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Porsche 918 Spyder – Electrifying the Supercar

by Lawrence Romanosky on April 24, 2014

Porsche 918 Spyder on the trackI finally got a chance to visit Road Atlanta, the iconic track in Georgia and home to IMSA racing, the Petit Le Mans, and the SCCA Runoffs which I have read about in Peter Egan’s column in Road & Track Magazine going back to the 1980’s. Only this time I was going to be driving a 887hp Porsche 918 Spyder, not a Formula Ford or Bugeye Sprite.

To be honest, seeing the unforgiving run offs lined with imposing concrete walls, the grass soaked from a week of rain and a damp track, I was wishing I could learn the track in a 100hp Sprite! Thankfully I had Cass Whitehead, former IMSA driver and one of the few people in the world certified to drive the 918 by the Porsche Factory, to be my in-car instructor. Cass’s instruction along with the full complement of Porsche Factory engineers and trainers cycled a group of about 80 dealership staff from Canada and the US through an ‘Expert’ 918 program which I was lucky enough to attend, and luckier still not to disgrace myself by crashing the car! This high-level 918 education and demonstration of the finished product proved enlightening and answered a lot of questions that I had about the car.

About the 918 Spyder

It is quite a piece of engineering and arguably the most sophisticated passenger car ever developed. Following in the footsteps of the 959 from the late 80’s, the 918 introduces a host of new technology that will be adopted by Porsche’s volume models in the future. [click to continue…]


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