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Jalopnik – Watch A 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach Go 218 MPH


As we’ve written about previously in these parts, Johnny Bohmer, like us, likes the cars to go fast. One of his latest runs? A 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach, that he got up to 218 mph, or a hair faster than Porsche says the car should go.

Johnny runs the cars at a runway in Merritt Island, Florida, and says that the Porsche run took place on Feb. 10, when it was mostly clear while a mild breeze blew. Johnny says the car has over 20,000 miles on it, and is owned (and driven) by a race car driver who did not want to be identified. The speed they got up to is the world’s fastest recorded speed for a 918, Johnny says.

“We were amazed at the insane launch this car performed,” Johnny says. “I mean really quick.”

Porsche says the car’s top speed is 217 mph, and released video a couple of years ago to prove it (their speedometer, you’ll quickly realize, shows the speed in kph). But car speedometers, historically speaking, have been optimistic when it comes to speed, and, indeed, Johnny says he suspects the 918’s might be unreliable as well. (Almost every car’s speedometer is unreliable at that speed, though.)

Instead, Johnny used a Garmin GPS unit to measure the quickness, in addition to someone from the International Mile Racing Association being on hand timing the 2.3-mile run. Fittingly, just 918 918s were made—and it seems they can go a little faster than advertised.