They call it the Holy Trinity—three of the fastest production cars in the world. The first, the McLaren P1, is already coming to Project CARS 2. It will now be joined by Porsche’s entry into the most exclusive hypercar club ever known—the 918 Spyder ….
Hypercars are hypercars, and a definition is an ephemeral as you wish it to be. But when it comes to the Holy Trinity, the specs are pretty certain—big engines mated to hybrid power, motor racing experience, legendary brands, epic performance, and a price tag somewhere near seven figures.
There are only three cars that meet the requirements of this exclusive club, and the Porsche 918 Spyder may be the best of all.
The engine on the 918 is a V8 4.6-litre mounted where an engine should be—mid-ship and ahead of the rear axle. The lump is super light, too, coming in at a slender 135KGs. The gasses from the exhaust don’t actually travel to the back of the car, either—they escape through two missile-fat exhausts just behind the seats. If you’re in the market for a quiet car, you might want to look elsewhere because when that engine hits its 9,200 red line, you’ll be struggling to be heard as you explain the titanium and aluminium engine to whomever is sitting next to you on the bucket passenger seat. Of course, given you’ll be hitting that red-line with 890hp (600 or so from the V8, and the rest from two electric motors sitting both in front and behind the cockpit), your passenger might not to listening too carefully either given their head will be crushed against the headrest with more Gs than a moonshot.
How fast is fast? Depends on who you ask, but Porsche’s numbers—always conservative—suggest 0–100kmh (62mph) in 2.5 seconds, 0-200kmh (120mph) in 7.2 seconds, 0-300kmh (190mph) in 19.9 seconds, and a top speed of 218 mph (351kmh). That’s fast, but given the first thing you’re going to do with this thing is bring it to the ’Ring, the time you’ll be aiming to beat is a 6m.57. That sub-seven minute lap achieved in 2014 is the stuff of legends; it also happens to have smashed the previous record for a production car at the ’Ring by over 14 seconds.
And then the Porsche test driver said, “I was told to take it easy.” Yes, it’s really that fast.
The 918 employs a four wheel drive system that is a little more sophisticated than the SUV you’re taking to the shops. That means that at anything over 160mph (260kmh), the four wheel drive will cease operating, and all traction will be transferred to the rear. You might want to remember that …
The four wheel drive and the electric motors do come at a price though—weight. Even with the Weissach package which was used for the ’Ring record, you’re looking at 1,700KGs. And no, getting rid of the roof panels isn’t going to make it much lighter—though it will make it even louder. That way you won’t be heard when you explain the five differing running modes including E-drive, which allows the car to be entirely electric-driven. You can get 19 kilometres with that alone. As exciting as that is, the mode you’re getting with Project CARS 2 is Race: that delivers all the power as well as a push-to-pass button that delivers even more electric power because you know 800hp just ain’t enough, right?
Now about the price of around $850,000. That’s less than a million, and there’s even more good news: you’ll also get a US tax credit of $3,600 because you’re helping save the planet with the electric motors. It’s also about half the price of the McLaren P1. Though presumably at this point you don’t care that much given you’ll get them both with Project CARS 2.
If you want a new one, you’re about two years out of luck—production started in September of 2013, and all produced models—precisely 918 units of the carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic monocoque—were sold out by December 2014.
Jump into the 918 Spyder, find a friend in a McLaren P1, get onto the scanned ’Ring coming with Project CARS 2, and you’re all set for a religious experience that will bring you to nirvana as you discover the truth that is the Holy Trinity …
The Porsche 918 Spyder will come with Project CARS 2, released in late 2017 for the PlayStation®4 system, Xbox One, and PC.