Wallpaper of the Day: Porsche 918
Today, we want to pay tribute to the Porsche 918 - a cold-hearted, track-ready slayer of the McLaren P1 and Ferrari Laferrari. Powered by a 4.6-liter V-8 and two electric motors, this Porsche supercar can hit 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, 124 mph in 7.2 seconds, and 186 mph in 23 seconds. Add on the Weissach package and its 77-pound weight reduction, and you’ll hit the same sprints in 2.6, 7.2, and 19.9 seconds, respectively. The exterior is all Porsche, and the design is still represented on new models to this day, but the 918 just stands on its out and is a great throwback, so we’ve labeled it as our wallpaper of the day. We’ve posted our favorite below, but there’s a massive gallery at the bottom of the page for you to choose from.
What’s to Hate About the Porsche Carrera GT? One Owner Found 10 Things!
The Porsche Carrera GT is one of the most polarizing supercars ever built. On the one hand, it’s beloved for its unbridled ferocity and unrelenting driving experience. On the other hand, the Carrera GT has earned the nickname “widowmaker” for a reason. It’s a terrifying car to drive and numerous examples of the Carrera GT have crashed in recent years.
Adding to that, it’s also the same car that Paul Walker died in back in 2013. To this day, the Carrera GT is looked at with reverence and respect, for the most part, at least. But even a car of the Carrera GT’s stature isn’t immune from some shortcomings, and one Carrera GT owner — YouTube personality Manny Khoshbin — shared 10 things he doesn’t like about the Carrera GT. Granted, some of his gripes aren’t that serious, but he does make a few telling points about the Porsche supercar that validates its reputation for being a dangerous ride.
A New Porsche Hypercar Is Coming and You Won’t Believe What Porsche is Considering
Porsche Design director, Michael Mauer shared a rather peculiar insight into the next generation of Porsche flagship hypercar. In an interview with British Autocar, Mauer noted:
“There is always the option to look into history, but sometimes you can also take the option to create some history.”
In short, this means that the Porsche 918 Spyder successor’s design could take a retro-inspired style, or it could look far into the future in a courageous step of progressivism. This got me thinking about the Porsche 918 Spyder’s successor which is slated to appear in 2025 at the earliest. In Stuttgart, Porsche engineers and designers had been tasked to envision the new hypercar. The first request:it has to be able to lap the Nurburgring in less than 6 minutes and 30 seconds.
Well, I am not entirely sure that this is the first request, but you get the point. Frank-Steffen Walliser, the head of Porsche Motorsport, said that this is one focal point for the company and one of the primary intentions behind the 918 Spyder successor.
Let me say that 6:30 around the ’Ring is not an easy task to accomplish for a road-legal car. Or for any car for that matter.
Porsche Carrera GT "Recommissioned" by Porsche Classic
When a car is about to die its natural death, most car owners scrap it off and replace it with a new one. However, we enthusiasts try to do our best to bring it back to life instead of just disposing of something close to our hearts. Here is one such car lover who took his dying Porsche Carrera GT to Dr. Porsche Classic for a thorough restoration.
Next-Gen 2020 Porsche 911 GT3 992 Caught Testing Hard at Monza!
The new Porsche 911 992 is one of the most expected vehicles to appear this decade. We all know it is coming, we all know Porsche is testing it all over the world, but we did not know that Porsche was hard-testing the 2020 Porsche 911 992 GT3 version at the Monza. But it did and the driver didn’t hold back if we can judge by the video we have here.
Video of the Day: Shmee150 Discusses What it Really Costs to Daily Drive a Supercar
Most people never get the chance to get behind the wheel of a car like the Mercedes-AMG GT R the Porsche 911 GT3, or the Ferrari 812 Superfast, let alone drive one on a daily basis. That means that it’s hard for us to understand or comprehend the outright cost of daily driving one of these works of art. Even doing something like buying new tires can set you back the cost of a Honda Civic and you better hope you don’t get a ding or a scratch in the paint because you’re going to pony up big time to make it look right again. Even simple things like oil changes and filter changes cost fast in excess of what you and I are actually used to. With that in mind, take a look at the video below and listen to what Shmee has to say about his experience with daily driving high-end cars like the AMG GT R and 911 GT3. It will certainly put things into perspective for you!
2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Unveiled
Porsche just revealed the new 2019 911 GT3 RS ahead of its official debut at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. As the third road-legal GT model Porsche has unveiled in a year, this thing oozes racing prowess from every pore, taking the tried-and-true GT3formula to the next level.
The beating heart of the machine is made up 4.0-liters of all-atmosphere displacement in the rear. Liberal application of gasoline yields as much as 520 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque, 20 ponies more than the current GT3, making this flat-six the most powerful naturally aspirated powerplant ever used in a road-legal 911. Redline is set at a howling 9,000 rpm, which you can bet sounds amazing coming through the titanium exhaust system.
Making the connection to the rear axle is a tuned-up seven-speed PDK gearbox. All told, the GT3 RS will do the 0-to-60 mph run in 3 seconds flat, two-tenths quicker than the current PDK-equipped 911 GT3 and a tenth quicker than the outgoing GT3 RS. Top speed is rated at 193 mph.
Making the most of the power is a Porsche Active Suspension Management system, which includes active engine mounts, a fully variable electronic locking differential, and freshly tweaked rear-axle steering. Drivers can tune the handling via the ride height, toe, camber, caster, and sway bars. Short stops come courtesy of standard iron rotors, or the optional lightweight Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes rocking 410 mm (16.1-inch) front discs and 390 mm (15.4-inch) rear discs.
You’ll also find the traditional fixed rear wing, tweaked polyurethane front and rear fascias, a larger front lip spoiler and side skirts, and a rear underbody diffusor, plus NACA ducts in front to help cool the brakes. All told, the new GT3 RS produces twice as much downforce as the standard 911 GT3 when traveling at 124 mph.
The new model is also quite light. The front trunk lid, fenders, and rear deck lid are all made from carbon fiber, while the roof is made from magnesium. There’s also lightened glass for the rear and side windows, lightened door panels, less sound insulation, and a rear seat delete. The optional Wiessach package replaces several parts with additional carbon fiber, cutting 13 pounds, while the optional magnesium wheels cut even more weight. Standard spec includes forged alloy wheels measuring in at 20 inches in front and 21 inches in the rear. In its lightest configuration, the 2019 GT3 RS tips the scales at 3,153 pounds.
Inside is the usual track-ready equipment, such as carbon fiber-laced bucket seats and a 360 mm (14.2-inch) steering wheel wrapped in Alcantara and complete with a yellow 12 o’clock marker.
Look for the 2019 Porsche GT3 RS at the Geneva International Motor Show in March. Order books are open now, with pricing set at $187,500.
Porsche Tapped To Build An EV Supercar Platform, Could Underpin The Next-Gen Audi R8 E-Tron
Recent reports indicate that the Volkswagen Auto Group has assigned Porsche with the task of developing a new architecture tailored to the needs of top-shelf battery-powered performance machines. Due for release sometime around 2025, the fresh architecture is part of VW’s effort to expand its portfolio into all-electric offerings in the supercar segment, and as such, the architecture could underpin the next-generation Audi R8 E-Tron and an all-electric Lamborghini as well.
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Porsche Settles With Paul Walker’s Daughter
The death of Paul Walker almost four years ago still leaves a bad taste in a lot of people’s mouths. Well, if closure is what we need, we might have finally gotten it after the late actor’s daughter, Meadow Walker, has come to a settlement with Porsche, finally putting to bed the wrongful death lawsuit she filed against the German automaker.
Details of the settlement are kept confidential, but a report from ABC News indicates that the two sides have agreed on the course of action. Separately, Porsche also settled a different lawsuit filed by Paul Walker’s father, Paul Walker III, the acting executor of the late actor’s estate. The settlement isn’t going to bring Walker back to life, but it does go a long way in both parties finally putting all enmities to rest. It certainly didn’t look that way when Meadow Walker filed her lawsuit in 2015, claiming that the Porsche Carrera GT that Walker was riding in when it crashed and burned lacked the safety features that would’ve saved her father’s life. Porsche soon rebutted Walker’s allegations, saying that the actor "knowingly and voluntarily assumed all risk, perils and danger in respect to the use of the subject 2005 Carrera GT,“ before adding that any alterations, abuse, and misuse of the Carrera GT “caused or contributed to the incident and to Mr. Walker’s death.”
There’s no question that the legal battle between Meadow Walker and Porsche looked as if it was going to get ugly at some points. Both sides stood their ground and from afar, it became quite uncomfortable for a lot of people to choose sides between the two. Fortunately, the settlement eventually won out and all parties involved - Meadow Walker, Porsche, and those directly and indirectly involved in all of the proceedings - can now move on and leave all the legal mess behind. It’s been a long four years for those people and I can only hope that they can find peace knowing that this dark chapter in their lives is now on the verge of getting closed.
And for his part, Paul Walker deserves to rest in peace. Now that he knows that his daughter will get hers, he may finally get to do that. We all still miss you though, Paul. Look what the Fast and Furious franchise has become without you.
Porsche’s Next Hypercar May Not Go The Electric Route
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
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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Porsche 960 Could Be Delayed Until 2026
Every automaker has its unicorn. It’s the car that’s been rumored to be built for quite some time but has yet to happen for one reason or another. For Porsche, that model could very well be the 960, the two-seater, mid-engine sports car that the company touts as its answer to whatever Ferrari has on its roster. It’s supposed to slot between the range-topping Porsche 911 Turbo S and the Porsche 918 Spyder and the last we heard about it is that it was scheduled to be released in 2019. Well, according to Automotive News, that timetable is now unlikely to be met.
A source close to the situation even told the news site that production for the 960 has been pushed back to 2026. That’s a significant amount of time that legitimately puts into question the status of the 960. Will it still be a part of Porsche’s plans in five years? Will it be scrapped entirely at some point? These are the questions that are being asked and you can be sure that more questions will arise the longer the wait for the 960 becomes.
What’s clear at this point is that the 960, like other models under the Volkswagen umbrella, has become the unwitting victim of the diesel emissions scandal that has overwhelmed the German auto conglomerate. Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller has already announced plans to push back or cancel some models in light of the scandal and it appears that the 960 is one of them. Even if Porsche gets the green light from the VW to finally start production of the 960, there’s no telling when that’s going to be. Don’t expect it to happen anytime soon since high-profile models like the 960 usually cost a lot of time and money to develop. Unfortunately, those are two things are in short supply as the Volkswagen Group navigates through the dieselgate mess.
So for now, let’s just sit back and wait and see what becomes of the Porsche 960. 2026 is still 10 year away and there’s no telling what’s going to become of Porsche in the years to come.
Note: Porsche 918 Spyder pictured here.
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The Recall Bug Takes Another Bite Off Of The Porsche 918 Spyder
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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