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Is a 911 GT2 RS Faster Than A 918 Spyder at Hockenheim?

Unlike many cars of its ilk, this GT2 RS sees a great deal of track time. Whether it be racing against current GT3 Cup cars or highly modified Nissan GT-Rs, sebastian vittel’s RS is a regular sight at tracks across France and Germany. It’s been given a few tasteful modifications to suit it to the regular beating it takes; utilizing Endless pads, steel brakes, taller wing supports from a GT3 RS, and a Manthey alignment for even more purchase on the pavement. As we see in the footage below, its performance is enough to run with the 918 Spyder—a car which costs nearly six times as much. This stellar performance makes you wonder whether the GT2 RS is merely the quickest 911 on the market today, or if it’s the defacto Porsche flagship of recent years.

Despite having only two driven wheels, the GT2 RS actually betters the four-wheel drive 918 Spyder in low-speed acceleration. This is a real asset at the tight and technical Hockenheim, where strong speed out of the hairpins leading onto the long straights pays dividends. It’s the turbocharged, two-wheel drive GT2 RS which excels in these slow-speed acceleration zones, and only once they have room to stretch their legs a bit does the 918 stretch a small lead. Not exactly what one would think when considering the specs, eh?

Weighing roughly 500 pounds more than the GT2 RS, the 918 isn’t quite the agile thing that the latest RS is, but it has a habit of belying its weight and putting it to lighter, more powerful cars. So much of that comes down to the way the 918 makes great use of its hybrid power when driven through all four wheels. With minimal wheelspin and wild torque from zip, shouldn’t that make it the king of hairpins?

Only once is vittel beaten off a hairpin (1:50), but it’s his too-early entry that’s to blame.

Well, sebastian vittel once again proves the versatility of the RS with this duel. Granted, these two aren’t pushing more than 8/10ths, the 918 isn’t exactly track-tuned, and traffic does allow vittel to close the gap after the hypercar begins to walk away. Nevertheless, it’s a strong showing from both, but it’s the RS which looks even stronger after making quick work of what ought to be the quickest in the Porsche stable.

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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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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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Here’s Why the Porsche 918 is now Worth Nearly Twice its Original Price

The 918, with its combination of street appeal and otherworldly performance, has predictably ratcheted up its selling price in the last few years. It’s not too difficult to accept the 918 is going for around $1.7 million these days—which is nearly twice the Porsche’s base price when first released a few years ago.

With 887 horsepower, purely electric drive, four wheel-drive, detailed infographics, and more usability than its hypercar contemporaries, there are plenty of reasons the 918 commands such an astronomical price. What’s more—all of these assets are brought together into one focused, sophisticated package with a world-class interior that offers all the sense of occasion an enthusiast could want.

Despite the abundance of features present, the interior of the 918 Spyder is pleasantly spartan and minimalist. Most of the pertinent controls are accessible on the steering wheel and made to be as unobtrusive as possible; typical Porsche, you might say, but it does all this with a sense of flair a run-of-the-mill 911 does not have. Perhaps the drivetrain selector, which comes in the form of a rotary knob, explains this approach best. With four different settings, all a quarter-turn away from another, the 918 transforms from an eerily silent towncar into snarling track toy with a few clicks. To appeal to the imagination of their inner teenager, that seductive red button in the center provides the driver with a momentary burst of power from the electric motors. If that fails, the exhaust pipes exiting just behind the cabin should do the trick.

The center console is incredibly clean and refined. Instead of buttons and switches, the information center features touchscreen points to keep the aesthetic appropriately space-age. Just the ambiance offered by this Buck Rogers interior might be worth the outrageous price.

While some might unfairly accuse the 918 of not offering the drama and theater as its other hypercar rivals, it has an abundance of odd quirks which keep the enthusiast smiling. Included in this list: a small air diverter to be installed when the roof is removed, a paint option totaling $65,000, and the most incredible tax rebate available for anything capable of running the quarter mile in nine seconds.

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Special Report: Le Mans Unravelled – From Norway To Spain In A Generation Of Porsches

Read our special report of an epic road trip from Norway to Spain in a generation of Porsches on Le Mans Unra…

Special Report: Le Mans Unravelled – From Norway To Spain In A Generation Of Porsches

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