With a base price of $845,000 (yes, that’s before any options), Porsche’s 918 Spyder hybrid supercar is certainly not an everyday cruiser that most would expect to see on their daily commute. As a matter of fact, the company is only planning on producing 918 of them this year alone worldwide.
But perhaps what the mid-engined plug-in hybrid sports car – which is powered by a normally-aspirated 4.6 liter V8 engine that develops 608 horsepower while two additional electric motors deliver an additional 279 horsepower for a combined output of 887 horsepower – is best known for is setting the new Nürburgring track record. The Nürburgring track features nearly 13 miles of race track and was built in the 1920s around a village and a medieval castle in the Eifel mountains of Germany. Between the lowest and highest points of the track there is a stomach-gurgling range of over 1000 feet of elevation difference throughout different points of the track.
Porsche announced in the Fall of 2013 that their 918 (which was fitted with the optional ‘Weissach Package’) set a lap time of just 6:57 on the Nürburgring course – which reduced the previous record by a whopping 14 seconds and made it the first production street-legal automobile to break the 7-minute barrier – hybrid car or not:
Of course, neither of these records would be possible without some world-class German automobile engineering – along with a well-designed interior and exterior details that are to be expected with a near one-million dollar price tag.
In this nearly ten-minute video, we get a behind-the-scenes look at just how much detail goes into assembling each and every one of the just 918 Porsche 918 Spyders that are to be released this year.
To find out more about the 918 Spyder, be sure to head over to Porsche’s interactive ‘micro-site’ for the automobile.