Video: Dragon’s Den Porsche 918 Spyder Goes Up In Flames

Video: Dragon's Den Porsche 918 Spyder Goes Up In FlamesImagine your dream car going up in flames. Imagine if that dream car was a $845,000 Porsche 918 Spyder. Heartbroken wouldn’t even describe your feelings.

Well, sadly, that is what happened to Dragon’s Den star David Perry as he watched his dreams burn in front of his eyes. There was nothing he could do but watch.

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How did it happen? Too much petrol over spilled from the 918 hybrid, the heat from the exhaust ignited the fuel causing an Porsche inferno. Unfortunately the damage is beyond repair.

Watch the video below to see the Porsche 918 inferno. Heart wrenching stuff for any car lover and especially David Perry…

Source: Carhoots

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Concept To Reality: The 918 Spyder

Porsche 918 Spyder Concept

The official announcement has finally arrived: Porsche will produce the 918 Spyder in “limited series production.”

When the Porsche 918 Spyder concept was revealed just before the 2010 Geneva auto show in March, it was assumed that the car was bound for production.

At that point Porsche had never shown a concept car without putting it on the road, and Porsche suggested that this rule wouldn’t change under new VW ownership.

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Details of the car’s volume and positioning are still unknown, but we would expect the former to be very low and the latter to be very high. The 918 Spyder will be Porsche’s flagship, the brand’s attempt to set the high-water mark for dual-source power.

The 918 Spyder is a performance hybrid with four distinct driving modes and an extra, KERS-type overboost feature like that found on some F1 cars in 2009.

It is motivated by various combinations of its 500-plus-hp, 3.4-liter V-8 (derived from the RS Spyder LMP2 car) and three lithium-ion-powered electric motors—two on the front axle and one integrated into the transmission—that make a total of 218 hp.

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Interestingly, the 918 Spyder can function as both a parallel or a series hybrid, as the electric front axle can propel the car on its own, or in conjunction with the engine.

In its thriftiest mode, Porsche states a European-cycle figure of 78 mpg. In race mode, expect a top speed in the neighborhood of 200 mph and a Carrera GT–beating Nürburgring lap time of 7:30.

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Source: Car and Driver

Porsche Launches Green Hybrid Supercar

Production-ready Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche has unveiled a 72 miles per gallon hybrid supercar at Frankfurt’s International Auto Show. The car will be built in a run of no more than 918 examples, in left-hand drive only, over the next 18 months.

The 918 Spyder is powered by a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain based around a mid-mounted, naturally aspirated 4.6-litre V8 petrol engine that produces 599bhp at 8700rpm. It is supported by two electric motors, one sited up front within the front axle and another at the rear, developing a combined 282bhp at 6500rpm.

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Based around a carbonfibre monocoque, the Spyder comes clothed in composite plastic body panels and uses a bespoke chassis fashioned from aluminium, magnesium and titanium.This combination has helped Porsche achieve a kerb weight of 1634kg for the 918 Spyder in its lightest form, despite the inherent complexity and bulk of its petrol-electric hybrid powertrain and battery pack.

Removable roof panels that stow away in the nose section allow the new Porsche to be used either as a coupé or a roadster, while an optional Weissach performance package brings a series of aerodynamic tweaks. These include winglets to the bumpers for added downforce, as well as a number of lightweight components, including magnesium wheels, that combined to reduce the kerb weight by 35kg over the standard model.

Production-ready Porsche 918 Spyder

With a top speed of 198 miles per hour and the ability to go from 0 to 62 miles per hour in under three second, this new supercar does more miles to the gallon than the Toyota Prius hybrid. However, at £540,000 compared to the Prius’s £22,000, you would have to drive 1.85 million miles for the Porsche to work out as better value.

The 918 Spyder hybrid is proof that even those with the biggest buying power are still looking for either fuel efficiency or green credentials…or is it? Supercar manufacturers are being forced to adapt by the prospect of new European emissions regulations, which are designed to crack down on air pollution and make cars cheaper to run.

We’d love to know what you think – are Porsche buyers more concerned with fuel efficiency or green credentials?

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