Surely you’ll recall that bit from World History class where Australia was formed as a penal colony for Great Britain.
We think you’ll agree that there’s nothing particularly punitive about an unrestricted speed zone.
In this video, a Porsche 918 Spyder heads out to the Australian Outback – where one of these glorious open speed zones lurks – and blasts through, unconstrained by concerns for civility or local law enforcement. Flat out, this Porsche 918 Weissach reaches a top speed of 350 km/h (217 mph), which is about 10 km/h faster than the max that Top Speed had reported for the car back in 2013.
Of course, conditions out in the real world vary greatly from run to run; theoretical top speed and tested top speed are two entirely different things. In this case, the pilot also plays an important part, as the Porsche 918 Spyder in this video is driven by none other than racing great Craig Baird – one of the finest drivers in the Australian Carrera Cup.
Though no longer available for purchase, the story of the Porsche 918 Spyder is certainly far from over. It’s a story that began with breaking the 7-minute Nürburgring barrier, proceeded to validate Porsche’s performance-oriented hybrid technology in the most extreme sense, and continues to manage new firsts to this day.