Porsche Carrera

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Porsche Carrera RS 2.7 from 1972

As Porsche Carrera some are particularly strong motorized vehicles of the Stuttgart sports car manufacturer Porsche called. The word “Carrera” comes from Spanish and means “race” in German. At Porsche, however, it refers to the Mexican Carrera Panamericana road race of the 1950s, in which Porsche achieved some class successes.

Origin of the designation

In 1954 , the racing driver Hans Herrmann took a sensational third place in the overall ranking at the Carrera Panamericana race with a Porsche 550 Spyder . That was sensational, because in a car with a comparatively small engine (cubic capacity of only 1.5 l), two much more powerful Ferraris (each with 4.5 l cubic capacity) remained close on the heels. The Porsche easily achieved class victory. Since then, the epithet “Carrera” has traditionally been used at Porsche for particularly sporty models.