It wasn’t just the looks that caused a sharp intake of breath at the time though. It’d be fair to say that nobody expected Porsche’s new halo hypercar to be a plug-in hybrid. Remember this was before we’d seen either of the other two contenders that’d subsequently make up The Holy Trinity.
At its Geneva unveiling, Porsche announced that the 918 Spyder Concept used the 3.4-litre V8 from its American Le Mans Series RS Spyder. That meant over 500bhp being sent to the rear wheels through internal combustion, added to a combined 218bhp from three electric motors driving the front wheels. It also meant a claim of 94mpg. Hmm.