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A supercar is born: Watch the hand assembly of a Porsche 918 Spyder

Lots of car reviews like to throw around the term “well crafted,” but it isn’t too often that we get to see that craft taking place. In this video posted on YouTube, we’re treated to the sight of the men and women doing such work, assembling one of today’s most preeminent supercars: The Porsche 918 Spyder.

At the assembly plant in Zuffenhausen, Germany, a team at Porsche put together the hyper hybrid by hand. Everything from the door upholstery being fitted to the door panels to the components of the 4.6-liter V8 engine coming together is done this way.

Porsche 918 Spyder Assembly

It’s all incredibly clean as well, no dingy, grease-covered factory. Here, the white-gloved engineers combine carbon fiber shells with electric motors in a pristinely white environment. It looks like what an auto shop would be like on the Cloud City in The Empire Strikes Back.

The end result is a wonderful composition of automobile, a hybrid sports car that has 608 horsepower on tap from just its V8, which combines with two electric motors to deliver a whopping 887 hp at maximum output. The $845,000 Porsche uses all this power to launch from 0 to 60 in under three seconds, capable of climbing to speeds upwards of 211 mph.

We’ll give you this head’s up: as intriguing as the video is, there’s no music and barely any sounds in the video as the stalwart assembly personnel go about building Spyder no. 904 for some lucky car collector. We’ve found that queuing up the theme to The Office to run along side it works amazingly well.

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