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The Porsche 918 Spyder

The Porsche 918 Spyder is a hybrid mid engined sports car that is a perfect example of modern German engineering at its finest. The motor is a naturally aspirated 4.6 v8, which pumps out 608 hp, and has two electric motors which produce and additional 279 hp, making it a combined 887 hp. The car has a maz speed of 210 mph and handles around the track like a dream. The company built the tech for the hybrid engine in the Panamera S E-Hybrid, and was shown at the Geneva Motor show in 2010 as a concept car. The production version came three years later and was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2013.

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The only variant made was the RSR, which was shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Instead of having the hybrid motor tech which the 918 Spyder has, the RSR is provided extra hp by a flywheel accumulator KERS system. The overall hp is smaller at 767 total. This variation was not majorly produced.
The Nürburgring lap time for this car pretty much says everything that could possibly be said about the Porsche 918 Spyder. On September 4, 2013, a 918 Spyder set a track time of 6:57 on the 12.8 mi course, which reduced the previous course record by 14 seconds while making it the first street legally produced car to break the 7 min barrier. The car that held the record before hand was the Radical SR8, which was not street legal. The Porsche 918 Spyder also holds the production car lap record at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca at 1:29.89.

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This car is one of the all around impressive modern vehicles, for it has it all. Tech, an amazing engine and handling that’s just seemingly unrivaled.

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