The Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid hypercar might seem more at home on race tracks like the Nürburgring, but Porsche decided to take the car for a high-speed run in a more unusual location. On a stretch of road in Australia’s Northern Territory, a Porsche test driver puts his foot to the floor until the 918 Spyder hits an indicated 350 km/h, equivalent to 217 mph.
The feat is possible in part because the Northern Territory government created an “Open Speed Zone” in September 2014. On a 127-mile stretch of the Stuart Highway, the government enacted an “unrestricted” speed limit reminiscent of the delimited sections of the autobahn in the 918’s homeland. The government warns only that drivers must “drive safely, to your own capability, the capability of your vehicle, and the road conditions.”
The Porsche 918 Spyder has no problem setting a blistering speed down the long, straight Australian road. With a 4.6-liter V-8 engine producing 608 hp, plus an electric motor sending 129 hp to the front wheels and another motor sending 156 hp to the rear wheels, Porsche claims its plug-in hybrid will hit 60 mph in 2.5 seconds flat and hit a claimed maximum velocity of 214 mph (speedometer error likely accounts for the higher top speed in this video). The car also lapped the Nürburgring in just 6 minutes, 57 seconds.
If you’re hoping to get your hands on a Porsche 918 Spyder, it’s too late, as all 918 examples have already been sold. Instead, watch as this Porsche 918 Spyder flies through Australia at 217 mph — fortunately without encountering any kangaroos.