This hybrid sports car is of the plug-in variety, so it can be recharged overnight or as you slave away on planet cube farm. Flat out it can accelerate from zero to 100km/h in 3.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 320km/h. Driven more sedately Porsche claims fuel economy of 3L/100km and CO2 emissions of 70g/km.
The 918 Spyder seats just two passengers and the V8 petrol engine is mounted between them and the rear axle. Thanks to the floating centre console, the cabin bears an uncanny resemblance to 2004's Carerra GT supercar.
Porsche claims that 918 Spyder can do a lap of the Nurburgring Nordschleife track in less than 7:30 minutes. That's faster than the Porsche Carrera GT supercar (7:32), Koenigsegg CCR (7:34), Nissan GT-R (7:38) and Pagani Zonda S (7:44).
In terms of layout, the 3.4-litre V8 (4) drives the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (5). Also driving the wheels are two electric motors, one for the front wheels (1 and 2) and one for the rear (6 and 7). Feeding these two motors is a Lithium-ion battery pack (3).
In E-Drive mode the 918 can be driven up to 25km on electric power alone. In Hybrid mode the car will dynamically mix and match electric and petrol power, while Sports Hybrid does a similar thing but apportions more torque to the rear wheels for a sportier drive.
The central LCD screen has a Range Manager function that displays on a map what your projected range is, allowing the driver to choose how hard or soft they want to drive. The floating central column's entertainment, climate and car controls are operated via a touch-sensitive interface that's augmented by a few physical dials and buttons.