The design pays homage to iconic Porsche race cars of the past while serving as a laboratory for future technical innovations.

Porsche, who haven’t attended that past few Detroit Auto Shows, chose 2011 to return. Wanting to make a grand entrance, the brand nabbed the first press conference slot of the media days and promised to have something special to show. Maybe taking a page from Mercedes-Benz at last year’s NY auto show, Porsche debuted a gorgeous race car concept called the 918 RSR. Motor-sports purists maintain that race cars should be designed to go fast first and not to necessarily look beautiful. So what is the real purpose of creating a vehicle too pretty for the track? Porsche are classifying the 918 RSR as a laboratory to not only test a design vision, but also a hybrid powertrain system.

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