While reaching the top speed of modern hypercars is not an easy task, the Australian government will let you rev your Porsche 918 Spyder’s 4.6-liter hybrid V8 to 8,900 RPM out there in the Open Speed Zone.
The Outback hides quite a vast playground. Australia’s Department of Transport had this to say about it:
A one year open speed trial commenced on 1 February 2014 on a 204 km section of the Stuart Highway north of Alice Springs to just south of Barrow Creek. From 1 September 2014 the existing open speed limit trial will include a new 72 kilometre stretch of the Highway from Barrow Creek to just south of the Ali Curung Rail Overpass. An unrestricted speed limit means you should drive at speeds that would keep yourself and other road users safe at all times.
Right. Porsche was quick enough to ship a 918 Weissach there to show us what’s it like at 217 mph, also known as 350 km/h in Australia. I guess at that speed, you just keep your fingers crossed about those kangaroos and wallabies jumping around in the area.
Job well done. Time to open a six pack of VBs and grill some meat, smoked by the 918’s top-mounted exhausts...