It took more than 18 months to arrange, but on Friday 18th September we finally found out which of the world’s greatest hypercars is…
On September 4th, the Porsche 918 Spyder smashed the Nürburgring lap record for a production car with a time of 6 minutes, 57 seconds….
During the past week, members of the press have been allowed to sample Porsche’s 918 Spyder, still in pre-production form. The responses seem mixed,…
Last month Porsche announced that a 918 Spyder prototype turned in a single-lap time of just 7 minutes 14 seconds around the 12.9 mile Nürburgring Nordschliefe circuit. The 784bhp hybrid prototype was fitted with production Michelin road tyres as well as the optional “Weissach” package.
The performance of hyper cars around the Nürburgring, can sometimes be so overwhelming that we lose sight of what’s possible with cars which are considerably more affordable.
Recently, Porsche’s £650,000+ prototype 918 Spyder set a lap time of 7 minutes 14 seconds around the 12.9 mile Nordschleife, and although an awesomely quick time, it was propelled by a 784bhp hybrid powerplant and the optional “Weissach” performance package.
With 12 months to go before Porsche’s 918 Spyder hits the road, the development car has already exceeded Porsche’s goal of lapping the Nürburgring Nordschleife in less than seven minutes and 30 seconds.
In fact, earlier this week a Porsche 918 Spyder prototype turned in a single-lap best time of just 7min 14 seconds for the 12.9 mile circuit.
Picture the race livery of a factory Porsche from the ’70s or 80’s and chances are you’ll either think of the blue and orange colours of Gulf Oil, or the red and blue stripes of Martini Racing. So it makes an evocative statement to see those Martini colours on Porsche’s 918 Spyder prototype, a road car which might just make an appearance in competition during the next few years.
As sure as night follows day, Porsche has produced an even more powerful Panamera Turbo, called rather predictably… the Panamera Turbo S. Don’t get me wrong, predictable is not the same as boring – how could 0 – 62 mph in 3.8 seconds plus a top speed of 191 mph ever lose its appeal? – But we saw this new model coming from a mile away and that unfortunately is part of the problem.
The production version of the 918 Spyder hybrid – first seen in concept form at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show – went on sale from this week. The two-seater roadster, inspired by the design of the Carrera GT and the 917, is built around a carbonfibre-reinforced plastic monococque structure and has manually-removable roof panels which can be stored in the front luggage compartment.
Porsche will be showing two innovations at the Geneva Motor Show next month, which will mark the future direction of the marque as it further embraces sustainable energy in its road cars – the Panamera Hybrid and Boxster E Concept.
As expected Porsche have revealed their new 918 RSR mid-engine coupé, based on the 918 Spyder Concept and to be used as a technology test bed for future hybrid vehicles. Porsche are saying that the 918 RSR is purely a ‘test bed’ and they have no plans at this stage for a a motorsport programme.
In just a few hours we’ll know exactly what Porsche has been concocting back at Weissach to become its first new model of 2011. In a sense we already know that it will be a fully-manufactured product based on the gorgeous 918 Spyder Concept, the mid-engine hybrid concept sports car first revealed by Porsche at Geneva last March.