No amount of convincing will push anyone who owns a sports car with very low ground clearance to use it for an off-road adventure. Sports car makers like Porsche, though, are already offering crossover SUVs – like the Cayenne and the Macan -- that should allow people to go on off-road trips. However, these aren’t sports cars anymore.
But how about driving the 918 Spyder off the road? Taking a drive with the Porsche 918 Spyder is a good idea, but you couldn’t subject it to the beatings it will get once you stray off the smooth streets. That would be a bad idea.
That is simply because the 918 Spyder isn’t made to be used elsewhere. Well, try to take the 918 off the pavement, and you’ll see how much damage its underbody would incur. Its tires wouldn’t work and its suspension would be wrecked. In short, the Porsche isn’t really specified for off-road driving. It drives fast on a well-paved road but could be a big liability when driven off it.
A certain car-loving visual artist from Tallinn, Estonia came up with a great concept for the Porsche 918 Spyder. Rain Prisk – who specializes in auto design – has released a rendering of an off-road capable Porsche 918 Spyder. You could say that it is more than capable of traversing off the road just by looking at it.
Rain Prisk’s Off-Road Porsche 918 Spyder is well-equipped to tackle any obstacles on its path. The first thing you may notice is its big and wide tires ready to pounce. Not only that, the ground clearance of this Off-Road Porsche 918 Spyder by Rain Prisk has been made higher. This higher ground clearance makes this 918 Spyder better suited for any off-the-road drive. Of course, these aren’t the only modifications made to the Porsche 918 Spyder.
Its off-road capability is also evidenced by the brush guards and winch fitted on the front as well as a roof rack and auxiliary lighting. Rain Prisk also wanted to show that this Off-Road Porsche 918 Spyder already had its share of some off-road adventures – as proven by its bumper that been crudely stitched to the left wheel-arch as well as by some splatter of dirt.
Even for off-road use, the hybrid powertrain of a typical 918 Spyder should be capable enough. Total system output and torque are around 887 PS (652 kW) and 1,280 Nm (940 lb.-ft.), respectively. However most of the power output and torque are sent to the rear wheels, with one electric motor providing propulsion power for the front wheels. While these figures are more than enough, the fact is that this powertrain is too rear-biased in terms of drive levels. It would be better if Rain Prisk’s Off-Road Porsche 918 Spyder features an all-wheel-drive system with each wheel able to receive the same amounts of output and power.