Last week we reported at AUSringers that Porsche had claimed a 7 minute 14 second lap time for its 918 Spyder hybrid.
Since then Porsche has added a handful of new photos—all available here as 2000px super images—and explained a little more about the time recorded.
They say the 918 set its lap time on a one-off lap, set from a standing start. The test car was running Michelin road tyres and was also fitted with the optional Weissach Package, which boosts power to over 795hp.
Successful test drive on the “Nürburgring-Nordschleife”
918 Spyder prototype turns in lap time of seven minutes and 14 seconds
Stuttgart. On September 18th, in test drives on the “Nürburgring-Nordschleife”, a Porsche 918 Spyder prototype turned in a remarkable best time of just 07:14 minutes for the 20.6 km long circuit. One year before its production launch, the plug-in hybrid super sports car from Porsche AG is already proving its superlative dynamic performance potential far surpassing all expectations placed in it. Dr. Frank Walliser, overall project leader for the 918 Spyder: “By turning in a fabulous time of 07:14 minutes, the 918 Spyder prototype has already fully confirmed the viability of its future concept after just a few months on the road.”
The lap time of the Porsche 918 Spyder prototype is one of the best ever clocked for street-legal vehicles with standard production tyres. The course was only available to the development team from Weissach for one lap, and it had to be started from a standstill. The plug-in hybrid super sports car with over 795 hp was equipped with production tyres from development partner Michelin as well as the optional “Weissach” package, which integrates modifications that boost driving performance.