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    Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid officially ends production at a limited 918 units

    The production of the Porsche 918 Spyder is officially over. If you wanted one of the $850k+ mid-engine all wheel drive 887 horsepower and 944 lb-ft of torque works of top of the line engineering too bad, it's too late. All 918 units have been spoken for which surprises nobody.

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    The car was only produced for 21 months. It is also a tremendous achievement as despite having the highest curb weight of the modern trio of hybrid supercars (McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari) at 3791 pounds it offers the most consistent and arguably best performance around the track.

    The McLaren P1 and LaFerrari are both rear wheel drive and offer less of an electric torque boost than the all wheel drive 918 Spyder with its 431 lb-ft of electric torque. The 918 has bested the McLaren P1 around the road course partially thanks to how effectively it puts the torque down.

    We covered why Porsche deserves tremendous respect for the 918 Spyder earlier this year. Out of the trio, Porsche is the only one who did not feel a need to send an engineering team to every test or control the conditions like Ferrari did. It truly is a car that can speak for itself.

    Porsche, you have earned the respect of enthusiasts worldwide not only for your engineering of the 918 but in your behavior regarding it. It is a colossal achievement.

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    Porsche super sports car with hybrid drive reaches its limited edition volume of 918 units

    Atlanta. This week, the 918 Spyder has completed a remarkable journey. After 21 months of production, the final Porsche 918 Spyder came off the assembly line in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen right on schedule. But the legacy of this technology pioneer will reach far beyond its production time. Future generations of sports cars will benefit directly from innovations found in the 918 Spyder.

    The 918 Spyder was systematically developed to be a performance hybrid with plug-in technology. The hybrid super sports concept car made its debut at the 2010 Geneva International Motor Show where it was met with overwhelming approval. In the summer of 2010, the Supervisory Board of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG gave the green light for its production development. When the car was launched to the market in late 2013, the 918 Spyder represented a continuation of a series of super sports cars in Porsche history. The 904 Carrera GTS, the 959, the 911 GT1 and the Carrera GT were technology pioneers and stood among the ultimate sports cars of their respective decades. In 1963, for example, Porsche created a steel and polymer body for the 904 Carrera GTS that served as a prime example of how to unite stability and lightweight design. In 1986, the 959 successfully introduced an electronically-controlled all-wheel drive system to the sports car world. Ten years later, the 911 GT1 paved the way for implementing carbon-fiber technology in production vehicles. In 2003, the Carrera GT made its debut as the first production vehicle whose monocoque and subframe were made entirely of carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP).

    More so than any of its predecessors, the 918 Spyder is now providing a strong push for the advanced development of technologies for the sports cars of the future. The key technology is a drive concept which combines a high-performance combustion engine with two electric motors; its ingenious operating strategy is one of the unique aspects of the 918 Spyder. It considers the various requirements ranging from an efficiency-oriented driving profile to maximum performance. In doing so, it provides important know-how for future production developments. To maximize the efficiency and performance of the drivetrain depending on the individual driving situation, Porsche developers defined a total of five different operating modes. As in a race car, they are activated by a "map switch" on the steering wheel. Porsche applied its leading hybrid know-how in preparing the characteristic maps and the algorithm stored in them for controlling the three drive units and other systems. This know-how will also be applied to future hybrid drives.

    The car also creates an important foundation for the hybrid drive of tomorrow in its thermal management concept that features five separate cooling circuits and the innovative hybrid cooling of the rear electric motor using air and water. Another example with future implications: the Porsche 918 Spyder can convert far more kinetic energy into electrical energy than other hybrid vehicles because of its intelligent control of generator functionality and conventional brakes. Its enormous regenerative power boosts efficiency and driving range. A similar form of this recovery system is implemented in the LMP1 prototypes of the 919 Hybrid which Porsche raced to an impressive 1-2 victory at the 24 hours of Le Mans. The 918 technology platform also blazed new trails with spectacular solutions like the all-carbon body, fully variable aerodynamics and a rear axle steering system. Adaptive aerodynamics and rear axle steering have already made their way into production sports cars, such as in the 911 Turbo models and in the 911 GT3 and 911 GT3 RS.

    The 918 Spyder embodies classic Porsche virtues and sets cornerstones for the future. On the one hand, the car embodies performance. In September 2013, the super sports car – with 887 total system hp – set the lap record for street-legal vehicles with production tires on the North Loop of the Nürburgring with a time of 6 minutes 57 seconds – a record that has never been equaled by any other production car since. On the other hand, the car embodies efficiency. Yielding an EPA rating of 67 MPGe, the 918 Spyder convincingly illustrates the potential of plug-in hybrid technology – not only for economical driving, but more importantly for the typical sports car driving pleasure it can offer.

    Furthermore, Porsche also implemented innovative ideas in the manufacturing process of the hybrid super sports car. Porsche has applied for patents related to many of its innovations in assembly and quality assurance which fulfill the most stringent ergonomic requirements. They demonstrate that Porsche is setting the standard for innovative capabilities far beyond the automobile itself. For instance, the entire assembly process takes place with wireless tools. The best example: battery-powered screwdrivers controlled via Bluetooth. They perform their work nearly silently, increase flexibility for workers at the workplace and ensure – via a database link – that specified torques are reliably performed and documented. The highly-adjustable assembly elevating truck – a specially developed solution – was designed as an ergonomic tool for finishing the two-seat monocoque. Another new type of scissors lift platforms also simplified installation of the approximately 300 pound high-voltage battery. Leather finishing and assembly tables in 918 manufacturing are considered the benchmark for ergonomics and flexibility. They can be used to manufacture different parts, for instance, by the use of changeable inserts, so that station cycle times can be fully exploited. This is how Porsche also achieved maximum efficiency in the production process for the 918 Spyder.

    About Porsche Cars North America, Inc. | One Porsche Drive, Atlanta, GA 30354 USA
    Established in 1984, Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA) is the exclusive U.S. importer of Porsche 918 Spyder, 911, Boxster and Cayman sports cars, the Macan and Cayenne SUVs, and Panamera sports sedans. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia since 1998, PCNA is also home to the first Porsche Experience Center in North America featuring a module-based 1.6 mile driver development track, business center, human performance center, and fine dining restaurant. PCNA employs approximately 300 people who provide parts, service, marketing, and training for 189 dealers. They, in turn, work to provide Porsche customers with a best-in-class experience that is in keeping with the brand’s 65-plus year history and leadership in the advancement of vehicle performance, safety and efficiency. PCNA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Porsche AG, which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany.

    At the core of this success is Porsche’s proud racing heritage that boasts some 30,000-plus motorsport wins to date.

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    Nice quick billion dollars in sales of 918 cars.

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    Such an awesome but simpler looking car compared to P1 and LaF.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 0-60Motorsports Click here to enlarge
    Such an awesome but simpler looking car compared to P1 and LaF.
    It's not simpler looking at all. It is more sophisticated looking. The rear of the car itself is hardly simple it is beyond words almost.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    It's not simpler looking at all. It is more sophisticated looking. The rear of the car itself is hardly simple it is beyond words almost.
    I think it is simpler than the other two. to each his own.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 0-60Motorsports Click here to enlarge
    I think it is simpler than the other two. to each his own.
    Exactly different strokes for different folks but this makes a strong argument:

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    Look at one in person and tell me it's "simple looking"...style is subjective, but to my eye it is 10x the looker that the awkward P1 and the relatively tame LF are.

    This is, to me, the best car in the world right now.

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    Sticky, How do I attach pictures? I want to share some of the 918 I picked up last week. I will race it at the wannagofast event in Ga and Tx in September and November respectively. I hear a LaF, Bugatti and koenigsegg will be on hand in Tx

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 918 spyder Click here to enlarge
    Sticky, How do I attach pictures? I want to share some of the 918 I picked up last week. I will race it at the wannagofast event in Ga and Tx in September and November respectively. I hear a LaF, Bugatti and koenigsegg will be on hand in Tx
    I think considering the nature of this post and what is involved it is better to e-mail me at admin@boostaddict.com and have me take care of everything.

    That said, if you feel you want to do this yourself click 'go advanced' and then manage attachments to pick your files.

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