Former F1 driver Mark Webber will return to his home Grand Prix this weekend to cut laps around the Albert Park circuit in a Porsche 918 Hybrid Spyder, it has been confirmed. It will be the Australian’s first time on the Melbourne track since his final season of Formula 1 in 2013.
The Australian, who retired from F1 at the end of the 2013 season to spearhead Porsche’s LMP1 return to the World Endurance Championship, will showcase the German carmaker’s newest petrol/electric supercar for the first time in Australia.
Webber has previously demonstrated the car at Goodwood and through the streets of London.
“It’s by a long way the fastest road car I’ve driven and the mixture between electric and combustion engine gave me an experience I’ve only sampled in my Porsche 919 hybrid LMP1 car,” Webber said of his upcoming gig.
“I’m really looking forward to driving it around the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit and giving the fans an exclusive look at the 918 Spyder in Australia for the first time.”
The 918 Hybrid is powered by a combination of a 447kW V8 combustion engine, a 115kW rear-axle mounted hybrid module and a 95kW front-axle mounted electric motor. The car is capable of speeds of over 300km/h on the track, and incredibly achieves a positively fuel consumption of 3.1 litres per 100km.
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