If you were to ask Porsche fans what their favorite race car is, it would be a few hours of conversation. That is why they chose one of their greatest drivers who also happens to be a gifted writer. Derek Bell and his son Justin are good friends of ours, and they know a thing or two about racing. So Porsche invited the eloquent elder Bell to display and explain their top 5 motorsport models.
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Starting with the 1995 GT1, it was built to get Porsche back on the podium. The 3.2-liter flat-six was coupled to massive turbos and a carbon fiber body. In order to homologate it as a production car, several features of the regular 911 were used. It has taillights, door handles, and many other small details from the base model 911. Next up is the Porsche 904, a beautiful racer that was the first Porsche to wear a GTS badge. Fiberglass construction and a 180 horsepower engine made for an efficient track machine.
Many will tell you the 917 belongs at the top of the list. Mr. Bell was able to push the 4.9 liter flat-12 to 211 mph on the Mulsanne straight. Norbert Singer and his engineers built a masterpiece that we were able to experience at last year’s Amelia Island Concours. Type 962 takes the #2 spot on the list. With Hans Stuck and Derek Bell behind the wheel, they used ground-effect aerodynamics to win the World Sportscar Championship and the IMSA series. The top spot on the list goes back to the beginning. Porsche’s first entry into racing was the 550 Spyder. The car was so potent on the track that actor James Dean used is as his daily driver. Tell us your version of this list in the comments below and stay with us for all your Porsche updates.