Made as a demonstrative show-car, the 918 RSR ‘Racing Lab’ is part of a new initiative called Porsche Intelligent Performance which will likely develop hybrid racing cars for outright victories at events like the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Premiere on January 10 2011 at NAIAS North American International Auto Show in Detroit, this is a very beautiful, but confusing car.
The 918 RSR concept car is a mix between a racing car and a street car. It is not a full race car and it definitely isn’t a street car. It has a 3.4 liter V8 with 414kW @ 10,300 rpm plus 2 electric motors woth 75 kW each (peak power 564 kW). The new project will be developed under the direction of engineer Wolfgang Durheimer and Wolfgang Hatz who will oversee drive-train development as Porsche’s new chief engineer.