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Porsche 961, the 4WD racer
The 961 was the racing version of the 959 supercar. While the 959 rallye car was also internally called 961, publically only the circuit racer was called 961. Only one 961 was built.
The 959 Supercar
The 959 was such a quantum leap that the competitors were not capable of doing anything even close to it in terms of new technologies. It was the sports car of the future and the step into the age of intelligent cars. The 959 had electronically controlled variable four-wheel drive, electro-hydraulically adjustable ground clearance, electrically adjustable shock absorber stiffness, sequential turbocharging and tyre pressure monitoring system. The magnesium wheels had hollow spokes and the body panels were made of different lightweight materials.
992 Turbo 3.7
The 2020 Porsche 911 Turbo is a brand new old-school car. Compared to the most powerful 911, the 991 GT2 RS, the 992 Turbo S has less power, but thanks to 4-wheel-drive and 8-speed PDK the car accelerates faster from standstill. It is the fastest launching 911 ever built!
The Group 6 Porsche 936 was the successor to the 908/03 and the turbocharged 917. Despite the small 2.1-litre displacement, the engine developed more than five hundred horsepower. Imagine such a power in a ~700 kg/1540 lb car! The Porsche 936 easily dominated the 1976 World Sportscar Championship and also won at Le Mans.
The 936/77 was built only for Le Mans and won it. The engine featured a new intercooler and two turbochargers. Although difficult to spot for the untrained eye, all the body parts on the 936/77 were new compared to the 936/76.
936/78 & 936/81
Because of the new water-cooled 24-valve engine, the 936/78 came with huge NACA ducts on the sides for the radiators and a new rear end with hanging spoiler. For 1981 Le Mans, the car got a 2.65-litre engine instead of the earlier 2.1-litre unit and was now called 936/81.
The Group 5 racer based on the 911 Turbo (930) was called 935. In 1976 only Martini and Kremer racing teams got access to these cars, but between 1977-1979 Porsche produced the 935 based on the 1976 version for private teams. As a result, 935 was a superforce in racing until 1982!
935/77 biturbo 2.8 and single turbo 1.4 "Baby"
The 1977 version of the Martini-Porsche racing team 935 was a result of relaxed rules. In addition to technical modifications over the 935/76, the body was new. For example, the rear window had a new angle and mirrors were incorporated into the front fenders. The engines available were 1.4-litre "Baby" single turbo (imagine a 1.4-litre flat-6!) and a 2.85-litre biturbo (for comparison, 935/76 had a single turbo).
935/78 "Moby Dick"
Moby Dick's crazy look made it more famous than its crazily powerful engine and a single victory.
718 GTS 4.0
The 4-litre 6-cylinder version of the GTS has been introduced in addition to the earlier 2.5-litre turbo GTS. The GTS 4.0 is not a worldwide version, it is controversially made for European market where new CO2 rules say that such a high-emitting car would be charged with a penalty of 14.345 EUR if Porsche would not have hybrid and electric cars in its portfolio to balance out the pollution created by the normally-aspirated 4-litre engine. In order to save some fuel, the adaptive cylinder control switches off one cylinder bank at low loads and makes it a Porsche powered by 3 cylinders.
Macan GTS Turbo 2.9
For the Macan 95B.2 GTS, the 2.9-litre engine from the top version was detuned by 44 kW. Tech specs added to the Macan 95B.2 article.
The 911 Turbo RSR 3.0 is a racing car homologated based on the G-model 911 Turbo 3.0 aka 930. Made for the Group 4 racing, the car was internally called as 934. Naturally, with the turbocharged cars the power depended on how much you dared to raise the boost pressure, so the factory claimed 357 kW was the starting point. For comparison, the street legal 911 Turbo had 191 kW in Europe and the Turbo Carrera 180 kW in USA. So, the Turbo RSR had twice the power of the Turbo Carrera.
The long-tail 907
907 LH was the first Porsche that covered more than 4800 km at Le Mans 24 hours, pushing the average speed above 200 km/h. Imagine this achievement in 1967 with just a 2-litre normally aspirated engine, considering all the pit stops for refuelling and the driver changes! The 907 LH brought Porsche its first overall 24 hour race victory at Daytona.
907 K amazing victory at Targa Florio '68
1968 Targa Florio was another success for 907 K. Vic Elford had lost a tyre and 18 minutes on the first lap, but then compensated it with lap record speed and together with Umberto Maglioli won the race.
8-cylinder Porsche from 1962
The 804 F1 was Porsche's first 8-cylinder car and it means the flat-8 came out even before the flat-6 of the 901/911. The 804 was also the first Porsche with disc brakes. For the Italian GP in September 1962 Porsche surprisingly equipped its cars with aerodynamic parts - the wheels and suspension parts had flat covers on them.
Porsche 2nd in first Formula E race
Thanks to good driving and misfortune of others, André Lotterer managed to take unbelievable second place with the Porsche 99X Electric in the first race among the 24 drivers. Porsche's competitors are premium brands like Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi and Jaguar.
Taycan 4S and 4S+
The more affordable and lighter weight Taycans are coming in January 2020. The "4S" is a much better supplement to the model name than "Turbo". 4-wheel-drive and S-performance are perfectly understandable, while the "Turbo" leaves question marks all over the place (and it even skips saying the car has 4WD). Comparing to the Turbo version, the 4S+ is 85 kg/187 lb lighter with the same battery pack and another 80 kg/176 lb lighter with the mid-size battery pack. The smallest battery pack of the base Taycan has not been unveiled yet. The price of the Porsche Taycan is very nice, it is up to 10% cheaper than the Panamera and up to 17% more affordable than the 911. With the Taycan you show that it is not OK to pollute our home Earth. Mark Webber has called the Taycan a "game changer". It is.
Young Julien Andlauer wins Carrera Cup Germany
Before the last race, Andlauer was leading the championship with 15.5 points in front of his team mate Michael Ammermüller. In the race Andlauer made a driving mistake and finished 9th, but managed to win the championship with just 2.5 points ahead of Ammermüller.
15 years 987
Interestingly, when the 987-generation Boxster came out, it was priced 6-9% below its predecessor, the 986. The Boxster 987.1 was the first roadster in the world to secure passengers against lateral impact using head airbags. The most beautiful version was the Boxster S "RS 60 Spyder Edition".
50 years 914
Porsche needed an entry-level car to replace the 912 and Volkswagen needed a sports car to replace its Karmann Ghia, so the forces were joined to build a sports car that would be an affordable Porsche and a modern Volkswagen. As a project leader, Ferdinand Piëch had his technicians fit one of the prototypes with the 3-litre flat-8 fuel injected 16 spark plug engine from the Porsche 908 racing car. The normal versions were built with powerless 4-cylinder VW engines and with the least powerful 6-cylinder 911 engines from the previous model year. A great driver's car had to be kept from stepping on the 911's heels - the mid-engine layout meant the 914 could achieve higher cornering G-forces than the 911.
Taycan Turbo and Turbo S
The fully electric Taycan Turbo S does 0-60 mph in just 2.6 seconds which makes it even quicker than the 911 991 GT2 RS. It is the first Porsche available with animal-free interior and it doesn't burn fuel. It is a perfect family car for a responsible person who happens to be a Porsche enthusiast. Comparing the dimensions with the Panamera, the Taycan is shorter, lower and wider - the recipe for sportier.
Taycan lapped Nürburgring in 7:42
On August 26, 2019, Porsche unveiled that the Taycan had lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7 minutes and 42.34 seconds. This result placed the Taycan family sedan between the 997 GT3 3.8 and the Cayman 981 GT4 track day cars!
Ferdinand Piëch (1937-2019)
To understand the work of Ferdinand Porsche's grandson Ferdinand Piëch at Porsche, let's list the cars he is credited for: 906, 910, 907, 908, 909, 914, 917... Piëch's work at Porsche can be described as a new car or modification averagely every second month. He was the right successor to Ferry Porsche, but the history didn't allow. He then built up Audi as we know it today, ruled the Volkswagen Group, aquired Lamborghini for Audi, reincarnated the Bugatti brand and finally oversaw Volkswagen Group becoming the biggest shareholder in Porsche.
1961 Porsche 787 F1
For the 1961 F1 season Porsche created a new car called 787. It was the first Porsche with fuel injection.
1960 Porsche 718/2-05 Experimental F2
The fifth and the last of the 718/2 F2 cars, with chassis number 718/2-05 was an experimental formula racing car. It had the 718/2 chassis, but a different body. The car never got its own type number. It was a one-off car, continuous development project that later evolved into something that became the prototype for the 1961 Porsche 787 F1 car and then even for the 1962 Porsche 804 F1 car.
80 years Porsche type 64
The grandfather of the 911 and the father of the Porsche 356, the type 64 was a contract project for a customer called KdF. While the reason the car was created, is not good for marketing today, the car itself is a real jewel, a piece of art, a genius construction. Everyone can see that the type 64 shows what the Porsche production cars would look like once the engineering company decides to become a manufacturer. Ferdinand Porsche had worked for other companies for half a century before a car with his own name, the Porsche 356 was born (under his son). The type 64 was born a decade before the type 356.
The 500 kW hybrid Cayenne
The Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid has been unveiled and is available in both body styles. Check out the specs!
992 Carrera base version
Tech specs of the base version 992 Carrera have been unveiled. Still no sign of the manual transmission.
Porsche 1-2-victory at 2019 Spa 24h
In the night the race was halted for almost 6 hours due to heavy rain. The wet conditions suit the rear engined Porsche 911 GT3 R well as on slippery surface the rear engined cars have good traction. The Porsche 991.2 GT3 R cars finished 1st and 2nd.
New 935 won the Porsche GT2 Supersportscar Weekend
Held on July 26 and 27, 2019, the “Porsche Motorsport GT2 Supersportscar Weekend” was a one-off event. It saw two 30-minute races between the 700 hp Porsches (3x 935 + 12x 991 GT2 RS CS). Both races were won by Egidio Perfetti in his Mentos 935.
15 years 997
Time flies. While the 996 generation cars were too aerodynamic/smooth/futuristic in their looks, the 997 generation brought back the nice curvy wheel arches the 993 had introduced. The 997 was the last 911 designed independently by Porsche and is therefore the last 911 with its typical/classic/trademark high cockpit and roof line. 997 is also the last generation that offered 911 Turbo with manual transmission. You can imagine where the prices of the 997 Turbo 3.8 with manual transmission will go.
If you think our 997 article with 300+ photos covering all the 60+ versions of the 997 is too long and comprehensive, we have to agree.
911 RSR 4.2
A third version of the 991 RSR has been unveiled. As the name suggests, the car comes with the largest ever engine in the nine-eleven and 95% of the car is new. Although the 992 is long in production, the RSR 4.2 - that starts its career in September -, has the looks of the previous generation 911.
Porsche at Le Mans 1951-2019
In total, 814 Porsches have raced at the Le Mans 24h races
2019 Le Mans surprise victory in the GTE Am class
While the factory 911 RSRs scored 2nd and 3rd in the GTE Pro category, something remarkable happened in the GTE Am category. The GTE Am winning Ford GT was disqualified as its fuel tank could carry 0.1 litres more fuel than allowed. The second place Porsche 911 RSR #56 of Bergmeister/Lindsey/Perfetti became the 2019 Le Mans GTE Am class winner.
718 GT4 4.0
While the 718 GT4 racing car comes with a 3.8-litre engine, the street car is fitted with a 4-litre engine. It's not the GT3 engine, though.
718 Spyder 4.0
This Porsche roadster comes with a 4-litre engine and a newly designed rear silencer which creates space for a functional diffuser making the 718 Spyder the first one in the earlier Boxster and later 718 family to generate aerodynamic downforce at the rear axle.
981 Bergspyder study
In 2015, Porsche's executive board ordered Weissach engineers to design and build the lightest sports car possible based on the 981. The 981 Bergspyder became 16% lighter than the 981 Spyder and got a special 3.8-litre engine with 289 kW. It remained a one-off study.
The new 935 is available in 8 liveries: Salzburg, Martini, Sachs, Gulf, Vaillant, Momo, Interscope and JPS.
Owner story: I must be crazy
Why on earth would someone sell a perfect color combination 911 Turbo with manual transmission and buy a Cayenne instead?
FIA WEC Super Season GT champion
Porsche Motorsport secured the 2018/2019 FIA WEC Super Season GT category championship title before the last race of the season.
The 718 W-RS and 718 GTR with their 2-litre 8-cylinder normally aspirated performance engines and focus on low weight had better power-to-weight ratio than the 718 GTS and 718 GT4 today. At that time 718 was Porsche's supercar, not entry level model.
718 RS 61 LM Coupé
For the 1961 Le Mans 24h race, Porsche created two 718 RS 61 Coupés. The bodies were built by Wendler, which had supplied aluminium bodies for all Porsche spyders.
718-047 special spyder
The 718-047 was a 1961 4-cylinder special spyder that became a 1962 8-cylinder W-RS Spyder. Only a single W-RS was made. It won the European Hill Climb Championship in 1963 and 1964.
718/2 Formula 2
While the Porsche 718 RSK was also built with Formula 2 races in mind and it's steering wheel and seat could be installed in the center of the car, this was a temporary solution and a true open-wheeler called 718/2 F2 was soon created. Interestingly, the 718/2 F2 debuted at an F1 race and later also ended its career at F1.
Panamera 10 years
It was on April 19, 2009, when the first Porsche sedan, the Panamera, was presented to the world at Auto Shanghai exhibition in China. Porsche's management board had a plan already in the eighties to create a 4-door Porsche (called 989 at the time), but Ferry Porsche wasn't flattered about the idea, so it was shelved at the time.
The original 718
250+ class victories and 600+ podium finishes says it all.
9Y0-generation Cayenne is made available in addition to the station wagon (9YA) also in the Coupé form (9YB).
50 years of the almighty 917
Multiple times Le Mans, Interserie, Can-Am and International Championship for Makes winner.
35 years 962
The 956 was not safe enough to be allowed to race at IMSA events, so Porsche created the "American" version of the 956, called the 962.
2019 Porsche 911 GT3 R
2019 718 GT4 racing car
2019 Macan S
While the original Macan S and GTS (95B.1) had twin-turbo Porsche 3.0V6 engines, the 95B.2 S-version comes with a GPF-equipped single-turbo 3.0V6 Audi engine.
991 GT2 RS racing version
55 years Carrera GTS
Following the 550, 645 and the 718, the next Porsche model created for racing was the 904. The homologation rules stipulated a minimum of 100 units and as there weren’t that many potential racing customers, the solution was a street legal car.
Most powerful circuit racer ever
Porsche 917/30 bi-turbo won the Can-Am in 1973 and broke the world closed course speed record thanks to a new solution in 1975 - the intercoolers.
10 years of 987.2 Boxster and Cayman
Did you know the 2012 991 Carrera 3.4 engine is based on the 987.2 S 3.4 engine?
Nürburgring Nordschleife 6:40
13 months after the 991 GT2 RS set a new lap record for street legal cars at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, 991 GT2 RS MR (Manthey Racing) improved the record by 7 seconds. Manthey Racing is a 51% subsidiary of Porsche AG.
645 Spyder, the sad lucky story
It was a very special and beautiful prototype, the link between the 1956 550 A and the 1957 718 RSK.
Porsche type 360, the trendsetter for F1
It is 70 years of the Cisitalia Porsche type 360, which in many ways was a trendsetter for the F1. It was an extreme package with twin-supercharged 1.5-litre flat-12 mid-engine, 4 overhead camshafts, dry sump, 5-speed transmission, sequential shift, gear syncronization, 4-wheel-drive and other novelties.
2019 Panamera GTS: V8 bi-turbo
GTS versions of the Panamera 971 Sport Turismo wagon and the short wheelbase sedan will be made based on the Panamera Turbo. They will have smaller brakes and detuned engines, but will still come with 4-litre V8 bi-turbos. The sedan also gets the 3-piece moving rear spoiler of the Turbo for the first time. Check out our updated Panamera 971 article:
2018 Petit Le Mans class victory with 1998 livery
Porsche factory team entered the 2018 Petit Le Mans 10 hour race on Road Atlanta, Georgia, USA, with two 911 RSR wearing the livery Porsche used in 1998. Back in 1998, overall victory at the 24 hour race in Le Mans, France, was taken, but at Petit Le Mans one of the 911 GT1 cars went airborne because of the flaw in aerodynamics design.
The 991 Speedster goes into production
The swan-song of the 991-generation of the 911 will be made in the shape of the Speedster and in almost 2000 examples
30 years Porsche 964
45 years Porsche 911 G-model
The article includes G-model 912
55 years Porsche 901/911
The article includes 912
25 years Porsche 993
Article about the 4th generation of the 911
50 years 909
For 909, steel wasn't used at all, not even for bolts. Light non-magnetic and sometimes even exotic and dangerous metals were used to save weight literally everywhere, even by grams.
Check out the many crazy photos made at the 2018 Porsche Supercup races!
25 years Boxster concept
It had the design level and finish of a very high end car while it was presented as a very affordable future model. Customers wanted to order the car immediately.
Cayman 981 R-GT concept study
For testing purposes Porsche Motorsport has built a few FIA R-GT spec rally cars based on the Cayman 981 GT4 racing version.
The original Boxster
Full history article of the Boxster 986
Nürburgring Nordschleife record 5:19
35 years after Stefan Bellof set the Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record with the Porsche 956, Timo Bernhard managed to set a new insane record of 5:19,546 with the 919 Evo
Le Mans 2018: both GT classes won with 911
The GTE Pro and GTE Am classes were won with 911 RSR. Double victory in GTE Pro was taken with "Pink Pig" and "Rothmans" Porsches. GTE Am victory made team owner Patrick Dempsey über-proud!
Porsche Nürburgring Nordschleife lap times
Nordschleife lap times of 911, 918, Carrera GT, Panamera, Cayman
43 Porsches at the Nürburgring 24h race
The 2018 N24 was won by Manthey Racing 991.1 GT3 R
956 and 919 at the Nürburgring
Before the start of the 2018 Nürburgring 24 hour race, a 956 and a 919 Evo lapped the Ring for the pleasure of the spectators. The 956 and the 919 look really similar considering they are more than three decades apart.
Hybrids for a cleaner Earth
The environmentally friendly hybrid added to the new Cayenne line-up
991 GT3 RS + Michelin Cup 2 R = Nürburgring 6:56
Michelin Cup 2 R tyres make 991.2 GT3 RS lap the Nürburgring in 6:56 (918 Spyder did it in 6:57)
919 Evo is a 1160 hp outlaw
Porsche calls the last evolution of the 919 as Evo, but it would be more appropriate to call it 919 Outlaw as it pumps out 853 kW peak power and therefore is not legal for any racing series.
Porsche safety cars
Porsche provides 911 Turbo 3.8 safety cars for WEC incl. Le Mans
FIA WEC Super Season
The 2018/2019 FIA WEC Super Season uniquely includes 2 Le Mans 24h races! In addition to 4 factory team 991.2 RSR, customer teams will also use the mid-engined 911 RSR for the first time.
50 years of Porsche 908
Ferdinand Piëch's brainchild, the 908 was the first Porsche that was engineered to use the maximum allowed 3-litre engine size. The longtail 908/01 LH Coupé was introduced in April 1968 at the Le Mans test day. The first version of the normally aspirated 8-cylinder boxer developed 257 kW. This was 50 YEARS AGO and tells everything about Piëch's genius. Then came the short tail 908/01 K Coupé. As Piëch was the fastest and in a good way craziest car designer and constructor, new versions just popped out one after another. The 908/02 K Spyder was shown to the press at snowy Hockenheimring in January 1969. Then came the 908 K Flunder Spyder that gave Steve McQueen his greatest motorsport result. He used the same car also at the 1970 Le Mans as the camera car for the dream film he directed. Another special longtail version for the high speed Le Mans track was the 908 LH Flunder Spyder. Different from the earlier versions was the 1970 908/03 Spyder that immediately took double victory at the 1970 Targa Florio. The final evolution of the 908 was the 1971 version 908/03 Spyder with 280 kW engine (still 3-litre, normally asiprated). Private racing teams continued to develop the 908/03's further and in 1975 some of the cars got 2.1-litre turbo engines straight from Porsche's racing department.
Mission E Cross Turismo
Technically similar to the Mission E sedan, the all-wheel drive Cross Turismo CUV (Cross Utility Vehicle) has two electric motors with a system output of more than 440 kW.
Carrera GT 15 years
The creation of the Porsche 980, the Carrera GT concept car, started in 1999. It was unveiled in 2000. In January 2002 Porsche confirmed the production of the Carrera GT and in March 2003 the production version was shown. Time flies - check out our Carrera GT history article with 130 photos.
1970 Le Mans winner and its more famous official clone
The 1970 Le Mans-winning 917, chassis 917-023, was sold after the 1970 season to Martini Racing and from there to private collection. The car in the factory collection is an official clone that was made from prototype chassis 917-001.
An article about the very cool original Boxster Spyder
Take a look back at the 4WD ELECTRIC Boxster E prototype from 2011. It is so yesterday, we have evolved so quickly in electromobility!
962, the 3-time Le Mans winner
The multiple-time Le Mans winning Porsche 956 was not safe enough to be allowed to race at IMSA events, so Porsche created the "American" version of the 956, called the Porsche 962. It, too, became a multiple-time Le Mans winner.
Porsche’s last real family sports car
Full history article about the 968
The first Turbo Porsche 45 years
An article about the 1972 Porsche 917/10 Turbo
600+ hp 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series
The 1.000.000th 911
... is a 991.2 Carrera S Turbo 3.0 WLS with manual gearbox