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…]


Official details and photos have been released on the upcoming
Porsche GT2 RS, which will be unveiled to the public on August 25 at the Moscow auto show.


It will produce staggering numbers except for the number of GT2 RS available: 500. Horsepower: 620 (90 more than 911 GT2). Weight loss versus the 911 GT2 will
be a substantial 70 kg. That power rating will make this the most potent Porsche road car in
history. Don't discount the achievement of squeezing every drop of power from a 3.6 liter boxer engine, with much credited to the
twin turbochargers.

The details:

The car will weigh a mere 3,020 lb (1,370 kilograms), giving it a
power to weight ratio of 4.9 lbs (2.21 kg) per horsepower, and rides on
245/35 ZR 19 tires at the front and 325/30 ZR 19 for the rear axle. It
will come with anti-roll bars and Porsche Adaptive Suspension Management

It's time on the Nürburgring's Nordschleife track: 7 minutes and 18
seconds. 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds (0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds), 0 to
200 km/h in just 9.8 seconds, and 0 to 300 km/h in 28.9 seconds. Top
speed: 205 mph or 330 km/h.


To shed weight, Porsche makes use of carbon-fiber-reinforced (CFR)
components, such as the CFR plastic for the bucket seats.

"GT2 RS" tags are placed on the doors and rear lid to distinguish the
car too.

The car will be available in North America starting in October 2010. The Euro base price is €199,500. Including VAT and
national specifications/equipment the new 911 GT2 RS will retail in
Germany at a price of €237,578.  For the Canadian market pricing starts at




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