At the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, Porsche surprised us with the 918 Spyder. At the official launch, the company announced that whether or not people showed interest in the car would determine if they built it or not. Well, we think people are interested considering there are almost 900 potential buyers for the 918 Spyder hybrid prototype. Unfortunately, in an interview at the Beijing Auto Show, Wolfgang Duerheimer had said that they expected 1000 orders: "I’m confident that we will soon reach the threshold of 1,000," he said in the April 24 interview. "We need 1,000 seriously interested people to make a sound business case."
The 918 Spyder is powered by a V8 engine delivering more than 500 hp and three electric motors with an overall output of 218hp. The engine emits just 70 grams of CO2 per kilometer and has a fuel consumption of just 3.0 liters/100 kilometers (94 mpg imp). Despite this, the car’s performances are impressive: the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just under 3.2 seconds, top speed of 198 mph, and a lap time on the Nordschleife of Nürburgring in less than 7:30 minutes, faster than even the Porsche Carrera GT.
Of course, apparently, it will take a minimum of 100 more orders for the scales to tip in favor of producing this impressive collaboration of speed and environmental friendliness. Any opinions on this particular predicament? Let us know.