Nerd’s Eye View: LA Auto Show Part 2 – Cars & Stuff


Bucky Lasek and just about everyone else stopped dead in their tracks at the sight of the Porsche 918. Out of the trio of hyper cars coming out (918, McLaren P1, and the Ferrari TheFerrari as Jermey Clarkson refers to it), I’d take the 918 as it appears to be the most daily driver friendly. The thing can do 20 miles on pure electric and still hit 0-60 in 6.2 on pure electrons. I would never have to get gas except on the weekends. And when that gas engine kicks on… oh boy, 608hp@8500rpm out of 4.6L for an astounding 132hp/L naturally aspirated. Now, if only someone would lend me a million dollars. 
Porsche decided to buck the blue trend for efficiency and go with neon yellow/green/-ish on their emblems and brake calipers. The upper and lower vents are functional of course releasing air from the wheel well. The mounting post for the side mirror has a nice aero profile of course.
This is one butt your significant other will not mind you doing a double take over.
There is one very large flat piece of carbon fiber on the bottom of the car. It appears the central part of the diffuser extends as far forward as the rear axle line while the tunnels on each side extend even further forward for improved aero performance. The lower lateral link of the rear suspension has to poke into the tunnels on each side.
I don’t think that words are necessary here. But if you wanted some geeky insight, just think of how long it took to punch out all those hexagons from the piece of sheet metal making up the vented engine covering mesh. Or maybe it had to be laser cut due to the thinness of the material between the hexes.
Let’s face it; no hyper car has easy ingress/egress. The deep fixed bucket seats and wide side sills make it difficult. You better be fit and limber to get in and out of this thing. The ability to remove the lid on this car makes its daily driver usefulness better than the P1 and LaFerrari. I say this like I’ve sat in a P1 and LaFerrari…. Anyway, it was quite amusing watching people take turns getting in and out of the 918 with the roof off.  I can only imagine how difficult it would be with the roof on.
In case you can’t afford the full size 918, you can buy a similarly limited edition scale model.
It’ll only set you back $8500.

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