Porsche recalls 918 Spyder for a potential defect in rear axle components

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 11, 2014

Even the most expensive supercars currently available on the market are facing recalls and the last example is Porsche’s 918 Spyder, which is recalled in order to fix a potential defect in the rear axle components. According to Bloomberg, around 46 units are affected by this recall and according to Porsche all the customers were contacted individually.

The good news is that no accidents or injuries related to the recall were reported. The $845,000 Porsche 918 plug-in hybrid supercar was unveiled last September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and it is a rival for the LaFerrari and the McLaren P1.

Porsche’s 918 Spyder is powered by a 4.60liter mid-mounted V8 engine with dry-slump lubrication that generates 608 hp, but the vehicle also carries a hybrid module on the rear axle that produces 156 hp and an additional electric motor on the front, developing 129 hp.

The hybrid system develops a total of 887 hp, the 918 Spyder accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.8 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 7.9 seconds and to 300 km/h (186 mph) in 23.0 seconds. Top speed is 211 mph or 340 km/h.

The supercar is also fitted with a 6.8 kWh lithium-ion battery with a maximum power output of 230 kW, which can be charged via Porsche Universal Charger (AC).

Using just the electric energy, the 918 Spyder is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.0 seconds while offering a top speed of 92 mph or 150 km/h.

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