Porsche 918 Race Car Rumored to Debut at Detroit Auto Show

Porsche 918 Race Car Rumored to Debut at Detroit Auto Show

There’s been a lot of recent speculation about what exactly Porsche will unveil at the Detroit Auto Show in just a week’s time. Well, add one more rumor to the list.

According to AutoBild, Porsche will pull back the covers on a coupe version of it’s 918 Spyder concept. Designed for track, not street, duty, the 918 coupe is likely to weigh even less than the 3,300-lb curb weight of the Spyder concept and is likely to use a different engine. The original concept made use of a high-tech hybrid system that combined a 500-hp 3.4-liter V8 borrowed from the RS Spyder race cars and matched it with 218-hp of electric thrust.

This coupe model could use a more conventional turbocharged V8, although considering the success Porsche has had with its GT3 R Hybrid race car, it could be the next step in the German sports car maker’s hybrid racing strategy.

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[Source: AutoBlild via AutoExpress, Photos: TeamSpeed]

  • John Areiter

    I had a Porsche 356 in my college days a while back and it was best handling car I ever drove. It had superlative handling at high speeds. My BMW 528i was the best handling sedan I ever drove. But as I am more practical now, I drive a Maxima for fun and a Lexus RX with the family on trips. The German cars required much more maintenance than these Japanese cars.