A new Porsche hybrid will do 0-62mph in 2.6 seconds and manage a whopping 94mpg while shattering the iconic Nurburgring lap record, it was revealed yesterday.
The Porsche 918 Spyder is the fastest ever car from the German manufacturer and comes with a £715,000 price-tag.
It can be driven in entirely electric mode where it is capable of 0-62mph in 6.1 seconds or as a fully-fledged supercar where it explodes off the line.
The world’s fastest hybrid will accelerate from 0-62mph in 2.6 seconds, 0-124mph in 7.2 seconds and 0-186mph in 19.9 seconds.
And a test driver has now lapped the 20-mile Nurburgring Nordschleife in just 6 minutes 57 seconds – shattering the production car record by a whopping 14 seconds.
Dr Frank Walliser, head of the 918 Spyder project, said: “The lap time on the Nordschleife is, and remains, the toughest measure of a super sports car.
“Posting a time of 6.57 minutes, we achieved a result of which everyone in the development team – and at Porsche as a whole – is rightly proud.”
However, drive it normally and Porsche claim the 918 Spyder will do 94mpg and emit just 70g/km – making it one of the world’s greenest cars.
This is thanks to the Stuttgart firm fitting the 918 Spyder with a 4.6-litre V8 engine and electric motor which, combined, develops 875bhp.
The 918 Spyder made its global debut at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show and few last minute tweaks by engineers helped make the car quicker than Porsche was expecting.
The Porsche 918 Spyder is one of three hotly-anticipated hybrid hypercars which are entering the market.
It follows the £866,000 McLaren P1, which started appearing on UK roads in the past month and the£1 million Ferrari LaFerrari, which arrives next year.
The 918 Spyder is quicker than the McLaren to 62mph, but the British car will soon rocket past the Porsche, hitting 186mph 3.4 seconds sooner.