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
Of course, Porsche is a company that puts effort and attention into everything it does, but never more so than with this car. Reading between the lines, it's clear that this hybrid plug-in technology will filter down from the 918 into a broad spectrum of cars across the entire VW Group portfolio. You've got to assume that Porsche isn't paying for the 918's development alone, and that VW is chucking cash at the project to make it work properly. As Walliser says, "the biggest value of the car is what the engineers are learning every day".
It's been a steep curve. The 918 has 55 on-board computers and there are 40,000 data labels that define if the drivetrain is working correctly. If one isn't - just one of 40,000 remember - the system shuts down. Walliser admits that getting it to work has been even more complicated than the most pessimistic engineer anticipated.