The Legend of the Porsche Speedster

Did YOU know the story of the Porsche Speedster?

356 Speedster Cover
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As many of you know, Porsche will be releasing a production version of the 991.2 speedster next month at the Geneva International Motor Show. But what many of you don’t know, is the history of the speedster, the essence of it. We see the low cut windshield, signature five spoke wheels, and the flying buttresses, immediately realizing that we are not looking at an ordinary 911, rather, a speedster.

991.2 Speedster
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While Ferdinand Porsche was imprisoned in France, his son, Ferry Porsche kept the family business going to fulfill his dreams of building a sports car under the Porsche name. As a result, the Porsche 356 was born. A car built for handling, acceleration, and braking, many Porsche enthusiasts consider the 356 to be the first true Porsche ever built because it was the first to be fully built under the Porsche name. All other “Porsches” prior were built under the name, Volkswagen.

The 356 speedster however, owes its existence to Max Hoffman, the only importer of Porsche’s to the United States in 1950. Hoffman was achieving great sales success at the time because of Porsche, so he suggested that they should make a car based on the 356 to rival the popular British sports cars dominating the market. He suggested that the new 356 should resemble a Jaguar XK120 and be more affordable than the rest of the 356 line. From this, came the Porsche Type 540, a 356 based sports car. However the Type 540 was far too heavy to be considered a sports car, so Ferry Porsche commissioned popular coach-builder, Heuer-Glaser to build the car out of aluminum. This made the production costs skyrocket. As a result, Porsche had to sell every car for $4,600, at a loss. Even with this price, the Type 540 was still $300 more expensive than the XK120. $300 in today’s money would be $3,193.64, a deal breaker for many people.

Max Hoffman Porsche
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Porsche discussed this problem with Hoffman and they agreed that a 356 cabriolet would do a better job as a basis, decreasing production costs by being built on the same production line as the other 356s. By removing some trim and weather protection, they decreased the price and reduced the weight of the car. A low cut windshield was made specifically to be removed for race weekends. The most noticeable difference with the Speedster and the normal 356 were the thin chrome strips that ran down the side of the car. To keep the price low, only a speedometer and a temperature gauge were standard. A heater and a tachometer were optional extras in order to keep the base price under $3,000 (typical Porsche options). The car also featured fixed-back bucket seats to add to the race theme. This new Speedster was an instant hit, especially in sunny Southern California. Production peaked at 1,157 cars in 1957, and started declining after until eventually being replaced by the 356 D in 1958.

356 D
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Make sure to come back when the 991.2 911 Speedster debuts at the Geneva International Motor Show in March, we will be following up on how Porsche continued the Speedster legacy with its 911. As always, THANK YOU FOR READING and come back next Sunday for a brand new article. Don’t forget to follow us on WordPress and share this article with your friends! Follow us on Instagram at rsreportblog and check out our Facebook Group, Porsche Enthusiasts United. Feel free to suggest new topics in the Contact page. Newly added on the contact page is a link to the Porsche Club of America website which you should definitely check out HERE! Thank you for reading and don’t forget to come back next Sunday!

The Porsche 959: A Showcase of the Future

959 Cover

The Porsche 959 is often regarded as the father of modern supercars. Features we take for granted today like all wheel drive and adjustable suspension started with the 959 as pioneered very advanced technology at the time and formed a glimpse into the next 30 years of the automobile.

959 model

The story of the Porsche’s 959 started back in 1981 when a man named Helmuth Bott approached Porsche’s managing director about his ideas for a new 911. Bott’s vision was to build a sports car that Porsche could rely on for years to come, sporting a whole array of new technologies like all wheel drive. Once he got the green light, Bott eagerly began testing his new prototype, originally called the Gruppe B, in Group B Rally competitions. After years of development, prototypes, and even racecars, the Porsche 959 road car was unveiled in 1985 as the world’s fastest production car with a top speed of 211 mph in the 959 Sport.


The engine for the 959 was a great leap forward in terms of technology back then. Much like the Porsche Carrera GT, the 959’s engine began life as a race engine, the 2.85 liter twin turbo flat 6 from the Porsche 935.  But there was a slight problem. In the 1980s, the Porsche 911 was still air-cooled, so stuffing a water-cooled engine in a Porsche sports car was sacrilege. So to please purists, Porsche decided to make the cylinders air-cooled, but the rest of the engine water-cooled, a very bold move. And in a time where sports cars were carburetted, the 959 featured a Bosch fuel injection system along with dual overhead camshafts. The turbos were sequential rather than parallel meaning that turbo lag was a thing of the past while power remained high. This all summed up to 450 hp and 369 lb/ft of torque, numbers that can beat sports cars of today. This was upped to 510 hp and 414 lb/ft of torque in the 959 Sport, a number comparable to today’s supercars; and that was just the engine.


Where the 959 really shined was its all wheel drive system. In the year 1985, the 959 had an all wheel drive system that could monitor and change the torque split between the front and rear wheels. From the cabin, you could adjust the ride height and even the damper stiffness after checking your tire pressure via the electronic tire pressure sensor. Even the body was advanced, constructed from lightweight and exotic materials like aluminum and Kevlar composites along with a material called Nomex for the floors. The 959 even had lightweight magnesium alloy wheels. Keep in mind this was in the year 1985, some cars today don’t even have this technology.

The 959 basically paved the way for the next 30 years of the automobile, showing us what we thought was impossible, and what was beyond our wildest dreams. It’s only fitting that the true successor of the 959 is not the Carrera GT, but the 918 Spyder. With its advanced hybrid powertrain and aerodynamic wizardry, the 918 represents the future of the supercar, much like the 959 did back in its day, and if this is true, then the future is bright my friends, it really is.

959 and 918

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The Untold Story of the Porsche Carrera Name

Do you know where it all started?

356 Carrera

The word Carrera, meaning race in Spanish has been a staple in Porsche naming sequence since the 50s. But does anyone know why? Where did this name originate from? Here is the untold story of the legendary Porsche Carrera name…


This story of ours takes place in the 1950s, a simpler time when the Porsche 911 was still an idea stirring around in Ferdinand Alexander Porsche’s head, James Dean was taking on the world, and the Cold War was getting under way. Meanwhile, in Mexico, a rather quiet place at the time, there was a race being hosted: The “Carrera Panamericana.” The Carrera Panamericana wasn’t your ordinary race however, as the name suggests, the Carrera Panamericana was a cross-country ordeal. Racing from one end of Mexico to the other, the race consisted of 9 stages, and 5 days of constant racing the best part  on closed public roads. Running for 5 consecutive years (1950-1954) the Carrera Panamericana was widely considered to be the most dangerous race in the world, which is exactly why Porsche got involved.

The first time Porsche got involved with the Carrera Panamericana was in 1952, when two private entrants raced their Porsches in the event. For 1953 however, Porsche racing boss, Huschke von Hanstein aka “The Racing Baron,” was ready to officially take on the event. Von Hanstein commissioned  Porsche 550 Spyders to race in the event but due to ongoing compilations only two private Porsches finished the event. But the Racing Baron returned in 1954, now with heavily modified, and purpose-built 550 Spyders for the event. The battle was a long an tough, but in the end, the two 550s flew past the finish line at a class winning average speed for the 1,908 mile race of 97.63 mph. The two Porsches, piloted by legends Jaroslav Juhan and Hans Herrmann finished 1st and 2nd in their class and 3rd and 4th overall. It was this victory that inspired the Carrera name.

carrera pan

Starting in 1955, Porsche began to name all its race ready models like the 356, 904, 906, 911 and 924 after the Carrera Panamericana. Porsche eventually adopted the name for the base model 911s, making the Carrera name a staple in Porsche’s history.

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Remembering the Forgotten Front-Engined Porsches

Do you remember these once iconic cars?


Yesterday, I was just driving through town when something caught my eye. It was a beautifully kept Porsche 914. For those of you that don’t know, the 914 was basically the Porsche Boxster before the Boxster existed. Produced from 1969-1976, the 914 was a light, mid engined roadster (like the Boxster), powered by small flat four and flat six engines. It’s safe to say that the 914 is a forgotten title, a page ripped out of the history books, but it got me thinking, what about all the front engined cars Porsche made, does anyone still remember them?

The Porsche 924


The car that started it all was the Porsche 924, not a very impressive car, but important none the less. Produced from 1976-1988, the 924 was designed to replace the 914 as Porsche’s “entry-level” model. Despite having Porsche badging, and very questionable Porsche styling, the 924 originally came powered by a Volkswagen built 2.0 Liter 4 cylinder engine and an Audi transmission. The 924 was also Porsche’s first car to have a true automatic transmission. The 924 received numerous upgrades throughout its life cycle, and undoubtedly lived up to what a Porsche should be.

The Porsche 944


Unlike the 924, which was part Volkswagen, the Porsche 944 was a 100% purebred Porsche. The 944 too, had a 4 cylinder engine, although a much more powerful one-143 hp vs 95 hp in the 924. Most importantly though, this was an engine built and developed by Porsche alone. The 944 was built from 1982-1991 and quickly became one of Porsche’s most successful sports cars. The 944 was a light, fun car to drive around mountain roads and was sure to put a smile on your face every time you sat in it. This was especially true for my dad, since he owned a red one in the 1980s. In terms of styling, the 944 was a HUGE step above the 924, being one of the most beautiful cars I have ever seen, so much so that I almost bought one as my first car.

The Porsche 968


Of all the front engined Porsche’s, the 968 is definitely the most forgotten. Ask most Porsche enthusiasts, and they probably never knew it even existed, I know I didn’t. This is mostly due to the fact that 968 wasn’t produced for very long, only from 1992-1995. As a matter of fact, the 968 was originally built as a new 944 model. It was originally going to be called the Porsche 944 S3, a last hurrah for the 944 model. But with Porsche being Porsche, they added so many new components, they ended up replacing 80% of the 944’s components, creating a new car on accident. The 968 was powered by an even more powerful version of the 3.0 Liter 4 cylinder engine found in the 944 S2 and was at the time, the 3rd largest 4 cylinder engine in a production car.

The Porsche 928


Last but certainly not least, we have the Porsche 928, Porsche’s grand tourer. The 928 laughed at the 924, 944, and 968’s measly 4 cylinder engines with its big, powerful V8 powerplant, making 345 hp in its most powerful configuration. The 928 was built to represent the pinnacle of Porsche’s engineering capabilities, and it went on to win the European Car of the Year Award. Aside from being a technological marvel, the 928 was built with one purpose in mind: to replace the almighty 911. At the time of the 928’s reveal in 1977, the 911 was already 14 years old and was almost the same car as when it was unveiled back in 1963. In Porsche’s eyes, the 911 was over. With safety concerns arising from its rear engined setup, it was time to move on. The 928 fought valiantly, for 18 years until it was discontinued in 1995, but the 911 was loved too much to be let go, and Porsche listened. However, the 928 might not be dead yet, rumor has it that Porsche might build a coupe version of the Panamera-i.e. a new 928. The fate of the 928 remains to be seen. Thanks for reading!

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Porsche Carrera GT: The Peak of the Supercar

What made the Carrera GT so special?

Red Carrera GT

Back in 1992 Porsche had an idea. They decided to build a V10 engine for their upcoming Formula 1 car. Sadly though, this F1 project was cancelled and this engine was assigned to a shelf in some warehouse in the middle of nowhere. After collecting dust for a few years, this engine was brought out to be used in an upcoming LMP1 racecar project…which was also cancelled. But this time, the engine wasn’t shelved because someone-and God bless him-had the crazy idea of putting this engine in a road car, the Carrera GT. And what a car it was.

In my previous article-check it out if you haven’t already-I talked about the upcoming hybrid Porsche 911 and the future. Today we are looking at the past, we are walking into the supercar hall of fame, and looking at what is in my eyes, the greatest supercar ever made.

Carrera GT Back

What made the Carrera GT great was that it was truly the last supercar that put the driver in control. It didn’t have a fancy dual clutch transmission, all wheel drive, 9 stage traction control, or even stability control for that matter. It had an F1 sounding naturally aspirated engine with 612 horsepower, 0-60 in 3.9 seconds, a top speed of 205 mph, a 6 speed manual transmission, and not much else. How the car drove and handled was completely dependent on the driver. To quote Jeremy Clarkson, ” [In the Carrera GT], you make a mistake, AGOOT, it bites your head off, it’s that simple…”

This is not to say however that the Carrera GT was simple and under engineered. This was the production car to have a carbon fiber monocoque chassis, which is now a staple in every exotic car. The Carerra GT was one of the few times someone tried to reinvent and improve the manual transmission as it was the first road car to have a carbon ceramic clutch. Everything from the engine to the underbody, was designed to save weight and go fast, which is exactly what this car did. It’s no wonder this car won “Best Dream Car 2004” by Road and Track Magazine and “Best dream Machine” by Motorweek. This is why, 50 years from now, when we are sitting in our electric car that’s driving itself, going God knows where, we will look back at the Carrera GT and think, “Damn, now those were the good old days.”

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Carrera GT Black

What Happened to the Porsche 960?

Is Porsche’s mid-engined supercar still in development, or has it been secretly killed off behind closed doors?

Does anyone even remember Porsche’s forgotten supercar project?

A few years ago, I heard a rumor about Porsche developing a mid-engined supercar set to compete with the likes of the Ferrari 458 and the Lamborghini Huracan. When I thought about it, this concept actually made a lot of sense.

I have a friend who is a very passionate Ferrari enthusiast and we always go back and forth about Porsches and Ferraris. Yet every time I would argue, I could never really find a Porsche that was really designed to compete with the Ferrari 458. There was the 911 Turbo, which would win in a straight line, and the GT3 which would win at a track, but the more I thought about it, both the Turbo and the GT3 were not really designed for the 458; with the Turbo being a GT car and the GT3 being a track car. There was no real Porsche “supercar”. Some would argue that the 911 GT2 and GT2RS were proper competitors but my friend and I agreed that these cars were really in their own league slightly above the 458. This bugged me for a while so one can only imagine my enthusiasm when I heard about this new car.


The years went on and on and eventually, this dream of a proper mid-engined Porsche supercar slipped out of my mind as I devoted my time to other things. This was all until a few months ago when the thought of this car randomly slipped into my head. Now, I hadn’t heard anything about this mythical supercar for a few years and I decided to do some research. It turned out that sometime in 2016, Porsche trademarked the name, 960, for its upcoming supercar. There were actually quite a few articles, all of which I was happy to read. Basically, I learned that the 960 was to be powered by a flat 8 engine and that it was going to be revealed for the 2019 model year. Then I realized something, it was the middle of 2018 and we had heard nothing; I looked closer at the articles, they were written around 2016. Had Porsche stopped development or had they moved this project behind closed doors? After reading some more, I realized that the project may have been either delayed or canceled due to Volkswagen’s dieselgate scandal (which is probably the case). But I choose to be optimistic. It is my prediction, that the Porsche 960 will be unveiled at the upcoming LA Auto Show this year or a major auto show early next year. God, I hope I’m right.