Porsche has designated their new sports utility vehicle, the Macan. Early reports had originally stated the vehicle would be named the Cajun. An interview last year with Volkswagen CEO mentioned that name designation to the media. This new vehicle is a smaller and lower version of the Cayenne. The Macan promises performance and versatility in a smaller SUV package.
The new Macan highlights the expanded efforts of Porsche to grow their line of vehicles further than the sports car market that serves the bulk of their sales. Porsche sports car enthusiasts are not thrilled with the idea of another non-sports vehicle from Porsche. The overall sentiment seems to be one of respect that Porsche has been able to successfully bridge the gap in the vehicle marketplace. Porsche has successfully shown that they have been able to maintain their core values on delivering sleek and fast vehicles while expanding into other models.
The Macan will deliver a smooth chassis that comes equipped with Porsche handling and engine capabilities. Porsche has repeatedly shown with their other non sports vehicle models that they have the drive and ability to set a new standard in SUV vehicles. Persistent rumors suggest that the Macan may have a hybrid model and a three door version eventually.
The Porsche 550 Spyder was a model sports car that was produced by the Porsche family motor vehicles from 1953 to 56. The initial production of the car was introduced at the Paris Auto Show, offering a low body that is very low to the ground, offering for optimal fuel efficiency when put in racing conditions, which is what the Porsche 550 spyder was initially developed for. The newer model, which was developed in its final year of production in 1956, was a much lighter body and frame, offering a more rigide chassis system, which gave it a great body to race in many racing events and series.
The Porsche 550 Spyder was replaced in 1957 with the Porsche 718, which was far more successful in Formula 1 racing, due to the development, the low body frame, the compact size, and the easy of movement on the course, which the Porsche 550 Spyder did not offer to racers. Today, the Porsche 550 Spyder is known as the Porsche Boxster, which is a common sports car, and has gone through various changes, in order to offer a more fuel efficient sports car, and one that drivers feel the luxury and comfort while driving down the road in.
The original Porsche 550 Spyder offered fiberglass panels, which sat on a custom chassis, and was powered by a VW Porsche or Alfa Romeo flat 4- engine drive engine. These series were discontinued in 1956, which were replaced by the 550A, and its later series the 718.
The Porsche 918 RSR is a mid engine two – seater coupe, which takes its design and look from the 918 Spyder. It features a fly wheel accumulator, which has been borrowed from the 911 GT3 R Hybrid, and offers a feature that stores energy when the car brakes, giving it a more explosive start when the gas pedal is pressed. The Porsche 918 RSR is an “experimental racing laboartory car,” which was originally introduced in the 2011 Detroit Auto Show earlier this year. The Porsche 918 RSR offers great looks, which are mimiced from the 918 Spyder, and has the 911 GT3 R engine, which is based off a prototypical race car, in an effort to emulate the 1971 Posche 917 short – tail coupe.
The Porsche 918 RSR is basically the racing version of the 918 Spyder, and has been fitted with flip up doors, carbon fiber body panels, and offers a roof mounted air intake. The Porsche 918 RSR has been painted in a liquid metal chrome blue color, and has stripes down the side of the body, and has the number 22 on the doors, which are in homage to Martini-liveried Porsche 917, which took over the 24 hour race in 1971, the Hours of Le Mans.
The Porsche 918 RSR also has a mid mounted V8 engine, that is direct injected, and gets 563 horse power rear wheel drive, and a six speed racing transmission. Additionally, it has shift paddles which are mounted behind the steering wheel. The electric motor is also attached to the front wheels, and are able to get short bursts of speed, which can attain up to 767 horse power bursts via the kinetic energy that gets stored up when the brake is pressed. The car also features bucket seats to mimic classic Porsche racing cars.