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First Look: Porsche 918 RSR Hybrid Race Car

Germans bring fast start to 2011 Detroit Auto Show.

by on Jan.10, 2011

Porsche will campaign its new 918 RSR, which uses a flywheel hybrid system to deliver up to 767 hp.

The mystery is over.  While most makers have been providing clues – sometimes even complete dossiers – on the products they planned to launch at this year’s North American International Auto Show, Porsche kept everyone guessing until the coffee was boiling at their early morning press conference.

And the big news: the 918 RSR, a track-ready version of last year’s striking 918 supercar, which promises to continue a long tradition of bringing cutting-edge technology to the track.

“This car will serve to explore the use of alternative power in extreme conditions,” declared Porsche CEO Matthias Muller, to a crowd packed into Porsche’s corner of Cobo Hall.

The debut of the 918 RSR was noteworthy for several reasons, including the automaker’s return after a several-year absence from the Detroit Auto Show, where more than 30 new vehicles and concepts will have their public introduction.  But few will pack the power to the new Porsche race car.