Porsche 918 successor aims to achieve 6:30 around the Nurburgring
Some cars are born in the pursuit of achieving a certain top speed or acceleration statistic. Some dare to deliver those outdated and often forgotten indulgences known as fun and enjoyment. For Porsche however, the primary purpose they want to give to their next hypercar is the ability to lap the Nurburgring in 6 minutes 30 or less.
The news comes from BBC’s Top Gear, who interviewed Porsche Motorsport boss Frank-Steffen Walliser at the LA Auto Show. During their conversation, he mentioned the main parameter that the 918’s successor will be required to meet - a Nurburgring lap time of 6:30.
“It must achieve a 6:30 at the Nurburgring,” Walliser said. “I don’t care about the drivetrain, 6:30 is the target. Sports cars are defined by their performance, then we have to look how to achieve it. An electric car in 6:30 is quite a challenge.”
For those graced with the ability to read between the lines, that sentence really is full of intrigue. For a start, it pretty much rules out the possibility of the next 918 being a fully electric hypercar. In fact, it may even suggest that it does away with all the hybridity completely. After all, motors only really add weight and complexity; the power they bring can be achieved through other methods, such as turbocharging.
It’s unlikely that the 918’s successor will be here any time soon. Having just unveiled the new 8th generation 911, Porsche will have their work cut out bringing the new Turbo, GT3, and plug-in hybrid to fruition over the next 3 to 4 years. If we hypothesise that the next 918 won’t arrive within that time, we can also assert that it won’t be trying to achieve a Nurburgring lap record - just merely a lap time. After all, before Porsche has chance to touch the ‘Ring’s surface with their next hypercar, Mercedes will be there with their Project One - and I personally have a sneaking suspicion that it might lap faster than 6:30.
But what do you guys think? Do you think the 918’s successor will forego hybrid propulsion? And do you think it’ll attempt to trade blows with the Project One at the Nurburgring? Let me know in the comments.
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