Porsche 918 Spyder and Porsche Carrera GT in Mayfair, London

The two most iconic  Porsche cars of the century are the Porsche 918 Spyder and the Carrera GT. They are of the same place and of the same time. They are both second-hand and can be found at the Mayfair Porsche dealer. You might think – what is special about this? It is extremely rare to spot a Carrera GT nowadays and even if you do spot one, it is extremely rare to spot 918 Spyder next to it.

However, things are a bit different in Mayfair, London and you see these two iconic cars side by side in the same place.

The limited run of the Carrera GT was introduced in 2002. At the same time, Mercedes-McLaren introduced the SLR, Ferrari introduced the Enzo, and Ford introduced the Ford GT. Years have passed and these cars have become a memory of the past. As they were produced in very limited quantities, it is literally very hard to spot them. However, the Carrera GT has something extra-special. When they were introduced, Ferrari and Mercedes-McLaren ignored the use of manual gearboxes, and Porsche decided to turn the manual gearbox experience into a horror movie. The ceramic clutch was designed to cope with the engine’s massive torque. Therefore, it is extremely hard to get started in the case of the Carrera GT. When you try to drive as you would with a normal manual, you stall the engine. The ceramic clutch was coupled with an auto-throttle system. So you should not apply the throttle until the car starts to roll. Therefore, the Carrera GT will be unique forever.

What about the 918 Spyder? Just one word. Emissions! The Porsche 918 Spyder only emits 70 co2/km. How is this possible? It is not the #dieselgate. It is the electric motor that does the trick. This time Porsche decided to improve the driving experience and introduced an all-wheel drive hyper car with a hybrid system. The result is the 918 Spyder, with a super low co2 emission level, and the only all-wheel drive hyper car. The rear wheels are connected to the V8 engine with an electric motor, and the front wheels are connected to a second electric motor. When the car doesn’t need the the front electric motor, it is de-clutched by the computer. Basically, Porsche has turned a hyper car into a daily car.

So, each of these cars has very unique characteristics that differentiate them from their competitors. They might be not the fastest cars, but they are certainly the most innovative.


McLaren P1 vs. Ferrari LaFerrari vs. Porsche 918 Spyder Specs

McLaren P1 vs. Ferrari LaFerrari vs. Porsche 918 Spyder. The most important question of the world! Okay, I know there are more important issues than comparing €1-million cars. But, the last time I saw this competition, there was no iPhone and Nokia was the leader of the market and Kate Upton was drinking her milk before sleeping. I mean the year, 2004! Ferrari Enzo vs. Mercedes McLaren SLR vs. Porsche Carrera GT. 
And during last one decade, we didn’t see any exciting cars like these. We had ordinary cars, except Bugatti Veyron and Pagani. As they are living on a different planet. I really love the competition between Ferrari, Porsche and McLaren. Which is my favourite? All of them :) 
But I will end up with a BMW i3, because it is cheaper to run. So, I have the words to compare these cars but, lack of the imagination to own one of them. Just compare the specs and decide which is your best.
Keep in mind, Porsche 918 Spyder is exempt from London congestion charge.

McLaren P1
Ferrari LaFerrari
Porsche 918 Spyder
6.3-lt V12
3.8-lt V6 twin turbo
Power / Torque
737 HP / 720 Nm
800 HP / 700 Nm
608 HP / 528 Nm
Electric Motor
179 HP / 260 Nm
163 HP / 270 Nm
281 HP / n/a
Total Power
916 HP / 900 Nm
963 HP / 970 Nm
887 HP / 1281 Nm
7-speed twin clutch
7-speed twin clutch
7-speed twin clutch (PDK)
Maximum rpm
> 7500
1395 kg
1255 kg
1685 kg
CO2 (No one really cares)
< 200 g/km
300 g/km
70 g/km
0-100 km/h
2.8 seconds
< 3 seconds
2.8 seconds
0-200 km/h
6.8 seconds
< 7 seconds
7.7 seconds
0-300 km/h
16.5 seconds
< 15 seconds
22 seconds
Maximum Speed
350 km/h
> 350 km/h
> 340 km/h


Photos Credits
Porsche, Ferrari, McLaren

Porsche 918 Spyder with Electric Power

Porsche 918 Spyder, this new Porsche will take the space after Carrera GT left the production. Porsche 918 Spyder is a totally new concept, unlike Carrera GT it does not run on only petrol power, Porsche 918 runs with electric power as well. There are two electric engines are placed in 918 Spyder, one in front axle (122 PS) and the other one in rear axle (108 PS) act as a hybrid and runs with petrol engine. Moreover, 4.6-lt V8 petrol engine is also present and produces 570 PS of power. The combination of electric and petrol engines deliver more than 770 PS of power to Porsche 918 with only 3lt/km of consumption level! In addition, batteries can be charged by plug-in but charging times are not announced yet. The top speed is more than 325 kph (200 mph).
918 Spyder will also feature adaptive rear-axle steering and fully adaptive aerodynamics. Rear-axle steering can be found in BMW cars today and improves the cornering and parking significantly. Adaptive aerodynamics will be similar to Bugatti Veyron’s adaptive rear spoiler; acting as an air brake and improve handling at high speed.
Porsche 918 Spyder will go into production end of September 2013 and first delivery will be before the end of 2013. Porsche will be using carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFPR) to manufacture 918 Spyder. This enables to reduce the weight significantly and improve consumption, better handling and also better safety in higher speeds. As a result of this new technologies, Porsche defines the 918 Spyder as minimum consumption and maximum of performance.
According to press release and technical information, Porsche 918 Spyder will create a path in super car segment. During 2000s; we saw Ferrari Enzo, Mercedes McLaren SLR, Porsche Carrera GT and Ford GT. Each of these cars developed and improved the meaning of super car, and in following years we will a new type of super car territory. 

Specifications of the Porsche 918 Spyder*

Body: Two-seater Spyder; carbon fibre reinforced plastics
(CFRP) monocoque interlocked with CFRP unit carrier;
two-piece Targa roof; fixed roll-over protection system.

Drivetrain: Parallel full hybrid; 4.6-litre V8 mid-engine with drysump
lubrication; hybrid module with electric motor and
decoupler; electric motor with decoupler and gear unit
on front axle; electrical system recuperation; four
cooling circuits for motors, transmission and battery;
thermal management.

Engine Power: > 570 hp (V8 engine)
~ 90 kW (hybrid module on rear axle)
~ 80 kW (electric motor on front axle)
> 770 hp (combined)

Suspension: Double-wishbone front axle; optional electro-pneumatic
lift system on front axle; electro-mechanical power
steering; multi-link rear axle with adaptive electromechanical
system for individual rear wheel steering

Brake system: High-performance hybrid brake system with adaptive
recuperation; ceramic brake discs (PCCB).

Energy supply: Lithium-ion battery with 6.8 kWh capacity (BOL
nominal), 202 kW maximum power and mainscompatible
plug-in charger.

Performance: Top speed > 325 km/h
purely electric > 150 km/h
Acceleration: 0 – 100 km/h < 3.0 s

(NEDC): Total ~ 3.0 l/100 km
CO2 emissions: Total ~ 70 g/km
Range: Purely electric > 25 km
* Provisional specifications

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