FOR my first blog from the United States, we will be looking at this absolutely stunning 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder featured with the optional Weissach Package, which was seen at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The 918 Spyder is one of the three "hybrid hypercars" that were released from Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche a little while ago.
It takes a mighty car to succeed the legendary Porsche Carrera GT, one of the most influential cars of the past decade, and I think this 918 could just do the trick.
The rear-mounted 4.6-litre V8 combined with two electric motors is able to produce up to 661kW (887 hp) and a maximum of 1280Nm of torque (944 lb-ft of torque).
On its own, the 4.6-litre V8 engine produces up to 453kW (608 hp) at 8500rpm and 528Nm of torque (389 lb-ft of torque).
The two electric motors substitute the rest. One of these electric motors sits in between the engine and the transmission, and the other sits in the front cargo hold and drives the front wheels. Therefore the 918 is an all-wheel drive car.
The 918 can be enjoyed in a variety of different driving modes.
Firstly, you can drive the car in E-Drive, which is the full electric mode. This uses only the two battery packs.
The motors are able to drive the car a maximum of 19 kilometres (12 miles) before they run out of charge and the petrol engine kicks in.
Next up there's the three hybrid modes, Hybrid, Sport and Race. These modes use both the electric motors and the petrol engine to provide the performance that you wish.
In Race mode, there is a push-to-pass button that provides additional electric power to give maximum performance.
Connected to this engine is Porsche's seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission, which is said to be one of the best automatic transmissions available today.
Porsche claims that the 918 Spyder is able to launch from 0-100 kilometres per hour in just 2.6 seconds, and it will keep accelerating until it reaches its top speed of 340 kph (210 mph).
This particular 918 is fitted with the optional Weissach Package, which features improved aerodynamics, magnesium wheels and other features to reduce the weight by 45kg. This brings to total kerb weight to 1634 kilograms.
Last year, the 918 became the first road-car to run a sub-seven minute lap time around the famous Nurburgring circuit in Germany, therefore setting the production car record around the track.
Porsche will only produce a limited number of 918 Spyders; the exact number ironically is 918. Unfortunately, they will only be made in left-hand drive which means they will not be road legal in Australia.
All of these models have been sold, but when it was available the 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder with the Weissach Package retailed for an retail of $929,000 USD.
Jesse See is a teenage car enthusiast. His blogs and website can be found at www.jessesee.com
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