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The Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid hypercar has been involved in a “precautionary worldwide recall” over a cooling system failure risk, caused by (potentially) damaged wiring harnesses due to the result of a carbon-fibre component. Porsche has listed a total of 223 cars from the US, 76 from Germany and 28 from Switzerland – the affected cars were produced before the end of April 2015.

In a statement issued by the German carmaker, Porsche has said that “the cause was identified following a detailed examination of inquiries. Corrective measures have subsequently been taken in manufacturing.” Affected owners will be contacted directly by Porsche to bring in their cars for an examination of said wiring harness, which will then be “optimally remounted,” a process that will take half a day.

This will be the third time that the US$845,000 (RM3,052,900) hypercar is recalled after Porsche issued an earlier campaign at the end of last year over fears of the use of defective components.


Revealed as a concept in 2010, the production variant was paraded at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show before going on sale as a 2015 model year unit. Powered by a naturally-aspirated 4.6 litre V8 engine and a pair of electric motors, the Porsche 918 Spyder produces a total of 887 hp and 1,275 Nm of torque.

A seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission sends all that grunt to all four corners of the car, resulting in a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 340 km/h. A 6.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack allows for electric-only distance of up to 19 km under the EPA five-cycle tests.