Since the Porsche 918’s release at the Sept. 10 Frankfurt Motor Show, it has been up against some fierce competition, thanks to the release of the McLaren P1 and the anticipated release of Ferrari’s LaFerrari. To compete with their own record-breaking time of 6:57 minutes around the Nürburgring, Porsche has made a Weissach package that makes the 918 lighter, and quicker than ever.
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Figures all around have been reduced, bringing the 0-62 mph time to 2.6 seconds and the 0-124 mph just 7.2 seconds. Such radical new touches to the 918 will surely make a difference on the track.
Reduced weight, as well as finer tuning, brings the super-hybrid to a whole new level of competitiveness. Just when we thought the Porsche 918 had met its match, it turned around with a new spin and even greater firepower.
See the full press release below.
Stuttgart. Shortly before delivery of the first vehicles, the Porsche 918 Spyder is beating its own benchmark values. Marking the success of the final tuning measures, the Porsche super sportscar is now even more capable of putting in a strong sprinting performance. With the weight-optimized Weissach package fitted, the vehicle now accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just 2.6 seconds (-0.2 seconds), from zero to 200 km/h in 7.2 seconds (-0.5 seconds), and passes the 300 km/h mark after 19.9 seconds (-2.1 seconds). Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Senior Vice President 918 Spyder, highlights the significance of these results: “We have now used all options available to electrify the 918 Spyder, working right up to the last minute to do so.”
The enhancements also bring benefits in terms of the electrical performance delivered by the hybrid super sportscar. The two electric motors on the front and rear axle allow the 918 Spyder to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds, without producing any emissions. Such a performance marks a reduction of seven-tenths of a second on the previous time. With the Weissach package fitted, this electric sprinting time is reduced to 6.1 seconds.
The 918 Spyder complete with Weissach package2) Currently holds the lap record for road vehicles on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, boasting a time of 6:57 minutes. At the same time, as a vehicle delivering particularly low consumption and emission figures, the model is certified to efficiency class A+. With the Weissach package fitted, the vehicle’s total NEDC fuel consumption amounts to 3.0 l/100 km (3.1 l/100 km without the Weissach package). That equates to CO2 emissions of 70 g/km (72 g/km without the Weissach package). The level of energy consumption was determined to be 12.7 kWh/100 km during the approval cycle.
1) 918 Spyder: combined fuel consumption: 3.1 litres/100 km; combined energy consumption: 12.7 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions: 72 g/km
2) 918 Spyder fitted with the Weissach package: combined fuel consumption: 3.0 litres/100 km; combined energy consumption: 12.7 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions: 70 g/km