Our first ride in the Porsche 918 Spyder
Ollie Marriage meets one of the most exciting cars of the year: Porsche’s brand new hybrid
Posted: 04 Oct 2012
In reality, this technology isn't entirely cutting edge. Unlike the Vauxhall Ampera, this isn't a range extender hybrid where the wheels are always driven electrically and the combustion engine serves to charge the batteries. This is a super sports car first, an electric car second.
But the 918 had to happen from scratch. Walliser admits that although they learned a lot about drivetrain management from the Panamera and Cayenne hybrids, in terms of carry over parts there are just two, "one of the control units and the crest on the bonnet". The problem is that the carbon-tubbed, motorsport-engined, racing-suspensioned 918 bears actually no relation to existing products.