Brand new Porsche 918 Spyders
aren't exactly a dime a dozen and as far as we know, there
were only two confirmed 918 Spyders in Toronto, Canada as of last night. Now, there is only one. The inflamed $900,000 hybrid supercar (pictured above), was spotted roasting itself into a useless lump of carbon-fibre and 'unobtanium' at a gas station near Toronto... meeting its fiery death late last night.
There is no confirmation on what caused the fire yet, but unconfirmed witness reports say the supercar caught on fire when fuel overflowed from the pump and met the hot exhaust tubes on the mid-engined Porsche. Fact is, we don't know the official cause at this time, so we'll wait for confirmation before pinning it down to any one thing.
The exhaust system on the Porsche 918 is like no other. It's pure design magic. In order to reduce heat in the hybrid, Porsche designed the entire exhaust system to exit directly out the top the motor. This theoretically reduces the heat surrounding the lithium-ion battery and makes for some cool-ass design esthetics and we're sure, exotic performance.
The photos captured by Twitter user David Perry
shows the gorgeous exotic just moments after it burst into flames. The burnt Spyder is rumoured to be owned by Michael Wekerle. Wekerle or "Wek" is well-known to Canadians as he's a bonafide member of the CBC mega hit show, Dragons' Den. Wek is also notorious for earning the title of the "Bay Street Oracle" during his time as a hotshot Bay street rock n' roll prima donna. He's a man described as "Mick Jagger meets Warren Buffett".
If it does indeed belong to Wek, you have our utmost condolences. We wouldn't wish this upon anyone, even someone notorious for foolish drunken escapades
. Luckily, no injuries were reported and the damage was localized to 'just' the one 918 Spyder.
Check out the gallery above
(we've included some pics of the 918's exhaust system
to give you an idea of just how complex it is) and the eyewitness video of the burning Spyder, below
. We'll be sure to update you all as soon as we have more information.
Seeing any cars burned to the ground and seeing these photos reminds of how upset we were when this entire trailer full of supercars burned to the ground last year
. R.I.P., all of you gorgeous machines.