It’s about Time, Mr Porsche

I think we can all agree that Porsche makes mighty fine high-performance sports cars, but supercars or hypercars, not so much.

However, four particular models have broken that mould: the Porsche 959, the Porsche 911 GT1, the Porsche Carrera GT, and the Porsche 918 Spyder.

The 959 was introduced in 1986. At the time, it was one of the world’s most technically advanced motor cars.

Capable of 60mph in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 197mph, an all-wheel-drive system and a very complex suspension set-up.

The 959 was renowned for its state-of-the-art technical features and performance capabilities. It is a significant motor car in Porsche’s history.

The mid-90s brought us the Porsche GT1, a race car adapted for legal road usage.

Initially, the GT1 was developed for GT1 Class motorsport.

The Porsche GT1 experienced victory at the 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans.

In 2004, we witnessed the launch of the high-revving 5.7-litre V10 Porsche Carrera GT.

It was built using a carbon-fibre subframe and monocoque body, resulting in a lightweight yet rigid design.

Creating a motor car to succeed the Carrera GT was a challenging task.

Welcome the hybrid 2013 Porsche 918 Spyder. 

Porsche fitted it with a 4.6-litre V8, which delivered 887hp with the assistance of two electric motors.

Like the three previous cars, the 918 Spyder’s engine was derived from a Porsche race car.

All four remarkable cars embody Porsche’s commitment to innovation and performance, thereby setting a higher bar for competitors to reach.

2023 was Porsche’s 75th Anniversary, and surprise, surprise, a proposed hypercar, code-named Mission X, was announced. 

Since then, it has been very quiet from the technophiles in Stuttgart. The last I heard, the target launch date was 2025.