With production set to begin by the end of next summer, Porsche has begun testing full-bodied prototypes of its 918 Spyder, the comany’s plug-in hybrid super car. Official photos were released today showing a development mule in flat black paint with white graphics that, not surprisingly, draw inspiration from Porsche’s own iconic 917 racers of the late Sixties and early Seventies.
According to Wolfgang Hatz, the board member responsible for R&D at Porsche, these rolling prototypes represent the final design for the production car, the first of which should reach US shores as a 2014 model sometime before the end of 2013. “What we are doing with the 918 Spyder is redefining driving fun, efficiency and performance,” said Hatz.
Final spec will definitely place the 918 in supercar territory, with a total of 770 horsepower available from its combined gas and electric drivetrain and a carbon fiber monocoque body construction. The goal is to produce a future-minded sports car, pairing high performance with the ability to achieve 100 kilometers on just three liters of gas, the equivalent of about 78 mpg.