Porsche 918 Spyder 1/4 Mile Drag Racing Testing

April 15th, 2014

The results are in for the first real world 1/4 mile testing of the all new Porsche 918 Spyder.  Powered by a 4.6L V8 engine augmented with twin electric motors for a combined output of 887 horsepower, the 918 Spyder ended up running a 10.00 @ 143 MPH by Road & Track at a drag strip north of Austin, TX.

Even with the 125 HP electric motor powering the front wheels you can still hear quite a bit of wheel spin during the launch, with some better track prep or better tires the 918 should dip into the 9’s as the McLaren P1 did a few weeks ago when it ran 9.8 @ 149 MPH.   Of course the big differentiator here between the 918 Spyder and the McLaren P1 is the 6 MPH trap speed difference at the end of the 1/4 mile which would puts the McLaren P1 with a significant advantage.  This really isn’t surpassing given that the McLaren P1 is a good 600 pounds lighter than the 918 Spyder and has a little more power on tap at 903 HP with it’s 3.8L V8 Twin Turbo and Electric motor.

The last hybrid super car to be tested is the Ferrari La Ferrari, hopefully we’ll see some performance numbers soon, or maybe a heads up test between the P1, 918 and La Ferrari.