Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Martini 918 Spyder

It's a neat trick, wrapping a new model in classic livery to ignite a bit of nostalgic passion. One might argue that the Porsche 918 Spyder doesn't really need a hook though, being the company's first plug-in hybrid, offering 570bhp from its 4.6-litre V8 as well as an extra 270bhp from its electric motors.
...but retro liveries get tongues wagging - that's why Aston Martin's Le Mans racers wear Gulf colours, and the Lotus-Renault F1 team run in JPS-esque black & gold. So, in order to draw the world's attention to their Nürburgring timed runs, Porsche have painted a 918 Spyder in classic Martini stripes, evoking the glorious victories at Le Mans in 1971 with the 917, in 1976 & '77 in the 936, and at the Targa Florio in 1973 in a 911 Carrera RSR, all in this livery.
Porsche are targetting a 'Ring lap time of under 7m 22s - a very precise estimation, that would be six seconds quicker than the Carrera GT. Should be pretty spectacular to watch. And to listen to as well - see those outlets right behind the driver's head? They're the exhausts. So, no room for silencers then.

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