The Truth About Cars » Porsche 918 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:27:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » Porsche 918 Reader Submission: Porsche 918 Dealer Training Event Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:20:49 +0000 IMG_7700

TTAC reader Casey Parkin sent us these shots of a Porsche 918 at a dealer training event. It will be a long time before TTAC gets their hands on one of these, at least someone was kind enough to give us a better look at the car.

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Speaking Of The 918…. 6:57 Tue, 10 Sep 2013 14:34:34 +0000

Self-reported times on the Burgerkingring have long been the accepted currency of keyboard-racing morons, which has led to an increasingly bizarre series of manufacturer-sponsored “assaults” on the track. Real racers know how worthless the times are, but real self-funded racers only come in two categories: broke-ass dudes running a Neon ACR (yo!) and zillionaires racing Daytona Prototype. The two groups combined buy supercars at approximately the rate of two teenagers in Dubai — and teenagers in Dubai do care about Ring times.

Thus, we see that Porsche is now reporting a 6:57 for its hybrid supercar. This breaks the six-minute mark for self-reported times of factory-prepared “production” cars, ending a very long time where the fastest times were in the sevens. To see how it was done, click the jump.

In order to perform a full-lap test without exhausting the 918′s hybrid system on the first lap, Porsche’s elected to time from a different spot on the course than the traditional start/finish line. That doesn’t really matter, but it brings up the first cavil: perhaps a Viper ACR would run 7:24 in the lap after its famous 7:22, but would a KERS-depleted 918 break the seven-second mark in lap two? Don’t bet on it.

In the interest of not being killed, Marc Lieb doesn’t run the Fuchsrohre flat. I had no trouble doing it when I drove the Ring, but then again I was driving an SLK200, which accelerates at about half the rate of the porky Prius-esque Porker. It’s impossible to not be impressed by the 918 throughout the video: it’s fast, it grips like hell won’t have it, it doesn’t roll or pitch. It appears to be easier to drive than either the ZR1 or the Viper ACR, although some of that might just be Porsche’s choice of pilot.

My usual animosity towards the Stuttgart firm in its present configuration aside, I have to smile when I watch the video, because finally Porsche has managed to make the ‘Ring-time idiocy work in its favor. Nissan and GM might have seriously gamed the system with boost pressure and/or rollcage stiffening before, but the 918 crosses the start line with two hundred and seventy-nine extra horsepower from its charged-up hybrid system. Brilliant. Until Nissan makes the GT-R a hybrid, they’ll have no answer for this.

If the PR people at the other automakers are smart, they’ll start talking about “second lap” time. The Viper ACR, which can be purchased used for one-tenth the cost of a new 918, will surely snap at the hybrid’s heels in Lap Two, as would the various Radical and Donkervoort track specials. For the moment, however, by the ridiculous standards accepted in this business, Porsche is King Of The Ring. Hoo-rah.

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Porsche Publishes Novella With Official 918 Data & 911 50th Anniversary Celebration Tue, 10 Sep 2013 14:00:06 +0000 2014_Porsche_918_Spyder_555805_i0

Porsche has released the final, official data on their hybrid supercar, the 918, developed alongside of the car the the company will be racing at LeMans in 2014. The 11,000 word press release has everything you could possibly want to know about the 918, plus the new 911 Turbo as well as the rest of Porsche’s presence at the Frankfurt show, which focuses on the 50th anniversary of the 911. The 918 is powered by a 4.6 liter V8 gasoline fired ICE, dry sumped and mounted behind the cockpit, that puts out 608 hp, along with three electric motors that combined produce 286 hp, giving the driver up to 887 horsepower at his or her discretion (there is, apparently, a loss of 7 hp somewhere in full power mode). Performance is rated at 2.8 seconds for 0-100 kmh (0-62 mph) and 0-200 kmh in only 7.7 seconds. The 918 is a plug in hybrid, with a recharging time for the 7 kw/h lithium-ion battery of 4 hours on Germany’s 230 volt AC mains. Fast DC charging is said to take 25 minutes. If you want to, you can even get a speeding ticket while retaining green cred, top speed on electric power alone is 93 mph. Electric-only range, though, is limited to 10 to 20 miles per charge. Porsche is claiming 85 to 94 miles per gallon, but that probably isn’t when doing 0-62 kmh runs.

The press release, as mentioned, is rather comprehensive. You can read it in its entirety here (PDF). We’re providing the whole thing because it has some worthwhile historical information on what Porsche is calling “Seven Generations, Seven Legends”, a review of the seven iterations of Porsche’s iconic 911 sports car.

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Porsche Tweets Undisguised 918 Spyder Thu, 15 Aug 2013 13:48:23 +0000 BRqUESoCUAI08jC


The final production version of the Porsche 918 Spyder is set to be shown off at this weekend’s Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance, but Porsche tweeted a photograph of their hybrid supercar ahead of this weekend’s events. The 918 was also seen running undisguised at the Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this summer.

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Porsche 918 Spyder Races Up Lord March’s Driveway In Official Public Debut Tue, 16 Jul 2013 14:30:46 +0000

Click here to view the embedded video.

Though development versions of the Porsche 918 hybrid supercar have been spotted testing in Colorado, California and other locations, and though we’ve seen concept and track versions, until now Porsche  has not given the production car its official public debut. Last weekend, with the eyes of the car enthusiast world aimed at the event, Porsche couldn’t have picked a better location or event for that debut, racing the 918 up the hillclimb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Fortunately, a British car blogger named Tim aka Shmee, who does great video work with cars, had cameras stationed along Lord March’s famous driveway to record the new debutante’s coming out party.

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Porsche 918 Pricing Is Released. May We Show You Something Else In Stock? Tue, 22 Jan 2013 14:36:33 +0000

We’ve yet to see a production-spec 918 Spyder on an auto-show display, but if the latest pricing report is accurate, many would-be buyers might want to take a look at the alternatives in the market — such as a sack containing more than thirty pounds of gold bullion, or a nice solid early Beechcraft King Air.

LeftLane reports that the 918 will base at a staggering $845,000. The Weissach Package sheds 77 pounds of weight and improves braking, presumably through the use of expensive material substitutions. It is expected to cost $929,000. LeftLane believes the 918 will make 795 horsepower in hybrid mode, which will make it more than acceptably rapid.

The pricing of the 918, if accurate, means that Porsche’s hybrid supercar won’t be competing with Corvettes and GT-Rs in the market. Rather, it will have some entirely different competition. Here are a few of the things you could buy with $929,000. As a Internet car enthusiast, you no doubt have the clean title in hand for all your cars, an eight-figure investment plan, and all sorts of high-income opportunities coming your way. (I gathered that by watching Internet car enthusiasts argue in forums.) So consider these alternatives before you place your 918 order:

The 2013 Chinese Gold Panda 1oz Coin. Quantity: 516.

The Chinese own this country as thoroughly as my bank owns my home. Don’t you feel sorry for both of them? Show some love by purchasing 516 Gold Panda coins from APMEX. Tell ‘em Jack sent you. And when they ask who Jack is, I’m the guy who got drunk, put a hundred Krugerrands in the online cart, clicked “Purchase Now With Bank Draft,” passed out, then had to explain to the very nice APMEX lady who called to finalize the transaction that I was not going to buy the coins after all. Not my finest hour.

1980 Beechcraft Super King Air

The 918 Spyder will likely break 200mph. It had better break 200mph, since you can break 200mph by spending $40K on a slightly tuned-up used Mercedes CL600. Would you like to go faster than either a 918 or a CL600? How about 339mph? With 13 of your closest friends? Why not try this King Air 200? It has auto pilot! It has a bathroom! It has reasonably fresh wing bolts! Keep those wings bolted on! It’s a nonstop flight to and from almost any city in the United States! Learning to fly it will be easy!

One Riley Track Day Special, One Switzer GT2, and A Year Of Vegas Weekends

Why would you buy a Porsche 918 anyway? To go fast and meet women, obviously. Can we accomplish these tasks more efficiently for the same price? Yes we can. Start with a Riley Track Car. Zip around VIR in a minute and forty-four seconds. I’d want mine in lime green with the BMW V10, a dog box, and some spare bodywork. Let’s figure pricing for that would be $275,000. We’ll want it to live at Laguna Seca in a garage, and fly out to see it occasionally, so round up to $300K. I’d then add a Switzer GT2 to the fleet. You can build one with a solid 2008-vintage donor car for $200K and have some extra tires. We’ve then got a car that humiliates the 918 on track and one that slaps it around on the street. But we still have $429,000 left? Well, why not a year’s worth of flights to Vegas for the weekend. You can rent whatever supercar you like, stay in a great room, and still have five grand left for the girl. I’d recommend my pal Jessica Janson. (Warning: Even Googling her name will GET YOU FIRED FROM YOUR JOB AND LEAVE YOUR CHILDREN HOMELESS. Don’t do it.) Tell her Jack sent you. If she needs reminding, Jack was the guy in the Brioni jacket and MESA/Boogie T-shirt who said he left his wallet back at the hotel but couldn’t find it once they got there.

Of course, some of you aren’t interested in hoarding gold, ballin’ across the sky, or setting lap records in between lost weekends in the arms of a gorgeous young woman who has just returned to the strip game and could really use your support right now to further her ambitions as a writer and entertainer. You insist on having a limited-production Porsche, built to the highest standard, styled to shock the heart and blow the boulevard away. Okay, okay. I get it. Go here and shut up. Thanks for shopping!

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Porsche 918 Brochure Leaks. Some Of The Options Can Put You In Jail, Apparently Wed, 19 Sep 2012 19:06:46 +0000

We would also like to point out that importing and/or driving a vehicle with the Martini Racing design film package on public roads could have legal consequences

Now that Porsche has that humdinger of a disclaimer out of the way, they’d like to sell you one of the 918 examples of the 918 Spyder. Preferably one with the Weissach Package. No, not the Weissach Edition. The Weissach Package. As in, you’re going to have to start taking Marlo’s package on your corner so you and all your hoppers can live long enough to buy an example of this fine sporting hybrid.

Images from the 918 brochure were just leaked on Teamspeed. It’s plainly a gorgeous car and the interior is quite nice. I’ll even forgive Porsche for the despicable foppery of desiring to be considered not a street car but a rally car via the inclusion of a top-of-wheel stripe. Trust me. If you need a little stripe to tell you where the top of your steering wheel is, you have no business driving anything faster than a Chevrolet Spark. Otherwise, it is a charming effort. Not all of the Teamspeed commenters are so kind:

3700 complicated (all the hybrid crap) pounds. $700,000 or so dollars. All I see is a wallet raping for cars and coffee bubble wrappers. Leaves me cold and totally uninterested.

A terrible decision for Porsche to have wasted the time and money to develop this albatross.

There is my honest, no BS opinion…

Nor is the poster of that statement some bitter old air-cooled throwback like your humble author; he’d just taken delivery of a new GT3 RS 4.0. When even the suckers won’t suck, there’s trouble afoot.

If anybody from Porsche is still reading TTAC — which I doubt — please take this suggestion: put the 997.2 Turbo engine in the thing, sell it for a quarter-million bucks loaded, and face the Ferrari 458 head-on. The guy with the GT3 4.0 should be aspiring to your premium vehicle, not mocking it.

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The Porsche 918 Hits The Road Tue, 15 May 2012 12:48:51 +0000

In case you have surplus cash sitting around, doing absolutely nothing, hang on to it until the end of 2013. This is when Porsche finally wants to crank up production of its Über-Porsche, the 918 Spyder. Porsche has finished the initial prototypes, which are cleverly camouflaged: If you see something whizzing by, and you think to yourself: “This looked just like a Porsche 917 race car,” then you actually saw a 918 in drag.

If you haven’t heard already, the 918 is is designed as a plug-in hybrid vehicle combining a high-performance combustion engine with electric motors. The car is built as full carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque with unit carrier, has fully adaptive aerodynamics, adaptive rear-axle steering and the upward-venting “top pipes” exhaust system. Porsche 918 Spyder-Prototype. Picture courtesy Porsche Porsche 918 Spyder-Prototype. Picture courtesy Porsche Porsche 918 Spyder-Prototype. Picture courtesy Porsche Porsche 918 Spyder-Prototype. Picture courtesy Porsche Porsche 918 Spyder-Prototype. Picture courtesy Porsche Porsche 918 Spyder-Prototype. Picture courtesy Porsche Zemanta Related Posts Thumbnail

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