Fresh from breaking the Nurburgring lap record for road-legal cars, the eagerly awaited Porsche 918 Spyder has finally entered production today at the German marque's Zuffenhausen plant.
Limited to a production run of 918 examples, the 918 Spyder costs £657,400 in the UK, though rises to £718,000 if ordered with the optional 'Weissach' performance package, which features track oriented kit such as racing seat-belts and flame-resistant upholstery, as well as additional aero attachments, a unique body wrap (in place of a paint finish) and the deletion of some interior comforts offering a small weight saving.
The 918 Spyder is amongst a new breed of hybrid petrol-electric supercars, which use their on board electrical gubbins to provide extreme performance but also astonishing official MPG and CO2 figures.
It is fitted with a 4.6-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine, developing 599bhp. This is bolstered by two electric motors that take total power to a dizzying 875bhp.
However, thanks to being able to run for short distances on electric power alone, the 919's official CO2 rating is a Toyota Prius beating 70g/km, and it will return 94mpg on the combined cycle.
If you fancy your own 918 Spyder, you'd better be quick – Porsche has said that two thirds of the production run has already been snapped up.