The Porsche 918 Spyder ‘Just Rips’ Says Factory Driver Patrick Lengthy

Driving the Porsche 918 Spyder was not what Patrick Extended expected. “It just rips,” says the Porsche factory driver, hrs following after obtaining driven the million-dollar plug-in hybrid for the first time, at Circuit of the Americas in Austin.

His pleasure was palpable.

“It’s loud, it is substantial revving, it’s like a sports auto from 20 many years ago in the sense of emotion,” he says Prolonged. “Because I considered I was going to get into it and it would be like a video game. But I did not even think about any of the technological innovation. I was just like, ‘Man, this is very good.’”

Porsche brought a group of journalist out to Austin to check the 918 Spyder. We every got 5 laps, 1 for every single of the car’s distinct drive modes, which differ the way the 2 effective electrical motors perform in conjunction with the car’s rear-mounted, high-revving V8 engine.

As Lengthy made it clear, the 918 Spyder is stunning to drive. But the genuine joyride came when he and Porsche check driver Timo Kluck, who supplied suggestions to engineers throughout the advancement of the 918 Spyder, gave sizzling lops at Circuit of the Americas.


I street shotgun with Prolonged, who just lately won the twelve Hrs of Sebring endurance race in Porsche 911 RSR with teammates Joerg Bergmeister and Michael Christensen. He and Kluck had been driving all-out, getting the cars within inches of every other in some of the turns.

To say it was a thrill wouldn’t do the encounter justice. I believe I left my soul in the paddock after we blasted from to 60 miles per hour in much less than 3 seconds.

The footage I shot of it, which you can observe under, does not really convey the euphoria of it all, but my giggling early in the video variety of does.

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