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's the exhausts exiting out the top of the car that strike you first. How the hell did Porsche get away with that? "Well, it wasn't a design decision", Frank Walliser, the man in overall charge of the 918 project, says, "The idea came about from the heat. The cooler it is in the car, in the area of the battery, the better. So if you have the hot air on top of the engine and the cool air underneath, that will benefit the battery. So we did it as a technical idea. Then we went to the studio and said the designers, ‘can we?', and they said ‘wow, that's cool'. And then we saw the rules and homologations guys and after four weeks of checking they came back and said it's not a problem. No-one has done it before and therefore there was no regulation against it."