To the uninitiated, the addition of a racing-style livery on the new Porsche 918 Spyder merely underlines the hybrid supercar’s Nürburgring credentials.
But those in the know (and we assume you’re among them) will appreciate the subtle nod to Porsche’s very own 917; a model once described as the greatest racing car in history, and one that took the Le Mans 24 Hour crown two years in a row.
Viewed as such, the addition of this livery is less a reflection of glory and more a trumpeting of intent: this car is serious on the business of performance.
Porsche has now released these lovely pictures of its upcoming halo model to let us know the first prototypes have been finished, and unlike the car we got to sit in in TG Singapore 02, sports a body. A full carbon fibre reinforced plastic monocoque. That’s good.
You should of course, know everything there is to know about the Porsche 918 Spyder, but if you need a quick recap: it’s got a 4.6-litre V8 that revs to 9,000rpm; its got two electric motors; it’s a four-wheel-drive, 770hp green machine.
Oh, and about those Nürburgring credentials? Porsche reckons it will lap the terrifyingly green and terrifyingly terrifying circuit in 7m 22secs. That’s ten whole seconds quicker than a Carrera GT. Reasonably fast, then.