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Discussion in 'Porsche' started by Sterling Sackey, Nov 9, 2018.

  1. Jo Sta7

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    Well yes but what I meant is that it doesn’t break away like an all wheel drive car normally does. The axles can fight each other. This was reported by Whoopsie, an owner who used to post here, multiple times. Bus driver might be able to comment. Anyway, not trying to downplay the greatness of the car just making chit chat.
     
  2. Sterling Sackey

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    Sure, the tuning of the software to get the front electric motors to play well with the engine power going to the rear can't have been easy. Porsche went to the limit of what was possible at the time of development, and it resulted in a Nurburgring record, but as with any supercar there will be some character-adding quirks.

    To be honest, most of the greatest supercars of all time have at one time or another been reported to have fatal handling tendencies - it's part of the charm. :)
     
  3. Sterling Sackey

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    Chris Harris riding along in a development prototype and speaking with Walliser:



    Walliser has recently been promoted to head of the 911 line, perhaps we will see more 918-inspired tech going into that car going forward.
     
  4. FerrariF50lover

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    Looks like the market is softening 1.1 at Amelia Island. I wonder if the CGT will eventually surpass the 918 in value.
     
  5. Sterling Sackey

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    The market has retracted over the past 1-2 years, it's a slow move downwards but this is nothing new. The 918 is much rarer than the CGT in the USA especially, so I don't expect a crossing of paths any time soon, but certainly the CGT is on a more healthy market trajectory due to age and the purity of purpose, which is always appealing to enthusiasts
     
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  6. Sterling Sackey

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    Two 918 Spyders lapping at COTA

     
  7. Sterling Sackey

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    Production video & factory tour



     
  8. BusDriver

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    As you know, the 918 is not really an AWD car. The front and rear axles are not connected via a drivershaft and the car cannot redistribute power between the front and rear depending on traction like a normal AWD car. The 918 is mostly RWD (~800 hp) with a little bit of FWD (~130 hp).

    In the wet, the 918 handles like a big horsepower RWD car, but a real challenge to stay on top of the car. It all makes sense once you realize that you are driving a heavyish oversteery 10 liter mid engined car on dry track oriented tires:

    First, the normal trick of running a gear higher to reduce wheelspin doesn’t help much. Power delivery and response is like a 10 liter normally aspirated engine (max torque 944 lbft) and the car will break the rear tires loose even in higher gears - for example at 125 mph in a straight line on a damp track. Second, the standard Michelin Cup 2 tires are terrible in the wet. Third, the car is setup very oversteery - much more than say a Cayman GT4. Fourth, it is a 3600+ lb mid engined car and you better be ready to catch that tail when it steps out.

    Overall, the 918 is a much better and more natural handling car than AWD cars like an Aventador or even a Huracan. But much more intimidating than a CGT (wet or dry track).
     
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  9. Sterling Sackey

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    Proper summary!
     
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  10. joe sackey

    joe sackey Four Time F1 World Champ
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    Nice to see a real owner-enthusiast share meaningful experience!
     
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  11. Sterling Sackey

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    RS Spyder engine, the basis for the 918 Spyder unit

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  12. joe sackey

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    I wonder how many 918 owners or prospective owners know this?

    Meanwhile we heard the Sound & the Fury of this engine in @ 2008 Long Beach ALMS race

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  13. NürScud

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    I really love the RS Spyder.

    Thanks for sharing.

    :)
     
  14. Sterling Sackey

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    Australia's Motor magazine tests the 959, Carrera GT, & 918 Spyder together in July 2018.

    Some great impressions on the differences between the cars here, enjoy!

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  15. Sterling Sackey

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    Sapphire Blue car in Japan. This is one of the nicest colors of the standard palette IMO, we know a nice USA-based example available in the same hue.

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  17. Sterling Sackey

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    Yellow suits this car so well, as on the Carrera GT:

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