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Tech Report Vehicles Porsche’s electrifying performance focus Porsche’s 918 Spyder is a leading indicator of the company’s plug-in hybrid program. “We will be opening a state-of-the-art Electronics Integration Center later this year in which all engineers from various disciplines will work together to develop electrical and electronic systems, on short paths,” said Wolfgang Hatz, Head of Porsche R&D. “This enables highly efficient development processes in the electrical and electronics areas.” Wolfgang Hatz regards plug-in hybrid technology as an “excellent fit” for Porsche, enhancing efficiency and boosting performance. 6 June 26, 2013 It is a significant development for a company that is investing heavily in plug-in hybrid (PIH) electric powertrain solutions, the most spectacular of which is its latest piece of ultrahigh-performance exotica, the 918 Spyder; it enters production in September. Just 918 will be built, to be sold globally priced from €781,155. Its 447-kW (559-hp) 4.6-L V8 midmounted dry-sump engine driving the rear wheels is aided by a 115-kW hybrid module mounted on the rear axle and a 95-kW electric motor on the front to provide an all-wheel-drive configuration. Designed entirely around its plug-in hybrid drive, aspects of the 918 Spyder benefit from cutting-edge knowledge gained via Porsche’s racing 911 GT3 R Hybrid, including front axle electric motors and torque vectoring across steering axles, plus the integration of a gasoline engine and electric motors in a high-performance environment. SAE Vehicle Electrification

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Vehicle Electrification - June 26, 2013