Total 911’s top six Porsche 911 racing cars ever built
Last month, we asked for you to vote for the greatest Porsche 911 racing car ever built. Now, with the results counted and published in issue 120 (now on sale in store, online and to download) here are the top six track weapons from Weissach, as voted for by you:
The latest iteration of the Porsche 911 to wear the fabled ‘RSR’ tag, the Porsche 991 RSR is currently the fastest 911 around. Making its debut last season, the 991 RSR scored a one-two at the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans and has currently won two rounds of this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship.
A one-year special, the Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Turbo 2.1 took the forced induction knowledge that Stuttgart learnt during its Can-Am foray and applied it to the Porsche 911 platform. Racing as a prototype, the Martini-liveried monster (complete with huge rear arches and wing) finished in the 1974 24 Hours of Le Mans.
While the works Porsche team was campaigning the RSR Turbo 2.1 (see above), Weissach’s customer outfits were provided with the Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.0 for the 1974 and 1975 seasons. Georg Loos’ team helped Porsche win the GT division of the 1974 World Championship for Makes.
The Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 2.8 was the first 911 to ever wear the RSR badge. Homologated for racing by the iconic 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS, the RSR’s racing career got off to the perfect start thanks to Brumos Racing’s overall triumph in the 1973 24 Hours of Daytona, while a factory car won the latest ever Targa Florio road race.
With its carbon monocoque chassis, extreme aerodynamics and mid-engined layout, the Porsche 911 GT1-98 was a 911 in all but name. However, the 996-faced GT1 racer scored Weissach’s last Le Mans victory back in 1998 after previous incarnations of the 911 GT1 failed to win at La Sarthe.
Think of a Porsche 911 racing car and the Porsche 935 is never far from your thoughts. Initially keeping the famous pronounced wings, the 935 quickly developed the iconic slant nose look that was replicated on the 930 SE.
Its hugely powerful turbocharged engine helped the 935 dominate the World Championship for Makes during the late Seventies, while a number of customers teams modified the car with their own aerodynamics. Kremer’s K3 version gave the 935 its only Le Mans victory in 1979.
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