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Archive for the ‘Porsche 918’ Category

PostHeaderIcon A New Porsche Hypercar Is Coming and You Won’t Believe What Porsche is Considering

Porsche Design director, Michael Mauer shared a rather peculiar insight into the next generation of Porsche flagship hypercar. In an interview with British Autocar, Mauer noted:

“There is always the option to look into history, but sometimes you can also take the option to create some history.”

In short, this means that the Porsche 918 Spyder successor’s design could take a retro-inspired style, or it could look far into the future in a courageous step of progressivism. This got me thinking about the Porsche 918 Spyder’s successor which is slated to appear in 2025 at the earliest. In Stuttgart, Porsche engineers and designers had been tasked to envision the new hypercar. The first request:

it has to be able to lap the Nurburgring in less than 6 minutes and 30 seconds.

Well, I am not entirely sure that this is the first request, but you get the point. Frank-Steffen Walliser, the head of Porsche Motorsport, said that this is one focal point for the company and one of the primary intentions behind the 918 Spyder successor.

Let me say that 6:30 around the ’Ring is not an easy task to accomplish for a road-legal car. Or for any car for that matter.

PostHeaderIcon Porsche Challenges Itself to Post a 6:30 Lap Time at The Nurburgring

Porsche is shooting for the stars with its latest plan to conquer the Nurburgring. The German automaker is laying down the gauntlet on the vehicle that ends up succeeding the 918 Spyder supercar. The goal isn’t just to beat the 918 Spyder’s 6:57 lap time at the ‘Ring, but to demolish it by nearly 30 seconds. Porsche’s fascination — it might even be an obsession at this point — with the Nurburgring lap record for production cars won’t be dictated by a specific kind of powertrain, but by whichever powertrain allows it to shave almost 30 seconds off of the 918 Spyder’s lap time at the ‘Ring.

PostHeaderIcon TopSpeed’s Top 5 Hybrid Sports Cars

Ready or not, the hybrids are coming. Scratch that. They’re already here, and their numbers are steadily increasing. But fear not, brave auto enthusiast, the ever-increasing popularity of the hybrid powertrain isn’t going to diminish your fun behind the wheel. In fact, the addition of electric assistance might actually increase the smile factor of the modern sports car. Despite rampant speculation and fear mongering over the Prius-ification of the performance segment, hybrid powertrains can add mph in addition to mpg. To prove as much, here are five of the best examples of exactly that.

Of course, you won’t be able to get one of these machines for cheap, as adding a performance hybrid system to the powertrain also adds quite a few dollars to the bottom line. But that’s to be expected when dealing with top-of-the-line technology, especially tech born and bred for the racetrack. Eventually, we’ll see this stuff trickle down to more accessible models, but for now, hybrid sports cars occupy the top of the pyramid. Tell us which model you want in your garage, and if we missed something we shouldn’t have, by posting in the comments.

Continue reading to learn more about TopSpeed’s Top 5 Hybrid Sports Cars.

PostHeaderIcon Porsche Isn't Stepping Away From The Hypercar Race

The Porsche 918 Spyder, Ferrari LaFerrari, and McLaren P1 all ushered in a new era of hypercars when they made their debuts a few years ago. Since then, Mercedes-Benz and Aston Martin have joined in on the fun with their own 1,000-horsepower machines. Even McLaren has said that it’s up for seconds, and after initially teasing that it’s going to do the same, Porsche has now confirmed plans to develop a follow-up to the mighty 918 Spyder. Just don’t expect it to happen anytime soon.

The confirmation (of sorts) came from no less than Porsche CEO Oliver Blume, who said that the benchmark-setting 918 Spyder would in fact get a next-generation model. The only caveat is that the car isn’t expected to arrive for at least another eight years. “Special models like the 918 Spyder normally we launch every 10 years,” Blume said, indicating that the replacement model won’t arrive at least until 2025 and that any discussion of said model likely won’t take place until 2022.

For now, Porsche appears to be content to sit on the sidelines and spectate on the next wave of hypercars that are scheduled to hit the market in the coming years. One of these models, the recently-named Aston Martin Valkyrie, is scheduled to hit public roads in 2018, right around the same time as Mercedes-AMG’s very own hypercar. There’s also been talk within McLaren circles that the British automaker is in the drawing board for a replacement of its own P1 hypercar, although nothing much has amounted to that.

Even Audi has thrown its name into the hat, even though Audi Sport boss Stephan Winkelmann’s comments on the matter simply suggests that an Audi hyper “might be a good idea.” The point being made here is that a lot of automakers have seen what the Porsche 918 Spyder was able to do for Porsche and they’re not going to sit idly by and let others enjoy the spoils.

There’s legitimate competition brewing in this new segment, and as one of the stalwarts, Porsche appears to be opting for a measured approach on the matter. Let everyone get their turn in the spotlight, and when it’s time, the German automaker will come back with a vengeance.

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PostHeaderIcon Want Your Own Island? You Can Have One for the Bargain Price of a Porsche 918 Spyder

The barter system goes back about as far as conscious intelligence and has been the primary method of paying for services or obtaining products over a number of different eras all over the world. When you think about bartering, you probably think about people trying to trade things online or maybe that it will be a form of currency after the apocalypse. Craigslist is a primary source of barter trading with people often trying to trade off a car for a truck, or a car for some other toys – hell I’ve even seen people try to trade houses for cars. But, a post on Racing Junk, is by far the craziest barter offering that I’ve seen in my short time on this planet.

To put it simply, a Mr. Emilio Cirelli wants to trade his private island for a Porsche 918 Spyder. And we’re not talking about a trade plus cash. We’re talking about a straight up trade. If it sounds familiar, the same individual posted an ad on Craigslist a few years back trying to trade off the island for a Ferarri Enzo. This time, the island is listed on Racing Junk along with the photo you see above. According to the post, it is a three-acre private island that is about 10 miles south of Daytona Beach. From the look of things, there isn’t anything on the island, and the listing says its “survey ready for your development.”

There is a little more to the story, however. Teamspeed managed to do a short interview with Mr. Cirelli and found out a little more about it. Apparently, he’s a car enthusiast who has owned around 40 Alfa Romeos and Maseratis. Furthermore, he says he’s looking for a 918 Spyder now because he owns a Porsche 911 and thinks that “the Porsche is one of the best cars made.”

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PostHeaderIcon The Recall Bug Takes Another Bite Off Of The Porsche 918 Spyder

With all the technological advances contained within the Porsche 918 Spyder, the thought of seeing the car subjected to a recall seems far-fetched, maybe even ridiculous. And yet, the 918 Spyder has actually been recalled a handful of times already. It’s had rear axle control arms issues. It’s had defective chassis parts. Now it’s once again being recalled for what Porsche is saying as potential problems attributed to the hypercar’s seatbelts.

Apparently, a mistake in the 918 Spyder’s original parts catalog may have led technicians to install the wrong screw in the wrong location, leaving both the seat belt mount and the belt reel mount unsecured. Since the screws are one-time-use only, there’s no way for Porsche to put them back in their proper place. So the company is issuing the recall so it check the fastening screws on the seat belt mount and on the belt reel to ensure that they’re right where they’re supposed to be.

In the event that they’re not, Porsche will replace the screws on all affected models of the 918 Spyder. Since this involves the automaker’s most high-profile performance car, the company is understandably treating this with the proper amount of caution. It’s not clear if this recall affects all 918 units of the hypercar but Porsche is recalling a large portion anyway, just to be sure.

Owners of the hypercar are encouraged to contact their respective Porsche dealers, wherever they may be in the world, to know more about the recall and how they can have their respective 918 Spyders inspected for the faulty screws.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

PostHeaderIcon 22 Year Old Steals Porsche 918, Gets Busted 6 Hours Later

Do you remember the opening scene of the Gone in 60 Seconds remake? In the very beginning, Kip Raines (portrayed by Giovanni Ribisi) is determined to steal “Tina,” a car that is said to be a Porsche 911 996. To do so, he grabs his “tool,” better known as a brick, from the trunk of his car, smashes the front glass window and proceeds to jack move Tina. Eventually, he goes on to get into an illegal street race, leads police to the warehouse, and the whole plot of the movie unfolds from there. So why am I talking about an entertaining scene from a 16-year-old movie? Because someone from Salt Lake City, Utah decided he wanted to be just like Kip Raines.

I’m not even kidding, either. According to the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Francisco Gonzalez-Velasquez – a 22-year-old male – tried to pull the same move that Kip Raines did in Gone in 60 Seconds. The Sheriff’s office claims that Gonzalez-Velasquez broke the front glass of a Porsche car dealership in Salt Lake City, then proceeded to steal a Porsche right off of the showroom floor. It wasn’t a Porsche 996, though. Gonzalez-Velasquez had more expensive taste and went for a Porsche 918 Spyder that is valued at $1.6 million.

The funny part about the whole thing is the fact that Gonzalez-Velasquez didn’t wait until night time to make this expensive grab. He did it at around 4:30 in the afternoon. Police caught up with him in that very car just six hours later, where he was arrested on charges of theft, burglary, and theft by receiving stolen property. I’m sure it was a fun ride while it lasted, but I’m pretty sure that ride isn’t worth the time behind bars the suspect will serve if he is convicted on all charges.

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PostHeaderIcon Supercar Gathering In The Netherlands Draws An Exotic Party: Video

A McLaren P1 GTR. A Porsche 918 Spyder. A Ferrari LaFerrari. If you’re not a man with bottomless pockets, the chances of seeing these three exotics and a host of other supercars are limited. You could “own” in the video game world, but in the actual world that we live in, well, that’s a different story. But there are times when some of the best and finest exotics find the company of one another. One of those times occurred recently in the Netherlands where the aforementioned P1 GTR, 918 Spyder, and LaFerrari were all part of a supercar gathering for the ages.

The video, provided by YouTube user “Carspotter Jeroen,” gives us a good and long look at the supercar meet. In addition to the P1 GTR, 918 Spyder, and LaFerrari, the gathering was also attended by “old school” exotics like the Ferrari F40, Porsche Carrera GT, and Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. A handful of Porsche 911s were also in attendance, as were a couple of Lamborghinis, Koenigseggs, and Mercedes-Benz models.

In short, the supercar meet turned into the kind of gathering that we can only see in our dreams. But for those who actually own these cars, it was just another day of rubbing elbows with their ilk. As we do the same with our friends over a cup of coffee, they do it in the presence of some of the fastest and most powerful cars in the world.

PostHeaderIcon Gallery: Up Close with Acid Green Porsche 918

Acid Green Porsche 918-0

What you’re looking at here is one of the world’s most famous hyper cars. The Acid Green Porsche 918 Spyder became available for sale a while back and has now ended up in the collection of famous gearhead Salomondrin. In this gallery we take a closer look at this bad boy during its stay at CNC Motors showroom.

Boasting production number #573, the Acid Green Porsche 918 is unique on a number of levels. First and foremost there is the super special paint job combined with the gloss black roof and A pillars. Then there is the fact that it’s a Weissach Package car with the extended aero parts, unique wheels and custom detailing. Last but not least, there is that Mocha interior with carbon fiber trimming and acid green accents, piping, and stitching.

It must be a wonderful experience owning this vehicle, especially as you can have fun with it for a few years and then sell it on for a healthy profit.

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Porsche 918 Spyder Tech Specs:

  • Body: Two-seater Spyder; carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) monocoque interlocked with CFRP unit carrier; two-piece Targa roof; fixed roll-over protection system.
  • Drivetrain: Parallel full hybrid; 4.6-litre V8 mid-engine with drysump lubrication; hybrid module with electric motor and decoupler; electric motor with decoupler and gear unit on front axle; electrical system recuperation; four cooling circuits for motors, transmission and battery; thermal management.
  • Engine Power
    • V8 engine: >570 hp
    • Hybrid module on rear axle: ~90 kW
    • Electric motor on front axle: ~80 kW
    • Combined: >770 hp
  • Suspension: Double-wishbone front axle; optional electro-pneumatic lift system on front axle; electro-mechanical power steering; multi-link rear axle with adaptive electromechanical system for individual rear wheel steering
  • Brake system: High-performance hybrid brake system with adaptive recuperation; ceramic brake discs (PCCB).
  • Energy supply: Lithium-ion battery with 6.8 kWh capacity (BOL nominal), 202 kW maximum power and mainscompatible plug-in charger.
  • Performance
    • Top speed: >325 km/h
    • Purely electric top speed: >150 km/h
    • 0-100 km/h: under 3.0 s
  • Fuel Consumption (NEDC): ~3.0 l/100 km
  • CO2 emissions: ~70 g/km
  • Purely electric range: >25 km

Photos via CNC Motors

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PostHeaderIcon Is This the Worst Livery for a Porsche 918?

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As far as super car hotspots go, Newport Beach is one of the classiest – and some may say snobbiest – places on earth. But even there you will see super cars which lack a great deal in the “taste” department. This two-tone Porsche 918 Spyder definitely qualifies as one of those.

This car started out as a black Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach which is a fantastically cool car. The owner has then, evidently, swapped the standard wheels for a set of simpler, more elegant five-spoke rims. There is nothing wrong with that, either. If anything, these wheels look a lot better than the 918’s stock units.

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When things started to go wrong a bit was when they decided to make this 918 “unique” by applying bright green accents all over it. They’ve used the brash color on the sills, the quarter panels, roll bars, rear spoiler, and headlight bezels, not to mention the outer lips of the rims as well as the brake calipers.

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Of course, colors and liveries are a matter of personal preference, and what they have pulled off here does indeed make this Porsche 91 stand out. But is it cool? We’re not so sure.

Via Autogespot

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PostHeaderIcon Chris Harris Presents: LaFerrari v Porsche 918 v McLaren P1

LaFerrari v Porsche 918 v McLaren P1

It’s finally happening! The first proper head to head battle between the three hybrid hyper cars – LaFerrari v Porsche 918 v McLaren P1- presented by a proper motoring journalist, Chris Harris. Better yet, he is joined by two other legendary names in the auto world, Tiff Needell and Marino Franchitti.

It about an hour, this video, so we are going to clam up and let you enjoy watching Chris Harris settling an issue that is tougher than the Middle East peace negotiations. Here’s LaFerrari v Porsche 918 v McLaren P1. Place your bets:

LaFerrari: V12-KERS – 960 horsepower

Porsche 918: RS V8 with two electric motors – 887 horsepower

McLaren P1: Bi-Turbo V8 with one electric motor – 920 horsepower

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PostHeaderIcon Dubai Police Adds Porsche 918 Spyder To Its Fleet

The Dubai Police department has just added the Porsche 918 Spyder to its fleet of police cars. Yes, the 918 Spyder. It’s become old hat for the country’s police force to add supercars and luxury cars to its garage, but this one’s on another level. It’s one thing to dress up a Lamborghini Aventador or an Audi R8 with the country’s official police garb; it’s another to do it on a limited-run, hybrid supercar. That’s just flexing your arm for the sake of showing off those muscles.

In any event, the dressed up, white 918 Spyder was unveiled at the 2015 Dubai Motor Show wearing the traditional dark green liveries of the Dubai police force. No other modifications were made because there’s really no point in doing so. Seeing a Porsche 918 Spyder in this cosmetic configuration is all the car needs to emphasize the fact that, outside of its counterparts in Abu Dhabi, there isn’t a police department that can boast the kind of police cars that the Dubai police has.

Granted, none of these supercars – not the Aventador, R8, or this 918 Spyder – will ever be used for actual police duty. A close look at the Porsche hybrid exotic even reveals the absence of police lights on the roof. Instead, the 918 Spyder will be used extensively for marketing purposes, similar to how its predecessors were used when they were first unveiled. It may be a publicity stunt for all intents and purposes, but make no mistake, this the Dubai Police’s way of telling people what it’s capable of when drivers disobey motoring laws in the country.

Who knows, if a reckless driver proves to be too difficult to catch for the department’s regular police cars, it may just unleash this bad boy on the unsuspecting perp.

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PostHeaderIcon Ferrari LaFerrari Vs. McLaren P1 Vs. Bugatti Veyron Vs. Porsche 918 Vs. Pagani Huayra: Video

What happens when you put a Bugatti Veyron, Pagani Huayra, McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder, and a Ferrari LaFerrari in the same track at the same time? Short of the world actually melting into a puddle, you get to witness filmmaker Alejandro Salomon’s three-part series called “Hyper 5”.

The premise of Hyper 5 is pretty simple. You get five of the world’s fastest and most powerful supercars, run independent tests on each of them around the track and on the drag strip, then document the whole thing to see which one reigns supreme. This is the first part of the series. In it, Salomon spends the entire episode giving each supercar proper introductions. None of the actual tests were done in this episode because Salomon’s apparently saving that for the second and third installments.

Be that as it may, we still get top-quality, film making production, which adds to the incredible build-up of seeing all five supercars in action. Salomon did a good job giving each car its turn in the spotlight, even pointing out that none of these exotics came from their manufacturers. They’re all customer cars, free from any modifications, and all running on stock tires.

We’re going to have to wait for episodes two and three to see how these tests end up going. As far as putting my money on any one of them, I’m going to steer clear of picking a favorite because all of them have as good a chance as any at being the best among the lot. Besides, my choice would’ve been the Koenigsegg One:1, except that it’s not part of the quintet.

PostHeaderIcon Dubai Police Porsche 918 Is Salute-Worthy!

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Well, we all knew this would happen sooner of later. The boys at Dubai Police – which by the way seems to be the most fun job in the world – have been quiet for a while. Turns out they’ve been scraping together some money to by a new toy. So please welcome Dubai Police Porsche 918 Spyder.

This ought to make some millionaires around the world pretty mad. Porsche 918, as you know, is limited to 918 units and it’s officially sold out. So prices are now on the rise and everyday you don’t get one, you are going to have to pay more for it tomorrow. Dubai Police getting a 918 has robbed a normal, run of the mill millionaire the chance of owning it. And to think they are going to just park it in a garage and bring it out once or twice every year… madness!

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Dubai Police Porsche 918 appears to be a fully kitted Weissach model with the large aero kit and fancy wheels. They’ve just wrapped it in the official Dubai Police livery which is the most important part of the showing off campaign these guys seem to have going on. Some of the other exotic metal DPD has in its garage include Bugatti Veyron, Aston One-77, Mercedes SLS, Ferrari FF, BMW i8, Lamborghini Aventador, and…

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche 918 Martini Acceleration Runs

Porsche 918 Martini

More awesome footage from 2015 Shift-S3ctor California Airstrip Attack, where a few days ago we saw a tasty looking Porsche 991 GT3 RS showing off its launch control. It is not the turn of that car’s big brother to teach the new kid who’s the boss. The Porsche 918 Martini here does a few launch control acceleration runs and it sounds amazing doing it.

The combination of a powerful RS V8 engine, torquey electric motor, one of the most sophisticated four-wheel-drive systems in the world, and those huge tires make for a blisteringly fast acceleration. Porsche 918 Martini also recorded a top speed of 173 mph at the end of the half-mile course which is mighty impressive.

We should also make special mention of that superb Martini racing livery on this car which is a very expensive factory option. We have seen it before on a white 918, but we have to admit it looks a lot more classy paired with black, complete with the Weissach aero kit and those psychedelic 918 wheels. 

Video by BrianZuk

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PostHeaderIcon Gallery: McLaren F1 GTR, Porsche 918 and Some Other Stuff!

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Famous photographer GFWilliams has released a few shots from his “day out” with a few super cars in London this past weekend. He and his friends hit the streets of capital city with a McLaren F1 GTR, a Martini Porsche 918, and some other cool cars that you can see in the gallery after the jump.

As for which one of these bad boys is the coolest, well, it’s a tough call. Sure, the McLaren F1 GTR is the most expensive, and the Porsche 918 currently the most desirable. Likewise, the Brabus G63 6×6 AMG is so much fun, it should be illegal, and all those little Ferraris and stuff aren’t that off the mark, either. But then somebody might just look at the Ariel Nomad and just forget about the others. Us, well, we take that lovely Lancia Delta Integrale, thanks you very much!

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Photos by GFWilliams

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PostHeaderIcon Paul Bailey Crashes into Crowd in Porsche 918 – 26 injured


British multi millionaire and one of the few people in the world to own all three of the new hyper cars – McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari, and Porsche 918 – Paul Bailey has been involved in an unfortunate incident in which 26 people, including a six year old girl, were badly injured.

The incident happened in Malta during the annual Paqpaqli ghall-Istrina car show. The Porsche, driven by Paul Bailey himself, was reportedly speeding down the main straight when one of the rear wheels went on the grass, sending the car into a spin. The 918 then crashed hard into the barriers behind which a group of spectators were watching the performance.

The injured which also include Paul Bailey himself were transported to hospital in multiple ambulances and helicopters. Five people are reported to be in critical condition. The supercar event was held to raise money for the L-Istrina charity.

Via Malta Today

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PostHeaderIcon RRV: 13x Porsche 918 Spyder Descend on Laguna Seca

13x-Porsche 918 Spyder

Just went we thought Porsche Rennsport Reunion V (RRV), hosted this year at Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway, could not get any awesomer, we found this video showcasing a gathering of Porsche 918 Spyder owners at the event. 13 Spyders descended on the place in all sorts of colors and liveries, creating a unique spectacle.

These thirteen Porsche 918 Spyder were the ones that took to the track for a spot of light racing. According to Effspot who filmed this, the total number of 918s present at the venue was more than twenty, which is a record in itself.

Porsche 918 Spyder Specs:

Body carbon-fibre composite
Chassis carbon-fibre monocoque
Suspension (fr/r) double wishbones, electronically controlled twin-tube gas-filled shock absorbers
Steering four wheel steering
Brakes ventilated and perforated carbon ceramic discs, all-round, ABS
Gearbox PDK Twin Clutch 7 speed Automatic

Weight 1640 kilo / 3615.6 lbs
Length / Width / Height 4643 mm (182.8 in) / 1940 mm (76.4 in) / 1167 mm (45.9 in)
Wheelbase / Track (fr/r) 2730 mm (107.5 in) / 1664 mm (65.5 in) / 1662 mm (65.4 in)
Fuel tank 70 Litre (18.5 Gallon US / 15.4 Gallon Imperial)
Wheels (fr/r) 9.5J x 20 / 12.5J x 21
Tyres (fr/r) 265/35 – ZR20 / 325/30 – ZR21

Performance figures
Combined Power 874 bhp / 652 KW
Combined Torque 1280 Nm / 944 ft lbs
Power to weight 0.53 bhp / kg
Top Speed 345 km/h (214 mph)
0-100 km/h 2.8 s

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PostHeaderIcon Rendering: Porsche 918 RWB (Rauh-Welt Begriff)

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We have seen renderings of a wide body Porsche 918 before, but this is the first proper illustration of one given the full Rauh-Welt Begriff treatment. This Porsche 918 RWB was rendered by Khyzyl Saleem to celebrate Rennsport Reunion V.

If you are not familiar with Rauh-Welt Begriff wide body treatment for vintage Porsches, it is the unique style of Japanese visionary tuner Akira Nakai. The name literally means Rough World, which is probably why RWB cars looks to tough.

This imaginary Porsche 918 RWB also looks properly tough, even though some of its features are exaggerated. We like what the designer has done here with the livery, which is inspired by the Brumos 935 of the 70s, also known as Moby Dick. The wheels come straight from the race car, and he body kit too appears to be a mix of 935 panels and Rauh-Welt Begriff cues.

Sadly, the chances of seeing a Porsche 918 RWB in the real world are pretty slim. They’ve only made 918 of these cars and they command huge price tags these days. So unless one of the 918 owners is willing to let Nakai chop up his car, it’s not happening.

Rendering by Khyzyl Saleem

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Well, we say buy, but we are not sure yet whether Webber actually bought this gorgeous Porsche 918 Spyder or just accepted it as a gift from the company. All we know is ex-F1 driver and current Porsche factory driver and Le Mans racer Mark Webber went to the Zuffenhausen facility yesterday to collect his personal 918.

And this is it, a unique ad seriously hot red Porsche 918 Weissach Package with white stripes. If we didn’t know better we would say those stripes look like hot rod flames. But they are actually inspired by some racing livery or other, and they look really good.

As for the Weissach package, the telltale signs of it include the large rear spoiler, chunkier front spoiler, and a different rear diffuser than the one on the normal models, not to mention the lightweight wheels. Mark’s Porsche 918 also features a carbon and Alcantara interior which looks a lot cooler than the normal leather treatment.

Webber will be using this baby to travel to the Nürburgring where he will switch to a Porsche 919 Hybrid to take part in the FIA WEC 6 Hours of Nürburgring. Say what you want, but we reckon Mark is having a lot more fun as an endurance driver than he did in the demanding world of Formula 1.

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