In addition to the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder making its world debut at IAA 2013 in production-ready form, the car has officially been confirmed as the world’s fastest globally road homologated car to the lap the Nurburgring! The record was achieved on September 4th, and saw the 887hp German hypercar sprint around the track in just 6 minutes and 57 seconds!
Porsche factory race driver Marc Lieb was at the wheel and the final 6:57 time shaved a full 14 seconds off the Porsche 918 Spyder’s Nurburgring lap time set last year before Porsche embarked on giving it significantly more power.
“The radical hybridisation of the 918 Spyder from the very outset is what made this lap record possible” said Dr. Frank Walliser, head of the 918 Spyder project. “The lap time on the Nordschleife is, and remains, the toughest measure of a super sports car. Posting a time of 6.57 minutes, we achieved a result of which everyone in the development team – and at Porsche as a whole – is rightly proud.”
On the morning of September 4, Former Euroepan Rally Champion Walter Röhrl, Porsche test driver Timo Kluck and Porsche factory race driver Marc Lieb managed to complete the Nurburgring in less than seven minutes when testing the car individually, but in the end, Lieb came out with the fastest time which saw an average speed of 179.5km/h (111mph) through the 20.6km long circuit. The record-setting Porsche 918 Spyder was equipped with the Weissach package which includes a few aerodynamic components.
The Porsche 918 Spyder comes fitted with a mid-mounted 4.6-litre V8 engine producing 608hp independently – the highest specific power of any naturally aspirated Porsche engine. The V8 is then supplemented by a further two electric motors mounted on each axle. The electric motors can either drive the wheels independently or work together with the engine to boost performance. Each motor produces enough power to boost the total figure to 887hp. A seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) controls power delivery to the rear wheels.