2015 Porsche 918 Spyder gets ready to compete with LaFerrari and McLaren P1
By now, Porsche has revealed the 918 Spyder in 4 forms (concept, rendering, black color, and Martini Racing livery). This is the first time that they have shown us the production ready body of their new hypercar, which you can see in the hi-res image gallery below.
Let’s speak about what powers the new Porsche 918 Spyder. First, there is the 4.6L naturally aspirated V8, that delivers 600 hp power at 9,150 rpm, this means, that this car has the most powerful naturally aspirated engine from Porsche with 132 hp/l, that is 18 hp/l more than Carrera GT engine. Apart from this, there are two more power sources, both electric motors, one coupled with the V8 and another is an independent one. All three together, bring the total output of Porsche 918 Spyder to 868 hp (880 PS).
Speaking about rivals, LaFerrari and McLaren P1, in a recent interaction with CAR Magazine, James Eastwood, Porsche Production Manager, said, “Although our car is heavier, its technology makes the car faster on the road and track. In rear-drive cars like our competitors, you still have to do all your braking in a straight line, compromising corner-entry speed. Thanks to the 918’s torque-vectoring and independently-driven front wheels, we can maintain better drive and achieve far higher entry and mid-corner speed.”
Speaking about the number of units to which the production of the 918 Spyder is limited, Eastwood says, “We can’t confirm sales numbers, but even though we are producing far more cars than LaFerrari (499) and McLaren P1 (375) we’re not worried about selling 918 examples being a problem. Our last limited-edition supercar – the Carrera GT – sold 1,275 units.”
We don’t know how the Porsche 918 Spyder is to drive, but one person does know and you can see him in action in the video below. But first, have a look at the hi-res images in the gallery here.