Bosch’s engineer, Konrad Korn, takes out for a spin in Bosch’s ABS in the Porsche 918 Spyder on Driving the Nation.
Korn talks about the anti-locking braking system, the hybrid functionality of a sports car that can get 887 horsepower on a mere 3.1 liters of petrol per 100 kilometers. The plug-in hybrid and the power electronics work together with a combustion engine to create a smooth low-end torque that puts to rest the argument that an electric car or a hybrid car can’t be fun.
From Bosch’s press release:
Porsche 918 Spyder: a unique combination of performance and efficiency
The project definition for the 918 Spyder’s development team was to build the super sports car for the next decade with a highly efficient and high-performance hybrid drive. The entirely new development, which logically started from scratch on a blank piece of paper, allows a new concept without having to make any concessions. The whole car was designed around the hybrid drive. The 918 Spyder thus highlights the potential of hybrid drives, i.e., the simultaneous increase in efficiency and performance, without one coming at the expense of the other. Thanks to the SMG 180/120 electric motor developed by Bosch, the Porsche 918 Spyder has an additional 210 kW (286 hp) of driving power. The electric motor on the front axle of the 918 Spyder delivers a torque of 210 Nm right from the start, while the motor on the rear axle provides 375 Nm. The result is a total system output of 652 kW (887 hp) with a maximum torque of up to 1,280 Nm, allowing the 918 Spyder to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 2.6 seconds. The super sports car’s fuel consumption, on the other hand, is an incredible 3.1 liters per 100 km, making it more efficient in the NEDC test than most of today’s small cars.