It has the Weissach Package that slices off weight.
At just two years old, you might expect this Porsche 918 to be too new to attract frenzied bidding at auction. But, of the 918 examples that Porsche built of its last hypercar, it's the only one specified in Arrow Blue Paint.
In addition to the special paint, the buyer ordered this 918 Spyder with the high-performance Weissach Package. It replaced the roof, mirrors, windshield frame, and rear wing with carbon fibre components. Less sound deadening, magnesium wheels, titanium bolts, and lightweight brakes also helped shed 41kg off the standard version of the hypercar. It also has the front axle lift system and painted key.
According to RM Sotheby's, this 918 Spyder has only had a single owner, and they covered just 6,835 miles in it. The car has recently received a scheduled service, including fresh tyres and new Weissach-specific brake pads, so the it should be ready for plenty of driving this summer. At the same time, Porsche GB installed a paint protection film over the body.
The 918 Spyder let Porsche show off its capability of building a performance-oriented hybrid after toying with the idea on the 911 GT3 R Hybrid race car. The 918 has a 4.6-litre V8 sitting behind the cabin and two electric motors – one at each axle. The resulting powertrain produces a total of 874 horsepower and 944lb ft of torque. With the Weissach package, the vehicle could reach 62mph in 2.6 seconds.
This 918 Spyder will go up for auction at RM Sotheby's upcoming Villa Erba sale on May 27. The firm doesn’t offer a sale estimate.
If you’re in the market for a Porsche hypercar, then the 918 Spyder is the last of them for the time being. According to company boss Oliver Blume, the firm only plans to produce one vehicle like this every decade, and the next one won't arrive until around 2025.
Source: RM Sotheby's
Photos: Tom Gidden Courtesy of RM Sotheby's