The launch of the Porsche 918 has redefined the supercar and introduced a new group, known as the "hypercars". The 918, along with the LaFerrari and McLaren P1, herald the arrival of a new generation of cars and this elite selection including the 918, offer technology never before seen in motor vehicles. The power of the internal combustion engine has been coupled together with hybrid technology to deliver a package that is quite simply mesmerising.
In the 918 Spyder, there are two electric motors present which deliver a combined 286hp - the highest power output of any production hybrid motor the world has seen. The hybrid battery, which is a liquid-cooled high performance lithium-ion variant, offers an instantaneous boost to the electric motors and can be recharged using a conventional power output and charging lead, or can be recharged while the vehicle is in motion. In one such scenario, a portion of the vehicle's kinetic energy is converted into electrical energy by the electric motors. Additionally, one of the electric motors can be driven by the engine, acting as a generator and thus charging the hybrid battery. As a result, driving in purely electric mode can be achieved, or the greater reserves of energy can be used to enhance the cars performance around the track. The standard charging time for the vehicle when connected to a 240v supply is around two hours.
The combined power output is almost 900hp, with a 4.6 litre V8 engine providing a truly fantastic soundtrack. The top speed of the car is 214mph, with a 0-60 time of just 2.5 seconds and the car can accelerate from 49 to 74mph on a scarcely believable 1.2 seconds. The only car of the suitably named ‘holy trinity’ to offer a removable roof adds an extra dimension to the 918, the experience delivered all the more extraordinary.
The all electric range is up to 19 miles and the car will somewhat surprisingly achieve an average of around 30mpg. Extensively constructed from lightweight materials, the monocoque tub, sub-frame, doors and body panels are manufactured from carbon-fibre reinforced plastic, while the bumpers are made from polyurethane. The suspension benefits from forged aluminium wishbones, the PASM adaptive dampers fitted as standard. Another feature of the car is the 4-wheel steering which improves cornering, handling, stability and helps to make the car feel smaller. This is determined by the speed the vehicle is travelling at any given time and the rear axle can be manoeuvred in the same direction as the front wheels, or in the opposite direction to them.
Supplied in the superb specification of Meteor Grey over Garnet Red Leather with silver piping. This elegant combination removes all of the Acid Green from the interior for a more classic look. In keeping with the striking design and technology powering the 918 however, outside the brake calipers and subscript are finished in Acid Green giving the nod to its hybrid powertrain.
This 918 is also optioned with:
918 Spyder wheels painted in Platinum (silk gloss)
Front Axle lift system
Electric seat height adjustment passenger side
Burmester 521 Watt Sound System
Carbon floor mats with silver piping
Seat Belts with accent stripes in Silver
70 litre fuel tank
Interior Package Carbon Fibre
Full PPF by Topaz
Today this exceptional example has covered under 2,350 Miles from new, is UK road registered and ready to be used and enjoyed immediately. It is available to view immediately located at our showrooms just outside London.