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This 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder, #449 of just 918 produced, is headed to the 2022 Scottsdale Auction with No Reserve.

 

It’s more laboratory than factory, a former paint shop retooled, repurposed and located diagonally opposite the Porsche Museum in Zuffenhausen. This is the facility where Porsche builds the 918 Spyder, a hybrid of a different sort. The color white dominates the walls, ceilings and floors, broken only by the two walls on either end and the words of Ferdinand “Ferry” Porsche written on the walls: “We are not satisfied with building a sports car that is simply sporty.”

Painted in white over Acid Green, the signature color for Porsche’s hybrid vehicles, this mantra is a reminder that this car doesn’t need to demand attention; it’s already a spectacle, a concentrated bundle of technology woven together by Porsche’s brightest minds. The car had to look great and come with unrivalled technology. What’s more, it needed to be a paragon of efficiency, a model that was forward-looking but above all realistic. It did all that and more.

“The car can do unimaginable things,” said legendary German racing champion and Porsche development driver Walter Röhrl. “I have worked on three Porsche supercars: the 959, the Carrera GT and the 918 Spyder. But the 918 is in a league of its own – it doesn’t represent further development, but rather a leap into the future.”

The 918’s unmistakable profile radiates presence, enough to captivate the eye for hours. Brimming with hypercar character yet unmistakably Porsche, even when stationary the curves and contours make it look as if it was tearing through the air at full tilt. And tear through the air it does. In 2013, the 918 blitzed the 7-minute mark around 13-mile Nürburgring Nordschleife, rounding all 154 corners in 6:57 seconds and setting the automotive publishing world ablaze. The hybrid hypercar had arrived.

Using technology from Porsche’s motorsport division, the 918 is powered by a naturally aspirated 4.6-liter V8 engine derived from the RS Spyder LMP2 race car paired with Porsche’s 7-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. The high-revving flat-plane crank V8 bellows from the signature top-exit exhaust and produces 608hp at 8,700 rpm while working in concert with two electric motors located on both the front and rear axles. The two electric motors produce a combined 282hp, allowing the plug-in hybrid 918 to cruise in all-electric mode at no louder than a whisper. That is, until you open the taps, disappearing into the horizon as the total power output of 887hp and 944 ft/lbs of torque pins you to the carbon-fiber bucket seats and catapults you into tomorrow. So quick is Porsche’s “hybrid” that in an independent test by Car and Driver, the all-wheel drive Porsche hit a 0-60 mph time of 2.2 seconds, ripped through the quarter-mile in 9.8 seconds and reached an overall top speed just shy of 220 mph. Perhaps most astounding, the 918 will return an EPA-rated hybrid equivalent of 67 mpg.

Shedding speed is a non-issue as massive 16.1-inch carbon-ceramic brake rotors that offer the dual benefit of slowing the 3,715-pound hypercar down as well as adding a bit of charge back to the electric motors via regenerative braking. The 918 rides on magnesium wheels wrapped in sticky Michelin rubber, and the wheels measure 20×9.5 inches at the front and 21×12.5 inches at the rear.

Offered with No Reserve at the 2022 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, this 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder is #449 of only 918 produced, and one of the final 2015 918s delivered. Finished in white over a Garnet Red leather interior with silver piping, the 918 presents with 363 actual miles as of this writing. Packaged neatly in the carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque chassis are all the various and assorted luxury trimmings you’d expect from Porsche’s finest: An 11-speaker Burmester surround sound system, full interior carbon-fiber package, front-axle lift system, climate control and wonderfully theatrical “start engine” button found in race-car fashion on the steering wheel.

Developed with the ambition of being the sports car of the future, the Porsche 918 Spyder makes for a wonderful addition to any collection. This 918 sits poised, ready to devour the open road and show the winning bidder just what the future of performance can do.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: MORE THAN A HYPERCAR: The 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/2015-porsche-918-spyder-for-sale-no-reserve-2022-scottsdale-auction/
Published Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2021 16:14:34 +0000

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2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview

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The 29th annual Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, powered by O’Gara Coach, will bring a full day of free family fun to Beverly Hills on Sunday, June 16. This year’s Father’s Day car show will feature 100 rare and iconic vehicles, great food and plenty of entertainment. The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, which will take place between Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., is one of the area’s most beloved annual events. Here’s a glimpse at what you can expect to see on California’s most iconic street:

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Show-stopping cars

This year’s event will host a special celebration of hypercars, supercars, race cars, classics and custom-built showstoppers. Provided by exclusive private collections, passionate car enthusiasts and even some of the world’s most recognized manufacturers, this has become one of the country’s preeminent luxury car shows.

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Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Chairman Bruce Meyer, Beverly Hills Mayor Lester Friedman, Rodeo Drive Committee President Kay Monica Rose and renowned car buff Jay Leno will present trophies to 12 award-winning entrants—from “Most Elegant” to “Best in Show”—on the main stage starting at noon.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: 2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/2024-rodeo-drive-concours-delegance-preview/
Published Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2024 17:10:18 +0000

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Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more

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The latest café racers, flat trackers, and electric scooters.
We kick things off with a feel-good story of a botched Ducati 996 custom job, rescued by a talented garage builder. Then we look at a dazzling Yamaha SR500 flat tracker from 20-year-old Moritz Bree, a dustbin-faired Honda Dax from K-Speed, and a BMW CE 04 scooter from Deus ex Machina.

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Ducati 996 by Jaron Hall Most people would balk at the idea of customizing a Ducati 996, but Utah-based garage builder Jaron Hall’s work on this 996 is nothing short of noble. That’s because when Jaron got his hands on the 996, it was in dire need of saving.

The Ducati’s previous owner had tried to turn it into a scrambler, so it came to Jaron with no fairings, a hacked subframe, and a smorgasbord of sketchy parts. Working after hours (he has a marketing day job), and taking on the entire build solo, Jaron turned the mongrel 996 into a high-class Italian café racer.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-motorcycle-news-june-16-2024
Published Date: Sun, 16 Jun 2024 20:50:06 +0000

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Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s

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Of all the famous nameplates borne by Rolls-Royce motor cars since 1904, few are as celebrated, significant, evocative and enduring as the ‘Silver Ghost’. Formally launched in 1906 as the 40/50 H.P., it was the first model to be awarded the soubriquet of ‘the best car in the world’ that Rolls-Royce retains to this day, setting unmatchable standards for performance and reliability, proven in the era’s toughest road trials. It was also a stupendous commercial success, with almost 8,000 examples built in the UK and US over an 18-year period – an unimaginable product lifespan in the modern age. That so many Silver Ghosts still survive in full working order – and, indeed, regularly perform the same feats they achieved more than a century ago – is a lasting monument to Henry Royce’s engineering genius.

Early beginnings

By 1906, just three years after its foundation, Rolls-Royce was already something of a victim of its own success. Demand for its motor cars was such that its line-up had quickly expanded from the original twin-cylinder 10 H.P. to include three-cylinder 15 H.P., four-cylinder 20 H.P. and six-cylinder 30 H.P. models. Henry Royce had even produced the first ever V8 passenger motor car, known as the ‘Lega limit’ since the 3.5-litre engine was governed to keep it below the 20mph speed limit then in force in Britain – only three of these were ever made, and it remains the only Rolls-Royce model of which no examples survive. This proliferation of models reflected a trend across the luxury automotive sector, as competing manufacturers chased an ever more finely segmented client base.

However, for Rolls-Royce, it caused major manufacturing headaches, since many parts were not interchangeable between models. The problem was compounded by Henry Royce’s entirely laudable policy of continuous improvement; his constant adjustments and refinements went all the way down to the smallest components. This created variations between – and even within – production series, to the extent that often only a handful of individual motor cars would be entirely identical.

Simplify Production

As with almost any manufacturing process, more complexity and variability meant increased costs. This was anathema to the highly astute, commercially driven Managing Director, Claude Johnson. Having decided radical change was needed, he proposed the marque should focus all its energies on producing just one model. Charles Rolls enthusiastically agreed, but insisted it should be positioned at the top end of the market, where Rolls-Royce was already gaining a reputation as the very best motor car available. Though a ruthless perfectionist and tireless innovator, Royce was also a pragmatist. He saw the logic of his colleagues’ single-model approach and duly produced a completely new motor car, the 40/50 H.P.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/rolls-royce-silver-ghost/
Published Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2024 23:23:29 +0000

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