Porsche confident about selling out 918 Spyder after September rollout

Article by Anita Panait, on May 7, 2013

The soon-to-be-launched Porsche 918 Spyder hypercar will be sold out once customers are given the chance to test-drive it, according to Wolfgang Hatz, head of the carmaker’s R&D. Hatz remarked during the Shanghai motor show that several customers have already expressed interest in acquiring the very expensive Porsche 918 Spyder hypercar.

He quipped that the hypercar’s high price point means that customer would want to drive it first before deciding to buy it. The Porsche 918 Spyder hypercar carries a price of around £672,000.

Hatz said that as soon as the first 918 Spyders are ready, customers can drive them. He expressed confidence that Porsche will be able to sell all examples, noting that the carmaker has sold more 918s than it had at the same point in the launch process with the Carrera GT. Currently, the only 918s running are prototypes.

Hatz said that due to the experimental nature of the hypercars and the extreme technologies involved, he cannot risk allowing any outsider to drive one before the carmaker builds the first pre-production cars, just prior to its September launch. He noted that it was wrong to compare the 918 Spyder to other hypercars like the Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1.

918 Spyder hypercar is powered by a V8 hybrid powertrain that features two electric motors. The hypercar can cruise at high speeds on electric power alone. Its lithium ion batteries can also be charged from a domestic socket. According to Porsche, the 918 Spyder could accelerate from zero to 62mph in just 3.2 seconds and reach a top speed in excess of 199mph. It will return 94mpg and emit 70g/km of carbon dioxide.

It was never an easy task for Porsche to produce the 918 Spyder. The tyres alone presented a predicament. Should Porsche go for durability and low rolling racetrack resistance? Or should Porsche focus on optimum grip and handling that’s razor sharp regardless of the road conditions? There had to be a compromise, and this the bright minds and developers of both Porsche and the Michelin had to find, and find they did in the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres made exclusively for the Porsche 918 Spyder.

From that predicament was born a car that has all the makings of greatness as only Porsche can churn out. The Porsche Active Suspension Management(PASM) system was used to ensure each rear wheel is shock-absorbent and electro-mechanically adjustable, which allows the 918 Spyder the ability to angle up in any direction at three degrees and makes it speed-sensitive. Added to this is the ability of the rear axle to be in tune with the front wheels in going the same direction and keeping balance and stability when the rear axle needs to go the opposite direction of the front wheel.

Porsche 918 Spyder also is loaded with a multi-link chassis which combined with the PASM system allows the car to seemingly shorten the wheelbase during steering even at minimum or low speed, thus giving the driver more maneuverability when turning corners and navigating thru curves. 918 Spyder is also able to show its adaptability to high speed driving as the PASM system also enables the lengthening of the wheel base by making the rear axle congruent in steering direction with the front wheels.

The result is a Porsche 918 Spyder that is versatile in handling and stability regardless of the driving environment, whether it be changing lanes, navigating turns, or just plain steady driving.

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