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Rain Won’t Stop This Porsche 918 Spyder From Hitting 207 MPH

Don’t try this at home.

Driving isn’t the safest thing to do when it’s raining. Even a slight drizzle could mean wet roads and wet roads mean less friction between the tires and the concrete. However, safety is something that isn’t in the vocabulary of the Porsche 918 Spyder – or at least its driver from this video.

The 918 Spyder is fast (and expensive):

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In a tire test at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds on Merritt Island, Florida, a Porsche 918 Spyder attempted to reach its top speed in a 2.7-mile runway. It would have been an easy task for the 918 Spyder. After all, it’s powered by a 600-horsepower naturally-aspirated 4.6-liter engine and two electric motors that deliver an additional 282 hp. Whether the hybrid supercar will hit its top speed on this test or not wasn’t really a question, but it’s more of how long.

However, there’s one tiny bit of a problem – it’s drizzling and the concrete has become wet. While that may mean that showtime’s over, it wasn’t the case in this video.

Even with the wet road, the guys testing the tires pushed through with the plan. The Porsche 918 Spyder was launched on green flag with all the intention to reach 217 miles per hour, it’s registered top speed. It didn’t have any problems despite the uneventful condition; it’s like the car didn’t lose any of its traction at all.

Towards the end of the straight, though, the supercar failed to do reach its registered top speed and was “only” able to do 207 mph. Still, it was an impressive run and we really think the driver here has a big pair to perform such dangerous stunt on a wet surface.

A little warning for you dear reader: please don’t try this at home. Unless you’re driving a Porsche 918 Spyder, that we guess that’s fine.

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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.

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Electric Corvette clocks 205.6 mph

Genovation Cars broke their own Electric Car World Speed Record on July 28, 2016 clocking 205.6 mph in a street-legal, electric Corvette. This video captures the excitement.