Ansel Elgort's "Baby" from the Edgar Wright film Baby Driver is the classic imperturbable action hero. Much like Steve McQueen's Frank Bullitt, Baby is a man of extremely few words. Baby Driver is also a wizard behind the wheel. In the film, Baby flings a variety of cars through Atlanta, ranging from a Subaru Impreza to a Dodge Challenger Hellcat. Nothing in the film approaches the sheer ferocity that is the 918 Spyder. In the latest Porsche Top 5, Ansel and Porsche test driver Lars Kern take us through Porsche's most recent supercar.
Still Crazy After All These Years
Five years on, the 918 Spyder is still the fastest hybrid ever to lap the Nürburgring. Though Porsche's own 911 GT2 RS has eclipsed the 918's lap time, the hybrid hypercar remains a remarkable machine. In Ansel's words "it looks classy." Compared to its contemporaries, the La Ferrari and Mclaren P1, the 918 is remarkably understated. Like the Carrera GT before it I suspect it will continue to look good for years to come. The featured car is equipped with the Weissach package. The package includes a carbon roof, and other carbon pieces to reduce overall weight by 41 kilograms.
In the video, Ansel and Lars walk through numerous aspects of the 887 horsepower hypercar. Kern demonstrate the car in a disused industrial area. Though unflappable on film, Ansel looks rather alarmed accelerating between rows of metal supports and archways with Kern at the wheel. Elgort rounds out the driving portion with some exceedingly enthusiastic donuts.
Critically, the Burmester sound system sounds terrific blasting Baby's preferred mix of classic funk tunes.