Is this the 918 Spyder successor?
Porsche has not denied plans to one day build a 918 Spyder successor, although it said it's not in any immediate rush to do so. Still, it's hard to imagine the German automaker not doing a new hypercar eventually. The 918, after all, ended in production in 2015 after just 918 examples were built. Isn't it about time to start making some successor plans? We certainly think so, and it appears that's exactly what's happening.
Dutch news site Autovisie has uncovered what could be patent images for Porsche's next hypercar and they look awfully like last year's 917 Concept, also pictured here. Although Porsche claimed this concept was really more of a tribute to the 917 race car that dominated the 24 Hours of Le Mans during its day, it could also have been an early preview of what's to come.
These patent images bear a striking resemblance to the concept, which lacked many specific design details. And that's where the leaked images prove immensely interesting. Production-ready details are clearly visible, such as numerous aerodynamic elements including air openings in the front bumper and side splitters. The headlights also matches current design language seen on the Porsche Taycan, for example. What's particularly interesting is there appears to be only one seat up front.
Out back is a large spoiler with multiple openings for aerodynamics and cooling. Another key detail is that the two exhaust pipes are stationed in the middle directly above the rear bumper. Why is this vital? Because it indicates the hypercar features internal combustion, although it'll surely be a plug-in hybrid.
The top angle proves this as well with a slightly raised black-colored section towards the rear, exactly where a combustion engine would be located for any mid-engined vehicle. The fact that it's raised allows extra air for the engine.
So, are we truly looking at Porsche's next hypercar? If so, when will it launch? What will it be called? The 919? Plenty of questions and, for now, no official answers. But give this some time. Chances are Porsche will have something official to say about the matter sooner or later.