Early this morning at 6:30 am EST, Porsche revealed it’s stunning 918RSR during the Detroit Auto Show. The 918 Spyder—like the Carrera GT, which was developed from the LMP2000 racing concept—was a convertible. But the 918 RSR is a closed-roof racer with gullwing doors, clearly hinting at future racing programs. The RSR keeps the carbon-fiber monocoque of the Spyder, and is an altogether stunning design, with a fan on the rear deck above the engine and a huge carbon-fiber rear spoiler. The two-tone paint job—what the press release calls a “liquid metal chrome blue” and “the typical Porsche hybrid orange color”— evokes the Gulf racing livery of the 917, the unforgettable racing monster developed by Ferdinand Piëch. Piëch also was a driving force behind the 918. In the German newspaper F.A.Z., he recently said that, “With its top models, Porsche needs to reach the level of Ferrari.” As usual, it seems Piëch’s minions were listening. (Indeed, the front end apes the Ferrari F430’s perhaps too much.)
Although the 918 program is confirmed, the final execution is still wide open, and it will be some time before the first 918s are delivered. We wouldn’t be surprised if there were actually two series-production models: the 918 Spyder and a gullwing, hardtop version called the 918 GT.
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