6:57, I remember reading that time with my jaw to the floor. The under seven minute lap time of the Nürburgring was recorded by the Porsche 918 Spyder. Back in 2013 it seemed like that production car record would stand forever (with only the McLaren P1 getting close to it).
But just a few years later and that time is no longer indestructible. Back in 2013 it took nearly 900 horsepower to provide that lap time, but it was just bested by the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS with a comparatively low 520 horsepower.
So, is the Porsche 918 Spyder still insanely fast?
Porsche has made some of the best sounding vehicles ever. The early cars had a unique sound thanks to the use of air cooling and the boxer engine. More recently they have also made some good sounding V8’s as well as water cooled boxer engines .
For most of us owning a Porsche 918 Spyder would be a dream come true. The hybrid supercar is an important technical achievement. It is the fastest production car to lap the Nurburgring putting its 887 horsepower to good use.
The German hypercar would be the crown jewel of most of our garages with us never even thinking of selling it. With a price tag around a million dollars, it is a dream most of us won’t experience (beyond the fact that only 918 were ever built). With its low production numbers, desirability and automotive importance the 918 Spyder is a pretty safe bet for a decent investment.
Porsche and Ferrari are rivals, but how did it get to be that way? Most models are marketed to different segments, but from a performance stand point they are extremely comparable. We have made this documentary style video that covers the history of the two makes and just how they became rivals.