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2013 Frankfurt Motor Show: Porsche 918 Spyder laps the Nürburgring in 6:57

September 10, 2013, 05:55 PM IST by Arunprasad Nandakumar
2013 Frankfurt Motor Show: Porsche 918 Spyder laps the Nürburgring in 6:57

It is said that the whole existence of the world can be defined mathematically, and so is the case with the Porsche 918 Spyder. The numbers for this car are so mind boggling that one feels it’s quite close to even defying physics.

The 918 Spyder is Porsche’s attempt of developing a hybrid super car right about the time when Ferrari and McLaren are both working on theirs, which we don’t feel is a coincidence. The 918 Spyder features a mid-mounted, dry-sump-lubricated, 4.6-litre V8 engine that generates 617PS power transferred to the rear wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Porsche 918 Spyder

This engine is mated to three electric motors, upping the figures to a staggering 900PS which is in technical terms is a little lesser than the LaFerrari or the P1. But these numbers may not make a lot of difference when you accelerate from standstill to 100kph in 2.8sec which in reality is the time between two blinks of your eye. 

Porsche 918 Spyder

If this math was not astounding enough, the car also became the quickest car with global road homologation to lap the 20.6km Nürburgring in 6min 57sec, averaging at 179kph. If these numbers haven’t surprised you, this one should. The prices are expected to start at USD 8, 45,000 (Rs 5.39 crore) making it one of the most affordable hybrids sports cars on earth. So if you are on the lookout for an affordable, environment friendly sports car and have a significantly large bank balance look no further than the 918.

Now that the hybrid sports car revolution has begun, it is only a matter of time before the three cars are pitted against each other on a race track and a winner emerges. We will update you on that the day it happens, so stay tuned to CarWale!

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