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Jan Koum (acquired new)
Initially shown as a concept at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show, the 918 Spyder combined classic Porsche qualities with bleeding-edge technical capability; it featured an innovative hybrid drivetrain that promised to impart otherworldly performance with low-fuel consumption and long electric range. Met with an ecstatic reception from the motoring press and enthusiasts, a production model debuted at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, with 918 examples rolling off the assembly line in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen through June 2015. Most were offered to the company’s best and most loyal customers.
Inspired by Porsche racing cars, such as the 917, 935, 906, and RS Spyder, the evocative shape of the 918 was predominantly crafted from carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) and defined by a sloped nose, hoods extending from behind the seat headrests, exhaust pipes exiting from the rear deck lid, and detachable roof panels that opened up the cabin to the elements when stowed. The driver-focused cockpit was swathed in leather, aluminum, and carbon fiber, and dominated by an ultra-modern console rising from the center that housed the majority of controls.
The 918’s monocoque chassis and subframe were made from CFRP for extreme torsional rigidity and lightweight construction. Featuring a double-wishbone axle in front and a multi-link arrangement in the rear, the suspension was complemented by Porsche’s Active Suspension Management and a rear-axle steering system that allowed more precise turning at lower speeds and enhanced stability at higher speeds.
Derived from the LMP2 RS Spyder endurance racer, the 4.6-liter V-8 uses a carbon-reinforced-polymer dry sump lubrication system. Developing 608 hp at 8,700 rpm, the V-8 works in tandem with two electric motors mounted to the front and rear axles that can recover energy through the ceramic composite disc brakes and send additional power to all four wheels. Connected to Porsche’s seven-speed Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission, the complex plug-in hybrid system combines for a maximum system output of 887 hp and 940 lbs./ft. of torque. Furthermore, the car can be run solely on electric power, with a maximum range of 19 miles.
The 918 received much acclaim for its maximum performance with minimum consumption, with Porsche providing performance figures of 0–60 mph in 2.5 seconds, 0–120 mph in 7.2 seconds, and a top speed of 217 mph. The optional $84,000 Weissach package, named after Porsche’s R & D facility, reduced weight through use of magnesium wheels, ceramic wheel bearings, lighter brakes, and titanium chassis bolts, lowering the 918’s curb mass by almost 100 pounds and helping it run a six-minute, 57-second lap at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 2013, a record for a production car.
This 918 Spyder Weissach is one of just 294 allocated for the US and was sold new to Jan Koum in July 2015 through Carlsen Porsche in Redwood City, California. Fitted with the Weissach package, this 918 is one of just seven such equipped models finished in Liquid Metal Chrome Blue – a highly vibrant $64,000 paint option that gives the surface the appearance of liquid metal – over an Onyx Black leather interior with Acid Green piping. Also specified with the front-axle lift system, lightweight bucket seats, and Burmester Surround Sound system, this example has had just one owner from new and displayed less than 40 miles on the odometer at the time of cataloguing. Maintained in Mr. Koum’s collection from new, the 918 has had its recall campaigns completed by Carlsen Porsche.
Accompanied by delivery accessories including its window sticker, books, keys, covers, battery charging kit, and CARFAX Vehicle History Report, this Porsche 918 Weissach mixes supercar capability and efficiency into a singular entity. Remaining in pristine, showroom-quality condition throughout, this remarkable Weissach package-equipped 918 offers an uncommon opportunity for the collector to purchase a delivery-mileage landmark Porsche.