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    Default Porsche 918 Debuts with Nurbrgring Lap Record

    The Porsche 918 Spyder* has conquered the 12.8-mile (20.6-kilometer) lap around the Nürburgring Nordschleife in less than seven minutes. Achieving a time of six minutes and 57 seconds, the super sports car equipped with a hybrid drive shaved 14 seconds off the previous Nürburgring record for a street-legal automobile, and 17 seconds from its run last September.

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    Wolfgang Hatz, member of the Porsche AG Board of Management in charge of Research and Development, had the following to say: "We promised a great deal with the 918 Spyder, namely to redefine driving pleasure, efficiency and performance. We have kept our word."

    As is the case with Porsche, the 918 Spyder is also leading the way for future generations as the latest in the line of super sports cars. It is currently making its global debut at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. With its unique spread, the model blends maximum driving dynamics with minimal fuel consumption. By taking the Nürburgring record, the 918 sports car is demonstrating the enormous potential that lies in Porsche's pioneering plug-in hybrid concept, and is underpinning the leading role the company enjoys when it comes to developing sporty hybrid vehicles.

    "The radical hybridization of the 918 Spyder from the very outset is what made this lap record possible," says Dr. Frank Walliser, head of the 918 Spyder project. "The lap time on the Nordschleife is and remains the toughest measure of a super sports car. Posting a time of 6.57 minutes, we achieved a result of which everyone in the development team and at Porsche as a whole is rightly proud."

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    The record, which was previously held for four years, was broken during the first attempt in the test drive on the morning of September 4. All three drivers – former European Rally Champion Walter Röhrl, Porsche test driver Timo Kluck and Porsche factory driver Marc Lieb – were quicker than the existing record with each lap driving a different 918 Spyder, and posted lap times of less than seven minutes on numerous occasions. Ultimately, it was Marc Lieb who posted the absolute best time of 6.57 minutes, driving at an average speed of 111.5 mph (179.5 km/h), as measured by Wige Solutions. Marcus Schurig, editor-in-chief of the sports car magazine "Sport Auto,” was on hand as an objective observer of the record-breaking runs. The two sports cars, which deliver an output of 887 bhp (652 kW), were equipped with the optional "Weissach package" to increase driving dynamics and the standard Michelin tires developed specifically for the 918 Spyder.

    The 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder will go on sale in the U.S. in early 2014 at a base MSRP of $845,000.

    * 918 Spyder: combined fuel consumption: 3.3–3.0 l/100 km; combined energy consumption: 12.5–13.0 kWh/100 km. U.S. EPA Fuel Economy figures will be available closer to the car’s availability – early in 2014.

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    Complete onboard video. A driving class on itself.




    Seems setup for some slight understeer? Alarmingly controlled for a 887hp car, not a single powerslide, even when going full throttle with quite some steering input.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nurburgring View Post

    Seems setup for some slight understeer? Alarmingly controlled for a 887hp car, not a single powerslide, even when going full throttle with quite some steering input.
    Racing grade stability control I am certain....
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    $845,000 -- pocket change for most trackHQ members . . .
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    I say we pool all our money. Each one throws in $4k. BAM trackhq porsche 918 spyder. Just need to convince 250 people.
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    Need new tires we all chip in $50. Buy 4 sets. Need an oil change, we all chip in $1 for oil. Need new pads, $10/person. See we can totally time share this bish. Fuel, $1/person. Rotors, $20/person. Etc...
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    You know, if we had one of those cars, we could charge people for rides. It would pay for itself in one year. I'll volunteer the first $4k and, heck, I'll even push my Miata out of my garage to make room for the 918. I think we should get a shiny one, though. White would be nice.

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    And what happens when someone puts it into the wall at Buttonwillow?
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    push it outside the gates and the guy who crashed it puts it on his insurance. Say a deer i mean a curb, i mean a lamp pole, i mean _______ excuse came out of nowhere and swerved to avoid and hit a wall. whistling...
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    Good thing he brought his scanner for the hot lap.
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    No cage?

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    Porsche is a fantastic company that does amazing things. This car is quite a piece of engineering but as with all performance hybrids:

    I want to see what this car is capable of if it had no hybrid bits at all.

    Show me the performance comparison with rear wheel drive and that incredible V8 with 600+ hp and a red line north of 9000. The weight difference has got to be enormous.

    The time might not be as fast owing to torque vectoring AWD etc but:

    The price would be a whole lot less and I bet it would be more fun to drive as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markhs2 View Post
    Porsche is a fantastic company that does amazing things. This car is quite a piece of engineering but as with all performance hybrids:

    I want to see what this car is capable of if it had no hybrid bits at all.

    Show me the performance comparison with rear wheel drive and that incredible V8 with 600+ hp and a red line north of 9000. The weight difference has got to be enormous.

    The time might not be as fast owing to torque vectoring AWD etc but:

    The price would be a whole lot less and I bet it would be more fun to drive as well.
    I agree with you,but did you see the MPG numbers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bawareca View Post
    I agree with you,but did you see the MPG numbers?
    I know you are kidding but I have to say it:

    All those that fork out the 3/4 mil for these things really care about saving a few hundred in gas per year.

    The main priority in driving one of these is to drive it like a golf cart to max out MPG.

    How many years/decades worth of gas can you buy with the reduction in price plus the savings in brakes, tires etc from weight reduction after you delete all the hybrid related stuff.

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    ^^^No,I am not kidding.And it is not about saving a few bucks.The idea behind that car is to save the future of the supercars,i.e. make a "ecology-consious" 900 (or whatever hp).This way the green party in germany may not outlaw every car that has more than 150 hp.That is really not great explanation,but you can find much more in the press and all over the internet.

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