Porsche 918 Spyder Shoots Flames During Dyno Test

You have to admit that there isn't anything discrete about the Porsche 918 Spyder, a hypercar that looks good and can humiliate pretty much any supercar in a straight line.
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Initially, people didn't like the idea that it was a hybrid, but they've warmed up to the idea and the huge performance benefits. The funny thing about the way it's been designed is that its race-spec 4.6-liter V8 engine produces exhaust gasses through the top, like an F1 car.

We've seen videos where guys who check out cars that aren't too loud for the track day couldn't work out where the Porsche 918's exhaust pipes were. We've also viewed plenty of exhaust sound clips, but never flames shooting out the back.

German tuning specialists PP-Performance NRW recently released this video of a black Porsche 918 being dyno-tested. Much to our surprise, you can clearly see that flames are coming out the top of the car, something that hasn't been seen before.

Normally, cars need to have a special petrol-rich map and spark plus at the end of the pipes to produce constant flames. However, you can simulate the same conditions by revving the engine for a long time, which is what we think is going on here. We've seen a similar set of flames being produced by the humble 911 Carrera in Dubai a few months ago.

So in theory, the 918 Spyder is like a limited production flamethrower that costs about $1 million (starting price is $847,000) and can reach 340 km/h (210 mph). Heck, when you get bored of shooting flames, you can drive it electrically for 12 miles (19 km).

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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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