Porsche has yet to even reveal the production-spec 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder to the world’s press and already, GF Williams had the exclusive opportunity to go behind-the-scenes of the Porsche 918 Spyder’s production facility in Germany!
During his exclusive tour for Jalopnik, GF Williams was able to take a first-hand look at the impressive engineering which goes into creating every Porsche 918 Spyder, with even its carbon fiber monocoque, engine block and trick top-exiting exhaust systems on full display.
When first released as a concept car back in 2010, the Porsche 918 Spyder was believed to produce 795hp, but recent reports suggested that on the back of the 900hp+ LaFerrari and McLaren P1 being revealed, the Porsche 918 Spyder would feature an insane 875hp when it hits the production line.
However, in a recent Chris Harris on Cars video, it’s was revealed that the Porsche 918 Spyder produces 887hp and over 920lb-ft of torque! That horsepower figure puts it slightly behind the McLaren P1 and LaFerrari, but the torque output is significantly more than the 664lb-ft of torque of the McLaren P1 and LaFerrari.
Additionally, in an interview with Porsche’s product manager James Eastwood, it’s been revealed that Porsche believes that under the right circumstances, the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder will be faster than the McLaren P1 and LaFerrari primarily through the corners because of its advanced torque-vectoring system.
“Although our car is heavier, its technology can make the car faster [in certain conditions]. In rear-drive cars like our competitors, you still have to do all your braking in a straight line, compromising corner-entry speed. Thanks to the 918’s torque-vectoring and independently-driven front wheels, we can maintain better drive and achieve higher entry and mid-corner speed.”, said Eastwood.
Be sure to follow the link below to find out more from Jalopnik’s exclusive tour of the production facility!