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2015 PORSCHE 918 SPYDER: Hybrid Hypercar Hits the Auction Block

Written by Nicole Ellan James


The 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder stands as a groundbreaking hybrid hypercar, embodying a revolutionary hybrid powertrain that secures its place in the illustrious Holy Trinity alongside the McLaren P1 and Ferrari’s LaFerrari. Unveiled as a concept in 2010 and later presented in production form at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the 918 Spyder was Porsche’s highest-performing production car at the time, the culmination of the marque’s expertise in combining cutting-edge technology with the thrill of high-performance driving. Barrett-Jackson is offering bidders at the 2024 Scottsdale Auction the opportunity to take one home with No Reserve.

At the heart of the “paint-to-sample non-metallic” Acid Green Porsche 918 offered is its innovative powertrain, which blends a high-revving dry-sump 4.6-liter V8 engine, backed by a 7-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission, with two electric motors. The V8, derived from Porsche’s successful RS Spyder racing car, produces a remarkable 608 horsepower and exhales through an Iconel exhaust system that exits between the cylinder banks at the top of the engine. This combustion engine alone would make the 918 Spyder a formidable supercar, but Porsche takes it a step further by integrating two electric motors. The front axle is powered by a 154-horsepower electric motor, while a 127-horsepower electric motor is connected to the rear. It all rides on 20- and 21-inch magnesium performance wheels, a signature component of the Weissach Package with which the Spyder has been optioned.

The combination of these power sources results in a mind-boggling total output of 887 horsepower and 900 ft/lbs of torque. This hybrid setup allows the 918 Spyder to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds, reaching a top speed of 214 mph. The electric motors contribute not only to acceleration but also to efficiency, allowing the 918 Spyder to achieve an impressive fuel economy of 67 miles per gallon, according to the EPA.

The 918 Spyder features a sophisticated system that allows the driver to choose between several different driving modes, ranging from pure electric mode to a high-performance hybrid mode. According to the EPA, in E-Power mode, the car can operate solely on electric power for around 12 miles, making it suitable for short urban commutes and contributing to the car’s overall efficiency. The Hybrid mode intelligently combines the power of the combustion engine and electric motors for optimal performance and fuel efficiency. For those seeking the utmost performance, the Sport Hybrid and Race Hybrid modes unleash the full power of the 918 Spyder, utilizing the electric motors to boost acceleration and agility.

The Holy Trinity membership is underscored by the 918 Spyder’s record-setting performance on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. In 2013, the 918 Spyder lapped the iconic German track in just 6 minutes and 57 seconds, setting a new record by 14 seconds for production cars at the time. It was also the first time that any production model had lapped the track in under seven minutes. These achievements highlight the car’s exceptional handling, aerodynamics and overall performance capabilities.

The design of the 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder is a blend of aerodynamics and aesthetics. The body, surrounding a carbon-fiber monocoque, is constructed primarily from carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer, providing both strength and lightness. The design is not only functional but also striking, with distinctive features such as the upward-sweeping exhaust pipes and the active aerodynamic elements to optimize downforce and reduce drag at different speeds, such as with the rear carbon-fiber wing and diffuser. Notably, the roof panels can also be removed and stored in the front trunk of the vehicle to provide an open-air driving experience. The 918 offered is equipped with a front lift system and a stone guard.

Inside the cockpit, the 918 Spyder offers a driver-focused environment, blending luxury and performance with CXX Special Wishes options. High-quality materials, such as carbon fiber and Onyx Black leather with green piping, adorn the lightweight bucket-seat interior, creating a premium and sporty ambiance. Additionally, the seat belts and floor mats have Acid Green accents. The driver can enjoy a range of technological features, including a cutting-edge infotainment system and a digital instrument cluster that provides essential information about the car’s performance.

Production of the Porsche 918 Spyder spanned 2013 through 2015 and was limited to just 918 vehicles, adding an exclusivity factor to this already exceptional hypercar.

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Title: 2015 PORSCHE 918 SPYDER: Hybrid Hypercar Hits the Auction Block
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Gold Leaf Team Lotus: The Deal and the First Glory

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1968: A Year Like No Other

1968 can be considered as the great year of the 60s: the uprisings in Czechoslovakia against the socialist rules, the increase in intensity and scale of the Vietnam War, the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the first time that man orbited around the Moon. A troubled year for sure, but one that would cause great transformations for our society.

So what does Formula 1 have to do with it? Well, in 1968 the category also underwent one of its most profound reformulation processes, from the commercial, economic and technological aspects. We always remember that 1968 was the year in which wings and aerodynamic functions became the object of study and desire of all teams (and that at the end of the year, they already dominated the grid)

But, perhaps the most important of all the changes was the one promoted by Lotus at the beginning of the year: the insertion of master sponsorships, which caused shocks in the entire structure of motorsport. As common as this may seem today, where we see cars and teams filled with advertising and marketing, in the 60s this was almost a sin, a blatant attack on the entire institution of motorsport.

Even with the negative repercussions at the time, now we can see why Colin Chapman is considered one of the great visionaries of Formula 1, and responsible for much of what it is today. Thus, in these few lines, we are going to unfold the whys and reasons for Lotus to have changed the traditional green and yellow for red and gold, and its consequences in the team’s first victory in the new colors.

Part 1: Gold Leaf and Lotus

The end of the 1967 season did not look very auspicious for the Lotus team. Even with the successes achieved at the end of the year (the team had won the last two GPs of the season, in the United States and Mexico, in addition to the non-championship Spanish GP), Colin Chapman was concerned with the sustainability of the team, mainly due to the cohesion and professionalism, the hallmarks of the Team Lotus.

All of this depended on one simple factor: money. As the years went by, Formula 1 became a more professional, more technological and, consequently, more expensive sport. Teams no longer had the means to support themselves, and sponsors increasingly had to pay the bills. Thus, it became imperative to maintain good relations with them, so that they would want to finance the teams.

The decrease in profitability at the end of 1967 left the team’s finances on a tightrope: for the first race of the 1968 reason, in Africa, the team still had the resources to finance itself. “Desperate” might be too strong a word to describe Lotus’ situation after the 1968 South African Grand Prix, but it came pretty close to the word’s real meaning after it.

Clark's victory in the 1968 South African GP
Clark’s victory in the 1968 South African GP was a small relief to the Lotus Team_s finances. But that wasn’t enough for the long-term plans of Colin Chapman and his subordinates. Credits: Formula 1 Archives (Twitter_X)

Therefore, for Team Lotus, the number 1 task for the break between the South African GP and the Tasman Series was to find a master sponsor that could bankroll the team; in addition, it was necessary to think of a new form of disclosure, which would influence greater capital than those obtained through traditional agreements.

The opportunity arose with the loosening promoted by the FIA ​​regarding sponsorships, which occurred at the end of the 1967 season. Faced with the departure of historic sponsors (such as Esso and BP) from the category, the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile had to finally open itself to a new phase, in which motorsport advertising did not have to be exclusive related to car products; now, a new range of consumer goods began to appear in the race courses.

So, traditional brands like Shell, Goodyear and Dunlop would have to share their space with brands of cigarettes, drinks, home appliances and so many other things. And quickly for the teams, the choice for these sponsorships became an extremely attractive route: there were an infinity of

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By: Lorenzo Baer
Title: Gold Leaf Team Lotus: The Deal and the First Glory
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Eyes on the Road: Art of the Automotive Landscape

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The Petersen Automotive Museum has just debuted its newest exhibit, “Eyes on the Road: Art of the Automotive Landscape.” The display, which explores the intersection of art, the motoring environment and automotive innovation, will feature a curated selection of concept cars and artwork from iconic artists, including Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol and David Hockney.

Inspired by American motoring

“Eyes on the Road: Art of the Automotive Landscape” presents the work of artists and designers whose imaginative creations transformed the motoring environment, and the automobile, from mundane facets of daily life into subjects of wonder and beauty. The exhibit will be divided into five sections: vehicle concepts, sign language, at the pump, highways and street art.

Vehicle concepts will showcase rare, fantastical concept vehicles from the 1930s and 1950s while the sign language section will feature road signage found on cross-country roadways as interpreted by contemporary artists. The at the pump portion will focus on art pieces from pop art iconographer Ruscha and artist Vik Muniz, while the street art section will showcase work by Mr. Brainwash, Steve O’Loughlin’s “Freeway Box,” created for the exhibition, and Larry Yust’s “Third Street,” highlighting Yust’s signature photographic elevation method.

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Title: Eyes on the Road: Art of the Automotive Landscape
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SUNSHINE AND SUPERCARS: Day 3 in Florida Brings the Heat with Multiple Million-Dollar and High Six-Figure Sales

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SUNSHINE AND SUPERCARS: Day 3 in Florida Brings the Heat with Multiple Million-Dollar and High Six-Figure Sales

The sun was shining during the final day of the 2024 Palm Beach Auction and supercars proved to be the superstars of the show, producing many exciting moments with big sales with an enthusiastic audience. The last of the more than 600 incredible collector vehicles made their way across the block on Saturday, resulting in over 20 record-breaking sales.

The day’s top seller was an Alan Mann Heritage Edition 2022 Ford GT (Lot #742), setting a new world auction record with its $1,292,500 sale, followed by a 2022 Ferrari SF90 (Lot #732) with its world auction record sale of $1.1 million. The third collector car to join the seven-figure club on Super Saturday was a 2021 Ford GT Carbon Series (Lot #721) with its $1,001,000 sale.

Ford GTs continued to command the top slots at the event, with a 2019 Ford GT (Lot #764) crossing the auction block for $902,000, followed by a 2005 Ford GT (Lot #725) for $451,000 and a 2005 Ford GT Heffner Performance Twin-Turbo (Lot #745) that sold for $374,000.

Other superstars of the show that landed in Saturday’s top sales included a 2020 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ (Lot #740) for a world auction record of $698,500, a 1946 Dodge Power Wagon custom pickup (Lot #746) for $363,000 and a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette custom convertible (Lot #716) for $335,500. A 1933 Pierce-Arrow Twelve convertible sedan (Lot #723), 2024 Jeep Gladiator Custom Demon 170 pickup (Lot #748) and the 1969 Dodge Charger “Joe Dirt Daytona” movie car (Lot #749.1) each brought in winning bids of $330,000.

In addition to all the supercars on the block, the Palm Beach chapter of the Ferrari Club of America ‒ along with dozens of participants and their vehicles from South Florida’s Supercar Saturdays ‒ joined in on the final day of Barrett-Jackson fun in Florida by rallying to the event. Dozens of young automotive enthusiasts and students were also on-site as part of the Ford Youth Initiative.

Celebrities in attendance on Saturday included Vicente “The Silent Assassin” Luque, a Brazilian and American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the UFC welterweight division, who stopped by the auction to take in all the action.

The morning’s Automobilia Auction also brought some impressive sales. A spectacular Texaco Oil neon porcelain sign with animated neon (Lot #8296) from the late-1950s/early ’60s was the big winner of the day, with a final bid of $36,800. Other neons that earned a spot in the Top 5 included a large 1951 Mobil Oil porcelain Pegasus sign with animated neon (Lot #8299.1) that sold for $33,350 and a 1940s-50s American Gasoline porcelain with neon sign (Lot #8297.1) that crossed the block for $29,900. Gas pumps remained popular with bidders as well. A highlight was a 1928 Polly Gasoline Wayne Model 615 visible gas pump (Lot #8287) with its $34,500 sale, followed by a late-1950s Polly Oil fuel island with two Wayne 505 gas pumps (Lot #8283), which sold for $31,050.

Barrett-Jackson extends its heartfelt appreciation for the enthusiasm we received at our 2024 Palm Beach Auction from our incredible bidders, consignors, sponsors, exhibitors, guests and fans, along with the vibrant South Florida community. We look forward to seeing everyone at our 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction at WestWorld, October 10-13.

Enjoy the video below with highlights of the 2024 Palm Beach Auction, as well as a gallery of the best moments from the event on Saturday:

1933 Pierce-Arrow Twelve Convertible Sedan making its way to the Meguiar’s Staging Lanes.

LOT #764 – 2019 FORD GT – $902,000



Ford Youth Initiative.


Guests enjoying the collector cars on display.

Guests experiencing all the midway has to offer in Palm Beach.



LOT #721 – 2021 FORD GT CARBON SERIES – $1,001,000




LOT #740 – 2020 LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR SVJ – $698,500


LOT #732 – 2022 FERRARI SF90 SPIDER – $1,100,000

2021 Ford GT Carbon Series in the

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