By now, we all know that the optional Weissach Package turns Porsches most insane road-car, the 918 Spyder, into an even more impressive beast. However, for those not interested in reading the endless pages of press releases describing all the changes to strip away excess weight, the following video is for you.
Running for just 1-minute, this clip describes some of the key weight saving which has gone into the Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach Package. One of the most interesting weight saving devices is the fitment of a lightweight film or wrap instead of traditional paint. This wrap is available in a selection of colours as well as two motorsport inspired liveries.
Additional weight saving devices include magnesium wheels, a weight-optimised brake system with titanium components, wheel bearings with ceramic balls, a CFRP anti-roll bar at the rear axle and a CFRP prop on the luggage compartment lid.
However, the headline for the Weissach Package is improved performance. From zero to 100 km/h takes just 2.6 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than the standard model. It takes just 7.2 seconds to travel from zero to 200 km/h in 7.2 seconds (a 0.5 second reduction), and 19.9 seconds to pass the 300 km/h mark (a 2.1 second reduction). Needless to say, this is the car that set the 6:57 Nurburgring lap time!
Under the hood, it features the same powertrain as the standard 918 Spyder. That is a mid-mounted 4.6-litre V8 engine producing 608 hp 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 an amazing 887 hp. A seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) controls power delivery to the rear wheels.