Porsche unveils 50 years of 911 sculpture at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Porsche is celebrating 50 years of the 911 at Goodwood, displaying all seven generations of 911 from 1963 to 2012, as well as rare editions of the 911, new models, and a bespoke 911-inspired sculpture prominently displayed outside Goodwood House.

The massive sculpture features three 911s supported by two beams.

Porsche Cars GB has gathered together a stunning line-up of seven generations of 911 road cars, giving everyone a good overview how the legendary 911 has evolved since its debut 50 years ago.

There are also rare models on display like a 1973 911 RSR 2.8, 936 Spyder, 935/78 ‘Moby Dick’ and 917/30 Can-Am race car.

For full details about Porsche cars on display at Goodwood see the press release below the images.

PRESS RELEASE (click to expand)

50 years of the Porsche 911 celebrated at Goodwood
• Fifty-year landmark celebrated with memorable ‘Central Feature’ display at Goodwood Festival of Speed
• Legendary racing cars meet famous drivers at the world’s biggest motor sports extravaganza
• Latest Porsche supercars on the hill include new ‘Type 991’ 911 GT3
• Cartier Style et Luxe concours showcases original and rare editions of the 911
• Follow the action via Porsche Orgin at porsche.co.uk/goodwood
• Share experiences on Twitter using #porschegoodwood
• Goodwood is honouring one of the world’s most versatile and popular sports cars – the Porsche 911 – with the main Central Seven generations of the 911 display the genetic code of the iconic sports coupe from 1963 to 2013
Feature at the 2013 Festival of Speed from 11-14 July. The bespoke 911-inspired sculpture promises to be a highly distinctive ‘art installation’ and will be displayed, as has become the tradition, prominently outside Goodwood House.
For five decades, the 911 has been at the heart of the Porsche brand. Few other cars in the world can look back on such a long tradition and continuity as the Porsche 911. It has been inspiring car enthusiasts around the world since its debut as the model 901 at the IAA International Automotive Show, Frankfurt, in September 1963. Today it is considered by its many devoted fans as the quintessential sports car, the benchmark for all others. The 911 is also the central point of reference for all other Porsche series. Every Porsche is the most sporting car in its category, and each one carries a piece of the 911 philosophy.
Porsche at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
Over 820,000 Porsche 911s have been built since 1963, and examples of each of its seven generations will be present at the 2013 Festival of Speed. From the very beginning the car has been at home on race circuits and rally stages all over the world, earning a reputation as a quick and dependable winner. In fact, two thirds of the 30,000 race victories achieved by Porsche to date have been recorded by the 911.
Demonstration runs by historical Porsche road and race cars spanning the seven generations of the 911 will be a highlight of the event, and many of these cars will instantly evoke fond memories among spectators. At the wheel will be a variety of famous drivers with strong affinity to Porsche including two-time winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours and German Touring Car Champion, Hans-Joachim Stuck, current 911 RSR factory team driver Jörg Bergmeister, alongside former works aces Richard Attwood and Vic Elford.
With support from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, private collectors and enthusiasts, a number of significant editions of the 911 will be in action at the Festival. Further examples of significant Porsche competition cars including the 917 and 962 will also feature.
7 x 7 x 911
Porsche Cars GB has gathered together a stunning line-up of seven generations of 911 road cars, which clearly shows the evolution of the iconic sports coupe over the past five decades.
To lead the procession, the Porsche Museum is sending a very special, original 911 to Goodwood. As part of an innovative ‘Follow the 911’ world tour, this 1967 car has been engaged as a rolling ambassador for Porsche at various international events, trade fairs, historic rallies and racing events in France, China, Pebble Beach, California and Australia during the year. The car’s progress can be followed at porsche.com/follow-911.
This will be joined by successive examples of the 911, each of which is sure to have a special place in fans’ hearts. As a consequence of its evolutionary development, the 911 is one of few cars that is referred to by its model series, in a vernacular that can be confusing to newcomers. Hence the ‘G-Series’ (1973-1989), ‘Type 964’ (1988-1994), ‘Type 993’ (1993-1998), ‘Type 996’ (1997-2005), ‘Type 997’ (2003-2013) and the latest ‘Type 991’ (from 2011).
The 911 is one of the world’s most versatile racing cars, with successes on the circuits and rally stages around the globe. As a counter-point to the road-going models, there will also be a parade of seven 911 race cars.
A highlight will be the 1973 911 RSR 2.8, which won the Sebring 12 Hours in the USA that year and effectively established the reputation of the Porsche coupe as a serious race car in America.
Illustrating perfectly the extremes of achievement by the 911 in motor sport, the Porsche Museum is sending two examples of the rallying 911 – an SC ‘Safari’ and ‘Paris Dakar’ Carrera 4×4 – and two race cars, a ‘Type 964’ 911 RS from the 1993 Porsche Supercup Championship and ‘Type 996’ 911 GT3 RSR from the 2003 American Le Mans Series.
Like every Porsche, the 911 has its roots in racing. From its earliest days, the rear-engined coupe was triumphant. In the 50th anniversary year, Porsche Cars GB has developed an exciting initiative to celebrate this heritage in a very fitting manner; racing a classic 911 in Historic motor sport. The 1965 ‘short wheelbase’ 911 races under the ‘Project 50’ team banner in selected ‘Masters Series’ events alongside appearances at larger festivals such as Silverstone Classic and the Nurburging Oldtimer GP. The distinctive ‘Project 50’ 911 will be proudly participating at the Festival, in a break from its race programme.
Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – world’s best-selling race car
Built in a production series of more than 2,000 since 1998, the 911 GT3 Cup is the best-selling racing car of all time. The ‘Type 997’ 911 GT3 Cup car is based on the 911 GT3 RS road car, and powered by a rear-mounted, 450 hp 3.8-litre flat-six engine.
First run in 2003, the Porsche Carrera Cup GB is the fastest single marque racing Championship in Britain and provides thrilling support to the British Touring Car Championship at circuits up and down the country.
The Carrera Cup GB has established itself as the perfect platform for drivers looking to further develop their careers in GT sports car racing. With the identical 911 GT3 Cup race cars putting the emphasis squarely on driving talent, close racing is guaranteed.
A driver development philosophy has always been a key tenet of Porsche Motorsport, and this is true to this day in the form of the Carrera Cup GB Scholarship. This UK initiative awards an £80,000 annual bursary to a nominated young driver to assist them in stepping up to the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship. Making a return to this year’s Festival of Speed, after wowing crowds with a Top Ten run-off appearance on his debut in 2012, will be Dan Lloyd. Flying the flag for Britain’s GT racing future, the 21-year old will be in action on the hill in his distinctive 450 hp 911 GT3 Cup all weekend.
Celebrating 90 Years of Le Mans
Joining this outstanding selection of 911 icons will also be an incredible line-up of historic Le Mans veterans from the Porsche Museum collection based in Stuttgart, Germany. The 911 GT1 ’98 and the 935/78 ‘Moby Dick’ have been rarely seen in the UK, while in contrast the 1987 962 is a frequent visitor to the Earl of March’s West Sussex Estate. The delectable 936 Spyder will also travel to Goodwood; with three victories at Le Mans, it is among the most successful Porsche race cars.
Friends Reunited in iconic 917 ‘number 23’
In addition, former Porsche factory race drivers Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood will once more be reunited behind the wheel of the legendary Porsche 917 KH, with its Le Mans starting number 23. In 1970, seventeen examples of the 917 participated at Le Mans and, after 24 hours of racing in rain and fog, Porsche secured its first victory in the French endurance event. Behind the wheel of the distinctive red and white liveried car entered by Porsche Salzburg were Herrmann and Attwood. Porsche has achieved a record total of 16 overall Le Mans victories to date.
Forty years of Turbo
The formidable 1,000 hp 917/30 Can-Am car will also be vying for fans’ attention at Goodwood. A popular draw at the Festival of Speed, the flat-twelve cylinder engine of this car was one of the early pioneers of turbocharging. The engineers at Porsche used the experience to get to grips with the physical challenges of forced induction vs increases in engine cubic capacity, and the lessons learned led directly to the development of the ‘wastegate’ for turbo boost pressure control. This innovation subsequently made its debut on the 911 Turbo road car forty years ago.
Latest Porsche supercars in action
The Supercar Run is a prime attraction at the Festival of Speed, showcasing the fastest and most exclusive road-going sports cars. Making their Goodwood debuts are the latest ‘Type 991’ 911 GT3 and Carrera 4S.
911 GT3 makes UK debut
In 1999, the then-new 911 GT3 set the benchmark for road-going sports cars with the fastest ever production car lap of the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, and established a reputation for itself as the definitive circuit-bred sports car. Now, the fifth generation of the 911 GT3 makes its debut at Goodwood, and is set to take on the pole position among thoroughbred Porsche sports cars with naturally aspirated engines.
Powered by a purpose-built normally-aspirated 3.8-litre flat six engine developing 475 hp that revs to 9,000rpm, the new GT3 drives its rear wheels via a seven-speed PDK double-clutch transmission with a unique steering wheel paddle-shift. Further innovations include active rear-wheel steering for increased cornering agility and enhanced high speed stability. Acceleration from 0-62 mph takes 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 196 mph. A sub-7 min 30 secs lap time around the Nürburgring-Nordschleife underlines the phenomenal potential of the latest GT3, and opens a new chapter in the history of the modern classic.
911 Carrera 4S
The new Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and 4S models unite the excellent performance and efficiency of the new generation 911 with the dynamic benefits of the latest version of the active all-wheel drive Porsche Traction Management (PTM) system. While retaining the traditional rear-wheel drive emphasis of the 911, the all-wheel drive chassis of the Carrera 4 and 4S delivers increased traction, road-holding and dynamic performance over a wide variety of road surfaces and in all weather conditions.
A distinctive identifying feature of the 911 Carrera 4 and 4S remains the wider rear wheel arches: compared with the two-wheel drive 911 Carrera models, the rear wheel arches each extend further outwards by 22 mm, and house rear tyres that are ten millimetres wider. The signature red light band that connects the two taillights has also taken on a new form.
The new all-wheel drive 911 is available in four versions; the 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Carrera 4S, and as a Coupé and Cabriolet. Each model shares identical characteristics to the rear-wheel drive versions, including lightweight body design, suspension, engine choices and gearbox options; the only exceptions are modifications related to the all-wheel drive. The innovative aluminium-steel composite body construction of the 911 helps deliver a weight saving of up to 65kg versus the prior model; consequently, despite the higher level of performance, the new 911 Carrera 4 models also offer up to 16 per cent lower fuel consumption.
Cartier Style et Luxe Concours
The evolution of the Porsche 911 is also illustrated on the Cartier Style et Luxe Concours lawn at Goodwood. Traditionally reserved for the rarest and most exotic models, this year is no exception. On display will be an example of the earliest ‘901’ from 1963, 1973 Carrera RS 2.7, 1987 Turbo SE ‘flatnose’, 1989 Speedster, ‘Type 993’ GT2 and 1998 GT1.
Dynamic Cayenne demonstrations at the Porsche Experience Centre Goodwood
With its sporting, driver-oriented chassis, the Porsche Cayenne has been designed to combine sports car handling with the added versatility of being able to cover ground quickly, regardless of the terrain.
Visitors to the Festival of Speed will be able to experience Porsche power personally courtesy of Driving Consultants from the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone, who will be demonstrating the performance and handling of the Cayenne on a specially-designed dynamics course laid out around the distinctive Porsche Experience area at Goodwood. The grass-surfaced course around which the 400 hp V8-engined Cayenne S models will power is intended to demonstrate perfectly the outstanding dynamic ability of this immensely versatile Porsche.
Porsche in the Moving Motor Show
This year, Porsche is proud to present the new second generation Panamera at the Moving Motor Show.
Taking centre stage will be the new Panamera S E-Hybrid, with the Cayenne S Hybrid and Lohner-Porsche from 1900 alongside. The Panamera S E-Hybrid is a development of the proven Porsche parallel full hybrid system, with a more powerful electric motor, a higher-performance battery that supplies more energy and the ability to be recharged externally from the electrical grid. This is combined with a powerful, 333 hp supercharged V6 petrol engine, driving the rear wheels through an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission.
The electric motor produces 95 hp (70 kW), which is more than double the power of the previous model’s 47 hp (34 kW) electric motor. It draws energy from a new lithium-ion battery, which at 9.4 kWh has over five times the 1.7 kWh energy capacity of the previous (nickel metal hydride) battery technology. When connected to an industrial outlet, it can be charged within around two and a half hours via the integrated on-board charger and the standard Porsche Universal Charger (AC), and it can be charged in less than four hours when connected to a conventional household electrical outlet.
With its increased output, the Panamera S E-Hybrid far exceeds the driving performance of the previous model. In addition, the NEDC fuel economy has increased by 56 per cent to 91 mpg, which equates to emissions of just 71 g/km CO2. Furthermore, the all-electric driving performance has been substantially improved with regard to electric acceleration, the electric range and electric top speed.
The electric driving range of the Panamera S E-Hybrid has been determined as 22 miles (36 km) in NEDC-based testing though, naturally, range may vary in everyday operation. The Panamera S E-Hybrid can reach speeds of up to 84 mph in all-electric operation, and the acceleration from 0-62 mph has been shortened by half a second to 5.5 seconds. The electric boost function helps here, in which the performance of the electric motor aids that of the combustion engine. Boosting can also be activated by kick-down – such as when overtaking. Overall top speed is 168 mph.
The Cayenne S Hybrid and plug-in Panamera S E-Hybrid will be displayed alongside the 1900 Lohner-Porsche ‘Semper Vivus’ – the world’s first full hybrid automobile and one of the earliest innovations of company founder, Professor Dr. Ing. h.c. Ferdinand Porsche – which clearly underlines that as well as roots in racing, Porsche Intelligent Performance has been a similarly enduring principle of the company.
Look out for Porsche personalities and relax at the Café Le Mans
Porsche enthusiasts visiting Goodwood will be pleased to learn that there are many more examples of the marque, and former race drivers, participating in the Festival of Speed. Principal among these will be Festival favourite and five-time Le Mans winner, Derek Bell, six-time Le Mans victor Jacky Ickx, Jochen Mass, and John Fitzpatrick. Look out also for Sir Stirling Moss, who raced a Porsche in period.
For visitors wishing to refuel themselves, the Porsche Café Le Mans will be once more situated on the outside of the track near the footbridge, offering meals and refreshments throughout the weekend.
The Porsche Museum
With an extensive special exhibition in its distinctive building adjacent to the famous factory in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, the Porsche Museum is celebrating the 911 anniversary until 29 September.
More than 40 different 911 versions tell the unique and exciting story of the sports car alongside the original 911 and seven generations. This includes a number of rare production and racing cars being presented to the public for the first time. The Porsche Museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. Admission is eight euro for adults. Reduced price tickets cost four euro.
Drivers of a 911 plus one accompanying person, upon presentation of the vehicle registration at the box office of the Porsche Museum, can benefit from free admission until 29 September. The same applies to visitors who were born in 1963, upon presenting appropriate ID.
20 years of the Goodwood Festival of Speed
Marking the first half-century of the Porsche 911 at Goodwood is hugely appropriate in the 20th anniversary year of the Festival of Speed. To date, the legendary sports coupe has featured at every single Goodwood Festival, from the first event in 1993 – when an unexpectedly high 27,500 enthusiasts turned-up – to the 185,000+ visitors that attended the world’s greatest celebration of car culture last year.
Whether in action in road and race form on the testing 1.16-mile Goodwood hillclimb, sliding sideways around the gravel Forest Rally Stage, sitting serenely on the Cartier Style et Luxe Concours lawn, or as part of the regular Porsche displays, the 911 has played a key role in helping put the Festival of Speed on the map over the last two decades.
Follow all the action on-line
Throughout the Festival of Speed weekend, Porsche Origin will be carrying films direct from Goodwood, along with news and updates of all the action at porsche.co.uk/goodwood.


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