It's power versus weight in a clash of the titans.
The Porsche 918 Spyder is arguably the least appreciated of the Holy Trinity of Hypercars, with the Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1 being loved by youngsters and keyboard warriors far more. Nevertheless, it's a stupendously fast car and it's 874-horsepower 4.6-liter V8 hybrid power plant sounds incredible. But is it light enough and quick enough to outrun a Bugatti Chiron? At a private supercar event held in Switzerland, the owner of an Acid Green 918 with the Weissach Package lined up against other uber-expensive exotics and took them on. The first was a Pagani Huayra that the AWD Porsche made quick work of, but then a Bugatti Chiron got involved.
The explosive launch of the 918, along with the instant torque provided by its hybrid components meant that the Chiron disappeared into the 918's rearview very quickly, but since this appears to be a pretty long strip, the Chiron's 1,479 horsepower start to come into play. The race seems to be fairly tight towards the end, but by the time the cars reach the braking zone, the Bug has pulled out an impressive lead over the hybrid hypercar. It seems that if the strip is long enough, power is always the answer. But what about an older Bugatti? Another 918 Spyder owner took on a one-of-a-kind Veyron L'Or Blanc too, but launch issues seemed to prevent a clean race for the Bugatti driver.
Although we do often find ourselves rooting for the underdog - even when the underdog is driving a million-dollar hypercar - there's no doubt that the Bugatti Chiron is a force to be reckoned with. That said, we love the fact that this aging five-year-old Porsche is still more than potent enough to scare the owners of modern hypercars that cost more than three times as much. Seeing videos like this also reminds us that it feels like time for Porsche to bring out another halo car, and perhaps Ferrari and McLaren are overdue to bring their own Koenigsegg fighters to the party too.