That title about says it all. This is a hot lap of the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX, with Porsche Works Driver Patrick Long at the wheel of a Porsche 918 Spyder. The camera is basically showing us everything that Long sees, making this not just one of the coolest 918 videos we've seen, but also one of the neatest laps of CoTA.

As Long peers through the bends, so will you. You'll see him fight the wheel, and find out just how difficult it is to hustle this hybrid hypercar around a world-class track at speed. It's pretty darn entertaining. There are also a few scattered shots of the 918's exterior just to break up the interior awesomeness, although we aren't exactly complaining about those. Take a look below for the short video from Porsche.


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      ItMe George
      • 8 Months Ago
      The Porsche's 918 electric sound when he change's to gas power, it reminds me of a Star Wars Tie Fighter.
      kmdk78
      • 8 Months Ago
      Great video and finally one with exhaust note and not background music! PS thanks to all the "bench" racers for analyzing Patrick Long's driving.
      John Hughan
      • 8 Months Ago
      Despite Patrick Long pushing the Hot Lap button, this was definitely not a hot lap. On the back straight he braked at just past the 300-meter mark. I'm just an advanced HPDE amateur, but when I had my M3 at CotA I didn't brake until the 150-meter mark. Granted I was only doing 150 MPH compared to his 180 MPH, but the 918 also has larger brakes and tires to decrease stopping distance. I also wonder why they cut Turns 16-19 out....
        Brian @.
        • 8 Months Ago
        @John Hughan
        Advanced HPDE amateur? Does that mean you pay for your track days early? You must have the most redic M3 ever to brake at 150ft mark going 150mph. Takes a f*ucking GT-R 280 feet to stop from 100mph. Granted you're carrying 50mph through that turn, but please GoPro 150mph/150FtMk braking attempt. I'll wait here....
          John Hughan
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Brian @.
          Advanced HPDE amateur meaning I'm in the advanced HPDE run groups, but I'm still an amateur, i.e. no clubsport racing and certainly no pro racing. And as the poster above me mentioned, I clearly said 150 METERS.
      ycnexu
      • 8 Months Ago
      Watching this video is probably less fun that actually driving the car.
      SloopJohnB
      • 8 Months Ago
      He's fighting the wheel because he turned in too much, felt the understeer, and backed off. OK, I'm not driving, but he's clearly looking for the edges…he just found them.
        John Hughan
        • 8 Months Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        If you turn in too much and have to fight the wheel and ultimately back off your steering input, it's because you were about to get OVERsteer, not understeer. If the car is understeering, adding extra steering input isn't going to do anything, and you'd never have to fight the wheel in an understeer situation. The correction for understeer is to reduce your throttle input a bit to scrub some speed and also shift some weight to the front wheels, thereby increasing their grip capability.
          SloopJohnB
          • 8 Months Ago
          @John Hughan
          What part of backing off steering didn't you understand me say to reduce understeer? I got the impression the car was mushing when he went in..yes he could have simply let off the throttle to transfer weight forward but not being able to see his foot or a good squint at the tach, it just looked like he was backing off the steering input. Only time I saw oversteer was the front outside view through a corner where he was NOWHERE near the curb(s). That was fun…just hooning through a corner isn't the fastest way through, either.
      sfblog
      • 8 Months Ago
      Button location sucks...besides that, what a car.
      jayvelliot
      • 8 Months Ago
      Looks like he did a fine job at racing a prototype Porsche that probably none of you will ever drive to me...I mean of course he could have down better but this is just to tease you not destroy the car...In any case I love the P1 and i mean really love but...but god damn this Porsche interior looks so much more livable and exciting
      Ed S.
      • 8 Months Ago
      The exterior shots look like renders to me. Nice renders, but CG-looking for sure.
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