Porsche debuts new single seat hybrid sports car

James Raia

Porsche unveiled its 918 RSR, single-seat hybrid coupe based on the 918 Spyder that debuted last year, at the Detroit Auto Show. Its will be produced in limited numbers next year.

The 918 RSR has butterfly doors, a carbon-fiber body and a roof-mounted air intake that spins as the car moves. The racing stripes and the number 22 honor the Porsche 917 that won the 1971 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The engine of the new Porsch gets 767 total horsepower using flywheel technology at the wheels and a six-speed racing transmission with paddle-shifters at the steering wheel. It’s based on the same configuration found in the Porsche 911 GT3 RS hybrid.

Wolfgang Durheimer, Porsche’s chief of development, introduced the drove the car at media debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Durheimer said Porsche will also introduce diesel and hybrid versions of its Panamera sedan and is considering a small sport utility vehicle.


Article Last Updated: January 10, 2011.

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