It started out as just another average day…
But then, the phone rang…
I know he said other things, but all I heard was “Porsche 918”, I grabbed my camera gear and headed to his shop!
The call was from a friend of mine. He works at a local shop that specializes in vinyl wraps for cars, and they had just brought in a Porsche 918 for some customization. It was being given the “Martini treatment”. For those of you who aren’t familiar, the famous Martini Factory racing teams have been winning races with Porsche for decades. Those wins have included finishing first overall at the prestigious Targa-Florio in 1973 (after winning the race several times, Porsche named their 911 hardtop convertible “The Targa” in its honour). The Martini Porsches also won the Sports Car World Championship in 1976, took consecutive wins at Le Mans in 1976 and ’77 respectively, as well as having a previous win there in 1971. The Martini Porsches have come in many varieties over the years, from 908’s, 917’s, 935’s, 936’s, as well as many versions of the 911 RS and RSR’s. Any Porsche bearing the Martini markings has a highly esteemed pedigree behind it. Given the specs of the 918, I don’t think that’s going to be a problem.
If you’re looking to pick up one of these iconic rides for yourself, this one recently sold at the Barrett Jackson auto auction for 1.6 million, seems like money well spent to me…
- 4.6L V8 + 2 electric motors on front and rear axles
- 899 PS (887 bhp; 661 kW)
- 0–100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.5 seconds
- 0-200 km/h (120 mph) in 7.2 seconds
- A top speed of 350 km/h (217 mph)
- 1/4 mile in 9.8 seconds
- MPG-e – 3.5 L/100 km; 80 mpg gasoline equivalent