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Porsche have a track record of launching groundbreaking sports cars including the 959 and more recently the Carrera GT and, following in the footsteps of these two, Porsche introduced the production version of the 918 Spyder at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Incorporating cutting-edge hybrid technologies with track-proven Motorsport engineering, the Porsche 918 Spyder would go on to rewrite the supercar rule book with blistering performance, handling and the ability to glide silently in EV mode.
The 918 Spyder is powered by a 4,593cc, naturally-aspirated V8 which delivers 599 bhp at 8,700 rpm and this is supplemented by two electric motors delivering an additional 282bhp. One 115 kW (154 hp) electric motor drives the rear wheels in parallel with the engine and also serves as the main generator. This motor and the engine deliver power to the rear axle via a 7-speed gearbox coupled to Porsche's own PDK double-clutch system. The front 95 kW (127 hp) electric motor directly drives the front axle and an electric clutch decouples the motor when not in use. The total system delivers 652 kW (874 hp). Porsche provided official performance figures of 0-100 kph (62mph) in 2.6 seconds, 0-200 km/h (120mph) in 7.2 seconds, 0-300kph (190mph) in 19.9 seconds with a top speed of 345 kph (214mph).
Just 25% of 918 Spyders were optioned with the Weissach package offering upgrades including magnesium wheels, contributing towards a total weight saving of 41Kg, and aero updates resulting in three seconds a lap less than the standard car's time around the Nordschleife. In September 2013, a 918 fitted with the Weissach package set a Nürburgring lap time of 6:57 reducing the previous record by 14 seconds and making it the first series-production, road-legal car to break the 7-minute barrier.
We are informed that this example was delivered new to the KSA in 2015 and, at the time of cataloguing, the odometer showed just 2,500km. The Spyder is finished in brilliant white complemented by a fabulous red leather interior and lots of carbon, both inside and out. A truly fabulous example of a significant, limited production, sports car that represents a pivotal turning point in the history of performance cars.