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Porsche 918 Spyder Scurries Through Nevada Desert (Video)

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On: Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 11:17AM | By: Chris Weiss

Porsche 918 Spyder Scurries Through Nevada Desert (Video)

The Porsche 918 Spyder, one of the first of a number of upcoming green supercars, is being readied for launch later this year. During the development process, Porsche managed to string a one-minute clip of video together showcasing hot weather testing in Valley of Fire, just outside Las Vegas, Nevada. Stuttgart shows what has come of nearly one million miles of testing.

Since we last looked at the 918 Spyder, it's gotten even more powerful and impressive. In final production form, it will pack a roaring 887 horses from its combination of 608-hp 4.6-liter V8 engine, 154-hp rear electric motor and 127-hp front electric motor.

The V8 is derived from the V8 at the heart of Porsche's LMP2 RS Spyder race car and works with the two electric motors to give the driver five separate choices for forward propulsion. E-Power is the default setting when the driver starts the engine (and motors), and it offers up to 18 miles of all-electric driving. When the 6.8 kWh battery hits crucial level, the engine kicks in and assists the motors in Hybrid mode. Sport Hybrid and Race Hybrid are less concerned with efficiency than standard Hybrid, targeting the three propulsion units at performance. A Hot Lap mode directs all remaining battery power at top performance over a lap or two. The driver has access to the five modes from a steering wheel switch.

Just in case 887 hp isn't enough to tell you that the 918 isn't just another boring hybrid, its spec sheet will do the trick. The 3,715-lb gas-electric supercar runs from standstill to 62 mph in just 2.8 seconds and 0 to 124 mph in 7.9 seconds. Top speed is 211 mph.The 918 is both quick and fast; it also promises to be plenty of fun to throw around a track or curvy commute. Porsche's rear axle steering system sways the rear wheels up to three degrees, offering tighter handling at lower speeds and improved stability at high speeds. The car has already posted a 7:14 run at Nurburgring.

All that should give you all the motivation you need to see the 918 race amidst the fiery rock and undulating, scrub brush-covered knolls of the Nevadan desert. The video also includes some quick bonus footage of the 918 comfortably navigating the glitz of Las Vegas. It's not the most polished, fast-paced piece of footage, but it's definitely worth a minute and eleven seconds of your time.


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