Chris Harris video: Porsche 918 Spyder
"What would it be like if it weighed 1,200kg and was unencumbered by all that electric gubbins?"
I make two exceptions. The first, naturally, is the Group B rally car - as delivered earlier this year. The second is a glimpse at something so new that perhaps any kind of exposure to it, even the misery of riding pillion, might just be worthwhile.
The Porsche 918 Spyder fits into this category.
This is of course a pathetically limited view of a project that aims to find a sustainable, justifiable space for sports cars in the future. But right now, I want to drive an RS Spyder race car with number plates and no amount of lithium ion batteries seems adequate compensation.
So really I went along to see if I could get excited about a car that weighs 1,700kg.
The video covers much of the emotional response to the car, and there's some good chit-chat with project boss Frank Walliser, but the problem with reporting the technical side of the 918 is that there's just so much to cram into the space - and these bits are supposed to be a short taster for the video itself. To keep you fully informed you can download the full press pack (here in pdf form) we were supplied on the day here so you get all the numbers and stats on what is, even in the eyes of this devout flat-earther, a quite remarkable engineering project.
I like it, if it can do what is claimed then its an engineering achievement on a par with the veyron.
If this was an Aston no one would be moaning so please don't moan about it being another Porsche vid, it's not their fault that they are the most innovative company right now!
I think we're going to end up having hybrid sports cars forced upon us anyway. Frankly, the more the major sports car manufacturers of today get involved in that, the more acceptable the final products will be, in my opinion.
You had a great look on your face when he talked about the flat torque for overtaking.