- ‘Project 50’ Historic 911 race car takes to the track at Silverstone Classic
(26-28 July 2013), driven by
- 1965 911 is racing in Britain and Europe during 2013 – in a
- The distinctive 911 recently travelled ‘The Long Way Doune’ from Scotland to Goodwood to raise money for Ninewells Cancer Charity - justgiving.com/longwaydoune/
- Silverstone Classic will also witness 911 x 911 record attempt on Sunday (28 July)
In an exciting initiative to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 911,
Behind the wheel of the 1965 911 will be Barry Horne, winner of the inaugural
The ‘Project 50’ 911 is racing at Silverstone just two weeks since participating in the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it joined many other examples of the model in a parade up the famous hillclimb course in honour of the 50th anniversary of the Stuttgart sports car. The 911 was also celebrated with the distinctive Central Feature sculpture in front of Goodwood House.
Gordon actually drove the car to Goodwood from his home town of Doune in Scotland, raising funds and awareness for a charity close to his heart. In a project light-heartedly referred to as ‘The Long Way Doune’, Gordon, who lives in the Perthshire town, visited nine race circuits between 8 - 11 July, on a serious mission: to raise money for the Ninewells Cancer Research Charity.
The first track on the journey south was Gordon’s home circuit of Knockhill, in Fife, and he reached Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex, three days later. Already, the adventure has raised nearly £10,000 via justgiving.com/longwaydoune/.
Along the way, the challenge emphasised how for 50 years the
Since its debut 50 years ago, the
On Sunday (28 July), the ‘Project 50’ 911 will also be participating in a record-breaking parade of at least nine hundred and eleven examples of the
Built in September 1965, the ‘Project 50’ car is powered by a rear-mounted, 1,991 cc flat-six ‘boxer’ engine developing 130 hp. In the early days of 911 production, right-hand drive was available as a special order factory option and this car features that configuration – despite originally being sold to a customer in Italy. The equivalent price in the UK at this time – including £594 purchase tax – was £3,438.
Having spent some time in America, the ‘Project 50’ 911 was imported to the UK in the late 1990s, where it was subsequently fully restored and converted into an ‘FIA-Approved’ race car by an established historic
With a simple silhouette and minimal exterior graphics, the early 911 has a very distinct design purity which is a lasting legacy of the designer, Ferdinand Alexander
As the appeal of the 911 began to spread towards the end of the 1960s, the performance potential of the six cylinder engine also grew. In line with this, the wheelbase increased in length and the wheel-arches became more flared to accommodate larger wheels and tyres.
Just 6,607 examples of the short-wheelbase 911 2.0 coupe were produced between 1964 and 1968. This short production span combined with low volumes, the inherent dynamic attributes of the rear-engine layout, and their eligibility for pre-1966 era Historic motorsport, ensures an early 911 remains as desirable today as when it first appeared in showrooms.
Team ‘Project 50’
The ‘short-wheelbase’ 911 is racing under the ‘Project 50’ team banner in selected 'Masters Series' events alongside appearances at larger festivals such as the Silverstone Classic and the Six Hours of Spa. The car is run by
Few cars have enjoyed such a long production run and evolved so purposefully and effectively. The enduring design language that ensures a 911 is never anything other than a 911 to look at guarantees a consistency of style that has never gone out of fashion.
Since it was first launched, the 911 has been regarded as a rewarding car to drive quickly due to its rear-engine. To drive fast, a 1965 911 undoubtedly demands a particular level of commitment behind the wheel; this dynamic flair remains discriminating to this day. Systematic chassis refinements over the years have had the effect of lessening the influence of the legendary rear-biased weight distribution of the 911 yet the unique feel, character and driver involvement is undimmed. And the high dynamic limits of the chassis continue to demand respect.
While the origins of the latest Type 991 version of the 911 remain self-evident in the distinctive silhouette and emotional character, it is clear the 911 has been perfectly engineered over seven generations to remain the benchmark sports car. This process of evolution results in a car that it’s many fans regard as getting better and better with time.
Partners in ‘Project 50’ include the luxury five-star London hotel, The Mayfair, Swiss luxury watch manufacturer TAG Heuer, Dunlop tyres and the
First run in 2003, the
911 GT3 Cup race car battling for honours, it provides thrilling support to the British Touring Car Championship at circuits up and down the country. This year will see the 200th
The 911 GT3 Cup car is the best-selling racing car of all time, having been built in a production series of more than 2,000 since 1998. The ‘Type 997’ 911 GT3 Cup racer is based on the 911 GT3 RS road car, and is powered by a rear-mounted, 450 hp 3.8-litre flat-six engine.
For 2013, the GT3 Cup Challenge GB has a six-weekend, 12-race calendar. This will once again culminate in a finale alongside the
Open to any 911 GT3 Cup race car from the 2009 model year or earlier (spanning ‘Type 997’ and ‘Type 996’ model series), the GT3 Cup Challenge is designed to be a perfect stepping stone for drivers aiming to move up to the
The 911 GT3 R is designed to be the first step for drivers moving up to GT racing. The GT3 R celebrated 41 wins from 131 starts in a range of GT3 racing series worldwide. For the 2013 season,
At the pinnacle of the 911 motorsport pyramid sits the RSR, the standard-bearer for
The two new
Return to Le Mans: 2014
With 16 overall victories,
To support this programme, the infrastructure at the Research & Development Centre has been considerably expanded with a new workshop building and an office complex completed. The first roll-out of the new LMP1 car took place in June. The initial driver line-up has already been confirmed, with established
Following a re-structuring, the LMP1 project is realised by a new department headed by Fritz Enzinger. With his well-established organisational structure, Hartmut Kristen, Head of
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Editor’s Notes: For five decades, the 911 has been at the heart of the
In addition to its classic yet unique lines, the
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