Exclusive: Porsche’s Mauer recalls the history of the 918 Spyder, hints about next-gen 911

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Michael Mauer Porsche Macan launch

The night before Porsche handed me the keys to its 2015 Macan to drive on both road and track, the company threw together a great dinner for the assembled media in Leipzig. Hosted in Porsche’s spaceship-shaped customer delivery center in the eastern German town, I’ll admit that I spent the bulk of my night grabbing hors d’oeuvres from passing waiters (they do a nice tuna sashimi), milling around a collection of historic and interesting vehicles on the top floor and gulping down Warsteiner.

In an era of mega car companies, the story of how the 918 came to be was really refreshing.

Before the evening was over, however, Porsche design chief Michael Mauer stopped by my table to exchange pleasantries and thank us all for coming out to drive the Macan. My fellow diners and I passed a pleasant half-hour or more picking the brain of the forthcoming Mauer, and somehow or another, the topic turned to Porsche’s newest supercar, the 918 Spyder. In an era of mega car companies (the Volkswagen Group included) and massive development teams, the story of how the 918 came to be is really refreshing.

Porsche has a series of mandates around nearly every concept car that it builds – constraints that other, larger companies might rarely have to deal with. Mauer told me that concepts out of his department must be fairly close to production-readiness (no “flights of fancy” with nothing under the hood), and must be executed by small teams on tight time budgets.

All of that was true and in play for Geneva 2010, when Porsche first showed the 918 Spyder concept car that, frankly, blew all of us away. Little did we realize, the car was the product of just a five-man design team. What’s more, the same five people were also responsible for the final design of the actual production vehicle.

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