The Porsche 918 Spyder production line will blow your mind – part two
After checking out
the beginnings of the Porsche 918 Spyder build process, marvel as Zuffenhausen’s petrol-electric hypercar transforms from a bare carbon monocoque into the Nordschleife record-breaking machine we have come to adore over the last year.
As production winds to a close (after last night’s announcement that the car has finally sold out) this will be one of your last chances to get this incredible behind-the-scenes look at Porsche’s entry into the hypercar ring. Enjoy:
Power unit now fitted, there is still a long way to go for this Porsche 918 Spyder as it stares down the second half of the production line.
The rear suspension assemblies are fitted first, with time and attention dedicated to the tightening of each nut.
The electric green brake callipers highlight the 918 Spyder’s regenerative braking and hybrid credentials.
Without its clothes on, the Porsche 918 Spyder is still a thing of mechanical beauty.
During our tour, we counted 17 Porsche 918 Spyders in various degrees of assembly. At around £750,000 per car, that’s £12.75 million on one room.
The interior of the 918 Spyder is now fitted, with bespoke covers used to protect the luxurious leather, carbon fibre and alcantara trimmings.
Soon, the 918 Hybrid’s carbon bucket sits, moulded specifically for this monocoque chassis, will be bolted in.
The carbon fibre body panels start to bring the 918 Spyder’s true shape to life.
This car is now having its extendable rear wing fitted, highlighting Porsche’s move towards active aerodynamic devices. The result is improved grip and lower drag in a single package.
In a car as advanced as the 918 Spyder, there are a number of electronics checks to carry out during the production process.
The Liquid Metal Silver paint on this car costs £40,000. To create brilliant depth and radiance, there are seven layers.
This Porsche 918 Spyder is undergoing its final systems checks. With myriad electronic systems, this isn’t a quick job.
Two 918 Spyders, nearly ready for their new respective owners. We’re not jealous…
Never have two outlets created so much visual and aural drama. Unless running in all-electric mode.
Hooked up to the diagnostics cables, the Porsche 918 Spyder production process is in its final stage.
The finished article. The fastest production car ever to leave Zuffenhausen…
…But soon this hall will return to the large, empty white space it once was. The 918 Spyder is now sold out and we await to see what project will grace this hall in the future.