Porsche’s 918 Spyder redefined what fast means for a road car at the Nurburgring last month.
Even people who have been lucky enough to see one of Stuttgart’s finest probably missed out on seeing what Porsche’s latest video of the car shows: its guts. A virtual tour of the car was just released today offering an in-depth explanation of how the car’s drivetrain works depending on which of the five modes its pilot picks.
As you might already know, the 918 Spyder uses Porsche’s lightest series production V8 – also the most powerful naturally aspirated powerplant to come from the company. Total system output of 887 hp from that engine and two electric motors will rocket the car from 0-62 mph in 2.8 seconds, but it all depends on the drive mode.
“E-power” mode allows the car to run without burning gas, only using the engine when necessary. Hybrid mode uses the two systems together to reduce fuel consumption, while sport hybrid mode uses the V8 continuously as the electric motors boost the gasoline engine. Race hybrid mode uses the electric motors more aggressively. Finally, there’s “hotlap mode,” where the car’s full fury is available.
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