The most sought-after Porsche hybrid ever made has finished its limited production run. The final Porsche 918 Spyder exited the assembly line in Stuttgart and is headed to the garage of its unnamed buyer.
The 918 Spyder was systematically developed to be a performance hybrid with plug-in technology. The hybrid super sports concept car made its debut at the 2010 Geneva International Motor Show where it was met with overwhelming approval. In the summer of 2010, the Supervisory Board of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG gave the green light for its production development. When the car was launched to the market in late 2013, the 918 Spyder represented a continuation of a series of super sports cars in Porsche history. The 904 Carrera GTS, the 959, the 911 GT1 and the Carrera GT were technology pioneers and stood among the ultimate sports cars of their respective decades. In 1963, for example, Porsche created a steel and polymer body for the 904 Carrera GTS that served as a prime example of how to unite stability and lightweight design. In 1986, the 959 successfully introduced an electronically-controlled all-wheel drive system to the sports car world. Ten years later, the 911 GT1 paved the way for implementing carbon-fiber technology in production vehicles. In 2003, the Carrera GT made its debut as the first production vehicle whose monocoque and subframe were made entirely of carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP).
Porsche has made it clear that this won’t be the last hybrid supercar to bear their name. The question is: what’s next?