Chris Harris Drives the Porsche 918

It goes without saying that we are in a new era of performance cars.  A couple of months ago McLaren and Ferrari unveiled their new cars to the world, the P1 and LaFerrari.  It is already something to scream and shout about when McLaren and Ferrari make no cars, so when these two cars were announced people were sprinting down the streets with megaphones making sure the whole world was aware of the situation.

But forgotten among the frenzy was the little car company from Stuttgart.  Porsche fans and practically every other purist petrolhead who enjoys the 911 were pouring criticism over the new GT3 on internet forums throughout the globe.  However, aside from all the GT3 and Turbo talk, some may have forgotten that Porsche also has a hybrid hypercar, just as Ferrari and McLaren.

If you are an avid watcher of Chris Harris’ DRIVE videos, you may recall that Mr. Harris took a joy ride-along  near the Nurburgring in the the 918, Porsche’s insane hypercar, which assumes the place that the hallowed Carrera GT once held.  He noted how odd it was to hear absolutely nothing at certain speeds, and that once the throttle was punched, an explosion occurred in the mid-located V8 engine.  And when he finally got his hands on the steering wheel, well, nothing’s really changed.

Now for the sake of Chris Harris and all the hard work and effort he put in to making this wonderfully insightful video, I will not be putting up any specifications or include any details into this text.  What I can give you, though, is a sliver of my thoughts.

In my opinion, this car may be the better of the three hybrid hair-raisers.  While many argue that it does look better than all the cars, I am not entirely sure that it looks better than the enthralling LaFerrari.  However, from what I can tell, this car seems to have more character than the P1 and LaFerrari.  Something tells me that whenever this car gets onto the road with its competitors, it will have something that is a bit more special than the others.  Sure it is the least powerful, but what I really love is the fact that the electric motors will never interfere.  As you shall note in the video, the electric motor is always either on or off – no intermixing.

However, enough with the talking.  Enjoy the video and try to accept the fact that Chris could not drift the car out of every corner.  Oh well, it’s still cool anyways.


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