Sometimes it’s the little things that say so much about a supercar. Consider the $845,000 Porsche 918 Spyder’s engine cover, a seemingly innocuous afterthought whose backstory reveals how obsessive a car company can get about details.

For starters, the lid for the 918’s 4.6-liter V8 needed to fit into the car’s overall mission on a number of levels. It not only had to look stylistically consistent and work harmoniously with the surrounding bodywork, it also couldn’t weigh too much. For that reason, framing the engine with a sheet of glass (a la Ferrari) was out of the question. With twin exhaust pipes aimed upward from the 608 horspower mill, the thermal challenges of venting were also considerable… and then, there was the inevitable aesthetic challenge of not only making the cover look pretty, but also shielding the powerplant and exhaust components while delivering a visually alluring peekabo effect.

Porsche 918 Spyder: An Engine Cover Says So Much

In a recent interview with Auto Motor und Sport, Porsche CEO Matthias Müller confirmed that the company is still seriously considering a fully-electric car similar to the Boxster E prototypes of 2011, and that there’s a strong chance the next generation of Porsches will be available with electric power. Müller expects the range to be as high as 250 miles without the use of a range-extending internal combustion engine.


Your Next Porsche Might Have An Electric Motor

In a recent interview with Auto Motor und Sport, Porsche CEO Matthias Müller confirmed that the company is still seriously considering a fully-electric car similar to the Boxster E prototypes of 2011, and that there’s a strong chance the next generation of Porsches will be available with electric power. Müller expects the range to be as high as 250 miles without the use of a range-extending internal combustion engine.

Your Next Porsche Might Have An Electric Motor

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Does the world need yet another Porsche 911 variant? (Spoiler: Yes)

Does the world need yet another Porsche 911 variant? (Spoiler: Yes)

Four-wheel steering is making a comeback 

Pictured: The rear suspension of a 2014 Porsche 911

Four-wheel steering is making a comeback 

Pictured: The rear suspension of a 2014 Porsche 911

Oh man, this 1989 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet