In a note on their yesterday (and then today in an official press release posted below) Porsche announced official lap times for the Porsche 918 Spyder. According to the post, "Sometimes, words cannot describe a feeling. But in this case, a simple figure can. Location: Nürburgring, Nordschleife. Car: Porsche 918 Spyder. Lap time: 7 minutes, 14 seconds. Equipment: Optional Weissach Package, street-legal tires. Any questions left?
For those wondering, details are light on the "Weissach Package" but we've read that it is fairly expensive (all relative when you're spending $800k+ on a car) and consists of upgraded brakes, a 6-point harness, air-conditioning delete, radio delete, and every other weight-saving measure Porsche could devise.
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In test runs on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the Porsche 918 Spyder prototype achieved a best time of just 7 minutes and 14 seconds around the 12.8 mile track. The plug-in hybrid super car has surpassed expectations and proven its dynamic driving potential nearly one year before the start of series production.
"With the time of 7:14 minutes, the 918 Spyder prototype is already proving to be a fully sustainable concept after just a few months on the road,” said Dr. Frank Walliser, head of the 918 Spyder project.
The lap time of the Porsche 918 Spyder prototype is one of the best ever recorded for a street-legal vehicle with standard tires. It is particularly impressive as it was achieved from a standing start. The 795-horsepower plug-in hybrid super sports car was equipped with production-intent Michelin street tires and the optional "Weissach" feature package, which includes measures to improve driving dynamics.