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Porsche 918 Spyder in Martini Racing colours
Just in case you’ve managed to miss the story so far, Porsche is building a new supercar called the 918 Spyder. And just to make sure you aren’t going to miss it any more, the German sports car firm has decked out the latest prototype in full Martini Racing colours.
Martini and Porsche dates back to a short period in the 1970s, but the combination is so evocative the carmaker has been milking it ever since. Not that we’re complaining. After all, the 918 pictured here is utterly spectacular.
Tear your eyes away from the red and blue stripes, and you’ll also notice it’s running sans any kind of other bodywork disguise, even though it’s not set to reach customers until next year. That’s partly because we all know what it’s going to look like by now anyway, but also because its currently pursuing target lap times…
No point trying to go flat out if you’ve gaffer-taped a load of gubbins over all that artfully honed aerodynamics – especially when the lap time in question is being chased at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.
Porsche has again confirmed it’s targeting a 7 minute 22 full lap with the 918 – that’s eight seconds faster than the Carrera GT, its last true supercar effort. Perhaps that’s not surprising, though, since the 918 boasts a 770hp maximum if all the systems are cued up together.
Which is to say not only the 570hp race-derived V8, but also both electric motors – one at the front and one at the back – which all conspire to deliver a promise of extraordinary efficiency as well as lightning performance and four-wheel drive.
This means a sub 3-second 0-62mph time and 202mph+ top speed, but also combined CO2 emissions of just 70g/km and claimed fuel economy capability of over 94mpg. Don’t expect to achieve all of this at once.
The electric-only range is set to be around 15 miles – which utterly whips most conventional hybrids let alone anything else in the supercar stratosphere – and the 918 is also intending to top 93mph in this mode.
Just 918 examples are to be made.
Speaking of hybrid supercars, Ferrari’s KERS-equipped Enzo replacement is also due to make an appearance any moment now.
To see more pictures of the 918 Spyder in Martini Colours – click on over to the MSN Cars Inside Track blog now.
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