Porsche 918 Spyder Prototype In Martini Racing Livery
Highly expected supercar from Porsche in a livery instantly recognized by any and every racing fan, old or young with some more juicy details. That’s what we got for you today! A plug-in hybrid drive car that’s being tested on the Nurburgring! Yeah!
With the testing phase entering its final stage, the Porsche 918 Spyder is being ran along the green hell, with Porsche’s engineers and drivers aimed at the lap time of less than seven minutes and twenty two seconds. A mark that we feel the innovative 918 Spyder is more than capable of achieving, putting it in a class of very interesting cars that have done it around that time.
Here is a snippet from Porsche’s press release: “The 918 Spyder combines a high-performance internal combustion engine with electric drives at the rear and front axles to achieve extraordinary driving performance and excellent efficiency. The system power of all three drives together is 770 hp. The car’s NEDC fuel consumption is forecast to be only around three litres per 100 km, which is equivalent to CO2 emissions of about 70 g/km.
The monocoque, consisting of carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP), reduces the car’s weight and delivers remarkable rigidity and precision. Other highlights are the car’s fully variable aerodynamics, adaptive rear axle steering and “top pipes” exhaust system which routes the pipes upwards. All of this makes the Porsche 918 Spyder a super sports car for the future, even though the styling of the prototypes is reminiscent of historical models.”
And some words about the Martini Racing Livery and racing history: “The latest test vehicle is now turning laps in the legendary Martini® Racing look of many historic Porsche race cars, particularly from the 1970s. More than nearly any other race car design, the Martini® Racing look quickly attained cult status in those times and is still in vogue today. Martini® was already the official partner of the Porsche factory team between 1973 and 1978. Back then, the attractively designed “Martini® Porsche” race cars with their numerous victories were a centre of conversation.
These victories included finishing first overall at Targa-Florio in 1973, winning the Sports Car World Championship in 1976 and overall victories at the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1976 and 1977. As early as 1971, a Porsche 917 finished first in the legendary endurance race in Le Mans with the support of Martini®. Whether a Porsche 908, 917, 935 or 936 or one of various 911 RS or RSR models, common to all of these race cars was the memorable Martini® Racing design implemented in a wide variety of forms.”
With that in mind, we are very happy to see new Porsche 918 Spyder owners getting their brand new supercars in Martini Racing livery. But don’t expect too much of them. Only 918 Porsche 918 Spyder’s will be built during the production run. All of these have been pre-sold at a European price of €645,000, subject to VAT and country-specific charges. Not to shabby for a plug-in hybrid, right?
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