Following a slew of tests on the famed Nurburgring race track in Nuremberg Germany, Porsche revealed Wednesday that a 918 prototype was able to lap all 13 miles of the iconic track in a swift 7 minutes 14 seconds. This new lap time is not only a significant improvement over the car’s prior lap time of 7 minutes 22 seconds (which was achieved during prior Nurburgring testing back in July), but it also crushes the time set by Porsche’s old Carrera GT by a whopping 18 seconds. The new lap time shows just how much progress the 918 has made during its development period.
Porsche has not revealed the identity of the driver behind the wheel of the 918 when the new lap time was logged and recorded, but the company did reveal that the car in question was equipped with a new optional “Weissach Package.” It is currently unknown what exactly the Weissach Package brings to the 918 formula but expect cars equipped with this package to feature some form of weight saving measures as well as upgraded components to enhance performance. However, tire choice may not change with this package since the record lap was completed on conventional Michelin road tires.
In a statement to Autocar, Frank Walliser head of the team developing the 918 Spyder, proudly claimed ” With a time of 7 minutes 14 seconds, the 918 Spyder has confirmed the potential of its future orientated driveline concept after just a few months of testing,” In addition to this impressive lap time, Porsche also ended speculation about how much horsepower the car’s hybrid powerplant was capable of producing by officially confirming that the 918 will arrive on dealer lots with 784 horsepower on tap from its 4.0 liter V8, which is assisted in this task by two electric motors. Stay tuned to Autosavant.com for more information on the Porsche 918 Spyder as it becomes available.