Porsche has taken to the Australian outback to demonstrate the massive potential of its new 918 Spyder.
Although the 918 cannot be registered for Australian roads, Porsche has brought its new hypercar here in a promotional tour that showcases the E-Hybrid models in its Panamera and Cayenne lines.
Now, for its final trick, the 918 has taken to the derestricted stretch of the Stuart Highway in the Northern Territory.
Covering the first 25 kilometres out of Alice Springs on electric power alone (Stuttgart claims it can manage 30km at 150km/h), the 918 was then driven to a top speed of 350km/h.
Porsche says the sprint from 60 to 350km/h took just 40 seconds, aided by spotters along the route to ensure a safe (as can be) trip into hyperspace.
Achieving that, which is likely some sort of record, the only 918 to visit our shores will now shortly be shipped back to Germany.
Porsche’s 918 Spyder is driven by a petrol-electric hybrid system that sees power sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed PDK shifter by a big 4.6 litre race-bred V8 and an electric motor.
A second electric motor turns the front wheels for extra power and all-wheel traction.
The V8 engine, which is based on the racing engine found in the RS Spyder Le Mans prototype, churns out 453kW of power.
The rear electric motor produces 114kW while the front motor offers 95kW. In all, Porsche claims a system output of 661kW and a massive 1274Nm of torque.
With the full powertrain in action, the 918 will hit 100km/h in "under 2.8" seconds, but even the electric motors on their own can deliver a sprint time below seven seconds.
And the carmaker reckons fuel consumption is as low as 3.0 l/100Km.
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