Porsche announces $200 million investment in R&D facility, 918 Spyder production clay model photo released

Porsche 918 Spyder Clay Model

Porsche announced today that it is implementing a long-term strategic site plan for its research and development center in Weissach (Baden-Wurttemberg). The company will invest around 150 million euros ($200 million USD) in a high-tech wind tunnel, a state-of-the-art design centre and an innovative electronics integration centre, etc.

“The new system will help us to maintain Porsche’s top position in the fields of aerodynamics and design and to further extend our lead. Outstanding design with optimal aerodynamic efficiency have always been classic Porsche strongholds”, says Wolfgang Dürheimer, Porsche AG Board of Management Member for Research and Development.

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Along with the announcement Porsche released an image of a clay model that is rumored to be the production 918 Spyder. Production of the 918 Spyder is expected to total 1,200 units with prices starting around $630,000 a piece.

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 Clay Model:

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– By: Omar Rana