• May 20, 2010
Porsche 918 Spyder – Click above for high-res image gallery

Porsche made an impressive showing at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring this year with its 911 GT3 R Hybrid. But don't think for even one power-boosted second that its hybrid initiative was a one-time affair for the Stuttgart-based automaker. Not, at least, if the latest reports from Germany prove accurate.

According to Auto Motor und Sport, mere days after the conclusion of this year's race, Porsche is already preparing to campaign a competition-spec version of the 918 Spyder at the Ring next year. The 918 Spyder concept debuted just a few months ago at the Geneva Motor Show to rave reviews. Derived from the same program that gave birth to the 917, 911 GT1 and RS Spyder, the 918 Spyder packs 718 horsepower of combined output, 90 miles per gallon and a simulated Nordschleife lap time of 7:30, making it an ideal machine to contest the grueling endurance race. We'll just have to wait a year to find out whether it lives up to its promise or falls victim to arch-rival BMW.



[Source: Auto Motor und Sport (translated)]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      the will for sure NOT race with a Spyder... in the VLN race series and the 24h ADAC northloop race are only cars allowed with a fixed roof, if they wanna race it they need a Coupe version of it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awesome AWesome Awesome, it'll be nice to see the greatest car since the McLaren F1 get some real endurance development work in.
        • 4 Years Ago
        and... "The 918 Spyder packs 718 horsepower of combined output, 90 miles per gallon and a simulated Nordschleife lap time of 7:30"

        Erm. No. It's pretty clear from what porsche's been saying that the 918 will manage 90 mpg OR a lap time of 7:30. Come on guys, you did the write up on the cars multiple modes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have nothing new to say to this discussion other than as long as i see as much of 918 as possible you can do whatever you want Porsche. Then when i win lottery i will be there to buy this car(as i believe it's pretty much confirmed that it's coming out?)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can we fast forward a year?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why does a car like this only do 7:30 on the Ring? That seems pretty weak for something that looks like a super-exotic.
        • 4 Years Ago
        because Porsche's claimed times are always understated. this can do a realistic 7:30 in normal conditions and in the hands of an average/good driver, but it's faster in good conditions and in the hands of an expert.
      • 4 Years Ago
      CROOK!!!





















      Oh wait, that's Hennessey.


      I mean, umm, I Variocame™.
      Tim
      • 4 Years Ago
      I still need this car.....
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Tim
        This car gets me a little horny...
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Tim
        Thank god. Hopefully this means they will actually produce the thing. And they really should because it truly is a stunner! Also it's about time they changed the styling direction up a bit and not have the same looking car year after year! (I'm not saying I don't like the 911, because I do!)
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a fantastic looking machine.

      As one has already mentioned...it's a fresh, beautiful new design, but still very Porsche.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If porsche makes their version of the VW blue sport, I hope they use this for styling direction!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is why I like Porsche so much. Not only do they produce a street car concept that has everyone drooling over it, and backs it up with cutting edge tech & engineering, but they prove it's worth where it matters. Not on an auction stand or private parties (cough One-77 cough), but on the track! The only way this could get better is if BMW announced they're going to produce a Dynamic Concept and compete it against Porsche at the Nur. 24 too. *sigh* One can only dream...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't get tired of seeing this car. It looks like no other Porsche, but at the same time, it still looks like a Porsche. Even if they never produce it, I really hope some of the design cues are transferred to other cars. And the hybrid system as well. I don't care for hybrids, but if Porsche can make a car that can combine lots of horsepower with high fuel economy, then what wouldn't be to like?
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