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 |  Aug 18 2010, 9:24 AM

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Shown for the first time in North America over the weekend at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, we’re now learning more about Porsche‘s plans for the production version of it’s incredible 918 Spider.

First unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show, in concept form is uses a 500-hp 3.4-liter V8 racing engine combined with two electric motors that make an additional 218-hp. According to a report by AutoCar, the production model will make some significant powertrain changes. This isn’t surprising as obviously the car can’t use such a high-strung racing motor on the street. Instead, we’ll see a larger displacement motor (perhaps the 4.8-liter V8) with more power.

With high-performance hybrids still in their early stages, total power output will still be similar to the 718-hp number, but we’re likely to see more of that come from a conventional gasoline engine and less from electric motors.

[Source: AutoCar]