May want to put off those track days for a little while.
The 887 horsepower Porsche 918 Spyder its the portliest of the hybrid hypercar trinity, weighing in at 3,750 pounds when the box for the slimming Weissach package isn’t ticked off. Despite its mass, it still laps the race track in a blistering time, forcing its competitors, the Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1, into an all out blitz to keep up. This is due in no small part to its track-tuned suspension which, as we’re beginning to learn, may be having a bit of an issue staying together.
Back in 2014, Porsche recalled five 918 Spyders for issues concerning the rear control arm, which could break under racing conditions, a scenario in which the 918 should find itself frequently. Months later, Porsche recalled the hypercar again to fix a problem stemming from improperly made axles, and then in 2016, the track monster was recalled again to repair seat belts that could fail during a crash. We’re not millionaires but if we had spent nearly seven figures on a car, we’d be disappointed to think that the manufacturer didn’t get it right the first time. However, we’re still thankful that Porsche doesn’t ignore potentially deadly issues to save money like GM does.
In that spirit, Stuttgart’s fastest have just issued another recall for the 918 Spyder’s suspension. The issue concerns the lower control arms, which could crack at the ball joint and encumber handling to negatively affect lap times at best or send the 918 careening into a wall at worst. The recall affects 306 of the 918 918s that Porsche built, specifically those built between November 6th, 2013 until July 27th, 2015. We can expect exactly a third of the hypercar’s owners to be disgruntled when the recall notices come, but fortunately those that can afford the 918 likely have a solid car collection from which they can procure a replacement vehicle (such a hard life).
Porsche hasn’t sent out the notices yet, so if your 918 was built between the above mentioned dates, it may be best to relegate the hypercar to garage queen status until the fix takes place. If not, at least make sure your Porsche got the seatbelt fix in case things make a turn for the worst.