Like our man Michael Harley, Chris Harris recently got a chance to ride shotgun in the Porsche 918 Spyder, and he brought along a few cameras to share the experience with the rest of us. While Harris admits to being averse to producing videos where he's only riding around in the passenger seat, he seems to be no less taken with the technological marvels on display in the newest Porsche hypercar. Harris even goes so far as to compare it to the groundbreaking 1987 Porsche 959. He does have a point in that both the 959 and the 918 Spyder were arguably ahead of their time and built to show off Porsche's technical brawn in their respective eras.

While Harris touches on interesting engineering tidbits like the 918's carbon fiber engine cradle and specially formulated tires, the really interesting bits come while riding around not on the infamous Nürburgring but while silently whirring around on a few secondary roads. Take a look below to see what we mean.



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      rmkensington
      • 2 Years Ago
      The sound of him cranking up the engine after driving around for awhile gave me goosebumps
      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      this car is just fascinating on so many levels. definately my ultimate dream car.
      Lab Rat
      • 2 Years Ago
      The engineer was surprisingly eloquent with his answers. :) Loved it!
      Siafa Alvin
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think I'm in love.
      treeinsc
      • 2 Years Ago
      Have all the 918s booked out?
        sparrk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @treeinsc
        They only build 918 cars and they needed 1000 serious applicants to green light it for production, so i guess they are pretty much booked out.
      eeenok
      • 2 Years Ago
      the 959 comparison seems very apt. i remember when it came out people were pretty leery of the extra complexity and weight of putting 4WD in a very tightly packed package of components, yet i also remember the thing functioned very well indeed. it seems to me this thing works perfectly well enough to end a lot of speculation that a true sportscar can't be hybrid
      thenewrick
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think all performance cars should use this as an example of how electric and combustion engines can work together. I wish I could drive my car as an EV around town then press a button to engage in gas burning.
      Basil Exposition
      • 2 Years Ago
      You guys sure have a boner for Chris Harris.
        jonnybimmer
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        I like CH's material, it seems pretty competent and I appreciate his opinions sometimes countering what is excepted as mere facts (calling out Ferrari's tuned press cars, being one of the few people who doesn't place the Miata on as high of a pedestal as most people do, hinting the E30 M3 might be overrated). But being sexually aroused by him, um, no. I am guilty for having a boner for the 918 though.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      sixsix
      • 2 Years Ago
      What is a hypercar and why do journalists keep using such a silly term? I think supercar covers it.
      studiomondeo
      • 2 Years Ago
      A beltless engine. It's about time.
      skierpage
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow. Frank Walliser (4:40 on) ein fantastisches Ingenieur ist! BMW needs to get the i8 out, this will totally steal its thunder.
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