918 SPYDER REACHES END OF PRODUCTION #2015
The 918th #Porsche-918-Spyder
has rolled out of Zuffenhausen, but the car’s legacy continues…
After 21 months the final #Porsche-918
Spyder rolled off the production line in Zuffenhausen. The super sports car was always intended to be a limited edition volume of 918 units, but as build number 918 was completed the legacy of this advanced Porsche vehicle is sure to continue.
Porsche has stated that future generations of sports cars will benefit directly from innovations found on the 918 Spyder, which we can only assume means the technology in this pioneering machine is likely to filter down to the next generation of 911, and potentially far beyond. Adaptive aerodynamics and rear axle steering have already made their way into volume production sports cars, such as in the 911 Turbo models and in the 911 GT3 and 911 GT3 RS.
The 918 Spyder was systematically developed to be a performance hybrid with plug-in technology. The hybrid super sports concept car made its debut at the #2010-Geneva-International-Motor-Show
where it was met with overwhelming approval. In the summer of 2010, #Porsche
gave the green light for its production development. When the car was launched on the market in late 2013, the 918 Spyder represented a continuation of a series of super sports cars in Porsche history.
Among Porsche’s ultimate sports cars, such as the 904 Carrera GTS, the 959, the 911 GT1 and the Carrera GT, the 918 will be recorded in history as a pioneering vehicle. In 1963, for example, #Porsche-AG
created a steel and polymer body for the 904 Carrera GTS that is a prime example of how to unite stability and lightweight design. In 1986, the 959 successfully introduced an electronically-controlled all-wheel drive system to the sports car world. Ten years later, the 911 GT1 paved the way for implementing carbon fibre technology in production vehicles. In 2003, the Carrera GT made its debut as the first production vehicle whose monocoque and subframe were made entirely of carbon fibre reinforced polymer.
Like these iconic past Porsches, the 918 Spyder embodies classic Porsche virtues and sets cornerstones for the future. On the one hand, the car embodies performance, on the other, efficiency. The question is: what will replace it?