The late 80:s was an exhilarating year for motorsports. The Group B rally was in its prime and the Group B cars were faster than the Formula 1 cars of that same period. The group B rules demanded that in order to participate with a certain car, manufacturers had to produce 200 street legal units of that exact car. In 1987 the Porsche 959 debuted as a ready streetcar and it held the title “ the worlds fastest street-legal car” until Ferrari released the holy grail that is the Ferrari F40.
Now, in 2012 the situation has some similarities. Porsche latest creation, the 918 Spyder is in its last stages of design and as you may know Ferrari’s latest ultra car, the F70, is also looming in the near future. We have yet to see whose car will roam the streets first.
The 918 Spyder is a technical showcase for Porsche, just as the 959 was and to quote the lead designer of the project Dr. Frank Walliser: “We’re not doing cars with technology like this just for engineering fun but to be able to implement this tech onto future Porsches”.
The engine is delivering a mind-blowing 795 bhp (I did had to check that one twice) and it is a development of the engine used in Le Mans. The engine is really an engine system containing a 4.6 liter V8, packing 540 bhp, and two electric motors delivering an additional 243bhp. It boots like a computer, glides away totally silent just to switch over to its fuel-fed engine and blast away in excess of 300 km/h.
The car weighs in at 1700 kg and it is stuffed with enough electronics and gadget to keep any car fantast satisfied. Personally I’m a huge fan of the top mounted, bat mobile-style, exhaust pipes.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is the future, get it here.
Author: Olle Elander Wistén