Porsche 918 Spyder could go even faster on Nurburgring, says Wolfgang Hatz

Article by Christian A., on September 24, 2013

The Porsche 918 Spyder is now the fastest production car that has ever run a lap at the Nürburgring but Porsche R&D chief Wolfgang Hatz claims that it has even greater potential. It boasted a lap time of 6:57, breaking the record set by the Dodge Viper ACR at 7:12. Hatz said that during the 6:57 run, the Porsche 918 did not use its full capabilities since it didn’t get any special tuning or revisions for the track and driver Marc Lieb was asked to stop after just three laps around the track when he attained the final quoted time.

Apparently, Porsche had underestimated the car as it had earlier quoted a time of 7:14. Powering the 2015 Porsche 918 Spider is a hybrid drivetrain that produces 887 hp through all four wheels. It has a price tag of $845,000 and is slated to go on sale in the U.S. in 2014.

Porsche has already received orders for about two-thirds of the 918 units that will be made. Hatz wouldn’t say what speed the 918 could reach around the Nurburgring track but he mentioned that the 918’s rear wing was in a fixed position during the run. This means that the car will meet its full potential with aerodynamic adjustments.

The Porsche 918 Spyder typifies the heart of the Porsche ideals, blending purebred motor racing expertise with superlative everyday practicality and maximal operation with minimal intake. The introduction of the 918 Spyder at the IAA 2013 denotes the beginning of a new upcoming era of hybrid drives.

And technological innovators are just one group excited by this leading project, because the 918 Spyder illustrates the possibilities of the hybrid drive to an extent that has never been seen, reaching an equal advancement both in fuel economy and performance with no compromise for either. This idea is what has made the Porsche 911 the most popular sportscar in worldwide for the past five decades.

Porsche’s 918 Spyder received tremendous influence from its affiliations with racing and motorsports. Many developments conceived for the Porsche racing car entered in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2014 found their way into the 918 Spyder - and vice versa. The conceived structure, based on a chassis that has no bodywork, or a rolling chassis, is typical of Porsche’s race cars.

The engineering of the V8 engine comes from that which was used with the Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) racer, the RS Spyder, and the single supporting structures and unit carriers are constructed from carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP).

More significantly, however, Porsche’s 918 Spyder is much more fuel effective than any of its peers. Actually, this plug-in hybrid blends race car performance with an output of more than 880 bhp with an approximate NEDC fuel use of only three litres for every 100 km. This is less than most of compact cars available now. So, drivers can enjoy optimum drive pleasure and minimal fuel use.

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