After several years of back and forth ownership plays between VW and Porsche, Porsche has officially become part of the Volkswagen Group family. What does this mean for Porsche? Good things actually. Porsche can leverage Volkswagen Group’s large component architecture platforms, shared engineering resources and much, much more. As Dr. Winterkorn put it, “The unique Porsche brand will continue to develop successfully under Volkswagen’s multibrand strategy and proven decentralized management structure. Porsche will retain its own identity and operational independence, just like all of the other Group brands”, said Winterkorn. We see good things for the future.
So to celebrate a bit, will be providing news coverage of the Porsche brand moving forward as part of our VW Group news expansion. Hey, who doesn’t love a good Porsche sports car? To that end we present photos of the near-production Porsche 918 Spyder in one of our favorite retro race schemes, Martini Racing. The Porsche 918 will be formally introduced at the Paris Motor Show this coming September. With electric motors at the front (107hp) and rear (120hp) combined with a 4.6l mid-engine V8 gasoline engine, Porsche claims an all-in combined power figure of more than 770hp. Top speed is 202mph and 150mph running purely electric. 0-60mph should be less than 3 seconds. Porsche expects their new supercar to lap the Nürburgring in less than 7:22. With a number that specific, we suspect they know it can do at least that well.
The car pictured features the iconic Martini Racing “stripes” paint scheme. Martini was the official partner of the Porsche factory team from 1973 to 1978 and included back to back wins at the 24 Hours of LeMans in 1976 and 1977. Other Porsche models that featured this paint scheme include the 908, 917, 935, 936 and various 911 RS and RSR models. Martini brand is now owned by Bacardi and Company and Porsche has signed a new partnership agreement to create a Martini Racing paint scheme that will be available on the 918 Spyder production models. Could a Gulf paint scheme also be in the cards? We can’t wait to see.
Enjoy the photos below…