VIDEO: Special Edition Porsche 918 Spyder crashed by former World Rally Champion
Porsche has stopped the production of their hybrid supercar, the 918 Spyder. Standing by with the car’s name, the company just recently rolled out the 918th Spyder (ironically) from its factory. The 918 Spyder is a very special limited edition supercar and the second plug-in hybrid car to be offered from Porsche after the 2014 Panamera S E-Hybrid.
One man who is fortunate enough to pilot the 918 Spyder is Walter Röhrl. Röhrl is a World Rally Champion (WRC) who hails from the car-centric country, Germany. The 68-year-old is a member of the elite ‘Rally Hall of Fame’ as well. He has had the chance to race for many rally teams including the likes of BMW, Audi, Fiat, Opel, Lancia and Porsche, obviously. Röhrl has won as many as 14 WRC titles during his racing career and is presently the chief test driver for Porsche.
With only a few people getting the opportunity to pilot a supercar, even fewer are expected to crash one. However, these people are the most qualified and experienced drivers one can find and they only get into an accident on very rare occasions. Walter Röhrl had one such unfortunate day when he lost control of his all-wheel drive, Martini-liveried 918 Spyder hybrid supercar and went on to hit the side crash barriers, despite his best efforts to keep the car on the track.
After hitting the $850,000 (estimated) supercar, the driver revealed that the car might have run over something on the race track, which ultimately led him to lose control of the vehicle. The supercar is powered by a race-derived 4.6-litre V8 engine with two additional electric motors. The engine develops 608 HP and the electric motors collectively generate 279 HP, which adds up to a humongous total of 887 horses and a mind boggling 1275 Nm of torque. This rockets the Porsche 918 Spyder from 0 to 100 km/hr in just 2.8 seconds, all the way up to a top speed of over 340 km/hr. The super-fast car as a result was able to lap the holy Nürburgring circuit in a superb time of 6 minutes and 57 seconds.
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Source : AUTO BILD TV