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The Porsche 959

There were two main Porsche 959 models. The 959 Komfort is the core model that was sold, while the Porsche 959 S or "959 Sport" came with larger turbochargers that increased power output to 508 hp and higher top speed, as well as 100kg in less weight. Much rarer, the 959 Sport had a limited run of only 29 cars. Important to note is that official Porsche 959 production ended after the 1988 model year, but in 1992/1993, Porsche built eight more cars assembled from spare parts from the inventory at the manufacturing site in Zuffenhausen. All eight were "Komfort" versions: four in red and four in silver. These cars featured a newly developed speed-sensitive damper system and were much more expensive than the earlier units. The Porsche 959 has a rich history. From prototypes, to race-build rally cars and purpose build 961 race car, there are several models worth mentioning. They all play an important part in the Porsche 959 story.

The Porsche 959

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The Porsche 911 GT1

Worldwide sports car racing was hugely popular in 1990s. Porsche wanted in on the action so they jumped into the BPR Global GT1 Championship (which would become FIA World GT Championship later on in 1997). The 962 racers weren’t fit for the job anymore, already being beaten by the McLaren F1 GTRs in 1995. Therefore, a new car was needed. And it came six weeks later as the Porsche 911 GT1. The 911 GT1 was mid-engined - a step in a different direction from the rear-engined 911s - but another aspect stood out: instead of being derived from a street-legal vehicle, it was brewed from the off as a full-blown race car. Once again, Porsche found a way.

The Porsche 911 GT1

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The Porsche Carrera GT

For the 2000 Paris Motor Show, Porsche prepared a concept supercar that eventually turned into a limited production car. The concept's basic shape and specification were close the production version, which included a low-mounted V10 engine that was sourced from their scrapped Le Mans prototype program in 1999. The production Carrera GT launched in 2003 and production ran through 2007, with 1,270 units produced.

The Porsche Carrera GT

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The Porsche 918 Spyder

With the engineering might (and budget) of Porsche behind it, and drawing upon the company’s experience of racing hybrids in endurance racing, the 918 Spyder managed to undercut its rivals on price, while providing arguably the most complete road car package of the holy trinity. Appropriately, 918 examples of the Spyder were promised, with Porsche digging deep into its motorsport knowledge to produce technology that provided world-beating performance.

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