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As rumored, Porsche has revealed a hard-top racing version of its 918 Spider concept at the Detroit Auto Show. Looking absolutely breathtaking and sporting some traditional Porsche motorsports livery, company execs stopped short of confirming it as a car ready to hit the race track.

Proudly displayed on the hood is the number 22, in homage to the 917 short-tail coupe, which placed first overall at the 1971 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Using a V8 engine with 563-hp at 10,300 rpm, the RSR Spider makes use of a similar hybrid setup as the one found in the company's successful GT3 R Hybrid race car to deliver a total of 767-hp thanks to an electric boost of power to the front wheels.

The next step in Porsche's hybrid plans, company execs commented at the reveal that the car the continuation of a study not only for the street but also for the track. Further driving the point home, Porsche's newly appointed head of motorsports said that with the 918 RSR, they hope to "continue Porsche's success in motorsports."

More: Detroit 2011: Porsche 918 RSR 'Looks to Continue Porsche's Success in Motorsports' on AutoGuide.com

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