Weissach, Germany – Porsche 918 Spyder Prototype

DSC_0012There’s a lot of pretty little villages in rural farmland Germany and they all essentially follow the same formula. One or two main roads through the centre; a picturesque town square surrounded by a ring of ancient stone buildings, maybe with a few cobblestone streets for good measure, which is all then encircled by a buffer of more modern but distinctly Germanic looking abodes. Weissach would be no different, and indeed when you’re relaxing in the town square it feels no different, except for the fact that a Porsche 918 Spyder prototype burbling through the village is such a common occurrence it barely raises a brow. The reason for this is that built on the outskirts of Weissach is Porsche’s $200m+ R&D facility and test track, and as a result the sleepy little village is literally crawling in all manner of Porsche from dawn ’till dusk.

DSC_0001Just another Cayenne?

DSC_0002Not quite. Note how the roofline, particularly at the rear, is a lot sleeker than the current Cayenne. Those rear lights aren’t lights either – you can see how a plastic cover has been screwed over the top, with the red bits you see being a printed image of the current generation Cayenne rear lights. To my eyes at a quick glance this car seemed smaller than a Cayenne, so my tip is that this is an upcoming competitor to the Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLK. You read it here first!

DSC_0015When you venture up the hill out of town you’ll come across the Porsche complex and apart from a big car park, several office buildings and a rather large security hut, you can’t actually see much. But… if you very carefully traverse the road, there is just one point where you can get a glimpse of the test track.

DSC_0019And if you’re lucky, you might just see a 918 Spyder being put through its paces. On paper the 918 seems to be pretty well outclassed by its hybrid supercar contemporaries, the McLaren P1 and LaFerrari. But after hearing a 918 being put through its paces in person, I can say it sounds pretty damn special to me.


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  1. Tom Gilbert October 18, 2013 Reply

    Continually amazed how you come across these things Andrew! Great work.

  2. pjrebordao October 22, 2013 Reply

    The smaller brother to the Cayenne is the Macan...

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