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As rumored, Porsche has revealed a hard-top racing version of its 918 Spider concept at the Detroit Auto Show. Looking absolutely breathtaking and sporting some traditional Porsche motorsports livery, company execs stopped short of confirming it as a car ready to hit the race track.
Proudly displayed on the hood is the number 22, in homage to the 917 short-tail coupe, which placed first overall at the 1971 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Using a V8 engine with 563-hp at 10,300 rpm, the RSR Spider makes use of a similar hybrid setup as the one found in the company’s successful GT3 R Hybrid race car to deliver a total of 767-hp thanks to an electric boost of power to the front wheels.
The next step in Porsche’s hybrid plans, company execs commented at the reveal that the car the continuation of a study not only for the street but also for the track. Further driving the point home, Porsche’s newly appointed head of motorsports said that with the 918 RSR, they hope to ”continue Porsche’s success in motorsports.”



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From a murphys law standpoint, it seems with this whole electric boost system, you're increasing the amount of things that can go wrong.
 

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For the 918 RSR, a power-train similar to the LMP2 Porsche RS Spyder has been employed with its sequential transaxle. An electric accumulator sits in the cockpit beside the driver and can send up to 150 kW to the electrically-powered front wheels.
Everyone has to agree about its look that its awesome..
 
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