PORSCHE’S 918 SPYDER plug-in hybrid supercar is undergoing final testing before going into production.
Porsche says the 918 is undergoing high-speed circuit testing at the infamous Nurburgring Nordshleife, where a target lap time of seven minutes and 22 seconds is a development goal for the car.
Power for the 918 comes from a mid-mounted 570bhp V8 petrol engine, a 90kw hybrid motor at the rear axle and an 80kw hybrid motor at the front axle. This gives the car a combined 770bhp but a potential 94mpg and CO2 emissions of around 70g/km.
The use of the Martini livery harks back to Porsche racing cars from the 1970’s such as the Targa Florio winning cars, World Sports Car Championship winning cars and Le Mans 24 winning cars, including the 917 below.
There will also be a racing version of the 918 called the RSR. There is no official word yet on whether Martini will be the title sponsor for the car and team but today’s announcement certainly hints at it.