Why 718?

Wheels (Australia) - - First Drives -

THE ORIG­I­NAL Boxster was de­signed as a trib­ute to the 550, Porsche’s first mid-en­gined racer of the 1950s, and the lat­est ver­sion was named af­ter the 550’s suc­ces­sor, the 718. It has some big shoes to fill. Race ver­sions of the 718 were vic­to­ri­ous in the Targa Flo­rio and the 12 Hours of Se­bring, and took a class win (and third out­right) at Le Mans in 1958. An open-wheeled ver­sion called the 718/2 was suc­cess­ful in For­mula 2 rac­ing and was even em­ployed as an F1 car when the cat­e­gory went 1.5-litre in 1961.

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