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September 11th, 2016

The Porsche 918 Spyder is a two sided sword of a supercar. When putting the foot down, the German company’s top-of-the-line hybrid opens the taps on its 4.6-litre V8, that combined with the power from the two electric motors releases a face-disfiguring acceleration that goes from zero to 60mph (100kmph) in a mere 2.2 seconds. Keep the pedal pressed hard and the hypercar would push past 100mph (160kmph) in 4.6seconds and take about 18 seconds to hit 300kmph. And when all that monstrous performance isn’t needed, one can simply choose to cruise about in “E-Power” mode, purely on battery power.

But what if there was that ideal never-ending straight patch of road where one could keep the throttle floored, arguably while chugging down large portions of courage. Porsche recently did find one such special piece of tarmac in Australia’s desolate outback. Here there are no speed restrictions, similar to certain sections of Germany’s Autobahn. But unlike the German public road, the road in Australia’s Outback has no sign of traffic on it for miles, perfect for the ultimate high speed “Race Hybrid” run.

In the short video below, the Porsche 918 Spyder unleashes its full 887bhp of power under supervised conditions on Australia’s longest, most desolate stretch of road and tries to achieve the magic number of 350kmph on a public highway. Not only does the 918 achieve the feat, it’s accomplished in a mere 40seconds from standstill!

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