Porsche 918 Spyder on 1,000km road trip to celebrate feat

By CARSIFU | 27 April 2015

LONDON: A dream drive for one Porsche enthusiast will become a reality this week when Ingo Georges Vandenberghe from Austria joins a special road trip around England and Wales in a Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid super sports car.

Ingo, 27, won the prize in a competition hosted on the Porsche Facebook page to celebrate the landmark of reaching 10 million Facebook fans worldwide. Now, he will visit a series of top cultural and motoring landmarks from the unique vantage point of the cockpit of the 918 Spyder.

At each stage on the car’s 1,000km journey, Porsche owners and enthusiasts will be invited to sign the car as a memento of its historic trip. The 918 Spyder will be joined by a Cayenne S E-Hybrid and Panamera S E-Hybrid, underlining the position of Porsche as the only premium marque offering three plug-in hybrid cars.


The 918 Spyder will drive from central London and tour through Oxford, Wales and the Cotswolds before finishing at the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone. The route has been chosen to demonstrate both the power and efficiency of Porsche E-Hybrid technology.

To encourage people to share in this special moment, the car has been specially wrapped so it can be signed at stops during the journey.

The choice of Bourton-on-the-Water as a stopping point was inspired by the Facebook contest. Fans were asked to identify the country and location of a landscape photograph, and the closest guess won the "once in a lifetime" experience.


Featuring a bespoke 608hp 4,593cc V8 petrol engine supported by a 115 kW electric motor driving the rear axle, and a 95 kW electric motor powering the front wheels, the 918 Spyder produces a total output of 887hp. This power offers the potential for acceleration from 0 to 100Kph in 2.5 secs and a top speed of 344kph. Such performance is combined with the potential to accelerate to 150kph in pure electric drive mode, and fuel economy of up to 2.5l/100km with emissions as low as 70 g/km CO2.

Built in a limited series of 918 examples priced from €781,155 (RM3mil), every example of the carbon fibre two-seater 918 Spyder has been sold.