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09 Jul 2018

70 years of Porsche sports cars celebrated at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Iconic Stuttgart marque in the spotlight at renowned global motoring festival.

Iconic Stuttgart marque in the spotlight at renowned global motoring festival.

Goodwood is honouring one of the world’s most iconic sports car manufacturers - Porsche - with the main Central Feature at the 2018 Festival of Speed from 12-15 July.

In a star-studded celebration in support of the 70th anniversary of the production of the first car to bear the famous German name in 1948, many examples of road and race cars from throughout the seven decades will be on show and participate in demonstration runs up the famous Goodwood Hill climb course. In most cases, Porsche motor sport personalities from the past and present will be behind the wheel, underlining the unique family spirit that still imbues the company to this day.

The Porsche Museum has gathered together a stunning line-up of seven icons from its collection in Stuttgart which will take visitors on a visual journey through the evolution of the sports car. Leading the procession will be the 356 ‘No.1’ Roadster, which received its operating permit on 8 June, 1948 – the first ever Porsche sports car.

This remarkable car will be joined by successive highlights from the enviable Porsche back-catalogue:

1964 911
The 57th example ever built and the oldest example of the iconic coupe owned by the Museum.

1973 911 Carrera RS
The original RS 911 and the originator of the RS legend that personifies the track to road technology transfer ethos of Porsche.

1987 959
One of the original supercars, with a twin-turbo flat-six rear-mounted engine driving all four wheels via an advanced transmission system and adaptive suspension.

1997 ‘Type 993’ 911 Turbo
Featuring a twin-turbo flat-six engine with 400 hp, the ‘Type 993’ generation 911 ushered in a new era of all-wheel drive 911 Turbo performance.

2003 Carrera GT
Over the years, Porsche has built the super sports car of its generation and with its race-derived V10 engine and carbon fibre chassis, the Carrera GT still sets a benchmark for its intense driving experience.

2015 918 Spyder
The car that proved hybrid power could deliver astonishing performance as well as high efficiency, the 918 Spyder combined a 608 hp V8 petrol engine with 286 hp from two electric motors to raise the super car standard to new heights.

Further Museum treasures will guide visitors through the highlights of 70 years of Porsche sports cars on the race track as they take to the Hill in daily demonstrations, culminating in a demonstration run by the phenomenal 919 Hybrid Evo, fresh from its Nürburgring lap record.

Porsche’s continued success at Le Mans will be celebrated at the Festival with the 2018 GTE PRO winning ‘Pink Pig’ joining the ranks of previous winners running up the hill.

Marking the 70th anniversary of Porsche sports cars at Goodwood is hugely appropriate in the 25th anniversary of the Festival of Speed. To date, the legendary marque has featured at every single Goodwood Festival, from the first event in 1993 – when an unexpectedly high 27,500 enthusiasts turned up – to the near 200,000 visitors that attend the world’s greatest celebration of car culture last year.

As ever, Porsche Club will have a presence at the event and will be providing complimentary refreshments so Club members can rest and refuel at the four-day extravaganza. Find us on stand 302 where a warm welcome awaits!


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