Yes it was an ungodly hour, but those in attendance in Cobo Hall at 6:30am on January 10, 2011 were the first to see Porsche’s latest take on the 918 concept, the 918 RSR. Although the plug-in hybrid 918 Spyder has been slated for production, the RSR is listed as a concept, a spectacular one at that. This Gas/Electric Hybrid sports car boasts the drive train layout found in the 911 GT3-R Hybrid. Principal power for the RSR comes from a 563 HP V8 engine that spins up to 10,300 RPM. Braking energy is stored via a flywheel mounted in the passenger cabin which can supply up to 160 HP to a pair of electric motors on the front wheels.
The carbon fibre body features doors that scissor upward to allow entry into the spartan racing like interior. Peering over the large rear wing reveals an uber-cool exhaust fan mounted on the rear deck. The fan adds a welcome dash of science fiction element to the appearance of the car. More than the Spyder, I really hope this one makes it to production.