Hybrid tech boost HP when drivers need it
Porsche is one of the longest lived and most known names in sports cars and racing. When I first heard Porsche and hybrid in the same sentence, it was a bit strange, and now that Porsche has officially debuted its awesome 918 RSR at the Detroit Autoshow I can see why Porsche is using the tech.
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The tech helps cars to be green, but Porsche is also using it to improve the performance of its vehicles too. The 918 RSR is a perfect example of this use of hybrid technology for performance. The vehicle uses a flywheel accumulator to gather power and the tech is similar to that used in the 911 GT3 R Hybrid.
The 918 RSR has dual electric motors that offer torque vectoring to the front axle. The transmission in the vehicle is shifted with paddles. The engine in the car produces 563 hp at 10,300 rpm and the electric motors can deliver 75kW to each of the front wheels for a total of 767hp. The driver presses a button on the steering wheel to activate the hybrid power and get a boost when needed for passing.