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Porsche 718 Variant Guides
As successor and further development of the 550 A, the 718 RSK debuted in 1957 (34 cars made). Its name paid tribute to both racing and technology: the RS stands for Rennsport (“racing sport”) and the K reflects the configuration of the newly developed front torsion rods on its back. The 718 RSK demonstrated the enormous potential of these Porsche designs in Formula Two as well. Further developed as a single-seater, the 718/2 won the 1960 Formula Two manufacturers’ world championship. When the new FIA regulations stipulated closer ties to production cars, Porsche responded in the 1960 season with the 718 RS 60 (19 cars made). Its greatest successes included overall victories at the Targa Florio, the 12 Hours of Sebring, and the European Hill Climb Championship in 1960 and 1961. The 718 RS 61 Spyder (13 cars) made its first appearance in October of 1960. In order to exploit the potential of the 718 Spyder for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 718 RS 61 was further developed into a coupe version. In the 1961 season, the 718 GTR was still entering races with a four-cylinder engine, whereas in 1962 it featured a two-liter eight-cylinder variant as well as disc brakes. The 718 W-RS Spyder, of which only one was built, also used these two types of engines for its races from 1961 to 1964. It won the European Hill Climb Championship in 1963 and 1964.
Porsche 718 Data & Research
We dig into some of the data surrounding the Porsche 718, including production numbers, specifications, chassis numbers and much more. The 718 variants were all mid-engined layout and used the 1.5-litre Type 547/3 quad-cam engine introduced in the 550A. There were also a handful of 8 cylinder engines added to special variants but that was largely the exception.
Porsche 718 Pictures, Galleries & Wallpapers
The successor to the 550 A Spyder, the 718 RSK improved in many respects. A space frame of seamless steel tubing provides high rigidity at a very low weight; the suspension and the drum brakes have undergone optimization. The aerodynamics were refined which is why the 718s look sleeker and tighter. Enjoy these galleries and pictures of various Porsche 718s.
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