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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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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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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.
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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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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.
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.
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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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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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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.
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!
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…
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
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!
Photos by GFWilliams
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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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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
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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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
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.
This past few weeks we kept coming across pictures of an absolutely unique Porsche 918 Weissach Package personalized for a customer by IND Distribution. Now courtesy of the guys at HRE Wheels who supplied the wheels for this project, we get to a pretty good look at this fascinating machine.
Boasting chassis number 512, this Porsche 918 Weissach was one-of-a-kind when it left the factory owing to that superb #57 livery inspired by Porsche Salzburg racing team of the 60s. But the owner wanted something extra, something that would set his car further apart from any other 918 in the hood.
So he chose a set of gloss black classic HRE P101 rims that go really well with the unique design of the livery and also complement the green calipers and white body very nicely.
The main features of a Porsche 918 Weissach, for those who don’t know, include a lightweight carbon aero kit with extended front splitter and rear diffuser, and a tall rear wing, six-point harness seat belts, vintage motorsport liveries, and a set of lightweight magnesium wheels which in the case of this car were swapped for those black HREs.
A custom Porsche 918 Spyder has been spotted in Aberdeen, Scotland, which could well be one of the most unique examples in the world. It’s finished in a special shade of blue – a darker, more elegant color than the famous baby blue – called Cerulean Blue.
Another reason this Cerulean Blue Porsche 918 is special is because it is sitting on a set of optional Weissach wheels, but it doesn’t have the usual carbon wings and diffusers of the Weissach package. That means the owner has spent a good deal of time speccing up the car, and that he or she has a very good taste as well.
Speaking of the owner, we have a sneaking suspicion this Cerulean Blue Porsche 918 belongs to Scottish singer and songwriter, and massive petrolhead, Amy Macdonald. For one thing, she is known for her love of exotic cars. What’s more, not that many people in Scotland would blow up a million pounds on a car, even if they can afford it!
As a reminder, Porsche 918 Spyder is powered by a mid-mounted V8 engine from the RS race car, boosted with a couple of electric motors. It generates a combined system output of 886 bhp, boasts all-wheel-drive, and can drive in pure electric mode for about 30 miles. With this car you also get a removable roof and lots of luxury amenities.
The production of the Porsche 918 Spyder has come to an end, which means the final deliveries are on their way and after that there will be no new and different 918 for us to drool over. But before it goes away, we get one more treat in form of a Signal Green Porsche 918 Weissach Package.
This car is without a doubt one of the most unique examples of the 918 we’ve ever seen. The American owner of the car decided to steer clear of the available livery options that come with the Weissach Package and instead picked a color that would set the car apart and also make the Weissach kit look more prominent. It is an absolute eye candy, this car.
However, when the owner received his car through Isringhausen Imports and looked at it, he decided it is not ‘unique’ enough the way it is. So he sent the car straight to the workshop where it was fitted with a set of HRE P104 centerlock wheels in gloss black. We expect a full photoshoot of this Signal Green Porsche 918 Weissach soon. It is also set to take part in the Rally for The Ranch in Columbus next week. In the meantime, check it out in the gallery below: