Porsche’s last hypercar was the 918. For this video, we have the Porsche 918 Spyder which does a top speed check in a half mile straight. Do note, that the 918 had a very limited production period from 2013 to 2015, and that too, only 918 units had ever been made. Though almost a decade old now, the car is pretty fast even by today’s metrics.
Porsche 918 Weissach Edition : Speed run
Right from the start, the Porsche 918 has a very good launch. Thanks to all-wheel-drive tech, the acceleration is brisk off the line and the car doesn’t relent at all even at full throttle. In fact, as the car crosses the finish line, it is still under acceleration. The top speed recorded using a Vbox was 172.658 miles per hour.
Other details of the run include a 9.22 am local time start with the temperature of 43 degree Fahrenheit and a 15 mph north wind. At the test, officials measured the track surface temperature to be 55 degree Fahrenheit.
Powertrain of the Porsche 918 Weissach Edition
The 918 Spyder comes with a 4.6-liter V8 engine. Porsche has borrowed this motor from the RS Spyder LMP2 race car. Further, there are dual electric motors along with a 6.8 kWh battery unit. All this combined is good for 875 HP and 944 lb-ft. of peak torque.
Porsche planning a 918 replacement in the future?
All said and done, it is time for Porsche to consider a replacement for this car. The lone hypercar of the carmaker is now over a decade old. While the new car is still some time away, few media reports have indicated that Porsche is likely to use next-generation batteries. However, it is not yet known if the car would be a pure electric vehicle or a hybrid of some sort.