Porsche 918 Spyder Makes Moving Debut At Monterey

Porsche 918 Spyder Concept live in Geneva. Photos © United Pictures, Int'l.

Porsche 918 Spyder Concept live in Geneva. Photos © United Pictures, Int'l.

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 Sometimes a company will make a concept car that is just a mock-up that doesn’t run. Other times the concept will move under its own power, but only to move from the truck to stage; not a road-worthy vehicle. But when a concept is really special, or the company sees real production potential, the car will be a fully functional engineering exercise.

Thankfully, Porsche’s 918 Spyder is in the latter category. The car is one of the coolest cars to show up this year at Geneva, and is what a hybrid car should be. The gasoline powertrain consists of a 500 horsepower V-8, while the electric motors found at each axle, provide an additional 218 horsepower. The car isn’t the fastest production car with a 198 mph top speed, but supposedly will go from 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds and return a fantastical 78 mpg.

Though there have been plenty of articles written and galleries full of photographs involving the 918 Spyder Hybrid, the one media lacking was video. Surprisingly Porsche decided to officially show the 918 moving this weekend in Monterey California during the historic races at Laguna Seca and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Countdown to Motion: Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid Drives. from TangentVector on Vimeo.

Though the video doesn’t show the 918 Spyder blasting down a windy road, the noise it’s making more than makes up for it.

[Source: Porsche via Vimeo]

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