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2014 Porsche 918 Spyder

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  • Porsche 918 Spyder
  • Year:
    2014
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    7-Speed PDK Automated Manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    887
  • Torque @ RPM:
    940
  • Displacement:
    4.6 L
  • 0-60 time:
    2.8 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    211 mph
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When Porsche unveiled the 918 Spyder concept at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show we were all in amazement. Within that amazement was a sense of a sense of pessimism, as we were unsure exactly how this future successor to the Carrera GT would look and run in the real world. We all know that manufacturers have a habit of “overestimating” its cars at these shows, to put it nicely.

After more than three years, the 918 Spyder ended its testing phase and is ready for its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The 918 has made many passes around the “Green Hell,” thrashing its predecessor’s time in the process. All of these laps around the famed Nürburgring and at Porsche’s test facilities have given the automaker enough details to allow it to piece together all of its specs.

So, is the 918 Spyder everything it has been hyped up to be?

Updated 07/07/2016: Porsche dropped a new video of the 918 Spyder showing the hybrid supercar in action at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Hit "play" to watch it!

Click past the jump to read our review and find out.

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TopSpeed's Top 5 Hybrid Sports Cars

TopSpeed’s Top 5 Hybrid Sports Cars

Going green never went so quick

Ready or not, the hybrids are coming. Scratch that. They’re already here, and their numbers are steadily increasing. But fear not, brave auto enthusiast, the ever-increasing popularity of the hybrid powertrain isn’t going to diminish your fun behind the wheel. In fact, the addition of electric assistance might actually increase the smile factor of the modern sports car. Despite rampant speculation and fear mongering over the Prius-ification of the performance segment, hybrid powertrains can add mph in addition to mpg. To prove as much, here are five of the best examples of exactly that.

Of course, you won’t be able to get one of these machines for cheap, as adding a performance hybrid system to the powertrain also adds quite a few dollars to the bottom line. But that’s to be expected when dealing with top-of-the-line technology, especially tech born and bred for the racetrack. Eventually, we’ll see this stuff trickle down to more accessible models, but for now, hybrid sports cars occupy the top of the pyramid. Tell us which model you want in your garage, and if we missed something we shouldn’t have, by posting in the comments.

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There's a 24-Hour Forza 6 Marathon During the LeMans!!!

There’s a 24-Hour Forza 6 Marathon During the LeMans!!!

Qualifying has already started, so you better hurry up and signup if you want to compete

The 86th 24 Hours of Le Mans is on the horizon, and while race car drivers will be put to the ultimate test on the Circuit de la Sarthe, gamers will be participating in their own gasoline-fueled test of endurance in a 24-hour marathon of Forza 6. The marathon comes as part of a partnership between Porsche, Microsoft, and Automobile Club de l’Quest (ACO) and will actually run simultaneously to the real 24 Hours of Le Mans race. The official name of this online test of endurance is formally known as “Forza Racing Championship (Forza RC) Season 3: The Porsche Cup.

As you might have guessed by the official name, those who actually make it through qualifying and become finalists will get to race virtual versions of the Porsche 919 Hybrid. Prizes include real-world money, and there’s even a title in ACO’s newest category: “Official Endurance Esports.” The thing is, however, that if you really want to participate you need to head over to the signup page now as qualifying has already begun. The only requirements are a working Xbox One and a copy of Forza Motorsport 6. Well, that, two working hands, and a girlfriend that’s not going to nag you the whole time. Qualifying comes to an end on May 28th, so you still have some time. When the final race kicks off, it will be streamed via YouTube, Twitch, and Beam for the whole world to see.

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Richard Hammond Races Porsche 918 Against Nissan Patrol: Video

Richard Hammond Races Porsche 918 Against Nissan Patrol: Video

Stuttgart’s finest takes on an SUV with a few… minor modifications

The Porsche 918 Spyder is a monumentally fast machine. Rocking a 4.6-liter V-8 internal combustion engine paired with a dual set of electric motors and seven-speed PDK transmission, this German monster lays down upwards of 887 horsepower and 940 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough hutzpah to push the Porsche to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds, with the top speed rated at 211 mph. So it’s quick, that much is obvious. But, as Richard Hammond finds out in this video, no matter how fast you might think you are, there’s always something quicker. This time around, that something just so happens to be a Nissan Patrol SUV with a few choice modifications.

You’re probably asking – “how can this rather humdrum Japanese box on wheels compete with the Teutonic insanity that is the 918?” A quick glance won’t reveal much. But take a closer look, and you’ll start to notice this isn’t just any Nissan. The biggest giveaway is in the corners, where a four piece of uber-gummy Hoosier race slicks provide the traction. Then there’s the front end, where a somewhat Godzilla-esque grille shows some teeth, plus there are sporty-looking vents lining the hood. That’s right – this sleeper is hiding a full Nissan GT-R engine and AWD drivetrain under the hood, tuned to deliver a whopping 1,900 turbocharged horsepower! Suddenly, Dubai’s local selection of supercars might have something to think about…

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Porsche's Next Hypercar May Not Go The Electric Route

Porsche’s Next Hypercar May Not Go The Electric Route

It’s not arriving any time soon, so don’t get excited

Porsche’s follow-up to the 918 Spyder is still years away from seeing sunlight, but like Ferrari, the German automaker doesn’t appear to have any problems talking about it. Porsche GT boss Andreas Preuninger provided the quotes this time when he spoke to Car and Driver about the company’s plans for the 918 successor, including the possibility of the car not being fully electric.

While everything is still in the speculative stage, it is interesting to hear Preuninger throw out the scenario given that the 918 Spyder relied on a hybrid powertrain to get to the power levels it needed to attain. But Preuninger stopped well short of confirming either a similar hybrid powertrain configuration or an all-out electric car for the talked-about successor. At this point, the Porsche GT boss also cautioned against making any bold statements since the company has no new hypercars in development at the moment. In other words, it’s going to sit on the sidelines just like Ferrari and watch as Aston Martin, Mercedes-AMG, and McLaren get busy in the development of their own hypercars. That doesn’t mean Porsche isn’t going to go back to the drawing board soon, because as Preuninger said, “Porsche needs to be the leader of any movement.” How much time do you give the company before that itch starts coming back?

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Porsche Isn't Stepping Away From The Hypercar Race

Porsche Isn’t Stepping Away From The Hypercar Race

It’ll be on the sidelines for now, but a replacement to the 918 Spyder is still happening

The Porsche 918 Spyder, Ferrari LaFerrari, and McLaren P1 all ushered in a new era of hypercars when they made their debuts a few years ago. Since then, Mercedes-Benz and Aston Martin have joined in on the fun with their own 1,000-horsepower machines. Even McLaren has said that it’s up for seconds, and after initially teasing that it’s going to do the same, Porsche has now confirmed plans to develop a follow-up to the mighty 918 Spyder. Just don’t expect it to happen anytime soon.

The confirmation (of sorts) came from no less than Porsche CEO Oliver Blume, who said that the benchmark-setting 918 Spyder would in fact get a next-generation model. The only caveat is that the car isn’t expected to arrive for at least another eight years. “Special models like the 918 Spyder normally we launch every 10 years,” Blume said, indicating that the replacement model won’t arrive at least until 2025 and that any discussion of said model likely won’t take place until 2022.

For now, Porsche appears to be content to sit on the sidelines and spectate on the next wave of hypercars that are scheduled to hit the market in the coming years. One of these models, the recently-named Aston Martin Valkyrie, is scheduled to hit public roads in 2018, right around the same time as Mercedes-AMG’s very own hypercar. There’s also been talk within McLaren circles that the British automaker is in the drawing board for a replacement of its own P1 hypercar, although nothing much has amounted to that.

Even Audi has thrown its name into the hat, even though Audi Sport boss Stephan Winkelmann’s comments on the matter simply suggests that an Audi hyper “might be a good idea.” The point being made here is that a lot of automakers have seen what the Porsche 918 Spyder was able to do for Porsche and they’re not going to sit idly by and let others enjoy the spoils.

There’s legitimate competition brewing in this new segment, and as one of the stalwarts, Porsche appears to be opting for a measured approach on the matter. Let everyone get their turn in the spotlight, and when it’s time, the German automaker will come back with a vengeance.

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Want Your Own Island? You Can Have One for the Bargain Price of a Porsche 918 Spyder

Want Your Own Island? You Can Have One for the Bargain Price of a Porsche 918 Spyder

It’s an odd trade off, but it’s not unreasonable.

The barter system goes back about as far as conscious intelligence and has been the primary method of paying for services or obtaining products over a number of different eras all over the world. When you think about bartering, you probably think about people trying to trade things online or maybe that it will be a form of currency after the apocalypse. Craigslist is a primary source of barter trading with people often trying to trade off a car for a truck, or a car for some other toys – hell I’ve even seen people try to trade houses for cars. But, a post on Racing Junk, is by far the craziest barter offering that I’ve seen in my short time on this planet.

To put it simply, a Mr. Emilio Cirelli wants to trade his private island for a Porsche 918 Spyder. And we’re not talking about a trade plus cash. We’re talking about a straight up trade. If it sounds familiar, the same individual posted an ad on Craigslist a few years back trying to trade off the island for a Ferarri Enzo. This time, the island is listed on Racing Junk along with the photo you see above. According to the post, it is a three-acre private island that is about 10 miles south of Daytona Beach. From the look of things, there isn’t anything on the island, and the listing says its “survey ready for your development.”

There is a little more to the story, however. Teamspeed managed to do a short interview with Mr. Cirelli and found out a little more about it. Apparently, he’s a car enthusiast who has owned around 40 Alfa Romeos and Maseratis. Furthermore, he says he’s looking for a 918 Spyder now because he owns a Porsche 911 and thinks that “the Porsche is one of the best cars made.”

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The Recall Bug Takes Another Bite Off Of The Porsche 918 Spyder

The Recall Bug Takes Another Bite Off Of The Porsche 918 Spyder

The Porsche hypercar is turning into a magnet for recalls

With all the technological advances contained within the Porsche 918 Spyder, the thought of seeing the car subjected to a recall seems far-fetched, maybe even ridiculous. And yet, the 918 Spyder has actually been recalled a handful of times already. It’s had rear axle control arms issues. It’s had defective chassis parts. Now it’s once again being recalled for what Porsche is saying as potential problems attributed to the hypercar’s seatbelts.

Apparently, a mistake in the 918 Spyder’s original parts catalog may have led technicians to install the wrong screw in the wrong location, leaving both the seat belt mount and the belt reel mount unsecured. Since the screws are one-time-use only, there’s no way for Porsche to put them back in their proper place. So the company is issuing the recall so it check the fastening screws on the seat belt mount and on the belt reel to ensure that they’re right where they’re supposed to be.

In the event that they’re not, Porsche will replace the screws on all affected models of the 918 Spyder. Since this involves the automaker’s most high-profile performance car, the company is understandably treating this with the proper amount of caution. It’s not clear if this recall affects all 918 units of the hypercar but Porsche is recalling a large portion anyway, just to be sure.

Owners of the hypercar are encouraged to contact their respective Porsche dealers, wherever they may be in the world, to know more about the recall and how they can have their respective 918 Spyders inspected for the faulty screws.

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2014 Porsche 918 Spyder

2014 Porsche 918 Spyder

When Porsche unveiled the 918 Spyder concept at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show we were all in amazement. Within that amazement was a sense of a sense of pessimism, as we were unsure exactly how this future successor to the Carrera GT would look and run in the real world. We all know that manufacturers have a habit of “overestimating” its cars at these shows, to put it nicely.

After more than three years, the 918 Spyder ended its testing phase and is ready for its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The 918 has made many passes around the “Green Hell,” thrashing its predecessor’s time in the process. All of these laps around the famed Nürburgring and at Porsche’s test facilities have given the automaker enough details to allow it to piece together all of its specs.

So, is the 918 Spyder everything it has been hyped up to be?

Updated 07/07/2016: Porsche dropped a new video of the 918 Spyder showing the hybrid supercar in action at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Hit "play" to watch it!

Click past the jump to read our review and find out.

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22 Year Old Steals Porsche 918, Gets Busted 6 Hours Later

22 Year Old Steals Porsche 918, Gets Busted 6 Hours Later

There’s something very familiar about the way this car was stolen...

Do you remember the opening scene of the Gone in 60 Seconds remake? In the very beginning, Kip Raines (portrayed by Giovanni Ribisi) is determined to steal “Tina,” a car that is said to be a Porsche 911 996. To do so, he grabs his “tool,” better known as a brick, from the trunk of his car, smashes the front glass window and proceeds to jack move Tina. Eventually, he goes on to get into an illegal street race, leads police to the warehouse, and the whole plot of the movie unfolds from there. So why am I talking about an entertaining scene from a 16-year-old movie? Because someone from Salt Lake City, Utah decided he wanted to be just like Kip Raines.

I’m not even kidding, either. According to the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Francisco Gonzalez-Velasquez – a 22-year-old male – tried to pull the same move that Kip Raines did in Gone in 60 Seconds. The Sheriff’s office claims that Gonzalez-Velasquez broke the front glass of a Porsche car dealership in Salt Lake City, then proceeded to steal a Porsche right off of the showroom floor. It wasn’t a Porsche 996, though. Gonzalez-Velasquez had more expensive taste and went for a Porsche 918 Spyder that is valued at $1.6 million.

The funny part about the whole thing is the fact that Gonzalez-Velasquez didn’t wait until night time to make this expensive grab. He did it at around 4:30 in the afternoon. Police caught up with him in that very car just six hours later, where he was arrested on charges of theft, burglary, and theft by receiving stolen property. I’m sure it was a fun ride while it lasted, but I’m pretty sure that ride isn’t worth the time behind bars the suspect will serve if he is convicted on all charges.

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Supercar Gathering In The Netherlands Draws An Exotic Party: Video

Supercar Gathering In The Netherlands Draws An Exotic Party: Video

Now this is how you organize a supercar meet-and-greet

A McLaren P1 GTR. A Porsche 918 Spyder. A Ferrari LaFerrari. If you’re not a man with bottomless pockets, the chances of seeing these three exotics and a host of other supercars are limited. You could “own” in the video game world, but in the actual world that we live in, well, that’s a different story. But there are times when some of the best and finest exotics find the company of one another. One of those times occurred recently in the Netherlands where the aforementioned P1 GTR, 918 Spyder, and LaFerrari were all part of a supercar gathering for the ages.

The video, provided by YouTube user “Carspotter Jeroen,” gives us a good and long look at the supercar meet. In addition to the P1 GTR, 918 Spyder, and LaFerrari, the gathering was also attended by “old school” exotics like the Ferrari F40, Porsche Carrera GT, and Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. A handful of Porsche 911s were also in attendance, as were a couple of Lamborghinis, Koenigseggs, and Mercedes-Benz models.

In short, the supercar meet turned into the kind of gathering that we can only see in our dreams. But for those who actually own these cars, it was just another day of rubbing elbows with their ilk. As we do the same with our friends over a cup of coffee, they do it in the presence of some of the fastest and most powerful cars in the world.

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Porsche 918 Spyder Vs. Lamborghini Huracan: Video

Porsche 918 Spyder Vs. Lamborghini Huracan: Video

On paper, it seems fair to say that a Lamborghini Huracan has no chance against a Porsche 918 Spyder in a quarter mile race. The latter, after all, is far more powerful than its Italian counterpart. But, perception isn’t always reality, and as this video will show us, sometimes the underdog has a few surprises up its sleeve.

First, let’s check out the tale of the tape. On one side of the strip is the Lamborghini Huracan. This supercar is powered by a 5.2-liter V-10 engine that spits out 602 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. All that power is sent to the all four wheels, allowing the Italian bull to sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just three seconds and hit a top sped of 202 mph.

On the opposite site of the drag strip is the Porsche 918 Spyder. It also has all-wheel drive, but instead of having a traditional engine, it’s powered by a hybrid powertrain made up of a 4.6-liter V-8 engine and a pair of electric motors. Together, the two systems work in concert to provide the 918 Spyder with 887 horsepower and 940 pound-feet of torque. That helps the German hypercar shoot from 0 to 62 mph in just 2.5 seconds to go with a top speed of 217 mph.

Line these two up side-by-side and just about everybody will pick the 918 Spyder in a full-on drag race against the Huracan. You might even say that the Lamborghini is a decided underdog with odds somewhere in the 4/1 range. It just so happens that if you did bet on the Huracan in this particular race, you’d be walking away with a thick pockets and a huge smile on your face.

Yes, the Lamborghini won and it really wasn’t even close. This begs the question whether this particular Huracan had some work done on its V-8 mill. After all, the numbers don’t lie. The 918 Spyder should’ve won this race without even breaking a sweat. But, none of that matters really since this is just a good ol’ fashion drag race with nothing but bragging rights on the line.

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Ferrari LaFerrari Vs. McLaren P1 Vs. Bugatti Veyron Vs. Porsche 918 Vs. Pagani Huayra - Part 3: Video

Ferrari LaFerrari Vs. McLaren P1 Vs. Bugatti Veyron Vs. Porsche 918 Vs. Pagani Huayra - Part 3: Video

The results are in! Ok, that’s not the most fashionable way to intro the third and final part of the Hyper 5 video series, but it’s the best I can do given the excitement surrounding the dramatic conclusion to this epic hypercard throwdown.

Here’s a quick refresher: the Hyper 5 series is the brainchild of Alejandro Salomon. The filmmaker brought five of the world’s fastest and most powerful supercars together to run independent laps in each of them around the track to see which one could post the fastest lap time. As a bonus, four of the five cars also participated in an elimination-style drag race, with the winner taking on the supercar that has held the fastest drag record for a production vehicle for the better part of a decade.

So, before the lap times were revealed, the drag race took place with the Porsche 918 Spyder taking on the Pagani Huayra and the McLaren P1 duking it out with the Ferrari LaFerrari. The results of the first round of the drag race saw the 918 Spyder and the P1 beating their respective opponents. When it came time for the pair’s own drag race for a spot at the finals opposite the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, it was the 918 Spyder who blew past the P1.

Then it became a battle between the old guard taking on the new whippersnapper. The result of the race wasn’t particularly close, but I’m not going to spoil the winner because, well, you have to watch it to find out.

Once the drag race title was settled, the lap times of all five hypercars were finally revealed. Not surprisingly, the Pagani Huayra, the least powerful of the five, came in dead last, posting a lap time of 1:23.76 seconds. In fourth place came the Bugatti Veyron SS, the heaviest of the five, with a lap time of 1:23.006, leaving the battle for lap time supremacy down to the three hybrid hypercars.

In third place was the McLaren P1, which posted a lap time of 1:18.822 seconds, almost five seconds quicker than the Huayra. But, even that breathtaking lap time wasn’t enough to beat out the Ferrari LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder.

As for who came out on top, well, I’ll leave that for you to watch. Yep. No spoilers on this one, too. What I will tell you is that the winner finished with a lap time of 1:18.44 while the runner-up finished in 1:18.46. That’s a difference of two-hundredths of a second!

The Hyper 5 series was fun to watch so I have to give credit to Salomon and his crew for taking the time to create it. Well done, sir!

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Chris Harris Puts The LaFerrari, Porsche 918 And McLaren P1 Face To Face: Video

Chris Harris Puts The LaFerrari, Porsche 918 And McLaren P1 Face To Face: Video

Being connected is an important thing in the auto industry, especially if you’re trying to negotiate with three of the world’s most famous automakers to have them lend you their new hybrid hypercars so you can test out all three at the same time. Chris Harris is one of the most connected journos in the business and even he had some difficulty getting Porsche, McLaren, and Ferrari on board. Fortunately, his persistence paid off and the result is this.

This episode of “Chris Harris on Cars” runs 52 minutes long. It’s probably the longest episode of the show, but for good reason. In it, Harris finally got the opportunity to drive, compare, and analyze the Porsche 918 Spyder, McLaren P1, and Ferrari LaFerrari, all together in one race track. An event of such magnitude deserves as much time as can be filmed and Harris even tapped into a few buddies of his to help him sort through all the awesomeness provided by the troika of hybrid hypercars. In case you spot fellow journo Tiff Needel and racer Marino Franchitti, they’re there to give Harris a helping hand.

Also in the episode are the engineers and mechanics of all three manufacturers. That pretty much tells you how seriously these companies are taking this test run. Engineers from McLaren and Ferrari even had a little argument on the tires the P1 and LaFerrari would run in, but as Harris himself pointed out, everything was smoothened out by Pirelli and all three cars eventually took their respective moments in the spotlight.

Since this is basically a whole hour’s worth of viewing, I’m not going to spoil everything that happened during Harris’ time with the three hypercars. There are just too many things that happened that it might be best if viewers just watch it themselves. So sit back and enjoy the ride. Chris Harris finally gets to have his party, with the Porsche 918 Spyder, McLaren P1, and Ferrari LaFerrari all in attendance.

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Ferrari LaFerrari Vs. McLaren P1 Vs. Bugatti Veyron Vs. Porsche 918 Vs. Pagani Huayra - Part 2: Video

Ferrari LaFerrari Vs. McLaren P1 Vs. Bugatti Veyron Vs. Porsche 918 Vs. Pagani Huayra - Part 2: Video

Last week, we brought you the first part of Alejandro Salomon’s three-part Hyper 5 series. Well, it didn’t take long for the second part of the series to be released, and now we finally get to see five of the world’s fastest and most powerful supercars in action.

First, a refresher. The Hyper 5 series is the creation of Salomon, otherwise known on the Internet as Salomondrin. He’s a well-off entrepreneur who also happens to be a huge car fan. So with his own resources, combined with steady contributions from the owners of the five hypercars in the film, Salomon decided to bring all of them together to see which one reigns supreme as the best of them all. The five supercars include the Bugatti Veyron, Pagani Huayra, Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and the Porsche 918 Spyder.

Now, onto the second episode. GMG Racing’s James Sofronas is prominently featured in this episode, since he was given the task of driving timed laps for all five hypercars.

Before even getting into one of the cars, Sofronas gave Salomon a few predictions on which he thought would be the quickest in the quarter-mile (McLaren P1), which would be the hardest to drive (Bugatti Veyron), and best of all, which one would ultimately win the entire showdown (Porsche 918 Spyder).

Once all predictions were handed out, Sofronas went ahead and laid rubber with each of the five hypercars on a hot lap around the track. The lap times of each of the five cars weren’t revealed because, apparently, those are being saved for the climactic episode next week.

So, while we all wait to find out which of these five will be crowned the winner, we have more than enough time to watch all five hypercars engage in some pretty incredible hot laps. Enjoy the video!

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Dubai Police Adds Porsche 918 Spyder To Its Fleet

Dubai Police Adds Porsche 918 Spyder To Its Fleet

The Dubai Police department has just added the Porsche 918 Spyder to its fleet of police cars. Yes, the 918 Spyder. It’s become old hat for the country’s police force to add supercars and luxury cars to its garage, but this one’s on another level. It’s one thing to dress up a Lamborghini Aventador or an Audi R8 with the country’s official police garb; it’s another to do it on a limited-run, hybrid supercar. That’s just flexing your arm for the sake of showing off those muscles.

In any event, the dressed up, white 918 Spyder was unveiled at the 2015 Dubai Motor Show wearing the traditional dark green liveries of the Dubai police force. No other modifications were made because there’s really no point in doing so. Seeing a Porsche 918 Spyder in this cosmetic configuration is all the car needs to emphasize the fact that, outside of its counterparts in Abu Dhabi, there isn’t a police department that can boast the kind of police cars that the Dubai police has.

Granted, none of these supercars - not the Aventador, R8, or this 918 Spyder - will ever be used for actual police duty. A close look at the Porsche hybrid exotic even reveals the absence of police lights on the roof. Instead, the 918 Spyder will be used extensively for marketing purposes, similar to how its predecessors were used when they were first unveiled. It may be a publicity stunt for all intents and purposes, but make no mistake, this the Dubai Police’s way of telling people what it’s capable of when drivers disobey motoring laws in the country.

Who knows, if a reckless driver proves to be too difficult to catch for the department’s regular police cars, it may just unleash this bad boy on the unsuspecting perp.

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Ferrari LaFerrari Vs. McLaren P1 Vs. Bugatti Veyron Vs. Porsche 918 Vs. Pagani Huayra: Video

Ferrari LaFerrari Vs. McLaren P1 Vs. Bugatti Veyron Vs. Porsche 918 Vs. Pagani Huayra: Video

What happens when you put a Bugatti Veyron, Pagani Huayra, McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder, and a Ferrari LaFerrari in the same track at the same time? Short of the world actually melting into a puddle, you get to witness filmmaker Alejandro Salomon’s three-part series called “Hyper 5”.

The premise of Hyper 5 is pretty simple. You get five of the world’s fastest and most powerful supercars, run independent tests on each of them around the track and on the drag strip, then document the whole thing to see which one reigns supreme. This is the first part of the series. In it, Salomon spends the entire episode giving each supercar proper introductions. None of the actual tests were done in this episode because Salomon’s apparently saving that for the second and third installments.

Be that as it may, we still get top-quality, film making production, which adds to the incredible build-up of seeing all five supercars in action. Salomon did a good job giving each car its turn in the spotlight, even pointing out that none of these exotics came from their manufacturers. They’re all customer cars, free from any modifications, and all running on stock tires.

We’re going to have to wait for episodes two and three to see how these tests end up going. As far as putting my money on any one of them, I’m going to steer clear of picking a favorite because all of them have as good a chance as any at being the best among the lot. Besides, my choice would’ve been the Koenigsegg One:1, except that it’s not part of the quintet.

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Porsche 918 Spyder Vs. Lamborghini Aventador Pirelli Edition Drag Race: Video

Porsche 918 Spyder Vs. Lamborghini Aventador Pirelli Edition Drag Race: Video

There is a big difference between a supercar and a hypercar in terms of performance, and drag races are quite revealing when it comes to acceleration and speed.

The video you’re about to see stars one of the hottest vehicles of this decade, the Porsche 918 Spyder. The German hybrid goes up against an Italian exotic, the Lamborghini Aventador Roadster, which may be a dying breed considering the fact that it still has a naturally aspirated V-12 engine under its hood.

Trying to find out which one is faster between the two is not rocket science. You have the Lamborghini Aventador, with its mid-mounted 690-horsepower engine, AWD, and a 7-speed single-clutch semi-automatic transmission. The 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) sprint takes three seconds and top speed stands at 230 mph.

On the other hand, the Porsche 918 Spyder uses a 4.6-liter V-8 mill and two electric motors for a combined output of 887 horses. The oomph also hits all four wheels, but through a 7-speed dual-clutch PDK. Charging from 0 to 62 mph takes only 2.5 seconds and it can go up to a top speed of 217 mph.

On paper, the German hybrid is the clear winner here. But is the Porsche the quicker supercar in the real world? Hit play to find out.

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LaFerrari VS P1 VS 918 Spyder Track Shootout Teaser: Video

LaFerrari VS P1 VS 918 Spyder Track Shootout Teaser: Video

Sometimes, all you need for success is the right ingredients. It doesn’t matter how they come together – if picked wisely, each component will inevitably benefit the whole. One example comes from the culinary world – it doesn’t matter what you’re cooking; add bacon, and the result will be a masterpiece, guaranteed. But what about in the world of performance vehicles? Well, The SupercarDriver thinks it has the right stuff with this upcoming shootout. Simply put, each member of the hybrid hypercar “Holy Trinity” will be present for a no-holds-barred rumble of speed and tire smoke. Sweet.

Even though every gearhead on the planet wants to see the LaFerrari, 918 Spyder, and P1 go head-to-head, Ferrari, Porsche, and McLaren seem reluctant to put up examples for direct comparison. Luckily, SCD managed to coerce Paul Bailey, who just so happens to own one of each, into loaning out his babies for a day of testing.

The venue of choice is Silverstone, while the man behind the wheel is British Touring Car racer Mat Jackson. SCD says it only has a few tests left to shoot before it releases a “mammoth feature film” documenting the results. There will be telemetry data, analysis, and loads of footage showing uber-expensive, tip-of-the-spear technological juggernauts tackling the iconic U.K. circuit.

Expect the full-length comparison sometime this November.

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Walter Rohrl Crashes Porsche 918 Weissach On The Track: Video

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.

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Porsche Ends Production Of 918 Spyder

Porsche Ends Production Of 918 Spyder

Porsche’s brilliantly anachronistic science experiment has run its course. The 918th and final 918 Spyder rolled off the assembly line this week at Porsche’s Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen factory, and, in true German fashion, it did so on-schedule, despite Chris Harris predicting otherwise. The final 918 (above) wears a custom dark-red paint job and will probably be worth a significant amount of money some day. (Like it’s not already. What am I saying?)

It doesn’t seem all that long ago that Porsche stunned the world with its new hybrid supercar at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. The 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder was a seriously radical car — a high-performance hybrid that used electric motors to improve both efficiency and performance, coupled with a high-revving V-8 from the RS Spyder LMP2 race car.

The announcement and subsequent production green light a few months later sent the industry scrambling, and both Ferrari and McLaren announced new high-performance hybrids of their own, sparking (pun intended) an entirely new genre: the hybrid hypercar.

The production 918 exceeded even Porsche’s expectations. With 887 horsepower, the sprint to 62 mph was verified at 2.5 seconds, and it would eventually blitz the Nürburgring Nordschleife in just 6 minutes 57 seconds — all with the capability to run for 18 miles in electric-only mode without emitting a single carbon molecule.

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Porsche Carrera GT Vs. Porsche 918 Spyder: Video

Porsche Carrera GT Vs. Porsche 918 Spyder: Video

First of all, no prizes for guessing the winner of this drag race between a Porsche 918 Spyder and Carrera GT. It’s not even close. The 918’s all-wheel-drive, hybrid powertrain is no match for the rear-wheel-drive, V-10-powered Carrera GT. The hybrid gaps the GT right off the line and never looks back. But this is a more than a battle between Porsche supercars from different eras. It’s a meeting of old and new, analog and digital, Pepsi and Crystal Pepsi.

In addition to being the closest thing on four wheels to sounding like a Tie Fighter, the Carrera GT is still an awesome car. With 612 horsepower from its 5.7-liter engine, it’s out-powered by many of today’s entry-level supercars, but, unlike more modern machinery, it isn’t a car to suffer fools. Its ceramic clutch is temperamental at low speeds and, like a race car, it’s a twitchy beast, prone to snap oversteer. It even has a six-speed manual transmission (a manual!) with a wooden shift knob inspired by Porsche’s 917 Le Mans racers. Did I mention the noise?

The 918 Spyder is an amazing piece of technology that not only proved hybrids didn’t have to be boring; they could also be brutally fast. Working with its 4.6-liter V-8, the 918’s electric motors, advanced algorithms and sensors all shuffle data around to make it faster than just about anything on the road. Objectively and by every measure it dominates the Carrera GT, which only had traction control to prevent you from looking like a fool.

Call me old-school, but I’ll take the Carrera GT every time. What about you?

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McLaren P1, LaFerrari And Porsche 918 At Silverstone: Video

McLaren P1, LaFerrari And Porsche 918 At Silverstone: Video

To our knowledge, this video depicts the first time the McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder have all been on the same track at the same time, or at least, it’s the first time someone has thought to bring a video camera and a few GoPros to document the proceedings. The hypercar trinity was brought together at England’s Silverstone Circuit to take a few lucky passengers on hot lap rides at a Supercar Driver charity event. Timed laps weren’t allowed (you can probably thank Ferrari for that), but just seeing the three on track together at the same time is a pretty amazing sight.

Amazingly, these three cars are all owned by one guy. Paul Bailey is an English businessman who made his future in the telecom industry and is thought to be one of the few, if not the only, human being on the planet that owns all three hybrid hypercars. He took delivery of the P1 first in 2014. Some months later in early 2015 he drove the P1 to the Ferrari dealership to pick up his LaFerrari. That same day, he and his wife drove the P1 and the LaFerrari to a Porsche dealership about 100 miles away to pick up the 918. He’s obviously doing something right.

In case you need a refresher, the McLaren P1 is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8, which, when combined with its electric motor, produces 903 horsepower. The 918 uses an atmospheric flat-plane-crank V-8 and two electric motors, one on the front axle and one on the rear, to produce 887 horsepower. The most powerful of the bunch is the LaFerrari. It’s howling 6.3-liter V-12 incorporates an electric motor mounted directly to the gearbox to produce 963 horsepower. All together, it’s a combined output of 2,453 horsepower. Each will sprint to 60 in under three seconds and easily exceed 200 mph.

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1000 KM Roadtrip In The Porsche 918 Spyder: Video

1000 KM Roadtrip In The Porsche 918 Spyder: Video

As we reported some time ago, Porsche celebrated having made it past the 10 million mark for Facebook likes by sending one lucky fan on a road trip in a 918 Spyder. Porsche already announced the details of the trip a few weeks ago, but now there is a video highlight reel to accompany the story, and that’s always important when it involves track time in a 918. The winner was a young Austrian man named Ingo Vandenberghe, who thankfully speaks English quite well, and is therefore able to narrate the video.

The trip covered 1000 kilometers (621 miles) in the UK over 4 days. They started off in London, along with a couple of other Porsche hybrids, presumably to carry the film crew. The trip ended at the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone. This gave Ingo a chance to really open up the throttle on the 918, but more importantly, it gave him a chance to ride along while a professional driver showed him the full capabilities of the car. It seems to have made quite an impression on him.

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Porsche Recalls 223 918 Spyders For Service Inspection

Porsche Recalls 223 918 Spyders For Service Inspection

Proving that one-percenters can have car problems too, Porsche has issued a worldwide recall for 918 Spyders built before April 2015 for a service inspection. The precautionary recall affects 223 918 Spyders in the United States and a handful of cars in Europe. The issue stems from a wiring harness for a radiator fan than can potentially be damaged by an adjacent carbon-fiber component. Doesn’t sound like anything a Zip Tie can’t fix.

Porsche says it already has a fix and will be contacting owners of affected cars shortly. The repairs will be done at no cost to customers and should only take about half a day.

This is actually the third recall for the $845,000-dollar hybrid hypercar. The first, in September of 2015, affected 46 cars and involved rear-axle control arms that could apparently fail during extended periods of time at high speeds. The second, in December of the same year, was essentially the same problem as before, but with the front axle.

You might also remember that Ferrari issued a recall for the LaFerrari to a fix a fuel tank issue that wasn’t actually a recall. Details were never made official, but reports suggest the measure was taken to minimize fire risk and that new fuel tanks sprayed with non-conductive coating replaced the old ones.

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Ferrari 458 Speciale Vs Porsche 918 Spyder Vs Aston Martin Vantage S: Video

Ferrari 458 Speciale Vs Porsche 918 Spyder Vs Aston Martin Vantage S: Video

What is the right car for driving in Dubai? With the city’s brand new and butter-smooth roads, there isn’t really any wrong answer to that question, as you’ll be comfortable in anything. But it is only new, exotic and very expensive cars which really fit in with the architecture of Dubai, and that is what the folks at /Drive chose to take with them on their trip. Though the Ferrari 458 Speciale, Porsche 918 Spyder and Aston Martin V12 Vantage S are all very impressive, the video isn’t really much of a review of them. In fact, you’ll get more facts figures about Dubai from this than you will about the cars.

The video is more about how much fun it is to drive a supercar in UAE, and it does look like a blast. Most significant is the winding mountain road that they take toward the end. It’s a fantastic bit of driving with an amazing view, up there with the best driving roads in the world — in stark contrast to the highway they take to Abu Dhabi earlier, nicknamed the Highway of Death. Matt Farah chooses not to drive an Aston Martin over a mountain on a dirt road. Probably wise.

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Porsche Celebrates 10 Million Facebook Fans With 1000 KM Road Trip

Porsche Celebrates 10 Million Facebook Fans With 1000 KM Road Trip

Between the useless advice memes and pointless status updates regarding comments made by that rude barista (if you see her every day, maybe you should go to another coffee shop?), there are actually some interesting things to be found on social media. For example, Porsche recently held a contest to celebrate eclipsing 10 million fans on Facebook. One of those fans, 27-year-old Austrian Ingo Georges Vandenberghe, was lucky enough to win, netting him the oh-so-sweet prize of a 1,000-km (621-mile) road trip around England and Wales inside the cockpit of a 918 Spyder.

The hybrid hypercar was joined by two other electrified offerings from Stuttgart in the form of a 2015 Cayenne S E-Hybrid and Panamera S E-Hybrid, demonstrating the long-range capability of these performance vehicles in sip mode. The journey began April 27 in central London, first heading to Oxford, then Wales and the Cotswolds, finally ending at the Porsche Experience Centre at the UK’s preeminent racing track, Silverstone, on April 30. Once in the proper environment, Vandenberghe got the chance to experience the 918’s full potential as it was unleashed around the famous British circuit.

The 918 was wrapped in a special material to encourage Porsche fans and owners to sign the car at its various stopping points. You can check out highlights from the trip in the near future at www.porsche.com/10m. 

Continue reading to learn more about Porsche’s road trip prize.

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Porsche 918 Spyder Rocks the Brumos Livery

Porsche 918 Spyder Rocks the Brumos Livery

During early testing, Porsche 918 Spyder prototypes could be seen wearing the classic Martini Racing livery, but one of the latest versions Porsche’s hypercar wears the iconic red, white and blue livery of Brumos Racing.

Unveiled recently by former Brumos driver David Donohue during a ceremony at the Brumos Porsche showroom in Jacksonville, FL, this one-off 918 was designed by none other than Hurley Haywood. Even better, the ceremony had the car displayed alongside Haywood’s 917-10 Can-Am car, which just so happens to be the first Brumos racecar to feature the now-signature livery.

Like this 917-10 and subsequent Brumos Racing cars, the 918 Spyder unveiled in Jacksonville has a bright white paint job with the signature red and blue racing stripes running along the top and sides of the car. Inside, the dark leather seats have contrasting Guard Red piping and the 918 Spyder logo embroidered into the seat backs in a special Brumos Blue stitching. Add up all of these custom touches, and this particular Porsche 918 Spyder had an MSRP of $1,011,075.

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Porsche 918 Drives The Australian Outback: Video

Porsche 918 Drives The Australian Outback: Video

Many regard the Australian Outback as home to a variety of things that would like very much to kill you, including crocodiles, venomous snakes, toxic spiders, and roid-raging kangaroos on their cycle. But there’s something else out there just as capable of landing a fatal sucker punch if you aren’t careful – the unrestricted two-lane tarmac of the Northern Territories. Luckily for us, Kiwi pro driver and Carrera Cup champ Craig Baird fears no highway, even when Porsche hands him the keys to a 918 and instructs him not to lift.

Given the undulating, cracked and debris-strewn nature of this public road, you wouldn’t necessarily expect anyone to attempt such a risky stunt. Surface conditions aside, all it takes is a single bit of wayward down-under fauna to turn the whole show into a crumpled ball of exotic German engineering. However, fortune favors the bold, and Baird pushes his hybrid chariot to the absolute max, hitting an astonishing 350 km/h (217.5 mph) on the top end.

Part of the equation is his 918’s equipped Weissach performance package, which trims 80 pounds from the base model’s 3,700-pound curb weight, yielding a downright feathery 3,620 pounds. This is accomplished thanks to a carbon-fiber roof, rear wing, side mirrors, and windshield surround, not to mention the go-faster livery that is sure to be good for at least a few extra mph.

Seeing this ultimate Porsche blast to the top of seventh gear is just insane, and even though the road is straight, you can see Baird working to keep all four tires planted. At 200 mph plus, things happen quickly, and the vibrations in the cabin are immense. Press play and prepare to be impressed.

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Porsche 918 Spyder Unofficially Breaks Phillip Island Lap Record: Video

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.

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McLaren P1 Vs. Porsche 918 Vs. LaFerrari - Which Is Fastest To Build: Video

McLaren P1 Vs. Porsche 918 Vs. LaFerrari - Which Is Fastest To Build: Video

I’m probably not the only gearhead that wants to see a drag race between the McLaren P1, the Porsche 918 and the Ferrari LaFerrari, but there’s a reason why such a confrontation won’t happen anytime soon. And it’s all Ferrari’s fault, because Maranello doesn’t want this to happen! Yup, Ferrari has forbidden LaFerrari owners to race it against the P1 and the 918; the same owners who paid more than $1.3 million to take the hybrid supercar home. Is Ferrari trying to hide anything? Could it be that the LaFerrari is actually slower than its main competitors, prompting Maranello to keep its hypercar away from drag races and head-to-head track battles? Unfortunately, it’s a question I can’t really answer given the current circumstances.

With an actual test between the three impossible to schedule, the folks over at XCAR came up with a different way to compare the supercars. It doesn’t involve burnouts, drag racing or track carving, but hundreds of plastic parts and the joy of building... Lego cars. Specifically, XCAR set out to find out which of the three is fastest to build and purchased the LaFerrari, P1, and 918 Hybrid from the brand’s Speed Champions series. Silly? Could be, but you have to admit it’s the only way these supercars can be compared unless you have the actual cars, a race track, and a stopwatch. Hit the play button to find out which is fastest to build.

Spoiler alert: Ferrari is probably happy with the outcome.

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2015 McLaren P1 Vs. 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder: Video

2015 McLaren P1 Vs. 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder: Video

Always on the hunt for interesting head-to-head comparisons, Motor Trend recently pitted the McLaren P1 against the Porsche 918 Spyder on the track, with racing driver Randy Pobst testing each model on the Laguna Seca circuit. Initially, the Ferrari LaFerrari was expected to complete the hypercar trinity, but Ferrari allegedly refused to allow a LaFerrari customer to lend his pride and joy for the comparison.

Even so, McLaren and Porsche decided to contribute to the shootout. While Porsche simply said yes, McLaren flew in an entire team of technicians and spare tires for the P1, even though it didn’t make any difference to the end result. That is, indeed, a spoiler, because not many people — Porsche and McLaren included - expected the heavier and less-powerful 918 Spyder to simply mop the floor with the P1 on the circuit.

Both hybrid hypercars have carbon-fiber bodies, dual-clutch transmissions, high-revving V-8s augmented with electric motors and can reach 60 mph in under three seconds. But there are plenty of differences between them, which is why they are very different in both power delivery and lap times. In the end, the 918 Spyder beat its own lap-record on Laguna Seca, while the P1 only managed to finish about a second later on each run. Although all three hypercars are already sold out, the Porsche 918 Spyder, McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari will be part of or collective memory for years to come.
And this video shows why.

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Lexus LFA vs Porsche 918 Spyder Drag Race: Video

Lexus LFA vs Porsche 918 Spyder Drag Race: Video

British Vmax 200 events have recently started getting better coverage from the media, mostly thanks to the range of exotic cars that usually participate in the event. Known car-spotter Shmee150 has been present with a camera at just about every edition in the last few years, filming the most interesting supercars while they go at it. He was also on deck at the latest Vmax 200 event, which was hosted at Dunsfold Park — also known as the Top Gear test track.

The car-spotter got the chance to ride shotgun in a Lexus LFA while the supercar went head-to-head with a Porsche 918 Spyder. As you can expect, the win was a walk in the park for the 918 Spyder, since there is a huge difference in numbers between the two cars. On the other hand, the Lexus LFA is actually more exclusive, with only 500 units having been built, compared with 918 units for the Porsche. On top of it, the Yamaha- tuned, 4.8-liter, V-10 engine in the LFA sounds like a Formula One V-10 from the early 2000s.

The plug-in hybrid Porsche hypercar is in another league though, since it features a high-revving V-8, derived from a Le Mans Prototype racing car engine, that works in tandem with two electric motors. Thanks to a battery that can be also recharged from the exterior, the 918 Spyder is pretty much the best of all worlds, combining dramatic performance, unbelievable fuel economy and huge driving fun into a bonkers package.

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Porsche 918 Replacement And The 988

Porsche 918 Replacement And The 988

Details are still sketchy at this point, but Porsche may already be thinking about an all-new supercar as a successor to the 918 Spyder,
according to a recent report from British media. Take this with a pinch of salt, but Autocar put together some quotes from Porsche R&D chief Wolfgang Hatz once again, and it seems that aside from a 918 replacement, the rumored 988 mid-engine sports car still has a green light as well.

Powered by a twin-turbocharged V-8 that may or may not be a hybrid but will definitely sit behind the driver in a midship position, the internally codenamed 988 would be pitted against models like the Ferrari 488 GTB or the McLaren 675 LT, both of which are mid-engined and use twin-turbocharged V-8s. The supercar’s powerplant would be derived from a new generation of V-8 engines that will be used in the second-generation Panamera and third-generation Cayenne.

As for the hypercar, there is obviously too little information to speculate on the matter right now, even though the 918 Spyder has been already sold out. It would be safe to say that it will also feature a plug-in hybrid powerplant with mountains of horsepower and torque, while the earliest launch date would be somewhere around 2020, or about two years after the 988 supercar. While Porsche is currently busy developing the new Panamera, Cayenne and various 911 and Boxster/Cayman versions, the prospect of two new halo models sounds more than interesting.

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LaFerrari Vs Porsche 918 Vs McLaren P1 Comparison By TopGear: Video

LaFerrari Vs Porsche 918 Vs McLaren P1 Comparison By TopGear: Video

As anyone who’s watched an episode of the TV show or turned a few pages of the magazine will tell you, the folks over at TopGear have a penchant for absurdity. From converting a Reliant Robin into a space shuttle, to carting around half-rotten cow carcasses, to driving a homemade miniature car through a library, these loons eschew common sense like it’s a skin disease. Which is why the hybrid hypercars from Ferrari, Porsche, and McLaren suit them perfectly.

Let me explain. These three machines represent the very finest of the automotive world, with extremes of every conceivable sense practically dripping from their carbon-composite body panels. They are hugely powerful, immensely quick, technologically advanced beyond comprehension, and breathtakingly good looking.

They are also completely unattainable, and utterly unusable. At around a million dollars per example, the vast majority of these cars will not see much road use, nor will they have every tenth wrung out of them on a track. These vehicles may be masterpieces of engineering and design. They may be heralds of petrol-powered potential. But they are also, in a word, absurd.

Which is exactly why everyone likes them so much.

At a minute and a half, this video showcases these ridiculously incredible speed machines howling their engines, sliding around, and generally being awesome. Sound good? Thought so.

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Chris Harris Picks Car of the Year 2014: Video

Chris Harris Picks Car of the Year 2014: Video

There are worse ways to make a living than gallivanting around the world driving some of the greatest cars mankind has ever produced, so it’s fair to say that Chris Harris has a job we all want. He calls his latest video “Car of the Year 2014,” but contrary to what the name suggests it’s not so much a contest, but rather a 42-minute celebration of Harris’ favorite cars of the last two years or so.

The setting is the beautiful Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão, Portugal and the players are the Porsche 918 Spyder, Porsche GT3, Ferrari 458 Speciale, Ferrari F12berlinetta, Renault Megane 275 Trophy-R, Aston Martin V12 Vantage S, and BMW M3. There are no winners or losers, just Harris and a few of his friends who have helped him out along the way, torching Pirellis and leaving long black marks all over the Portuguese tarmac.

Side activities include an impromptu go-kart race, with Harris and his longtime cameraman Neil Carry switching roles and failing miserably, and an unlikely drag race between the Porsche 918, Ferrari F12 and Renault Megane Trophy-R. No prizes for correctly predicting the finishing order for that one.

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Lego Prepares Speed Champions Sets For Spring 2015

Lego Prepares Speed Champions Sets For Spring 2015

Here’s a challenge for you: set your eyes on the current breed of hybrid hypercars from McLaren, Ferrari, and Porsche, and try your hardest not to desperately want every single one of them. For even the mildly motor-enthused, it’s clearly an impossible task. Thankfully, the best toymaker in the world is here to help. Lego has partnered with all three of the above carmakers to offer the Speed Champions builder kits, scheduled for release in March 2015. Is it weird for a grown man to get giddy about the idea of owning a miniature plastic P1? I certainly don’t think so.

The Speed Champions line will include much more than just the three manufacturers’ halo vehicles. There’s also a Ferrari 458 Italia GT2, Ferrari F14 with Scuderia transport truck, McLaren Mercedes MP4-29 with pit stop, and a pair of Porsche 911s with a finish line and functioning starter lights, among others.

The pieces look stupendous, complete with racers, tools, checkered flags, and racing decals. Additionally, when you’re ready for even higher levels of enjoyment, you can tear apart the cars and combine kits. We’re thinking a septuple-engined, front-mid-rear-ship, ultra-mega car with the weight of small moon for downforce and a 0-to-60 time of now. Top speed is infinite. No less than five drivers are needed to control it. We’ll call it: the McPorrari.

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Porsche 911 Family Will Go Turbo; Sub-918 Model Also Planned

Porsche 911 Family Will Go Turbo; Sub-918 Model Also Planned

With the launch of the 911 GT3 RS and its all-new powerplant on the way, Porsche has also let it slip that the entire 911 range is actually heading toward a major transformation, something that will bring major improvements in terms of both performance and fuel consumption. Speaking with Autocar, Porsche’s head of R&D, Wolfgang Hatz, admitted once again that the flat-six in the upcoming GT3 RS is actually part of an all new engine family which will eventually find its way under the trunk of every 911 model in the future – in turbocharged guise.

In case that wasn’t obvious enough, it seems that apart from the GT3 and GT3 RS variants, each and every 911 model will be turbocharged in a few years, leading to confusion as to why the 911 Turbo is still named that way. When the new flat-six starts rolling out across the range, it will eventually end half a century of naturally-aspirated Boxer engines.

The long-rumored turbocharged flat-four engine is also still coming, with Hatz confirming that it will power the facelifted Boxster and Cayman from early 2016. What he didn’t confirm was a return of the 912 nameplate, which would essentially be a four-cylinder entry-level 911. Another model that was long-rumored and then somehow went off the radar is the so-called "project 988," which the Porsche R&D boss said that it may come by the end of the decade "at the latest," powered by an all-new V-8 engine that the automaker is currently developing for the third generation of the Cayenne and the second generation of the Panamera.

Click past the jump to learn what other surprises Porsche is preparing for the future.

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Audi R8 Plus Vs. Ferrari F12 Vs. Porsche 918 on Italy's Mountain Passes: Video

Audi R8 Plus Vs. Ferrari F12 Vs. Porsche 918 on Italy’s Mountain Passes: Video

The real world: it’s where the rubber hits the road, so to speak. It’s the place where all that bench racing and all those Internet arguments finally become completely obsolete. It’s the place where actual physics and talent combine for one definitive outcome. Don’t get me wrong, facts and figures are great; they help paint a baseline for expectations. But ultimately, they are merely the tools of those looking for an approximation. They are not authentic experience. The only way to get something like that is to take it out and drive it.

Thankfully for all us web jockeys out there, YouTube auto-star Shmee is doing the dirty work of driving some of the best cars ever made on some of the most epic roads on the planet. What a trooper. Like some kind of petrol bloodhound, Shmee seeks out the supercar story and records it for our enjoyment and envy. This time, he’s in the Italian switchbacks with about $1.3 million of car, give or take a few hundred thousand dollar bills.

These are definitely not pro drivers on a track, and although the limits of these amazing vehicles are several tenths down the line, it’s easy to appreciate the thrill this drive must have been.

So what happens after you drive your incredibly expensive exotic deep into the back roads of a foreign country? Well, that should be obvious- you get incredibly lost. Watch the second video (after the jump) for some cheek clenching as this trio squeezes past vineyards and tractors in a bid to make it back to civilization. Don’t worry, there’s a happy ending.

One more video after the jump.

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TopGear Teases LaFerrari Vs Porsche 918 Vs McLaren P1 Special: Video

TopGear Teases LaFerrari Vs Porsche 918 Vs McLaren P1 Special: Video

Although all three hypercars have been not only launched but sold out as well — a question mark still surrounds the McLaren P1’s status — there is no denying that they still are some of the most desirable vehicles on the planet. I am of course talking about the stupidly named but also stupidly fast 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari, the bonkers-looking and driving 2014 McLaren P1 and last, but certainly not least, the fastest road-going car on the Green Hell, the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder.

Yes, the folks behind the iTunes version of the Top Gear Magazine are well aware of just about everyone’s infatuation with these three rare birds, which is why they decided to pit them against each other in their latest issue. Since this is the iTunes version of the magazine, a movie showing the LaFerrari battle the P1 and 918 Spyder will also be included with the comparison article, and the Top Gear team decided to whet our appetites with a very short teaser video (above).

As a refresher, each of the three hypercars uses electric motors to augment its immensely powerful internal-combustion engine, with the result being the fastest road cars in the history of each of the three car manufacturers. The Top Gear comparison should be something to watch, even if it doesn’t include Clarkson, Hammon and May.

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A Look at the Porsche 918 Spyder Assembly Line: Video

A Look at the Porsche 918 Spyder Assembly Line: Video

A more than worthy successor to the bonkers Carrera GT, the 2014 918 Spyder is not only the fastest road-going Porsche in history, but it is also the most fuel efficient when it comes equipped with the Weissach package. Until recently, a car that can hit 60 mph from a standing start in just 2.5 seconds and offer a combined fuel economy of 67 MPGe was probably considered still a dream by some people.

Yet, here we are with the Porsche 918 Spyder, arguably the most impressive car from a technology standpoint to ever come out of Zuffenhausen since the company was founded. As some of you know, it is able to offer the best of two worlds mainly thanks to a 4.6-liter V-8 with 608 horsepower that is paired with not one but two electric motors that bring an additional 279 horsepower. With a total of 887 horsepower and a tire-torturing 940 pound-feet of torque at its disposal, the 918 Spyder’s powertrain can get its juice from either the fuel tank or the onboard lithium-ion battery pack. The liquid-cooled, 6.8-kWh battery can also give the hypercar an emission-free and EPA-rated range of up to 12 miles. Additionally, it delivers a Nurburgring Nordschleife time of under seven minutes when sporting the Weissach package.

Not impressed yet? It doesn’t matter, actually, because the entire allocated production of precisely 918 units sold out long before its production completes in 2015. Speaking of said production, the 918 Spyder is largely hand-assembled at Porsche’s Zuffenhausen production plant, and the meticulous work that takes place with each and every car is rather well represented by the footage above. Enjoy!

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Porsche Recalling 205 918 Spyders to Replace Defective Chassis Components

Porsche Recalling 205 918 Spyders to Replace Defective Chassis Components

Mechanical issues are nothing new in the auto industry, and these kinds of bugs don’t discriminate either. Whether it’s an entry-level compact or a six-figure hybrid supercar, when a car is bitten by the recall bug, it’s going to need to get fixed as soon as possible. Even the Porsche 918 isn’t immune to these sorts of problems. Heck, it’s already been recalled once when rear control-arm issues forced Porsche to issue the dreaded memo to a handful of 918 Spyder owners back in September 2014, and now it has a new issue at hand.

The 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder’s newest issues center around the car’s chassis. According to Porsche, 205 of its hybrid supercar are being recalled as a “precautionary measure” because some of the models built in a specific time period were given defective parts whose “functionality cannot be permanently guaranteed.” If that sounds a little ominous, that’s because it is. Porsche didn’t dive into the specifics of the problem but if it’s related to the chassis, it’s a pretty serious one that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

Fortunately, the German company hasn’t received any complaints from owners with affected 918 Spyders. However, even though there haven’t been any issues raised yet, it’s still incumbent upon Porsche to nip the problem in the bud before it becomes a really serious problem. Porsche also said that it has already contacted the owners of the affected 918 Spyders, informing them of the problem and arranging a workshop visit at the start of 2015 so Porsche engineers can fix the problems at no charge.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 918 Spyder.

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Porsche 918 Spyder Sold Out, but a Successor is in the Works

Porsche 918 Spyder Sold Out, but a Successor is in the Works

Well, that’s it folks. The 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder has officially sold out. If you’re still wishing to find one under the Christmas tree in a few weeks, well, you’re out of luck. Volkswagen AG, Porsche’s parent company, issued a statement saying that all 918 Spyder models have been sold with the last model getting scooped up in mid-November 2014.

Volkswagen also announced that the U.S. accounted for a majority of the hybrid supercar’s sales. Of the 918 examples of the 918 Spyder, 297 were purchased Stateside while Germany and China accounted for 100 units apiece.

The sold out status of the 918 Spyder also means that Porsche can now join Ferrari and McLaren as having sold out all of its hybrid hypercars. Ferrari sold out all 499 models of the LaFerrari as soon as it was launched with all 375 McLaren P1s selling out a few months after its own launch. It may have taken a little longer for the 918 Spyder to achieve sold-out status, but it’s completely understandable considering that Porsche had almost twice as many units of the 918 Spyder to sell than the LaFerrari.

As Porsche now closes the chapter to one of its most important vehicles, the company’s head of research and development, Wolfgang Hatz, confirmed to Autocar that a successor to the 918 Spyder will follow. He didn’t lay out the specific details of Porsche’s plan, but he did indicate that the technology Porsche learned in developing the 918 Spyder will serve it well as it begins laying the ground for the eventual successor of the hybrid supercar. Hatz was also effusive on the successor’s timeline, opting only to say that a successor won’t come “immediately," nor will it take Porsche “20 years” to build it.

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Richard Hammond Drives The Porsche 918 Spyder: Video

Richard Hammond Drives The Porsche 918 Spyder: Video

The loveable trio over at Top Gear are used to getting their senses shattered anytime they get behind the wheel of a powerful supercar. Recently, Jeremy Clarkson got his fill of the McLaren P1 and he was gushing so much you would’ve thought his digestive system was doing things it should only be doing in a bathroom. Clarkson may have gotten his socks blown off by the P1, but co-host Richard Hammond wasn’t about to be overshadowed when he got behind the wheel of a Porsche 918 Spyder at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi to have his own kind of fun with the Porsche hybrid supercar.

As you can expect, Hammond was equally snake-bitten by the sheer power and speed of the 918 Spyder. He didn’t quite have Clarkson’s contorted faces down pat, but he did spend plenty of time squealing in that high-pitched voice of his to make you wonder if he himself may have done something inside his trousers.

Hammond did have enough time gathering his wits together to talk shop about the 918, marvelling at the technology that seems to ooze out of the hybrid supercar at every mind-bending turn around the Yas Marina circuit. The Top Gear host gushed about the 918 Spyder’s hybrid engine that works together to produce an ungodly 887 horsepower and 940 pound-feet of torque, doing so while boasting a fuel economy rating of 67 miles per gallon, head and shoulders better than the Toyota Prius.

But Hammond didn’t just stop at the topic of power and performance. He also talked about what the P1 lacked relative to the 918, namely the amount of time and attention Porsche engineers used to bring luxury and creature comforts to the 918 Spyder. Its roof, for one, can be taken out, allowing a driver to enjoy some open-top cruising. The interior of the 918 also has a treasure-trove of on-board amusements, including a glove box, something the P1 notoriously lacks.

Hammond ultimately nailed it on the head when he differentiated the two. Whereas the P1 is really more of a hardcore spitfire with evil intentions on the track, the 918 Spyder is a little more refined, capable of alternating personalities at a turn of a knob.

Either way, you can’t go wrong with the two hybrid supercars. It ultimately boils down to what your preference is.

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Koenigsegg Agera R Vs. Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach Package: Video

Koenigsegg Agera R Vs. Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach Package: Video

There are precious few cars in the world capable of making the 2014 Porsche 918 look sluggish, especially a 918 with the Weissach package. Thanks to a few nips and tucks, like magnesium wheels, ceramic wheel bearings, and titanium bolts, this lightened hyper car has roughly 90 pounds less weight to push over the stock version. There’s also an added carbon-fiber roof, rear wing, side mirrors, and windshield surround. The result, incredibly, is a 918 that’s significantly faster around the track. In fact, on September 4th of last year, a Weissach-equipped 918 clocked a 6:57 lap at the Nürburgring, making it the first series production street-legal car to break the seven-minute barrier.

So what could possibly walk all over this zenith of German engineering? Why, the Koenigsegg Agera R, of course. Believe it or not, this Swedish terror not only beats the Weissach 918, it demolishes it. And this video is proof.

Shot at the ATP test loop in Papenburg, Germany (essentially the 918’s home turf), GTBOARD.com winds these two titans all the way out past the 200-mph mark in a rolling, head-to-head drag race of Earth-shattering proportions. We witness two runs, each shot from a plethora of angles inside both cars, to find that the Agera R can simply out-leg the Porsche without much difficulty. The first run sees the Porsche in the wrong gear, giving the Koenigsegg an instant eighth-mile lead. The second run sees the Porsche get the jump, right before the Koenigsegg simply blows by on the way to another victory.

Simply put, this is ferocious speed. Would the same result occur from a dig? Our guess is it depends on the driver and the track, but for the time being, set the definition to 4k and try to catch a glimpse of the speedo as the kph readings jump by increments of 20.

Click past the jump to read more about this match-up.

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Thanksgiving 2014: 5 Things I am Thankful for This Year

Thanksgiving 2014: 5 Things I am Thankful for This Year

2014 has been quite the eventful year in the auto industry, and the best part is we still have December left before the calendar flips to 2015. But since we’re celebrating Thanksgiving today, we wanted to take this opportunity to give thanks to some of the highlights of 2014. It was a long and exhaustive list that we somehow managed to whittle down to five things we’re thankful for.

All items on the list were newsworthy at one point or another during the year, but the things on this list didn’t make it simply because they made news in 2014. Rather, the items on this list have long-term impacts on the evolution of the auto industry moving forward. Whether it was the development of a new engine or the arrival and imminent departure of two supercars, 2014 really had them all.

Read through the things we’re thankful for in 2014 and let us know what you’re thankful for in the comments section.

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Video: McLaren P1 Vs Porsche 918 Spyder

Video: McLaren P1 Vs Porsche 918 Spyder

The bleeding edge of automotive performance starts with these two cars: the McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918 Spyder. Both combine a super-powerful hybrid drivelines with the latest composite, suspension, and aero technology to produce cars that can crack planets. These cars don’t just bend the laws of physics; they twist them into a pretzel. Both cost around a million dollars. Both look as exotic as an alien spacecraft. The question remains: which is better?

English automotive publication Evo seeks to answer that question with this exciting 15-minute comparison video. As one would expect, the background in the quest for the best is a racetrack. Evo is lucky enough to have the gorgeous Welsh Anglesey Circuit at its disposal, and incredibly, the surface for this test is free of moisture. It’s a relatively short racetrack, which means a lot of the aero goes unused, but that also means plenty of sliding and smoke for your viewing pleasure.

While similar in overall spec, these two cars exhibit totally different personalities. The P1 uses two turbos to boost its V-8, while the electric motor fills in the gaps. The 918, on the other hand, uses an electric motor on top of a naturally aspirated V-8, yielding better throttle response. The P1 is rear-wheel-drive, which creates that traditional rear-biased feel at the limit, while the 918 is all-wheel-drive, which lends plenty of grip to lay down the power, without sacrificing too much in terms of balance and adjustability. Behind the wheel, they may feel quite different, but the outcome is always speed. Lots, and lots of speed.

In the end, the Porsche edged out the McLaren by a few tenths, but the P1 wasn’t about to go down without a fight. In response to Evo’s request, McLaren sent out a new set of Pirelli Trofeo tires to give its hypercar the kind of grip it required to take full advantage of race mode. With the new rubber, the P1 was definitely faster. By how much, you ask? You’ll have to watch to find out.

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Porsche 918 Spyder to Sell Out by December; 911 Could Get Plug-In Hybrid Model

Porsche 918 Spyder to Sell Out by December; 911 Could Get Plug-In Hybrid Model

When Porsche unveiled the 918 Spyder at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, it probably didn’t expect it to sell as fast as it did, especially at a price approaching $1 million — $845,000 to be exact. Yet here we are, a little over a year since production of the 918 Spyder began and it’s already close to being sold out. In fact, Porsche expects all 918 models of the 918 Spyder to be accounted for by early December 2014.

Sales chief Bernhard Maier revealed to Reuters that the company only has a “small double-digit number” of 918 Spyder models still available. Less than 30, perhaps? More importantly, he expects the inventory to be wiped clean just before Christmas, culminating a highly successful year for the company’s most expensive model ever.

The 918 Spyder’s success can be attributed to the company’s increased focus on fuel-efficient technology, something that Porsche successfully used on the 918 Spyder, allowing the supercar to produce 887 horsepower and 940 pound-feet of torque while only emitting 79 grams of CO2 emissions per km to go with a fuel-economy rating of 67 MPGe.

Those figures are impressive across the board and underscore the progress Porsche has made in the field of hybrid technology. In fact, Maier also told Reuters that hybrid technology will inevitably be used across its entire range, beginning with the 918 Spyder, the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid that was launched at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, and the Porsche Panamera Plug-In Hybrid Coupe as Porsche’s resident hybrid models.

Over time, plug-in hybrid versions are expected to spread across its entire fleet, including — wait for it — the Porsche 911.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 918 Spyder.

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Porsche 918 Spyder Nearly Sold Out

Porsche 918 Spyder Nearly Sold Out

The Porsche 918 Spyder is inching closer and closer to sellout status. It’s an incredible achievement, though not entirely surprising. The German automaker’s high-tech hybrid supercar was packaged to be a game-changer in the industry, earning that reputation with an unbridled combination of power, speed and fuel efficiency all wrapped up in one $845,000 package. That price tag might seem steep for a hybrid supercar, but tell that to all those people who bought the 918 Spyder.

Porsche Cars North America Vice President of Marketing Andre Oosthuizen recently told Automotive News that the company’s production of the 918 Spyder will end in July 2015, and the planned production is sold out through April 2015. By his calculation, it means that the 918 Spyder is, in his own words, in “the last and final straight."

Ordering a Porsche 918 Spyder is not just expensive, it’s also extremely complicated. But that didn’t deter buyers from lining up to shell out almost $1 million of their hard-earned money to own one of the fastest and most powerful models Porsche has ever built. Even an early wave of recalls to fix a rear-axle problem couldn’t derail the 918 Spyder’s hot sales numbers. That goes to show how in-demand the car is.

Oosthuizen didn’t say how many 918 Spyder models have yet to be built, but he did say that a vast majority have already been spoken for with more than 30 units already delivered to their owners all over the world.

So it’s only a matter of time before the 918 Spyder is officially classified as sold out. Mission accomplished, indeed.

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Video: McLaren P1 Vs. Porsche 918 Vs. Ducati Panigale Superleggera

Video: McLaren P1 Vs. Porsche 918 Vs. Ducati Panigale Superleggera

Supercar duels are some of the most exciting confrontations we can watch nowadays, even if we’re talking about short, quarter-mile races. We’ve seen a great deal of modern supercars pitted against each other in a straight line, including the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder. But what happens when these spectacular machines are lined up against a super-fast motorcycle?

If you’re wondering why anyone would race a supercar against a motorcycle, we don’t have a solid argument for you other than it would be an interesting race. The folks over at Autocar, on the other hand, brought in a Ducati 1199 Superlegerra to take on the P1 and the 918 Spyder after Ferrari refused to provide a LaFerrari for a three-way supercar battle. At least the Ducati and a Ferrari have two things in common, they’re both red and Italian.

Jokes aside, the three vehicles were used in a full-mile drag race to see which is quicker to 200 mph and which completes the mile-long run the fastest. The result is a bit surprising, but I won’t spoil all the fun for you guys. Watch the video above and tell me your thoughts on the result in the comments box below.

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Video: Porsche 918 Spyder Burns Down In Toronto

Video: Porsche 918 Spyder Burns Down In Toronto

Supercars are always up for a riot on the roads with spinning tires, loud exhausts, and speeds in excess of insanity. Supercars are apparently also up for a good roasting, with tires melting off their rims, glass shattering, and Alcantara interior bits leaving the cockpit in a puff of smoke.

Porsche’s newest supercar, the $845,000 918 Spyder with its hybrid powertrain, hadn’t felt the burn until now. Cell phone video (from Dave and his lovely girlfriend) captures the inferno mid-event as the Porsche sits idly by at a gas station with flames engulfing its left-rear quarter.

While most supercars like to spontaneously combust on their own, this 918 is perhaps a victim of a refueling mishap. Maybe the owner forgot to extinguish his Cuban cigar before pressing that 93-octane button at the Ontario-based gas station. Or perhaps it was a jolt of static electricity built up from exiting the car. Either way, there is one less Porsche 918 in the world, and for that we grieve.

Pro Tip: Before filling up with gas, discharge yourself of any static electricity by touching a few bare metal items not near the fuel nozzle or gas pump, lest you become the topic of the next car-on-fire story. This is especially important as the weather turns cold.

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Video: Porsche 918 Spyder Goes From 0 to 207 MPH in 29 Seconds

Video: Porsche 918 Spyder Goes From 0 to 207 MPH in 29 Seconds

We already know everything there is to know about the Porsche 918 Spyder and we all agree its Stuttgart’s finest piece of engineering yet. That’s why we can’t get enough of this V-8-powered hybrid and drool over any 918 Spyder-related footage we lay our eyes upon. This time around, there’s no test drive or quarter-mile race, but a 0-to-207 mph run that puts the German supercar within four mph of its claimed top speed. What’s really impressive is that the 918 Spyder takes only 29 seconds to charge to 207 mph from a standing start, yet another benchmark added to its staggering performance credentials, which include a 0-to-60-mph time of only 2.8 seconds.

As a brief reminder, Porsche’s latest supercar is powered by a 4.6-liter, V-8 engine connected to two electric motors. The combo cranks out 887 horsepower and an amazing 940 pound-feet of torque. This drivertrain may generate less horsepower than those fitted in the Ferrari LaFerrari and the McLaren P1, but make no mistakes, the 918 Spyder is just as fast.

If you need further proof, Sport Auto’s video above is enough to showcase the 918’s capabilities when the hammer falls on the gas pedal.

Hit the play button to enjoy the speed and the roar of that incredible V-8 engine!

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Video: Porsche 918 Spyder vs 650S Spider vs Koeningsegg Agera R

Video: Porsche 918 Spyder vs 650S Spider vs Koeningsegg Agera R

On paper, this may seem like a very silly race. A “low-level” supercar in the McLaren 650S, a hybrid Porsche 918 and an ultra-exotic Koenigsegg Agera R with a top speed of more than 250 mph all lined up for a drag race. Who will win? Obviously since we are interested in this at all, the results will be surprising.

For once I am going to go ahead and spoil things for you by saying that the 918 wins. It may not have a top speed anywhere near the Agera R’s, but thanks to that instant electric torque and AWD, it launches from the line like a rocket. The real interesting story is the McLaren 650S. Considering it is the cheapest and slowest McLaren you can currently buy, it has no place in this fight, but it holds its own surprisingly well.

It just goes to show that even the slowest of the supercars are blindingly quick, especially over short distances in a straight line. Press that little play button to get an eyeful of horsepower, as there are about 2500 raging ponies between these three pieces of metal and carbon fiber. There is also a good bit of roaring exhaust noise, but sadly the quality isn’t the best, so don’t worry about cranking the volume too high on this one.

Why do you think the McLaren did so well in this race? Is the Agera being driven by a rookie? Does the 650S have more power than McLaren says? I want to read your opinions in the comments. As always, I’ll come back later and comment on what you guys said.

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Porsche 918 Spyder Recalled for Rear Control Arms Issues

Porsche 918 Spyder Recalled for Rear Control Arms Issues

Well it seems that even ultra-rare, incredibly expensive supercars can be caught up in the woes of government-mandated recalls, as the NHTSA has issued a recall notice for the Porsche 918 Spyder. Yes, the 887-horsepower, nearly $1-million hybrid. Specifically, there are potentially 45 cars worldwide that can suffer from an issue that will cause the rear control arm to break.

Can you imagine the havoc as you close in on the 918’s 200-plus-mph top speed and that arm snaps? Yikes.

If you are one of the lucky few in the U.S. who own one of these incredible cars, feel lucky, as only five of the U.S. 918s are suspected to have the issue. There is also no word on any crashes or injuries resulting from the problem.

According to Autoblog, Porsche first discovered the issue during some “heavy-duty durability testing” that involved bombing around the Nardo test track in Italy. It seems that so long as you aren’t inflicting track-style abuse on your 918, it should be perfectly safe for driving until the issue can be repaired. As with all recalls of this nature, a quick trip to Porsche dealer will get your 918 inspected, and if necessary, repaired.

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Porsche 918 Spyder Luggage Set

Porsche 918 Spyder Luggage Set

The Porsche 918 Spyder is an incredibly powerful yet extremely expensive hybrid supercar. Most of us won’t be able to buy one, let alone come within arm’s reach of it. But for those who have a 918 Spyder to call their own, Porsche has a new 918 Spyder luggage set to complement its hybrid supercar.

The specially designed 918 Spyder luggage set is the work of Porsche Design Studio. Naturally, the whole set was built to specifically to fit the 918 Spyder.

Take for example the trolley, which was designed to accommodate 30 liters (1.1 cubic feet) of goods and fit into the 918 Spyder’s luggage compartment. There’s also a carbon case that can be installed into the center console of the supercar. That’s another four liters (0.14 cubic feet) of added space that can be opened on the passenger’s side of the vehicle. A small storage box and two garment covers are also included in the whole set. The box can be fitted into the glove box, while the garment covers hang from a specially designed hanging system that attaches to the 918’s carbon-fiber monocoque just behind the seats.

The luggage set carries the same colors of the 918 Spyder, which include Garnet Red-Silver, Onyx Black-Acid Green, Onyx Black-Silver, Mocca Brown-Silver and Mocca Brown-Orange.

Remember, you can’t buy the luggage set if you don’t have a 918 Spyder. That rules out pretty much all of us.

But anybody who has a 918 Spyder are free to get this set as a nice add-on option. That is if you feel the need to show off your prized ride even more.

According to Porsche’s website, pricing for these piece are "available upon request," which translates to "too expensive to ask."

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Video: Drive Reviews The 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder

Video: Drive Reviews The 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder

The Porsche 918 Spyder is a rare supercar that can speak a number of languages very few of its contemporaries can even comprehend let alone understand. It’s a daunting task just trying to decipher the car’s fullest capabilities, but for what Porsche managed to build, it also turned out to be a watershed moment for the future of the industry.

Recently, the Drive channel was able to get its hands on the Porsche hybrid hypercar, and like everybody who has felt its pulsating power, Drive’s Mike Spinelli was taken for a thrill ride for the ages.

Everything that makes the 918 Spyder so unique is displayed front and center, unleashing one wave after another of breathtaking displays of power and speed wrapped in a cocoon of the finest technology known in the industry today.

It’s hard to throw so many superlatives at just one car because there is usually disappointment along the way, however the 918 Spyder bucks that way of thinking for all the reasons that put the 918 into its current slot-on-top to begin with.

It really is the supercar of the future, in more ways than one.

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Video: Maria Sharapova and Mark Webber Drive the Porsche 918 Spyder

Video: Maria Sharapova and Mark Webber Drive the Porsche 918 Spyder

We actually don’t know who made out better between Mark Webber and Maria Sharapova. On one hand, the tennis star had an opportunity to ride shotgun in a Porsche 918 Spyder with one of the best race car drivers in the world behind the wheel. On the other hand, Mark Webber got to drive with Maria Sharapova. See where the struggle comes in?

That being said, it was pretty neat to see two star athletes from different sports share in the experience of enjoying one of the most exotic cars in the world today. The promotional drive happened during the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, and by the looks of things, both Webber and Sharapova seemed to enjoy the experience of being inside the 2014 918 Spyder and all the things that’s made it into a modern-day icon in its own right.

Maybe her experience in the 918 Spyder motivated Sharapova to beat Ana Ivanovic to win the tournament for the third consecutive year. She also received a Porsche 911 Targa for her victory, although after watching this video, she probably would have no problem trading the 911 up for a 918 Spyder.

A quick reminder that the 918 Spider is the newest hybrid supercar from Porsche that cranks out an amazing 887 horsepower and 940 pound-feet of torque. This allows it to hit a top speed of 211 mph (93 mph in full-EV mode) and 62 mph in just 2.8 seconds.

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Video: Porsche 917, 918 Spyder and 919 Hybrid - One Big Happy Family

Video: Porsche 917, 918 Spyder and 919 Hybrid - One Big Happy Family

When Porsche unveiled the 919 Hybrid, the race car that brought it back to top-level endurance racing after a 15-year hiatus, the company said it was named like that because it follows the tradition of the 917" and "acknowledges the embarkation into the hybrid future" with the 918 Spyder.

The three vehicles are obviously very different aside from the badge. They are powered by dissimilar engines and have different underpinnings. However, the 917, the 918 Spyder and the 919 Hybrid are all motivated by the same thing, Porsche’s passion for racing and track performance.

We knew these awesome machines would eventually meet face to face ever since Stuttgart established the link, and we were hoping to see the family reunite at the Le Mans track, before this year’s race. But Porsche brought all three cars together two months earlier to use them at the preview evening of the new Macan crossover in the United Kingdom.

Since we’re already familiar with the 918 Spyder supercar and the 919 Hybrid, which will be seen in action throughout the 2014 World Endurance Championship season, let’s have a closer look at the 917, the vehicle that introduced Porsche to Le Mans success.

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Video: Porsche 918 Spyder Vs Porsche 911 Turbo

Video: Porsche 918 Spyder Vs Porsche 911 Turbo

For my money, the Porsche 918 is one of the most exciting and important cars to be released in the last 25 years. Since it was introduced as a concept in Geneva in 2010, I have gobbled up every morsel of information and video of it in motion. The latest entry into my vault of Porsche knowledge is this video from the Nurburgring.

What we get to see is a track-side video showing a 918 wearing the Martini livery chasing after a new 991-generation 911 Turbo. It mates a 4.6-liter V-8 to a pair of electric motors for a combined power output of nearly 900 horsepower. The 991 Turbo is the latest in a long line of forced-induction 911s. the 2014 911 Turbo uses a 3.8-liter, flat-six engine that produces 560 horsepower, enough to launch the 911 to 60 mph from a standstill in 3.1 seconds.

As this is a standard test session there are very few cars on track, and aside from one slow moving BMW, the video is pure Porsche.

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Video: Jay Leno Reviews the New Porsche 918 Spyder

Video: Jay Leno Reviews the New Porsche 918 Spyder

Of all the cars that have entered Jay Leno’s Garage, you can make a case that very few are as advanced technologically as the Porsche 918 Spyder. The hybrid supercar from Stuttgart recently paid a visit to the comedian’s auto lair and, as expected, Leno raised some serious hell with it.

But before he got a chance to take the 918 Spyder out on the road, Leno had a pretty interesting discussion with the 918’s Client Relations Manager, Daniel Eastman.

Among the many topics discussed by the two, some of the more pertinent highlights of the discussion centered on just how much of a technological marvel the 918 Spyder really is. Whether it’s the fact that it can hit 70-plus mpg or that it can still hit 900 horsepower, despite being that fuel efficient, the 918 Spyder is really the best of both worlds. It’s an achievement that flies in the face of those who believed you can’t achieve one without sacrificing the other.

The Porsche 918 Spyder is one of those cars that will be talked about decades from now; a true crowning moment for Porsche that will not be forgotten anytime soon.

And in case you’re wondering, Leno took the 918 Spyder for a drive with Eastman riding shotgun. Some guys are just blessed...

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