Detroit 2011: Porsche 918 RSR Concept Revealed

Porsche 918 RSR

At the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, Porsche today debuted their latest concept, the Porsche 918 RSR. Taking proven technology from the 911 GT3 R Hybrid, the 918 RSR utilizes a flywheel energy recovery system for added power and traction.

The 918 RSR is powered by a race spec V8 engine with 555bhp, plus two electric motors on the front wheels that supply additional 201bhp. The peaks power output is an impressive 756bhp!

Power is send to rear wheels via six-speed gearbox, that is operated by two shift paddles behind the steering wheel. Power stored in the flywheel system that replaces the passenger seat can give a full charge for around eight seconds, when the driver presses a button.

The start number “22” on the show car pays tribute to a 917 short-tail coupé that won the 1971 Le Mans 24 Hours in the hands of Helmut Marko and Gijs van Lennep. For more details see the press release below.

PRESS RELEASE (click to expand)


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  • Anonymous

    http://carreviews1.blogspot.com/2011/07/porsche-918-rsr-concept.html
    Something spectacular” was what Porsche promised to reveal upon their return to the Detroit Auto Show after two years of absence. The company did not oversell. Its new car, the Porsche 918 RSR is spectacular, but it’s also an interesting proposition. Rather than just tack a coupe top onto their 918 concept car, they’ve gone and made it into a racing laboratory, complete with the company’s remarkable flywheel accumulator hybrid system riding shotgun in the passenger seat.

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