History of Porsche Racing Cars

Over the last 61 years the Porsche brand has seen success in numerous areas and categories of motorsport, winning races and championships on virtually every level of the sport. Making Porsche, by far, the most successful manufacturers of international sports car racing.

Dating back to 1948, Porsche’s racing heritage starts with the Porsche Chassis No.1 when Ferdinand Porsche’s nephew, Herbert Kaes drove the car in the first race held in Austria after the war and bringing home a victory for Porsche.

Since then Porsche motorsports reputation has been built through the success of the 24 Hours of Le Mans as well as victories and championships in international sports car series and rallies around the world.

Porsche’s tradition of Le Mans glory began in 1951. French drivers Veuillet and Edmond Mouche scored class win for cars under 1100 cc in the ‘24 Hours of Endurance’ – the first German sports car victory following World War II, leaving Porsche drivers feeling at home ever since.

Since, Porsche have won the 24 Hours of Le Mans up to 50 times, winning it year on year from 1981 to 1987; a record no other manufacturer has ever come close to.

The brand’s first major international win came in 1956 when Umberto Maglioli won at the Targa Florio in a Porsche 550 A Spyder. Soon after, in 1957, Edgar Bath in a similar 550 A Spyder, outdistanced the single-seater Formula 1 cars to win the Formula II class and finish first at the German Grand Prix.

After the success at the German Grand Prix, Porsche went on to win the Formula II constructor’s World Championship in 1960, with Sterling Moss leading the way in a Porsche 718/2. Proving it could win the Formula 1, Porsche built its first eye-cylinder motor, which American driver, Dan Gurney, drove to victory at the 1962 French Grand Prix.

Following the 1960s huge success for Porsche, the illustrious car brand has continued to succeed in motorsport. Currently, Porsche is the world’s largest racecar manufacturer and has built over 195 racecars for various motor sports events.

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