Porsche 918 Spyder in Racing Yellow spotted in Brazil

Article by Christian A., on June 22, 2014

Porsche’s 918 Spyder is usually spotted in colours such as the GT Silver Metallic or the Rhodium Silver Metallic, but it appears that some people want to be different. It’s the case of this 918 Spyder owner from Sao Paolo, which ordered his supercar in a special Racing Yellow colour.

Although many of you will not like it, we do admit that the vehicle looks quite impressive and almost matches the Brazilian flag. For those who don’t know, the Porsche 918 Spyder is powered by a 4.6-liter V8 engine that delivers 570 hp, but also by a hybrid module on the rear axle that generates 90 kW as well as by an electric motor on the front axle that develops 80 kW.

The total output delivered by the Porsche 918 Spyder is 750 Nm. The supercar also comes with a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 6.8 kWh.

Porsche’s 918 Spyder accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 3 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in under 9 seconds and to 300 km/h (186 mph) in under 27 seconds. Top speed is in excess of 325 km/h or 202 mph.

Using just the electric motors, the vehicle has a range of more than 25 km (15.5 miles), while top speed is 150 km/h or 93 mph. Despite the performances, fuel consumption is around 3.0 l/100 km. Pricing starts at $845,000 in the United States, excluding the $2,975 destination charge.

Porsche 918 Spyder's multi-linked chassis got its inspiration from designs used in motorsport and got balance from added systems like the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) adaptive shock-absorbers and rear-axle steering, which is fundamentally an electric-mechanical adjustment arrangement at each wheel at the rear. They adjust by being sensitive to speed, giving angles of steering angles up to three degrees in every direction.

So, the rear axle can be directed in the same or opposite direction as the front. At lower speeds, the system moves the rear wheels opposite to the front, which created a shortened wheelbase. This means that cornering is even more straightforward, quicker, and accurate and lessens the turn radius. At high speeds, the system moves the rear wheels the same way as the front, which lengthens the wheelbase. This considerably increases rear stability when quickly changing lanes, bringing about remarkably stable and safe handling.

The 918 tyres: a unique challenge

On one hand, the tyres need optimal grip and extremely sharp handling on every road type. On the other, the tyres need durability for the racetrack and have the lowest possible rolling resistance. As a consequence, the development team of the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres for the 918 Spyder had to surmount what seemed to be an impossible conflict of goals.

Nevertheless, closely working with the Porsche engineering team, the Michelin tyre specialists could conquer this task impressively: The 918 Spyder is coming out of production exclusively on especially tuned Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.

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