Porsche 918 Spyder Tops 200 MPH In The Australian Outback

There aren’t many places left in the world where one can escape the all-seeing eye of government surveillance programs and speed limits. Even the famous Autobahn has had to impose restrictions on speed as cars have become faster and faster.

Yet there are still places, few and far between, where one can wring out every last horsepower from the world’s most powerful production cars. North of Alice Springs, Australia is a lone stretch of the Stuart Highway deemed the “Open Speed Zone” where drivers can go as fast as they want. This gave the owner of a Porsche 918 Spyder a chance to flex the plug-in hybrids muscle, ripping across the sun-bleached blacktop to achieve a top speed of 217 MPH/330 KPH.

That makes it one of the fastest cars on the planet, but such speeds are rarely achievable outside of closed race tracks. Texas made the news for upping its state speed limit to 85 MPH, but north of Alice Springs you can go as fast as you dare, knowing that even basic first aid could be hours away should a kangaroo or dingo cross your path. I’d hate to have to clean up that mess.

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.