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Porsche 918 Spyder: The Double Heart

The spec sheet for the 918 Spyder listed three objectives. Dynamic propulsion was to be generated by a system output of 887hp. The fuel consumption was to be below three litres per 100 kilometres, according to NEDC. And the lap time on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife track was to be under seven minutes. A total of 918 models of the 918 Spyder were able to do all of this. Nothing more and nothing less.

Text: Jack Weil Photo: Porsche 29.11.2019 1 min

Porsche 918: The name instantly brings the legend to mind. This legend was called the Porsche 917, an unbeatable racing car in the early seventies. The addition of the “Spyder” evokes pleasantly spine-tingling memories of the 917/30 Spyder, a beast with a top speed of 1,200 hp. The 917 is the most famous racing car in the world today, but the 918 Spyder made history as the first plug-in hybrid manufactured by Porsche—a super sports car that was as quiet as a whisper in the city but an animal out on the open road. A speed of 214 mph, from 0 to 120 mph in 7.3 seconds, all-wheel drive, all-wheel steering. With an output of 608 hp, the 4.6-liter V8 engine in front of the rear axle generates up to 9,150 revs. Two electric motors with a total of 279 hp on the axles draw their power from a lithium-ion battery weighing just under 100 kilograms, which charges via an electrical socket and via energy recovered through braking. At the end of 2013, the Porsche factory in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen delivered the first 918s to those lucky individuals who were around at the time and could afford to spend approximately EUR 800,000 on 1,675 kilo- grams of the finest technology. 21 months later, the planned 918 super sports cars were produced, laying the foundation for a new legend.