Chance encounter with the King and his million-dollar ride goes viral

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LeBron James is one of the most famous people in the world. The Porsche 918 Spyder is one of the most recognizable supercars in the world. Put those two together and you might as well add a neon yellow sign with the words “NOTICE US!” into the mix.

That’s exactly what happened to the four-time NBA champion, who was spotted cruising down a highway in Los Angeles in a Porsche 918 Spyder. Naturally, an eagle-eyed individual took to Instagram to post of his chance encounter with the King, who graciously reciprocated with a shaka sign or, as it’s sometimes known, a “hang loose” sign before speeding off into the distance.

You don’t often see a celebrity with the stature of LeBron James alone in a car without a phalanx of bodyguards that typically accompanies him during the rare times that he’s seen in public. So this is an unexpected treat, and it’s why the video uploaded on Instagram by @e30alex99 has been “liked” over 12,000 times since it went viral a few days.

Here’s the thing, though. LeBron James isn’t the only superstar in the video. The car he’s driving — a Porsche 918 Spyder — is a superstar in its own right. It’s part of what we now call the electric hypercar trinity. That’s the group that also includes the McLaren P1 and the Ferrari LaFerrari.

2014 Porsche 918 Spyder High Resolution Exterior
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The Porsche 918 Spyder, though, is arguably the best of the three. It’s powered by a pair of electric motors that link up with a 4.6-liter V-8 engine to produce 887 horsepower, helping the 918 Spyder accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds on its way to 214 mph.

Porsche 918 Spyder specifications
Engine 4.6-Liter V-8 W/ Two Electric Parallel Motors
Total Horsepower 875 Horsepower
Total Torque 940 Pound-Feet
Transmission 7-Speed PDK Automated Manual
Top Speed (Hybrid/Electric) 211 mph / 93 mph
Acceleration 0 to 60 mph 2.2 Sec

By the small glimpses we saw of LeBron’s 918 Spyder, it does look like it’s equipped with the Weissach package, making it lighter and quicker than “standard” 918 Spyders. The only downside to seeing James in the electric hypercar is noticing how squished in he looks. I’m sure the hypercar was modified to fit his 6’8” frame comfortably, but even with all those modifications, you can tell by how his head is still above the roof that it’s probably not the most comfortable fit for the stature of LeBron James.

2014 Porsche 918 Spyder High Resolution Exterior
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All’s well, though. LeBron James is one of the few people in the world who can afford a Porsche 918 Spyder. He recently re-upped for two more years with the Los Angeles Lakers through a contract worth $85.66 million. Must be nice, right?

Source: Instagram

Kirby Garlitos
Automotive Aftermarket Expert - kirby@topspeed.com
Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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