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Porsche 918 RSR hybrid concept car (2011)

Premiere: January 10, 2011, North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, USA

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Powerplant: 3.4V8 with 414kW @10.300rpm + 2 electric motors 75 kW each (peak power 564 kW)
Gearbox: 6-speed racing gearbox

KERS

There are different Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems engineered. In the F1 cars the electric motor/generator is connected to the engine and therefore the rear wheels and the energy is stored in the supercapacitor (they are able to store energy 100 times faster than regular batteries). The system Porsche uses, is somwhat different.

KERS/hybrid system in 918 RSR concept car

The 918 RSR concept car looks like the 918 Spyder, but the hybrid concept is from the 911 997 GT3 R Hybrid racing car and not from the 918 Spyder. The internal combustion engine and gearbox in the 918 RSR are developments based on the units from RS Spyder racing car. There are two electric motors/generators installed on the front axle and the energy is stored in the flywheel capacitor, which is basically also an electric motor. The flywheel runs on ceramic bearings and operates in vacuum, so it doesn’t wind down so quickly. When driver presses the brake pedal, the motors/generators are connected to the flywheel capacitor with electric cables and as this link is established, the electric motors also help to brake the car, meaning they help to reduce the brake disc temperatures and wear a bit. If you would have the electric motors connected to the capacitor all the time, it would decrease the power of the car, so it is connected only during braking. In order to spin the flywheel to its maximum of 36.000 rpm’s, it takes many pre-corner brakings. At the push of a button, the pilot is able to call up the energy stored in the charged flywheel accumulator and use it during acceleration or overtaking manoeuvres. The flywheel is braked electromagnetically to supply up to 150 kW from its kinetic energy to the electric motors on the front axle. This additional power is available for around 8 seconds when the flywheel is spinning at its maximum speed. The front electric motors also offer a torque vectoring function by means of variable torque distribution between left and right front wheels. This improves traction and steering response while exiting corners.

Very beautiful, but confusing concept car

This 918 RSR concept car is confusing - it has the elements of both the racing car and the street car. It is not a full race car and it definitely isn’t a street car.

Porsche CEO Mathias Müller unveiled the 918 RSR concept car at NAIAS on January 10, 2011 © Porsche AG
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The 918 RSR concept shows both the elements of the 918 street car and racing car. The KERS flywheel weighs just 14 kg / 31 lb. © Porsche AG
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2011 January 10, 918 RSR concept is unveiled at NAIAS. Michael Mauer, Head of Design at Porsche AG talks about his creation.
2011 March 1, Geneva Motor Show first press day. Video aired March 7, 2011. 918 RSR concept debut in Europe. The 918 project leader Frank Walliser is interviewed.
Aired September 7, 2011. The designer Anthony “Tony” Hatter is talking about the 918 Spyder and RSR concept.

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