Porsche's 918 Super-Hybrid Caught Testing (spy pics)

Porsche’s 918 hybrid supercar is real, and here’s proof: amateur “spy photos” taken at the Nardo high-speed test track in southern Italy. According to onlookers, the 918 prototype “looked like a mobile laboratory, with chopped up 911 bodyparts and fat bundles of wires.”

Sounds good to me!

Two years ago, Porsche showed the 78+ mpg, 200 mph 918 hybrid supercar to a world that believed hybrid = slow. Boring. Since then, Porsche has been at the forefront of changing that idea, with hybrid 911 GT3 R racecars winning against tough, international competition and prototype 997s caught testing in the real world. With any luck, the million-dollar 918 will cement the “hybrid = super awesome” in the minds of the cousin-marrying few remaining non-believers still out there.

We’ll see!

As a car, Porsche claims its upcoming 918 will be capable of blistering the tarmac around the legendary Nurburgring in under 7:30 – with a scintillating soundtrack that certainly won’t be lost on the P-car’s passengers: check out the exhaust placed right. Behind. The seats.

Bitchin’.

The first batch of 918s is scheduled to hit Porsche dealers (and deafen hundreds of well-heeled Porsche buyers!) next November. Check out what they’ll be getting, below.


Source | Photos: Wildspeed.

 

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.