Porsche 918 Spyder Unofficially Breaks Phillip Island Lap Record: Video
Even though all 918 units of the Porsche 918 Spyder have been sold, the hybrid hypercar is still making headlines. After it demolished the Nurburgring Nordschleife lap record for production cars in 2013, the tremendously fast 918 Spyder has recently set an unofficial lap record of 1:38:02 at the Phillip Island grand prix circuit. Porsche has also uploaded a video of the record-breaking run on its official YouTube channel, and the hair-raising exhaust sounds from that high-revving V-8 are probably even more impressive than the record itself.
Piloting the car was ace driver Matthias Hoffsümmer, who is the head instructor for the 918 Spyder, while the car used for the run was equipped with the optional Weissach package and stock Michelins. The Weissach package features stuff like magnesium wheels, even lighter brakes, ceramic wheel bearings and titanium bolts to shed around 90 pounds from the 918 Spyder’s curb weight. This translates into less unsprung weight and better braking performance, while the model’s top speed remains identical, at 214 mph.
As most of you know, the 918 Spyder is one of three hybrid hypercars that took the world by storm in 2013, and it has already beaten the McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari on the Nordschleife, Laguna Seca and now Phillip Island. The 918 is powered by a plug-in hybrid drivetrain that consists of a 4.6-liter V-8 and two electric motors. Its combined output is 887 horsepower and 940 pound-feet of torque, sent to all four wheels.
And I want one.