Porsche 918 Spyder runs faster than expected Nurburgring time
Last month we reported that Porsche announced the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder had a developmental goal of running a lap time of less than 7:22 at the Nurburgring-Nordschleife. The German automaker said the innovative plug-in hybrid which made it’s debut at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show was entering “the next phase” of driving trials and engineers had some ambitious goals for the futuristic supercar.
Those goals were not only met, but exceeded this week. According to a release by Porsche, the super sports car officially ran a 7 minute, 14 second lap time at the Nurburgring-Nordschleife. The supercar did it outfitted with an optional Weissach Package and street legal tires. Porsche in their release said, “any questions left”?
The Porsche 918 Spyder is incredibly fast and has certainly answered any questions that skeptics may have. The images released by Porsche show the 918 Spyder that set the 7:14 lap time was a Martini-liveried car. The incredible time beats the Corvette ZR1 and Nissan GT-R. It’s as fast as the Lexus LFA and comes close to the vaunted Viper SRT-10 ACR.
What makes the lap time of 7:14 even more interesting is the fact that the Porsche 918 Spyder gets a fuel-sipping 78 mpg. The Porsche 918 Spyder accomplished that by using an advanced plug-in hybrid drivetrain consisting of a mid-mounted 4.6-liter V8 engine, two electric motors and seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox.