Porsche’s “intelligent” hybrid supercar, the 918 Spyder, silently drove the first 25 kilometres out of Alice Springs recently on electric power alone before unleashing all 652 kW of power from its electric motors and racing V8 engine to reach a top speed of 350 km/h, according to a media release from the German car maker.
“The transition from cruising silently at city speeds of 60 km/h to roaring race car for the road reaching V-Max took just 40 seconds, completing an achievement no other production car has ever managed on Australian roads.
“The controlled test took place with a professional driver at the wheel on the only public road in Australia where such a feat is possible – the Northern Territory’s section of straight, open speed highway. The use of radios and spotters ensured the road was completely devoid of traffic at the time.
“Porsche Intelligent Performance enables the 918 Spyder to perform at both ends of the driving spectrum, showcasing leading edge hybrid technology that will eventually transfer into more Porsche road cars in the future,” says the release.
“As demonstrated in Alice Springs, in full-electric ‘E-Power‘ mode the 918 Spyder can drive for up to 30 kilometres at speeds up to 150 km/h through twin electric motors developing maximum power of 210 kW at 6,500 rpm.”
“In ‘Race Hybrid‘ mode the electric motors work in conjunction with the racing-inspired 4.6-litre V8 petrol engine (447 kW at 8,700 rpm) to deliver maximum total power output of 652 kW at 8,500 rpm.”