Video: A Look at the Porsche 918 Spyder

March 23, 2012 in Video

It’s getting dangerously close to Friday lunchtime, which makes this the perfect time for a little Porsche procrastination.

In this video the chaps at Evo were given an extremely early look at Porsche’s upcoming Carrera GT successor - the Porsche 918 Spyder.

For now, externally at least, it’s a rolling chassis prototype with a Frankenstein collection of whatever bodyparts they had lying around and which would fit, or almost fit, the area of the chassis they wanted to cover. Aesthetically, Porsche are looking to the Carrera GT and the legendary (and stunning) 917.

Internally, it’s a futuristic track-eating beast with three power plants, of which one is based on the mighty V8 from the Porsche RS Spyder Le Mans race car. And its twin exhausts come out of the top of the engine bay. Like headphones.

That engine is combined with a pair of electric motors which will give the 918 Spyder better fuel economy than a Toyota Prius, along with an extra 220 horsepower. When you’re firing on all cylinders and all motors, Porsche are planning to push the car to 100 kilometers an hour in less than three seconds, and around the Nürburgring Nordschleife in seven minutes and twenty two seconds - ten seconds faster than the Carrera GT.

The plan is to make 918 of them, at £650,000 a pop and they’re taking orders as we speak.

Photos via Porsche

And for reference, a lap of the Nordschleife in the Carrera GT