With rare exception, it nearly always feels like the world's most exciting supercars are produced too briefly, and in too small a quantity: take the legendary McLaren F1, for instance, of which only 106 were made in various configurations. But today we mourn the end of the line for the Porsche 918 Spyder, one of the first cars to prove that hybrid electric drivetrains could power unbelievably high-performance street machines. In all, 918 (get it?) were made.
The car was positioned as the spiritual successor to the equally outrageous Carrera GT, but underneath, the 918 was a unique machine indeed: it offered a total of 887 horsepower through a combination of a 4.6-liter V-8 and two electric motors. Porsche quotes 0-60 time at 2.5 seconds — that's almost unthinkably quick — and it still holds a 'Ring record for fastest lap of a street-legal car on production tires, arguably the most coveted record for any production performance vehicle.
The 918 will be missed, but Porsche promises that its technology will find its way into other models. In the meantime, if you have a million-odd dollars to spare, you might be able to find one on the market.