Oakley Design’s Porsche 918 Spyder: First Hybrid Hypercar Engine Tuning

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Even since the hybrid hypercar triumvirate hit the world last year, there has been no aftermarket developer daring enough to venture into customizing such a vehicle’s tech package. Until now* that is. The clip shows us a Porsche 918 Spyder that reportedly received just that.
According to car spotter Shmee150, who caught the Porsche on camera, Oakley Design gifted the uber-hybrid with a package dubbed 950-4. Going past the Lamborghini-inspired designation, this tells us that the 918 now delivers 950 horses.

In spite of what we see as a futile move, this seems like a reasonable amount of extra muscle, since the stock 918 Spyder deliver 880 hp. Of course, the nature of this oomph is split between petrol and electric power and we tend to belive the 608 hp internal combustion engine was the one to receive upgrades.

Still, this was no easy task, as we are talking about a naturally-aspirated 4.6-liter that already churns out 608 hp when it leaves the factory. With 132 hp per liter, this is the highest specific output of any Porsche engine that lives by the natural aspiration rules.

There’s no official word from Oakley on this, simply because this is the kind of discreet tuner that builds cars, usually for Arabian customers without bragging about it too much.

It appears that the Oakley-touched Porsche 918 Spyder was destined for a Kuwaiti customer, who took delivery of the car in London and immediately took it for a roadtrip, with Paris as the destination. This means that the thing must’ve caused quite a stir in the Eurotunnel.

*PS: we are well aware of what was supposed to be the first hybrid hypercar tech update, namely German Special Customs' work on the McLaren P1, but we haven't seen a real-world incarnation of their vision so far.

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