NAIAS: The 2011 Porsche 918 RSR
The Culmination of Engineering Performance
Porsche continues to extend its performance and high efficiency competence via intensive development work in the field of hybrid technology. As such, the company held the world premiere of the culmination of these efforts at the North American International Auto Show with the unveiling of the Porsche 918 RSR.
The Porsche 918 RSR is a two-seat mid-engined coupé that demonstrates what happens when the technology fitted in the 911 GT3 R Hybrid race car and the design of the 918 Spyder concept are combined to create a modern, innovative super sports car.
With its highly-efficient flywheel accumulator, the 911 GT3 R hybrid racing car attracted attention during competitive racing on the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit, the American Le Mans Series races (ALMS) at Road Atlanta, USA and the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup at Zhuhai in China. Around these different circuits, the 911 GT3 R Hybrid - referred to internally as the 'Race Lab' - not only demonstrated its massive performance potential under realistic motor racing conditions against top competitors, but in actual fact surpassed the high expectations of Porsche Motorsport.
Competitiveness, high reliability and exemplary fuel efficiency combined with top performance underscored the Porsche technicians' basic idea of generating additional power in an intelligent manner. The 911 GT3 R Hybrid obtains its additional power from its own vehicle dynamics when braking - now, Porsche is transplanting this technology into the mid-engined coupé 918 RSR, the motor sports version of the 918 Spyder concept car.