Walter Rohrl Crashes Porsche 918 Weissach On The Track: Video
You ever have a bad day at the office? You know – forget to correlate the TPS report? Spill hot coffee on your lap as soon as you sit down at your desk? Get rejected by that cute new girl in accounting? Well, at least you didn’t put nearly a million dollars of hypercar into a concrete barrier.
Unfortunately, that’s what happened to Walter Rohrl recently, as seen in the above-featured video. All was going swimmingly, track conditions looking good, car performing well, until this flat-out right-hander threw the legendary driver an ass-out, one-way ticket to impact town.
Luckily, Rohrl was unhurt in the crash, thanks in no small part to his lightning-fast reactions and car-control skills. Watch the video, and you’ll see the 918 pitch sideways, prompting Rohrl to immediately react to try and gather it up. Unfortunately, the huge angle prevents the 918 from escaping damage, and what follows is an agonizingly long slide off the track, but Rohrl does well to minimize the inevitable physics equation.
Who is Walter Rohrl, you ask? The 68-year-old German is best known for his performances in the World Rally Championship, taking the overall title in 1980 and 1982, years popularly seen as some of the most brutal in the series history. Other stats include 14 rally wins, 31 podiums, and 420 stage wins. He drove for Fiat, Opel, Lancia, and Audi, and currently earns his euros as a senior test driver for Porsche.
Obviously, the man knows his stuff when it comes to performance driving, and frankly, if you put a lesser driver in the above-featured moment, the results would probably have been catastrophic.
I’m relieved Rohrl escaped unscathed, but still, it hurts to see a 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder meet a fate like this.
A follow-up act to the epic 2004-2007 Porsche Carrera GT is no easy feat, but the heads from Stuttgart managed to one-up themselves with the 918. Originally making its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, this hybrid hypercar features a 4.6-liter V-8 mounted behind the cabin and stuffed with tech, such as titanium connecting rods. Output from this unit is 608 horsepower, but Porsche saw fit to add two electric parallel motors for a grand total of 887 horsepower and 940 pound-feet of torque at all four wheels. Despite the complicated drivetrain, the 918 is surprisingly light at 3,747 pounds, with the optional Weissach package shedding an additional 77 pounds.
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