Sampling the creme de la creme.
Super car club Vivendi lives up to its name, inviting people to come and test drive the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder and Ferrari LaFerrari – all in one day! But this much fun comes with a heavy price tag. Taking part in the Hypercar Holy Trinity 200mph Challenge costs 7,500 pounds per person.
autovivendi.com via worldcarfans.com
Behind the wheel of a Formula E racer, Porsche 918 Spyder.
Reading tip: Formula E claims to be the next big thing in motor sports. Jeremy Taylor from British Autocar went to Florida to test if that claim holds up, by getting behind the wheel of an electric racing car. He seemed convinced!
Video tip: In this video, Porsche shows that the 918 Spyder cannot only pick up speed on the race track, but also race through the Australian Outback at speeds of up to 350 kph.
McLaren P1 vs. Porsche 918 Spyder, EV battery costs, Formula E.
Video tip: In this episode of “Head 2 Head”, the McLaren P1 goes up against the Porsche 918 Spyder. Which hypercar do you think won the race around the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca?
youtube.com via electric-vehiclenews.com
Study tip: The Stockholm Environment Institute has come to the conclusion that EV battery costs are already lower than they were expected to be in 2020. According to the researchers, a benchmark of 230 dollars per kWh could be reached as early as 2017.
cheatsheet.com, nature.com (study)
In his father’s footsteps: Nelson Piquet Jr. from China Racing has won the sixth Formula E race in Long Beach, California. It is his first win in the series. Long Beach was also the place where Piquet’s father had won his first Formula 1 race. Lucas di Grassi came in third and leads the drivers’ standings.
electriccarsreport.com, electricautosport.com, youtube.com (highlights video)
CHAdeMO adapter, Porsche 918 Spyder on ice.
Video tip 1: Norwegian Tesla driver Bjørn Nyland has bought a CHAdeMO adapter for his Model S. In a time lapse video, he demonstrates the different charging speeds using a CHAdeMO charger and filling up at a Tesla Supercharger.
youtube.com via insideevs.com
Video tip 2: Not all drivers dread the snow; quite the opposite. This video by GTspirit from Finland shows that equipped with winter tyres and spikes, the Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid super car is just as elegant drifting on ice as it is on the track.
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BMW ActiveAssist, Porsche 918 Spyder, Oregon.
Video tip I: CNet tested BMW’s ActiveAssist technology at the CES in Las Vegas. Activated by a smart watch, the i3 finds itself a space to park and can simply be called back when the driver wishes to be picked up. At the show, the whole process worked most smoothly and scratch-free.
Video tip II: Porsche has issued a video showing the assembly of a 918 Spyder at its Zuffenhausen facility. The super sports car is limited to 918 units all of which are hand-built and now sold out. Indulge!
youtube.com via autoblog.com
Reading tip: Home sweet home is what most EV drivers in Oregon seem to think as they prefer home chargers over the public fast-chargers installed as part of the taxpayer-funded EV Project. The initiators blame wrong positioning as well as mixed public-private ownership of the charging spots.
Porsche 918 Spyder vs. Koenigsegg Agera R, Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt.
Video tip: Which car wins? The Swedish hyper sports car Koenigsegg Agera R or the Porsche 918 Spyder that features an electric engine for an extra boost of power and is equipped with the Weissach package? We won´t tell – watch the video to find out.
Reading tip: Happy Birthday, Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt! Both turn four these days. Hybrid Cars has published an article looking back at what these two pioneers cars went through since December 2010.
Carbon fibre demand, Porsche 918 Spyder.
Study tip: Lux Research predicts that the demand for carbon fibre will grow an average of 13 percent per year, increasing from 36,000 tons in 2013 to 86,000 tons in 2020. A market that could then be worth 35 billion dollars.
Video tip: Take a seat and buckle up as one guy pushes his Porsche 918 Spyder to hit 325 kph on the German Autobahn – camera rolling, of course. In a short self-interview, the driver says that he is amazed how well the Porsche handles, even at such high speeds.
Simplify my ride.
X-Tomi Design gave 15 sports cars a new, simpler look. Thanks to digital retouching, we can imagine what a LaFerrari or Porsche 918 Spyder would look like in entry-level edition. But as mothers all over the world keep telling their children – it’s what’s on the inside that counts.
EVs for big and small.
2015 looks to be a great year for electric mobility and LEGO fans. The McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder and LaFerrari will all be available for the little yellow guys (and gals). And all LEGO kits include a wrench, because, well who wouldn’t want to look under the hood?
McLaren P1 vs. Porsche 918 Spyder, Nissan Skills Foundation.
Video tip: This is not a drag race! Autocar has the McLaren P1 go up against the Porsche 918 Spyder and the Ducati 1199 Superleggera. Despite a warm invitation, LaFerrari did not join the party for unknown reasons.
Reading tip: Nissan will expand the activities of its ‘Nissan Skills Foundation’ in the UK. Children can learn how a Nissan Leaf if build or get a taste of how it is to manage a F1 race team.
The Porsche 918 Spyder surely has many virtues but space is not among them. This is what two ladies and their two helpers discovered the hard way when trying to stuff their bags under the hood. In Porsche’s defense we’d like to say that part of the problem might have to do with packing abilities – or the lack of them.
Porsche 918 Spyder, Tesla Model X.
Video tip: Watch the Porsche Spyder 918 quietly take its first trip through the streets of London. Moreover, this ode to Porsche revisits the beginnings of the carmaker using energy recuperation and shows what the company is putting on the race track these days.
youtube.com via green.autoblog.com
Reading tip: After S comes X – and the latter could overtake its predecessor. We are of course talking about Tesla. This article lists the reasons as to why the Model X SUV could become the new best-seller – all without any advertising.
Odd one out.
In need for speed? Well, you got plenty of it in this video where the three super sports cars La Ferrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder (all of them hybrid), competed at the Assen Circuit in the Netherlands. They were joined in the race by the Koenigsegg Agera R.
Porsche 918 Spyder, Cadillac ELR.
Video tip I: In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, Daniel Eastman from Porsche is walking Leno through the 918 Spyder before taking it on a test drive. Surely a nice sum-up of the development and features of the plug-in hybrid supercar.
youtube.com via autoweek.com
Video tip II: The new commercial for the Cadillac ELR is definitively less provocative than the previous ‘Poolside’ clip (we reported) but it highlights the plug-in ELR as an electric car without compromise. Well, will this reignite the debate about whether the Voltec drivetrain classifies the ELR as a plug-in hybrid rather than a range-extended electric car?