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Watch Porsche’s Hybrid Supercar Set a Nürburgring Record

• http://www.wired.com, By Damon Lavrinc

To put that in context, the Porsche 918 Spyder — which debuted in its final form today in Frankfurt — blew the current record holder away by a full 15 seconds, laying to waste the 7:12 time set by the Dodge Viper ACR in 2010. The only thing faster is an F1 car or one of the dedicated track machines that don’t even have windshields, let alone air conditioning, carpeting, and an HTML5-powered infotainment system.

As a refresher, the 918 we snagged seat time in last year has a mid-mounted 4.6-liter V8 that makes 608 horsepower on its own, while a trio of electric motors boost it by another 286 hp for a grand total of 887 ponies. That might be less than the LaFerrari’s 949 hp or the McLaren P1′s 903, but it’s also at least $150,000 cheaper with a sticker starting at $845,000.

Regardless, stop reading and start watching.
 
 

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