FrontRunners: Charging into the Future

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Shortly before its ballyhooed debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the production version of the Porsche 918 Spyder ( stirred as much hoopla at the racetrack as it would under the show lights. By completing the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 6 minutes and 57 seconds, Porsche’s plug-in hybrid super sports car established the fastest lap time ever for a street-legal automobile on the famously challenging 12.9-mile circuit. The car’s performance was nearly 15 seconds quicker than that of the next fastest street-legal vehicle. The 918 Spyder is expected to go on sale in the United States in early 2014 and be priced at about $845,000. The car operates in five different power modes, ranging from fully electric E-Power to Hot Lap. In E-Power mode, the 918 Spyder has a top speed of 93 mph and a range of 18 miles. With all systems go, it can reach a top speed of 211 mph.

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