This year does not only mark Aston Martin’s centenary but also the Porsche 911’s 50th anniversary.
Since its introduction in 1963, The Porsche 911 has earned a well-deserved reputation as race car and luxury convertible.
Two thirds of the 30, 000 race victories by Porsche have been notched by a 911.
To mark this astonishing event, Porsche Great Britain launched “Project 50”.
The idea of Project 50 started back in March when Porsche announced a special 911 model; the 1965 ‘short-wheelbase’ Porsche 911 that will be powered by a 2 litre, flat-six Boxer engine putting out a whopping 130hp.
This project 50 Historic 911 race car was unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed media day.
The 1965 Porsche 911 will be one of the thousands of 911 Porsche’s to be raced at Project 50, a big celebrated race taking the 911 models on some of the most famous racetracks in Europe like the Silverstone Classic and Nurburgring OldTimer festival and selected Master Series events.
Drivers of the past and present like Richard Attwood (1970 Porsche Le Mans Winner) and Barry Horne will partake in this historic race throughout Britain and Europe.
The historic race 911 will take part at the following race dates:
- May 5th – Test session at Donington
- May 25th – 27th – Brands Hatch Masters Festival
- July 11th – 14th – Goodwood Festival of Speed
- July 26th – 28th – Silverstone Classic
- August 9th – 11th – Nürburgring Oldtimer Grand Prix
- September 20th – 22nd – Spa Francorchamps – Spa 6 hours
- October 11th – 13th – Jerez Masters festival
The project 50 911 will be joined by Porsche’s 1967 911 model, which is currently on a world tour to promote Porsche’s 50 year anniversary.
Porsche will also debut two new race cars later this year based on the ‘type 991’ generation of the Porsche 911 in the Le Mans 24 hours race. With an overall of 16 victories Porsche is the most successful motoring producer in Le Mans history.
“The new 911 RSR is currently being developed by our engineers and tested by our works drivers,” said Hartmut Kristen, Head of Porsche Motorsport. “What better time could there be to introduce the new car than in the 50th anniversary year of the Porsche 911?”
Project 50 is symbolic for how far Porsche has come in half a century, what has been done and for what is yet to come. A present, historic event that will be remembered for another 50 years!