Our first ride in the Porsche 918 Spyder
Ollie Marriage meets one of the most exciting cars of the year: Porsche’s brand new hybrid
Posted: 04 Oct 2012
It takes petrol. Regular unleaded petrol, not rocket fuel, essence of nuclear fusion or any other explosively exotic high octane cocktail. This is both reassuring and a little disappointing. It's good to see that the Porsche 918 Spyder can live and breath in the same automotive atmosphere as every other car, but at the same time, you want it to be so advanced that it basically defies every Newtonian law. You want it to be an anti-gravity speed machine, an X-wing fighter of a car, so it's initially a bit disappointing to see a regular fuel nozzle jabbed into its flank.
There is a difference, though. This fuel station is in the pitlane of the Nurburgring, and Porsche is here to see how fast an unfinished prototype can travel round the Green Hell (a day later it manages a ridiculously rapid 7.14).