The 918 Spyder’s days were always numbered — as a special-edition hypercar, the 918 Spyder was always intended to be a limited run, with each production unit even labeled with its production number to mark it. According to Porsche, only 918 units of the 918 Spyder were produced, with production coming to its planned conclusion in December 2015. It was undoubtedly an expensive vehicle to develop and produce, considering it took Porsche 21 months to churn out only 918 of them, according to Porsche Colorado Springs.
Porsche calls the 918 Spyder “a blueprint for the future,” claiming that it will use technologies developed during the production of the 918 Spyder to drive the rest of its lineup into an electric future. One of the most notable technological leaps it mentions is the plug-in hybrid drivetrain and control algorithms. The regenerative braking technology from the Spyder was also carried forward and developed for the all-electric Taycan, which can regenerate range at up to 290 kW. Compare that to Tesla’s regenerative braking, which Elektrek claims can recover energy at up to 60 kW, and you can see how development and technology from an $845,000 hypercar enhance the $86,000 production sportscar.