Seven decades of motorsport: Porsche turns 70

Ferdinand’s finest has become the world’s most prolific maker of race cars, delivering more than 300 track-only specials each year. The legacy burns brightest in these categories

Porsche’s 70th birthday sees the marque in ruder health than ever before. Wheels celebrates the company’s seven decades of engineering excellence forged on road and track.



GT racing marks the intersection of Porsche’s road car and racing businesses. Its current GTE, GT3, and GT4 racers all start life alongside the road-going vehicles, before undergoing circuit preparation in the continuation of a tradition that started with the original 911 RSR of 1973 and carried through the likes of the mighty 911 GT1 homologation special. The heightened competition in global GT racing today has prompted a 911 first, with the current GTE-spec 911 RSR playing against type – but not the rules – with a decidedly mid-mounted flat-six.


Porsche’s credentials span from grassroots racing to the pinnacle of international motorsport, but its cornerstones are the one-make Carrera Cup and GT3 Cup Challenge, which have spread to almost 20 championships across the globe. The first Carrera Cup was held in 1986 in Germany and the series has since grown to be the most prolific one-make category in the world. To keep it relevant for the man on the street, the current crop of Carrera Cup cars share the GT3’s 4.0-litre atmo engine.

Source: Which Car