Porsche 911 celebrates 50th anniversary

JonathanJuly 29, 2013

Porsche Cars GB has decided to race one of its most iconic vehicles, the 911 model, to celebrate 50 years since the car was first produced.

The company raced the classic coupe motor around the track at Silverstone. The ‘Project 50’ racing car took to the track this weekend (Saturday July 27th) at the Silverstone Classic historic motorsport event in the Piper Heidsieck International Trophy for Pre-1966 GT cars.

Driving the 1965 911 will be Barry Horne, winner of the first Porsche Carrera Cup GB competition in 2003, and Gordon Robertson, chief driving consultant at the Porsche Experience Centre in Silverstone.

The Porsche 911 The model comes straight from the Goodwood Festival of Speed where it joined several other versions of the car to participate in the infamous uphill climb in honour of the 50th anniversary of the Stuttgart sports vehicle.

First built in September 1965, the Project 50 car is powered by a 1,991 cc flat-six boxer engine, which is mounted at the rear, and allows the model to develop 130 hp. When the model was first being built, right-hand drive was made only as a special configuration, but this version of the 911 is lucky enough to have it despite originally being sold in Italy.

After spending a significant amount of time in the US, the Project 50 911 was imported to the UK in the late 1990s where it was fully restored to meet the requirements of a ‘FIA-Approved’ race car by experts at a Porsche motorsport preparation company.

Originally designed by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, the model has a distinctive look with its pure and simple silhouette and minimal exterior graphics. This established the Stuttgart coupe as a style icon in its sector, as well as setting the standard for future models. It was these early cars that paved the way for future versions of the 911 and developed its impeccable reputation especially when it got first in class at the 1965 Monte Carlo Rally.

This, along with a number of other factors, helped the popularity of the 911 spread as well as the performance of the six-cylinder engine in cars got much higher recognition.

Team ‘Project 50’ The Project 50 911 is a short-wheelbase version of the model and is run by Porsche Cars GB and technicians from the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone and in-house Porsche Cars GB Motorsport team will be keeping the vehicle in top condition throughout its upcoming appearances.

For Porsche enthusiasts it will be well worth going along to the Project 50 911’s future races to see the iconic model in action. It underlines a number of the origins behind the first vehicle and provokes interesting debate about how much the rear-engined car has evolved over the past five decades.

It’s a note to the company’s success that the 911 has managed to stay in production for as long as it has. The vehicle has been able to adapt as the years have passed, but has still been allowed to keep the model’s iconic style.

Although the 911 is rarely seen on the modern race track it has paved the way for such models as the 917 and 957, which have contributed to Porsche gaining more than 28,000 race victories.

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