It would seem that 918 Spyder #830 has come into some dire straits lately, as it has recently shown up for auction on copart.com in less-than-pristine condition, and with a repair estimate stretching into the several hundred thousands of dollars. The odometer on the car reads a scant 92 miles, and something tells me those were 92 of the hardest miles in history. I feel bad for this poor 918 and the rotten condition it is now in, but I feel even worse for the engineers and Porsche employees who spent a few hundred hours hand-assembling this wonderfully exquisite supercar, only to have it dashed against the rocks of the real world.
No information is given as to what happened, but with the severity of the damage done to the front bumper supports, it’s safe to say that “high speeds” were involved. Damage appears mostly to the front, but rear damage and floor damage looks to be done as well. All of the glass is intact, so it wouldn’t seem that the Porsche was rolled over at all, just spun around a bit and smashed up against stuff. The front and rear bodywork all needs to be redone, clearly. Luckily, it would seem that the drivetrain of the car is, at least more or less, intact.
If I were a betting man, I’d say that this car is worth more as parts than it is as a car, and rebuilding it may not be the most sane thing done (918 parts are, reportedly, out-of-this-world expensive and there are very few shops, if any, that could do the work required to the same standard as what was accomplished at the factory). While the parts market is extremely limited, there would still be a few 918 owners that would want to have a spare engine on a stand, just in case, or for display. There are many who would like to have that pair of seats for their 911, perhaps. Heck, even the carbon tub could be hung as extremely rare wall art with an interesting story. Who knows, maybe there’s a market. What would you do with it? Restore it? Part it out? Make a really cool gaming rig for your living room? Build a 887 horsepower four-wheel drive hybrid dune buggy?
For more information, or to bid on the car yourself (assuming you have all of the proper accreditation to do so), check out copart.com for more details.