Magic is an interesting career. A magician stands before a crowd, waves his hands and brings all eyes to one particular place that will fascinate imaginations and make dreams come true. All the while, the real magic is happening behind the scenes, in a place, nobody sees until the amazing magician allows them. When suddenly, abracadabra, your dreams come true and the impossible come to life. This year, Porsche is that magician.
While unveiling the final production model of the Porsche 918 Spyder for sale, a long-anticipated event, Porsche had another trick up their sleeve, turning their hybrid powered trick from amazing to fascinating.
On Sept. 4, they took the world record for the 12.8-mile lap on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. With a team of three professional drivers, former rally champion Walter Rohrl, Porsche test driver Marc Lieb and Porsche test driver Timo Kluck, they shaved 14 seconds off the record. Porsche stole the title from the former holder, the Dodge Viper ACR, at a raging 6:57 minutes, racing around the track at an average of 111 mph. View the onboard footage of the lap below.
“The 918 Spyder embodies the essence of the Porsche idea: it combines pedigree motor racing technology with excellent everyday utility, and maximum performance with minimum consumption,” said Porsche in a recent press release
We can’t say we’re not proud of Porsche’s incredible accomplishment. Our only question is: who will be the first to challenge this time? McLaren, Ferrari or possibly Pagani? As the line-up of 2015 models continues to roll in, only one thing is for sure, and that is that super-hybrids are the true future of exotic cars worldwide. But, until a truly worthy competitor can step to the plate for the record, we applaud Porsche for their fantastic act.