Porsche 918 Spyder Debuts with Blistering Ring Time

Posted by: Kenny Chan onSeptember 11th, 2013

Porsche unveiled the final production version of its new super sportscar plug-in hybrid in Frankfurt, the 918 Spyder, to news that it has lapped the famed Nurburgring with a time of 6 minutes and 57 seconds, a full 14 seconds off the previous record.

I wrote about the 918 Spyder during our Porsche IAA 2013 preview, so I’ll just copy and paste it here if you missed it:

The highly anticipated Porsche 918 Spyder, the first plug-in hybrid by the automaker, will be making its world debut. The 918 Spyder has made its rounds at auto shows already but this will be the final production version. A 4.6L V8 engine outputting over 600 horsepower will be paired up with a set of electric motors that produce 155 and 125 horsepower for a combined hybrid power output of over 887 horsepower! 100 km/h arrives from a standstill in just 2.8 seconds and all it’ll take is 3.0L / 100km. For short trips to the grocery store, the 918 Spyder can operate on pure electric power with a range of just over 30km.

It will be interesting to see how long Porsche will be able to hold onto this record as their main rivals are preparing their own supercars, namely the McLaren P1. If they weren’t gunning for a sub-7 second laptime, you know they are now. What’s interesting to note is that Porsche employed three different drivers to set the Nurburgring laptime, Former European Rally Champion Walter Röhrl, Porsche test driver Timo Kluck and Porsche factory driver Marc Lieb, and each one of them were quicker than the existing record. It was ultimately Marc Lieb who ended up setting the 6:57 record, driving at an average speed of 179.5km/h on a set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, designed especially for the 918 Spyder.

Check out below if you want to see the onboard video of the 918 Spyder lapping the ‘ring:

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