Porsche 918 Spyder competition-spec to take Nurburgring 24-hour race in 2011

Porsche 918 Spyder Concept

During most of the 2010 24-hour race at the Nurburgring-Nordschleife, it seemed that the 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid would win the race. However, Porsche team members faced some technical problems a few hours from the end, giving the BMW M3 GT2 a chance to lead and eventually win the race.

Even after that loss, Porsche has no plans to pull hybrid technology from the 24-hour Nurburgring race. According to a report by Auto Motor und Sport Porsche will come back next year with hybrid technology – but this time instead of the 911 GT3 R Hybrid, Porsche will use a competition-spec version of the Porsche 918 Spyder.

We’re looking forward to it.

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Refresher: Power for the Porsche 918 Spyder Concept comes from a 3.4L mid-mounted V8 making 500-hp. The engine is mated to two electric-motors sitting on the front and rear axle with an additional output of 218-hp. Power is driven to the wheels by Porsche”s 7-speed Doppelkupplungsgetriebe PDK transmission, allowing the 918 Spyder Concept to go from 0-62 mph in 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 198 mph. Drivers are allowed to choose from four different driving modes including E-Drive, Hybrid, Sport Hybrid and Race Hybrid. The E-Drive mode lets the 918 Spyder concept run on pure electricity with a range of 16 miles.

Porsche 918 Spyder Concept:

– By: Kap Shah

Source: Auto Motor und Sport (via AutoBlog)