Designed as Porsche's top-of-the-line performance car, the 918 Spyder replaces the Porsche Carrera GT which was discontinued in 2007. The 918 Spyder combines an eight cylinder engine with two electric motors, making it the first hybrid hypercar by Porsche. It was available as a limited production model of which 918 units were built.
Forget everything you have ever thought about hybrids before you consider the 918 Spyder. It is the culmination of years of research and technical prowess from the first company that ever sported a prancing horse on its badge. The 918 Spyder is the starting point of a new era of performance and has raised the bar of what can be expected of a car, even a hypercar. Nearly 900 combined horsepower from its 4.6-liter naturally-aspirated flat crank V8 and hybrid electrical system and built almost completely of carbon fiber make it a technological marvel. The 918 Spyder already set a production car lap record at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and shattered the production car record at the Nürburgring by 14 seconds. It is visually stunning in all regards and distinctly Porsche even though it looks like no other Porsche ever. The blank sheet of paper 918 designers started with produced innovations in every direction and convention was left by the wayside. The result is nothing less that the spark of a new generation of the highest performing vehicles the world has ever seen.
An all-wheel-drive, mid-engined hypercar, the Porsche 918 Spyder is powered by a 4.6L (4,593 cc) naturally aspirated V8 engine, with a power output of 608 hp (616 PS; 453 kW), coupled with two electric motors: the first one is in the front, producing 129 hp (131 PS; 96 kW); and the second one is situated at the rear, with 149 hp (151 PS; 111 kW). The car can run on hybrid mode (V8 and both electric motors), petrol mode only, or fully electric mode. In hybrid mode, the total power output of the car is 887 hp (899 PS; 661 kW) and torque at 829 ft·lb (1124 Nm). The 918 Spyder uses Porsche's seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The Porsche 918 Spyder is capable of doing 0-60 mph in 2.2 seconds and a top speed of 211 mph (340 km/h), although tests officially conducted by Porsche show 217 mph (350 km/h) instead.
The 918 Spyder has the fastest 0 to 60 mph time of any road-legal car in the series, clocking in at 2.2 seconds. The car's extreme acceleration and launch help it run off the starting line very quickly, especially with its all-wheel-drive drivetrain. Due to being AWD and making good use of improved aerodynamics, the 918 can drive through corners with ease, albeit not as easily as the likes of the Lamborghini Veneno due to its weight. When braking, the car's rear wing folds up to deflect air resistance upwards and, when coupled with the AWD drivetrain, the 918 can brake to a stop more quickly than most other cars. Its top speed, though, is very similar to real life: 214 mph (345 km/h).
The 918 Spyder is currently the fastest road-legal Porsche in the series. When compared to the Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1, the 918 is only superior in acceleration, launch, and braking, but suffers in handling due to its weight of 3692 lb (1675 kg). In Forza Horizon 3, the 918 is capable of reaching 240 mph (386 km/h), which greatly exceeds its real life top speed of 217 mph (350 km/h) yet is still slower than the two aforementioned cars.
The 918 Spyder does not have a Twin Turbo aspiration conversion in Forza Motorsport 6.
The 918 Spyder is more expensive than the Ferrari LaFerrari in the Forza series, even though the latter car has a much higher price tag in real life.
The 918 Spyder's hardtop roof can be removed in ForzaVista. However, when driven, it cannot be removed.
September 18, 2013 (9/18/2013) was designated as Porsche 918 Day, a reference to its name.
It is disputed as to which road-legal production car currently holds the record for the fastest lap at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit. In 2013, the Porsche 918 Spyder, equipped with the Weissach Package performance package and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, lapped the track in 6:57, often considered the fastest record. However, in 2009, the Radical SR8 LM, equipped with Dunlop Direzza DZ03 tires, lapped the track in 6:48, yet this record is often dismissed despite the tires being road legal in Europe.
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