Published on June 20th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro
Video: Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid Testing In Desert Heat
One of the hottest, most-anticipated hybrids of the next year is the almost-million-dollar Porsche 918 Spyder. Boasting two electric motors and 608 horsepower 4.6 liter V8 engine, the combined output of this super-hybrid dwarfs that of many race cars. Being a Porsche, it must undergo a million miles of testing, including seeing how the searing heat of Nevada affects the hybrid drivetrain of this supercar.
Built to go 0-60 mph in less than three seconds, and going to a supposed top speed of 211 mph, the Porsche 918 Spyder is already a paragon of performance. Combined output from the V8 engine and the two electric motors is about 875 horsepower, which is literally more than a NASCAR racer. Oh, and it’ll reportedly get up to 78 mpg.
But with that kind of power comes the need for enduring some pretty serious stresses on the drivetrain and chassis. And being a hybrid, the 918 Spyder is more susceptible to changes in the weather and temperature. Hence the hot weather testing, and $845,000 price of this hybrid Porsche.
With temperatures regularly exceeding triple-digits in Nevada, I can think of few better places for testing the lithium-ion battery pack and electric motor. There isn’t much more to this video than this sexy Porsche hybrid driving through some beautiful desert scenery, but sometimes that’s all I need to get through another workday. I hope you enjoy the beautiful transition from whirring electric motor to angry V8 growl as much as I do.