maximum speed of 320kmh and a 0-100kmh time of 3.2 seconds. The engine specification covers just about all facets of power sources under the one body shell, including a 3.4 litre ICE V8 sourced from the 9R6 Spyder, the ICE engine power output is rated at 373kW, more power is available 'conjointly' or 'separately' from three electric motors rated at 160kW, sourcing their power from a rechargeable lithium ion battery pack. If that isn't enough, further power albeit in small doses is available from a KERS kinetic energy recovery system. The final drive is to the rear wheels through a seven speed, dual clutch semi automatic PDK gearbox.

The comment above regarding 'separate' power from the three electric motors infers the option of a true ZEV vehicle, in part this is true, the car can operate in full electric e-drive mode with a claimed range of 35km. In fact Porsche provide the driver with four selectable driving modes, hybrid, sport hybrid, race hybrid and e-drive.


Porsche 918 Spyder 'Hybrid'

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Revised: August 25, 2013.

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