that the engine should be positioned in front of the rear axle, Porsche placed its flat-six air-cooled engine close to the rear taillights. The distinctive shape of the 911 is instantly recognizable and was based on the general shape of the 356; its arched body and supreme build quality have been a tribute to German engineering. Although reminiscent of the 356, the 911 body was more aerodynamic than its predecessor. In terms of performance the 911 gave a thrilling ride; the early cars of 1963 were able to offer an engaging relationship with the driver. Impressive acceleration coupled with challenging handling characteristics gave the 911 an edge over its rivals. It was a powerful car that demanded respect. The flat-six air- cooled engine offered breathtaking performance, delivering 130 bhp and a top speed of 130 mph. Turbo editions of the 911 featured wide wheel arches and a large rear spoiler (often referred to as the ducktail). The powerful engine could produce 260 bhp and the cars were known for their exhilarating performance. The Porsche 911 has already celebrated its 50 th anniversary and still remains one of the world’s leading sports cars. Their enduring formula for success is a testament to Porsche’s commitment to developing and improving the model. It’s no secret that the 911 has a strong racing heritage and Porsche’s involvement in motorsport has influenced the car’s evolution, continuously testing the technology developed for track and applying it to their production cars. Throughout its extensive lifetime the 911 has enjoyed success in racing, rallying, and other automotive competitions. Naturally aspirated 911 Carrera RSRs had regular victories during the 1970s at major world championship
sports car races including the Nürburgring, Sebring, Daytona, and Targa Florio. More than 50 years on, the legacy of the 911 continues – offering an iconic body style, versatile and exhilarating performance, all to the tune of Porsche’s unique engine sound.
ABOVE: A Porsche 911 (964) Turbo. OPPOSITE: A Porsche Carrera RSR at the Nürburgring in 1973.
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