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.