Porsche 918 Spyder production ends
After a 21-month production run of 918 units, the final Porsche 918 Spyder has rolled out of the automaker's assembly line in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, Germany. In addition to its striking looks and super-strong composite-intensive structure, this stunning plug-in hybrid supercar introduced numerous advanced technologies that Porsche says will definitely serve as "an important foundation for the hybrid drive of tomorrow."
The car's hybrid AWD setup that matches a 4.6-liter turbocharged V8 engine and two electric motors to make a combined 887 horsepower, full carbon fiber bodywork and adaptive aerodynamics as well as its thermal management and energy recovery systems were instrumental in developing the Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 cars that swept to a 1-2 overall finish at this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans.
With the books now officially closed on the 918 Spyder, work has begun in earnest on a successor to this iconic road-going racer. Porsche has offered a veiled could-be image of what may lie ahead when the 918's next-gen heir finally does take to the streets. If the car beneath the wrap really does represent what's to come, it appears Porsche plans to retain a similar kind of bold exterior design theme that promises to be complemented by more intense performance.
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