Porsche celebrates 30 years of the 959

With an exhibition of numerous sports cars, Porsche celebrated the 30th birthday of the 959 at the 43rd AvD-Oldtimer Grand Prix at the Nürburgring.

Among other vehicles, Porsche brought the legendary winning vehicle of the Paris-Dakar rally to the Eifel, flanked by its successors, the Carrera GT and 918 Spyder.
Another highlight took place in the Porsche Classic exhibition tent: motor racing legend Jacky Ickx gave an interview followed by an autograph session.

The 959 embarked on its triumphant procession at rallies and race circuits 30 years ago. The super sports car made its debut as a technology platform and the fastest production car in the world, which was limited to 292 vehicles.

Thanks to the innovative sequential turbocharging and intercooling, an in-house development by Porsche, the 2.85-litre six-cylinder boxer engine produced 450 hp. Power transmission was the responsibility of a six-speed gearbox and an electronically controlled trans-axle all-wheel drive system, which was tested in the victorious Porsche 953 at the Paris-Dakar rally in 1984.

With the Carrera GT and the 918 Spyder, the 959 documents how Porsche as maintained the idea of the super sports car as a technology platform up to the present day.


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