With five months left until the 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder enters production, Porsche engineers are still putting the hybrid sports coupe through a battery of last-minute tests. To give us new reasons to ogle over the car – as if we needed any more – Porsche has released a short video showing the 918 Spyder undergoing shakedown tests in the hot Nevada desert. And you can't drive through Nevada without visiting Vegas, too, right?

Although there's really nothing new to see in this video, it's still fun to watch as Porsche approaches one million test miles logged on this exciting new high-performance model. One interesting part (at around the 0:37 mark) shows the car taking off under electric power and then transitioning to engine power, which results in a mix of whirs and growls as the 918 Spyder switches from a 127-horsepower electric vehicle to an 887-hp hybrid supercar. Scroll down to watch – and hear – Porsche's latest creation in motion.


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      thenewrick
      • 1 Year Ago
      Neato car. I'll take one in green metallic with gold rims please.
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        paulwesterberg
        • 1 Year Ago
        They do say "Approaching" 1 million miles tested which could technically be true of any test program. Perhaps what they mean is that they intend to have 1 million test miles completed by the time the vehicle reaches production. Still pretty slippery car dealer type language though.
          Cayman
          • 1 Year Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          From the video they seem to be suggesting it's over 700K miles.
          Grendal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          At 130 miles, I'm approaching 1 million miles. :)
        Peter DePriest
        • 1 Year Ago
        Consider maybe they test more than 8 cars. I think its also safe to assume this car has been in testing for over 6 months
          CarMaven
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Peter DePriest
          Porsche has been testing these cars [protoypes] for over three years. 10 cars at 23,333 miles a year, for 3 years, equals 700000 miles. 10 cars doing another 30,000 miles (or 20 doing 15,000), would finish out the remaining 300,000, if the went to a million miles. You would expect the testing to be more intensive the last/next 6 months, if Porsche truly has a goal for 1,000,000 miles.
        CarMaven
        • 1 Year Ago
        Are you that clueless Giza (or just a trouble maker)? Porsche has been testing this car for three years, around the world with multiple prototypes. Why wouldn't they have accumulated over 700,000 miles toward 1 million? If you have 10 Prototypes doing 23333 miles a year, for three years, isn't that 700000 (and so forth if there more or less)? Were you like bad at math at school or something? And why would you expect so see one? Many of these cars are tested in the desert, mountains and arctic regions. If they're only 5-10 in the world, what would be the odds of seeing them at a specific time (unless you lived near a known test area, like in parts of South Africa or in Germany)? Plus, there's plenty of video on Youtube of these cars passing through major Urban areas....Take a look. And when have you ever heard Porsche lie, and about what? Unlike many are car companies, Porsche is usually very straight forward and honest when it comes to thinks like Concept Cars, future plans, and vehicle Performance figures (which they usually underestimate all the time). If Porsche says these cars have done 700,000 miles, I'm sure they have.
        Cayman
        • 1 Year Ago
        You're assuming that they did all or even most of those miles in public, I would guess that the majority of those miles were done on a track. And I would certainly hope they are testing more than 1 car and likely have been doing so for far more than 6 months and likely for more than 8 hours a day. And I would also think quite a few of those miles were done well in excess of 100km/h. I
          • 1 Year Ago
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        Jimmmah
        • 1 Year Ago
        You assume they are only testing one car.
          Gallandof
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jimmmah
          " Even if they used 8 cars constantly that's still 6 months straight including weekends." no he's not
        me and yooo
        • 1 Year Ago
        They could easily have, and very likely do have, a couple dozen testing worldwide and you would never see one unless they wanted you to. Porsche tests on tracks around the world, in the Arctic and the Sahara, as well as more populated areas.. As noted by others, "approaching" is far different from "completed" 1 million miles.
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          @me and yooo
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      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      Too bad about the gas engine.
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        @2 wheeled menace
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          Cheetahjab
          • 1 Year Ago
          Dan? Seriously.. No one takes you seriously. No one thinks you're knowledgeable , why do you even comment here, where you banned from every place else?
          Lachmund
          • 1 Year Ago
          dan is at it again
          Letstakeawalk
          • 1 Year Ago
          "...You can start by asking yourself if Porsche pioneered electric drive in this revolution..." As a matter of historical fact: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lohner-Porsche
          • 1 Year Ago
          "porsche engineers aren't all that competent. it looks good but the engineering doesn't match" ??? You are a MASSIVE IDIOT. MASSIVE! Porsche engineers are probably the best in the world and you have the nerve to call them incompetent? Do you know what it takes to even get an interview for such a job there??? This car is going to be the most technologically advanced supercar in the world when it comes out and you have no idea how much effort,brainpower and money have been invested in it. So when a punk like you actually gets an idea of what he is talking about MAYBE just maybe your opinion will have a shred of credibility.
          CarMaven
          • 1 Year Ago
          Actually you would be 100% wrong Giza. By all accounts, the engineering in this car is/will be fabulous. It's only the knee jerk reactionist, who don't take time to read, listen and think who feel it won't be. I already wrote/talked about this stuff earlier. So you can take a look at that before a comment in any more detail. Porsche engineered this car from the ground up, and seem to take everything in consideration. So you will have a car that will be arguably the best performer, while being the heaviest, most complicated, most innovative, and at the same time getting the best gas mileage. I would call that excellent engineering.
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      CoolWaters
      • 1 Year Ago
      After the TESLA acceleration at speed, this just doesn't do it for me any more.
        Porsche4life
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CoolWaters
        Your comparing Tesla acceleration to this? I love Tesla I I invested in them but I know well not to compare it to this.
      Priapism
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope they don't consider 95F to be "hot weather" testing...
        Dvanos
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Priapism
        I know here in Tx it can hit up to 110 degrees in August, in Nevada i have seen it hit 127.
      CarMaven
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not sure many here understand this car (or want to). It'll be faster 0-60, 1/4 and most likely The Ring than P1 or LaFerrari. So how is it slower? Porsche's already targeting a Sub 7min Ring time, after posting 7:14 in an early mule. How?: 900lbs of torque; Porsche 4 Wheel Steering; PDCC (enhancing cornering @ speed), & superb Porsche engineering/low Center Of Gravity of it's major parts. Remember the Veyron was/is 4000lbs with 1000 HP/T. The 918 is 900 HP/T @ 3600-700 lbs with better handling, PWR & engineering. Knowing Porsche; by time of the cars debut, it will be 918 HP, 959 lbs of torque (get the symbolism), and go 0-60 in 2.3 seconds compared to Porsche's current figure of 2.8. You can see this coming. The weight may be even less as well. Though contrary to knee jerk criticism, that may not matter. Why: Porsche developed cutting edge engineering to compensate (low COG/packaging of major parts, PDCC--speed in/out turns), 4 wheel steer, 4Wheel Drive, Torque-flexibility, etc.). The sum is greater than the parts. Test driver feedback has already confirmed this. This car will be epic when it's released and tested.
      John Ralphio
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's really clever of Porsche to incorporate the transition from electric to combustion power based on position of throttle.
        Maxximtl
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John Ralphio
        Only you don't know where that threshold is, and the exhausts are located mere feet from your head. Given Chris Harris' reaction, it seems pretty startling. I'd have to say its one of the worst features of the car. Whereas most cars are seemless in their transition from electric to gas, this car goes from whisper quiet to BWAAAHHHHH all at once.
      fabulous71
      • 1 Year Ago
      Doesn't even approach the beautiful sound of the Carrera GT under full throttle..
      Paul Ricketts
      • 1 Year Ago
      ........looks alot like a F-360 or F-430...........not a bad thing.........
      Go2Fast
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is that 1 million miles on that one test model??
        Go2Fast
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Go2Fast
        from the youtube description: "...soon approaching 1 million miles tested on the prototype vehicles."
      Carbon Fibre
      • 1 Year Ago
      Holy heck! Million miles! Driver must be lucky.
      Balducci Anthony
      • 1 Year Ago
      If the fuel consumption figures on the final design prove to be roughly accurate it is my hope this car will serve as a future paragon for design at all price levels; There are many beautiful, exemplars of power and design out there but few which can aid the environment 78 mpg at a time.
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