Video: Detroit 2011: Porsche Reveals 918 RSR

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Porsche has officially unveiled the race version of the 918 Spyder Concept at this year's Detroit Auto Show. And no, none of the performance numbers below are typos. Powered with the save drivetrain as the 911 GT3 R Hybrid racer, Porsche claims the RSR has 767 combined hp, with 563 of those raging ponies powered by a 6.2-liter V8 that revs up to 10,300 rpm. The V8 is teamed up with two electric motors in each of the front wheels that are capable of 75 kilowatts.

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And like the 918 Spyder, the 918 RSR is built from carbon fiber reinforced plastic. Porsche engineers and designers have also paid tribute to classic Porsche long-distance racing cars. Specifically, the 908 long-tail coupe from 1969 and the 917 short-tail coupe from 1971 were used as inspiration to "create a link to the postmodernism of the 'form follows function' philosophy." Porsche also created the "liquid metal chrome blue" color specifically for the RSR. The interior features "figure-hugging" bucket seats adorned in brown leather to commemorate the history of the "gentleman driver."

Porsche is claiming they are now beyond the concept phase and have moved into full experimentation testing with this new racing technology.

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