By on January 10, 2011

How’s this for a way to kick off a car show? The Porsche 918 RSR looks tastier than the complimentary breakfast that preceded its launch this morning, all gullwings and gleaming sidepipes. Its direct-injected V8 makes 563 HP at a dizzying 10,300 RPM, and electric torque-vectoring motors on the front wheels add a combined 150 kW, for a total power output of 767 HP. Porsche says the interior is more “gentleman’s racer”-oriented than the 918 Concept… but what gentleman makes his consort sit atop the energy-storing flywheel that replaces the passenger seat? And don’t get us (specifically Jack Baruth) started on the copious 917 references in Porsche’s promotional literature. Still, this Porsche is hard not to like… right down to the giant orange “Hybrid” splashed across its rear wing.

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14 Comments on “NAIAS 2011: Porsche 918 RSR...”


  • avatar
    OldandSlow

    The R&D budget for Porsche must be enormous to present this masterpiece of engineering.

  • avatar
    tom

    Awesome car, but I wonder: Where is it supposed to race?
     
    I was kinda hoping for an LMP1 car…

  • avatar

    Hey! That’s not gullwings!
     
    Note the V8 is a 6.2. This owns the SLS.
     
    The headlights are cool.

  • avatar
    chuckR

    As a Cayman owner, I approve of the location of the engine. And the shape… ;)
    Is this the harbinger of another line above the 911 but maybe not so crazy as the Carrera GT? By that I mean crazy in terms of price and even a hint of practicality.
    I think I’d rather see a 928 successor built off the Panamera first.
     

  • avatar
    ClutchCarGo

    As a driver I would still find the idea of that flywheel next to me to be unnerving. Just how well contained is all of that kinetic energy, especially in an accident?

  • avatar
    stuki

    What is this exercise for? Seems like just throwing disparate tech at a mule, in the hope that enough bailout queens will burn their Tarp funds on the latest in Euro envious PC masturbation.
     
    If there was a racing series capping CO2 emissions, or something of the kind, DI V8s with hybrid torque vectoring hub motors may prove to be just the ticket. But for now, it’s little more than a silly exercise in spec sheet bling. Very un-Porsche like; at least historically.

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      chuckR

      Not necessarily a silly exercise. Porsche has trouble in Europe and NA with mileage requirements. The new 911 has a larger footprint which will be beneficial in reducing the future mileage increase required in the US. Doesn’t make sense, but there it is. If the GT3RS hybrid can demonstrate durability and performance, you might see a KERS flywheel system come to a car near you. Also, Porsche has been advocating a race series with a CO2 and fuel consumption cap – the GT3RS hybrid has shown enough promise.
      I’m more intrigued by the Callaway Golf Forged Composite carbon fiber manufacturing process – they will JV with Lamborghini. Work out the bugs/costs with a low volume high price manufacturer. If it works, move to Porsche at 50X-100X volume at lower prices, then Audi at 10X Porsche volume and yet lower price points. Then repeat with the rest of VW. I hope they can pull it off.

  • avatar
    blowfish

    As a driver I would still find the idea of that flywheel next to me to be unnerving. Just how well contained is all of that kinetic energy, especially in an accident?
    Thats very unnerving, can do a sequel to texas Chainsaw,   Giant meat grinder fro Zufferhausen.
    At 100,000 rpm will take minutes for the spinning to die down. Driver need to wear a steel suit thick as the Tiger tank’s front plate.

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    Nick

    ‘what gentleman makes his consort sit atop the energy-storing flywheel that replaces the passenger seat?’
    If you have enough money to buy this, your consort will be willing to sit anywhere.

  • avatar
    saponetta

    Don’t know why everyone is commenting on the flywheel.  You are probaly 100,000x more likely to be injured or die exploring this or any other cars performance limits than some freak accident with an exploding flywheel on a PRODUCTION car.

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