The Porsche 918 Spyder Tested - CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS
The plug-in hybrid, mid-engine hypercar: The Porsche 918 Spyder. Tested by /DRIVE's Chris Harris at the Valencia circuit in the winter of 2013. The Porsche 918 Spyder has come a long way since when we first saw it at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2010. Competing against the Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1, it is the cheapest of the trio of new hypercars at a base price of $845,000. The engine weights 140 kg according to Porsche and it delivers 608 horsepower (453 kW) at 8,500 rpm and 528 N·m (389 lbf·ft) of maximum torque. This is supplemented by two electric motors delivering an additional 279 hp (208 kW) - One 154 hp electric motor drives the rear wheels in parallel with the engine and also serves as the main generator.
Chris Harris on Cars - LaFerrari v Porsche 918 v McLaren P1 at Portimao.
All three hypercars at the wonderful Portimao circuit. Each of them from the respective factories. Lap times, sliding around, smiling and then a track-battle with the legends Tiff Needell and Marino Franchitti. The very best of days. As for the tunes: Original Music by Dan Brown https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/portimao-ep/id1068125775?ls=1&app=itunes Additional Music: 'Whipped Cream Silver & Pearls' by Karin Park https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/whipped-cream-silver-pearls/id969987696?i =969987702 'Life is just a Dream' by Karin Park https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/life-is-just-a-dream/id969987696?i=969987 700 'Wild Heart' by Belle Carter (iTunes link to follow)
CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS - McLaren P1, the road and track test.
It hit 5 million views on DRIVE, but now it lives on CHOC. A trip I will never forget, and one of the greatest cars I will ever drive. A whole new thing.
Porsche 918 Spyder: a Ride In Porsche's Hybrid Hypercar - /CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS
Porsche was testing the 918 at the Nurburgring, they invited us to take a quick ride on the road, not on the track sadly. I normally hate these shotgun features, unless they involve Group B cars, but the 918 needs some understanding.