37.

911 Car­rera RSR Turbo 2.1

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First tur­bocharged Le Mans racer

Built: 1974 I En­gine: 2142cc lat-six, 500bhp I Top speed: 190mph

Num­ber 37 in our count­down but with­out doubt the best-look­ing Porsche race car ever. Mar­tini colours? More vents than body­work? Turbo pipework like a sewer main? De­li­cious. Imag­ine a del­i­cate Car­rera 2.7 RS cap­tured by a sea­side car­i­ca­ture-car­toon­ist and you’ve got a de­cent ap­prox­i­ma­tion of the wild Car­rera RSR Turbo. Hu­mon­gous ™lared arches and a gi­ant rear wing helped de­liver its 500bhp to the ground through wheels like oil drums that mea­sured a stag­ger­ing 17 inches across. Mean­while ™ibre­glass pan­els and an in­te­rior strip more ruth­less than an acid bath pegged the kerb­weight to just over 800kg. That was still more than the feath­er­weight pro­to­types on track at Le Mans in 1974, but Porsche very nearly beat them any­way, a dam­aged gear­box mean­ing they even­tu­ally had to set­tle for sec­ond be­hind Ma­tra.

HEAV­IER THAN THE LE MANS PRO­TO­TYPES BUT IT VERY NEARLY BEAT THEM ANY­WAY

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