Customer deliveries of the Porsche 918 Spyder are well under way and now another example of the German hybrid hypercar has been spotted out and about. This particular Weissach edition was spotted in Cannes at the hotel Carlton Cannes.
Finished in a stunning shade of silver complete with bright green accents and green brake calipers, this car mimics the original 918 Spyder quite closely.
The key point of difference between the ‘regular’ 918 Spyder and the 918 Spyder Weissach is that the latter features 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.