2017 Porsche 718 is a race car built by Porsche between 1957 and 1962. The new 2017 Porsche 718 was a development of the successful Porsche 550A with improvements being made to the bodywork and suspension. The car is a RennSport building with a wheelbase shorter (German “Kurz) as typical of the leaders of the era, and it led to the engine referred to as the RSK. It has a mid-engine layout and uses the 142 horsepower (106 kW) 1.5-liter Type 547/3 quad-cam engine in the 550A. The car has its racing debut at the 1957 24 Hours of Le Mans driven by Umberto Maglioli and Edgar Barth. The car failed to finish the race due to an accident.
In 1958, the car finished first in class and third overall at Le Mans led by Jean Behra and Hans Herrmann. Jean Behra also brought one of the cars at home second at the Targa Florio. In 1959, the car driven by Edgar Barth and Wolfgang Seidel claimed overall victory in the Targa Florio. A 718 also European Climbing Championship Hill in both 1958 and 1959.
In 1961 Masten Gregory and Bob Holbert launched a 718/4 RS Spyder a class win at Le Mans. Initially a two-seater 1.5-liter sports car, the 718 is adapted to compete in a number of different formulas and also develop as a result of regulation changes.
2017 Porsche 718 RS 60
For the season 1960, the FIA has made changes to the regulations with respect to the windshield and cabin size. These rules change with a larger (1.6 liters) Type 547/3 engine, developing 160 horsepower (120 kW) and resulted in a new double-wishbone rear suspension RS 60 model. The RS 60 brought Porsche victory in the 1960 12 hours of Sebring with a car driven by Hans Herrmann and Olivier GENDEBIEN. 1960 also Porsche Targa Florio wins the Hans Herrmann is the winner podium by Jo Bonnier and Graham Hill. The RS 60 also ensured that Porsche successfully defended their European Hill Climb Championship for the third year in a row.
2017 Porsche 718 RS 61 / W-RS
For 1961, the name was changed to model “RS 61” Although almost identical won the RS 60. An RS 61 was the European Hillclimb Championship. A two-liter version, the W-RS was developed in 1961. Initially equipped with a 4-cylinder engine, the car later fitted with a larger flat-8 air-cooled engine of the Porsche 804 Formula One car developed to produce 240 horsepower (180 kW). A W-RS 8 finish at Le Mans in 1963. The W-RS continued success Porsche’s interest in the European Hillclimb Championship with Edgar Barth claimed the title in 1963. Porsche will continue to win a European Hillclimb Championship each year up to 1982, a total of 42 titles. The 2017 Porsche 718 W-RS continued racing until 1964 when it was replaced by the 904.
2017 Porsche 718 GTR Coupe
2017 Porsche 718 coupe version is developed from the RS 61. Initially equipped with a 4-cylinder engine, this car was also upgraded to produce an 8-cylinder F1 derived engine 210 horsepower (160 kW).
2017 Porsche 718 is also equipped with disc brakes. The GTR Coupe driver Jo Bonnier and Carlo Maria Abate, the 1963 Targa Florio made it three wins at the event for 2017 Porsche 718 engine.