Porsche boss Matthias Muller mentioned the phrase ‘test bed’ at least three times at the official reveal of the 918 RSR; on the record at least, the firm is insisting this is a motorsport project. Expect to get an outline of racing activities in the very near future.
Thing is, though, they’re not really fooling anyone. The systems in the 918 - which basically take hybrid principles learned in the 911 GT3 R Hybrid and mate them with the V8 powerplant of the RS Spyder LMP2 racer - are a clear indicator of where Porsche wants to take its ‘greener’ technologies.
New owner VW has clearly identified that Porsche needs to push into new areas of the market - and yes, that could include environmentally friendly products - if it is to make a decent contribution to the overall company goal to be the world’s largest car maker.
That means that a) we will almost certainly see a roadgoing version of this car in the not-too-distant future and b) its systems are going to play a big part in key areas of the Porsche range. Muller mentioned widespread use of diesel and hybrids during his speech, in fact.