2011 NAIAS: Porsche 918 RSR [Live Photos]
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Not just any Porsche, but an entirely new breed of vehicles: the 918 RSR. A hybrid by nature and a sportscar by trade, the RSR comes to bring an insight into a possible future for perhaps the best known sporty premium car marque in the world.
The 918 RSR is a two-seater mid-engine coupe fitted with two electric motors which give it a torque vectoring function with variable torque distribution to the front axle. The V8 engine delivers a troop of 563 hp at 10,300 rpm, with an additional 75 kW coming from each of the two electric motors. That means that, after adding the numbers, you get a staggering 767 horsepower stable filled with the finest horses.
The carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque wraps around the power train and the six-speed constant-mesh transmission inspired by the one used in the RS Spyder race car. The racing pedigree continues to be visible thanks to the air intake in the roof between the wing doors, the two roof-mounted aerials for pit radio and telemetry, the RS Spyder-like lateral front flics, the air splitters beneath the front lip and the no-profile racing slicks on 19-inch wheels with central locking.
This is, for all intents and purposes, a concept, but one which Porsche hopes will teach it enough to provide better, faster, incredible machines in the future.
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