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History of the Porsche Ducktail and the Carrera RS 2.7

The Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 has set the template for the modern 911 track car, so to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year, Porsche will celebrate World Rally Champion Walter Röhrl, 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Timo Bernhard, and the classic 911 A selection of the history of the Carrera RS 2.7 and its successors.

Introduced in 1972 as the Homologation Special, Carrera RS 2.7 It’s instantly recognizable thanks to the ducktail rear spoiler. It was the first production sports car to be equipped with a spoiler, including a ducktail and a small front lip spoiler. The ducktail counteracted aerodynamic lift, reduced drag and even improved engine cooling. It also became an iconic styling feature that is now making a comeback. 2023 Porsche 911 Sport Classic.

Its familiar shape began as a simple panel held together by pieces of wood. Protruding from the sloping rear of the 911, this section has been shown in wind tunnel tests to cancel lift and create downforce.

It was also the first time Porsche used the Carrera name for a 911 (previously used for the 356 variant in 1955). Porsche has revived the name, which means ‘race’ in Spanish, to show that the RS 2.7 is something special. This is a bit ironic considering the Carrera name is now used for his 911 model on the basis.

Thin sheet metal and glass and a lack of insulation made the Carrera RS 2.7 lighter than other 911 models of the time. It also had a 0-60 mph speed of 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 149 mph.

It was a 2.7-liter flat-six that propelled it to that speed. It produced 210 horsepower and was sent to the rear wheels via a 5-speed manual transmission. The RS 2.7 was also the first of his 911 production models to have a wider rear tire than the front, which helped improve traction.

Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7

Porsche wanted the RS 2.7 to enter the FIA ​​Group 4 category. In this category, he had to build 500 for homologation. It sold out in just three months, so Porsche ended production of 1,580 of his (including 200 lightweight versions) and continued production until 1973. By the 2.8 RS and RSR 3.0 racers and briefly featured in the video.

The RS 2.7 was followed by other serious 911 road cars. 911 GT3 RS 4.0, also featured in the video. In 2011 he launched his 911 GT3 see-off for the 997 generation, the car was powered by his 4.0-liter flat-six that produced 493 horsepower. The RS 4.0 has a small ducktail but is surrounded by a much larger rear he wing.

of 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS It continues the RS tradition of light weight and advanced aerodynamics. But an elaborate system of ducts and vents and an adjustable wing with a Formula 1-style Drag Reduction System (DRS) make even the GT3 RS 4.0 look dated. Still, Porsche considers his GT3 RS to be a descendant of the Carrera RS, showing him a one-off version of the original car. green and white coloring. History of the Porsche Ducktail and the Carrera RS 2.7

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