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…Porsche is developing a green supercar?

Porsche 918 Spyder Front

Dear Porsche: If this is the future of ‘green’ automobiles, then the world is going to be just fine…

Porsche 918 Spyder Rear

The Porsche 918 Spyder concept does zero to sixty in just 3.2 seconds, tops out at 198 mph, and will lap the Nurburgring in just 7:30. Oh, and it will do all that and get 78.4 mpg if you keep your foot out of it.

That’s because the 718 horsepower monster features a 500 horsepower, mid-engine V-8 that’s assisted by TWO electric motors (one at each end) that add an additional 218 horsepower when needed.

Porsche 918 Spyder Interior

Picking up the groceries? Just keep things sane, and the electric motors will do all the work, giving you up to 16 miles of emission-free green driving.

Picking up laps on the racetrack? Just drive it like any other Porsche, and the electric motors will assist the V-8 as it does its best to lower that mpg figure.

Porsche 918 Spyder Detail

Plus, it doesn’t look half bad either!

[Via: Porsche]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Porsche 911 GT3 R?

Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid

Porsche’s latest 911 GT3 R is technically a hybrid, but don’t let that fool you into thinking they’re giving up speed and going green. Instead, this track monster features a system that’s similar to the KERS system that was developed for F1 racing, and which is designed to give the car a speed boost during acceleration through the use of small electric motors that assist the main engine.

If the technical terms don’t get you all hot and bothered, then maybe you should just let Porsche explain the car in their own unique way:

[Porsche Intelligent Performance]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: White Zombie?

White Zombie

It might not look like much, but this 1972 Datsun, nicknamed White Zombie, will blow the doors off just about anything on the road today; and it’ll do so without burning a drop of fuel.

That’s because the White Zombie is a fully electric vehicle, and uses 60 batteries and an electric motor to run the quarter in under 12 seconds at speeds in excess of 110 mph.

The team that put White Zombie together goes by the name Plasma Boy Racing, and their goal was to show people what electric cars are capable of. Considering the numbers they’re putting down at the track, I’d say it’s mission accomplished.

[Plasma Boy Racing]