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Nico Rosberg Slides a 918 Around Silverstone

« It’s not a road car, it’s a race car. »

You might think that a Formula One World Drivers Champion would find a hypercar a little on the tame side. Perhaps that’s a little hyperbolic, but there’s no denying that a successful career spent in the world’s fastest racing cars must render a full-weight passenger car, on road-legal tires no less, a few rungs down the excitement ladder than most mere mortals would feel.

Which is why his sincere reaction—I’m not aware of any sponsorship deals Rosberg has with the marque—to the 918 is so captivating. The response, the steering feel, and the power delivery all impress the 2016 champion, but the launch really knocks his socks off. If the hybrid acceleration and four-wheel drive enable a fully occupied, 3,600-lb sports car to leave the line like Rosberg’s former F1 steed could, that’s about as high praise as any hypercar can receive.

The look in the German’s face as he launches says it all.

The communicative, rigid chassis clearly impresses the champ, as demonstrated by the opening quote. Within one lap, Rosberg is hucking the 918 into the corner and bending it through the mid-section, braking late, and even dropping wheels in the grass. It’s all quite dramatic; however, the corner exit is always straightforward, easy, and almost clinical. It’s a wonderful demonstration of the playfulness of the car as well as the efficient drivetrain which deploys all that incredible power without much fuss. Who better than Rosberg, a very economical and cerebral driver, than to show off its merits? The two go together perfectly.

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Porsche rappelle une nouvelle fois la 918 Spyder

La vie n’est pas toujours rose pour la Porsche 918 Spyder.

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Vidéo – La Porsche 918 Spyder en cinq détails étonnants

Voici le premier volet de la saison 2 des Top 5 Series du constructeur allemand.

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On the road to success with e-performance

Selected journalists were able to get an idea of the Panamera and the 918 Spyder at hybrid trackdays in Portimao.

 

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Top 5 Features of the 918 Spyder with Baby Driver’s Ansel Elgort

Ansel Elgort’s « Baby » from the Edgar Wright film Baby Driver is the classic imperturbable action hero. Much like Steve McQueen’s Frank Bullitt, Baby is a man of extremely few words. Baby Driver is also a wizard behind the wheel. In the film, Baby flings a variety of cars through Atlanta, ranging from a Subaru Impreza to a Dodge Challenger Hellcat. Nothing in the film approaches the sheer ferocity that is the 918 Spyder. In the latest Porsche Top 5, Ansel and Porsche test driver Lars Kern take us through Porsche’s most recent supercar.

Still Crazy After All These Years

Five years on, the 918 Spyder is still the fastest hybrid ever to lap the Nürburgring. Though Porsche’s own 911 GT2 RS has eclipsed the 918’s lap time, the hybrid hypercar remains a remarkable machine. In Ansel’s words « it looks classy. » Compared to its contemporaries, the La Ferrari and Mclaren P1, the 918 is remarkably understated. Like the Carrera GT before it I suspect it will continue to look good for years to come. The featured car is equipped with the Weissach package. The package includes a carbon roof, and other carbon pieces to reduce overall weight by 41 kilograms.

In the video, Ansel and Lars walk through numerous aspects of the 887 horsepower hypercar. Kern demonstrate the car in a disused industrial area. Though unflappable on film, Ansel looks rather alarmed accelerating between rows of metal supports and archways with Kern at the wheel. Elgort rounds out the driving portion with some exceedingly enthusiastic donuts.

Critically, the Burmester sound system sounds terrific blasting Baby’s preferred mix of classic funk tunes.

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