Porsche has introduced their new 918 RSR at the 2011 North American International Auto Show held in Detroit, Michigan. It is a stripped-down, racing version of the already “dreamlisted” 918 Spyder. But here’s what’s really interesting about this model; Porsche has implemented KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) technology to augment the models 563 hp direct-injected V8 to 767 bhp for segments of 8 seconds. Wow! The way this works is the following…
Two 75-Kw electric motors are attached to the front wheels, these motors are fed via braking energy as angular momentum. This causes the car to have 8 seconds of peak acceleration. So in other words… it’s kind of like a video game. You fill your power bar and when it’s full, you release it to get an extra 200 hp. Neat right?
Will it start at any upcoming races? Porsche did not disclose this information.
Below is a video via Edmundsand some hi resolution images of both the 918 Spyder and 918 RSR. Use these as wallpapers or backgrounds. Enjoy! I’ll be writing more about this one soon.
On today’s edition of The Giblog’s “Tuesday Motor Review” I will introduce to you one more alternate energy fueled vehicle for you to consider in 2011.
The Fisker Karma is the world’s first premium plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and the embodiment of Fisker Automotive’s commitment to creating environmentally conscious vehicles with passion, style and performance.
Designed and engineered in California, the four-door, four-passenger Karma is a series plug-in hybrid that combines the zero-emission benefits of an all-electric car with the full driving range of a conventional car. It will offer a responsible alternative to those in the market for traditional full size, fully equipped luxury cars.
- Lithium-ion power / Internal Combustion Engine (ICE)
- 0-60mph = 5.9 sec
- Top Speed = 125mpg (200 km/h)
Dual electric rear motors, rear wheel drive with mid-mounted battery pack and front/mid mounted Internal Combustion Engine (ICE)/Generator combination
- Electric Drive motors: 2x 150 kW (403 HP Total)
- Battery: 20 kW (Peak) Lithium-ion Located Longitudinally Below Floorpan Along the Centerline
- Gasoline Engine: 260 HP Turbocharged 2.0 liter Direct Injection
- Driving Experience: Single Speed Fixed Gear
- Linear opposed to exponential acceleration
Get yours HERE!