For most Porsche fans, Walter Röhrl is instantly recognizable as the man vital to the development of some of the sports car marque’s greatest models. The rally legend, now 68, is currently the brand’s ambassador and key test driver.
Recently, he was behind the wheel of Porsche’s flagship supercar, the 918 Spyder, at Germany’s Sachsenring race track. As this video from Auto Bild reveals, Röhrl loses traction at the top of a hill and the 918 Spyder then begins to slide. He manages to straighten the car but eventually comes into contact with a barrier.
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It just goes to show that even the best of us can sometimes have stuff ups. Speaking in the video, Röhrl said it was likely some debris on the track that caused the loss in traction. Fortunately he was uninjured in the crash.
From 1993 to date, Röhrl has conducted tests in virtually every Porsche including the 918 Spyder, which just ended production after almost two years. He was driving an example fitted with the optional Weissach package, which lowers the weight of the car from 3,715 to 3,616 pounds and adds some aero upgrades. The Weissach package was fitted to the car that fellow German racer Marc Lieb drove around the Nürburgring in a record-setting time of 6:57.
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