Warm-Up Lap: Hand Building The Porsche 918 Spyder

As fast as Porsche 918 Spyder is, building it is every bit as slow as each hypercar is hand assembled by a team of dedicated laborers assembling it bit by expensive bit. This video could have been a lot more enthusiastic for such an exciting car, but I guess the 918 doesn’t really need anymore hyping up.

If you’re still on the fence about buying the $845,000 Porsche hypercar, a simple YouTube video probably isn’t going to sway your mind much. Not that you could get a 918 right now even if you have the hedge funds to afford it, as it’s pretty much sold out according to the automaker…maybe. Given the glacial-like pace of production though, there are likely months of backlogs to work through before the last one rolls out of the fact.

Believe it or not, it’s been almost a full five years since the 918 Spyder concept first debuted at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show. Overwhelmingly positive response encouraged the automaker to actually build a 918 production model, which Porsche revealed 2013 just before announcing its return to the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans. The 918 has been one hell of a halo car for Porsche, and it’s hard to believe it’s almost time to say goodbye to the record-setting hybrid hypercar.

But don’t cry too hard; a successor to the 918 is supposedly already approved, and Porsche is plotting an all-electric competitor to the Tesla Model S among many other planned plug-in models. The Porsche 918 Spyder may well one be considered the turning point in the automaker’s long history away from combustion engines and towards a more sustainable (and torquey) future.

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.