Porsche 918 successor technology will advance’

Porsche is waiting for a technological breakthrough before the launch of a successor for the 210mph 918 Spyder – and-only go-ahead if the result car is faster than its predecessor.

The obvious next step for a Porsche super sports” is an all-electric powertrain, but the company’s engineers have warned that the high weight of current batteries makes a car unlikely in the near future.

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“A future super-sports is a matter of technology. If we’re going to do now, it would be a hybrid. But we have already done with the 918,” said R&D chief Michael Steiner.

A super sports car, electric could result in the acceleration of the times that will fit Porsche performance criteria, but the car also has to overcome the 918 Spyder is the time of a lap around the Nuburgring Nordschleife.

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While that might be possible with an electric car, Steiner, warned that the speed at which load would have to be extracted from a supercar of the batteries is likely to lead to cell damage, reducing the useful life of the battery.

“And I don’t think our customers are ready to treat the battery as a replaceable element, still,” Steiner said.

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Another consideration with a supercar electric is extra weight, which would put the tires, the brakes and the steering wheel under excessive tension in the curves and slow speeds that are common on the Nurburgring.

The next big technological advancement that comes in electrification solid state batteries, but they are in the R&D phase of development, and now with the production in series of a number of years away.

“Porsche has never had a plan to bring out a super sports car in a regular cycle,” Steiner said.

The previous cadence was the Carrera GT in the year 2004, driven by the availability of carbon fiber tub technology, followed nine years later, in 2013, the 918 Spyder, which exploits the advances in hybrid technology, linked to Porsche’s return to the first line of the endurance races.

“The next may be even more,” Steiner said. That suggests a date no earlier than 2021.

Having pulled out of the WEC at the end of this year, many of the WEC team’s engineers will be used to build Porsche of the Formula E car for next season.

The evolution in the future of battery technology that could well be split from the Formula E, the race effort.

“What we are looking for is something new for our next super sports,” confirmed Steiner.

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