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Noises everywhere. From the engine, the transmission, the whole drive. A familiar soundscape; and yet louder and closer than what we are used to. It is the acoustics of a prototype. #porsche constructed it to refine the teachings of the pure sportscar. With a #911carrera whose aesthetic concept sought a closeness to motorsport. They later called it Club Sport. A coupé which, according to the specifications, was supposed to be 100 kilograms lighter than the Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 of the time with its 231 hp. And thus a #porsche emerged that, with its scaled-back purity, turned the fascination of the 911 into an unforgettably authentic sportscar experience. The basis for the prototype was provided by a vehicle with the identification number WP0ZZZ91ZF100848. The “F” stands for the year 1985, while “848” is the serial production number. It is one of the sportscar manufacturer’s great treasures. A unique specimen, which helped #porsche become skilled in the art of renouncement.
Three decades after the vehicle was built, we have taken it back to where the story began: in Werk 1, the first #porsche plant, in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. Sitting inside the first #911carrera Club Sport we follow in the tracks of its history, driving past the #porsche Museum to the right of the roundabout at Porscheplatz and turning off in the direction of Weissach. This stretch of road has served as an #automotive lifeline connecting #porsche Werk 1 and the #porsche Development Centre since the summer of 1971. People like Ferry and F. A. #porsche drove this route, and with them generations of engineers and designers. Anyone who owns a #porsche, be it a new vehicle or a classic, should make a pilgrimage to these streets once in their lives – either before or after the local rush hour. It is a short journey through the geographical centre of the world of #porsche.
Just as in 1985, when that year’s “serial number” 848 took this route for the first time, late in the summer of 2016 we drive the 911 towards Weissach once more, round behind the small town of Schweiberdingen in the direction of Hemmingen, and later turning left to continue towards Weissach. These are small country roads, on which great cars were fine-tuned. Cars such as the G-series #porsche #911carrera Club Sport, introduced in 1987 and built only 99 times. In the original model for this series, we reach Weissach. This is where it was constructed; from here it set off into the Swabian Alps, transforming an idea into a fascinating driving machine which would go on to excite and inspire people in motoring hotspots all over the world.
The 3125 cm³ engine (according to the registration document) of the first Club Sport ever crackles on the car park in front of the gate to the #porsche Development Centre. Slowly we get to know it better, this priceless gem. On the outside, it looks completely different from the later Club Sport standard models. Visually it recalls much more strongly the #porsche 911 SC RS produced two years previously in a limited run of just 20 vehicles; the series was made for the purposes of homologation for Group B in rally sport. Instead of the typical G-model bumper, the prototype in fact has its counterpart from the 911 SC RS painted entirely in the vehicle colour; however, at the rear the body of the Club Sport is narrow and not turbo-wide. Like the “SC RS”, the paint of the Club Sport is White; even the Fuchs wheels with their centres painted in White appear to have been taken directly from the special series. It is hard to get rid of the impression that many parts of the 911 SC RS have simply been used for the prototype. Even in the interior there are parallels. For example, as in the SC RS, the prototype is missing the centre console (including hazard warning light switch and button for the heatable rear window).
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