Porsche 918 Spyder -- King of the 'Ring' at Nürburgring

Posted: Sep. 16th, 2013  |  By DailyLuxe News

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There is a 13-mile patch on Germany’s Nürburgring where the most elite and high-performing automobiles in the world are taken for test-drives called the Ring.

This is where the manufacturers of many high-end cars discover that their “latest and greatest ever” automotive concepts aren’t quite cutting the muster yet. This is the ultimate testing area for the world’s greatest sports cars.  

This is where the 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder, the company’s new plug-in hybrid, is garnering its reputation as an instant classic. Its lapse time through the Ring of 6 minutes and 59 seconds places the Spyder in a league of its own. There is a “Hot Button” on the vehicle’s steering wheel that separates this car from the competition, according to this report from The WSJ.

The hybrid sports car beat the Ferrari 458 Italia (7:32), the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (7:19), the Gumpert Apollo Sport (7:11) and the Lexus LFA (7:14).

....The 918 is, roughly, a next-generation Carrera GT (2004), except that the 918 doesn't feature that car's pushrod suspension design, again because of packaging constraints. The 918 weighs 3,716 pounds, 660 pounds of which comprise the electrical hardware, according to Dr. Walliser, including the center-mounted battery pack, power controllers, the two big motors, as well as several clutch-pack differentials.