All 918 units of the Porsche 918 Spyder has been recalled for a precautionary safety check on the vehicle’s seatbelts.
Porsche says that the original parts catalogue incorrectly swapped the locations for the screws that secure the seat belt mounts and the belt reel mounts. This may have caused the factory workers to unknowingly place the screws in the wrong position. The German car manufacturer is treating this as a safety issue and is contacting all owners of the exclusive hypercar. If the defect is found in any car, Porsche will rectify it.
“We cannot rule out the possibility that, due to the mistake in the catalog, technicians who had to work on those components might have been led to install the wrong screw in the wrong location,” Porsche said in a statement. “In that event, the function of the seat belt system could possibly be impaired in the event of an accident. To prevent this risk, the fastening screws on the seat belt mount and on the belt reel on all 918 Spyder vehicles will be checked.”
The Porsche 918 Spyder is a mid-engine hybrid hypercar that was unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. It is powered by a naturally aspirated 4.6-litre V8 engine and two electric motors. The total power output is 887 bhp and 1,280 Nm of torque. The drivetrain is mated to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission and power is sent to all four wheels. The hypercar accelerates from a standstill to a 100 kmph in 2.7 seconds and it goes on to a top speed of 340 kmph. The car returns 25.13 kms to a litre of fuel. It has a Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time of 6:57, making it one of the fastest cars on track. Only 918 units of this car have been built. It is part of the holy trinity which also includes the Ferrari LaFerrari and the McLaren P1.