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Porsche racing cars: books - history and technology

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Porsche Legends - Die Rennsport-Ikonen aus Zuffenhausen / The racing icons from Zuffenhausen

Motorsport not only gave Porsche the opportunity to test progressive technology that could be transferred to roadsters, it also was the ideal marketing tool with an enormous influence. Looking back at models like the Porsche 917, 904 and 956, successful serial winners and racing legends emerged from that.

Just as legendary are René Staud's Porsche photos. As one of the best and most famous automobile photographers worldwide he staged the top-class sports cars in a matchless direct manner.
Beyond the racing track's noise and dirt, the Porsche models unfold their unique magic and show the tough developmental work behind them as well as the timelessness of functional design!

Author:René Staud
Specs:242 pages, 29.5 x 29 x 3.2 cm / 11.6 x 11.4 x 1.26 in, hardback
Illustrations:189 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Delius Klasing Verlag GmbH (D, 2022)
Book: Porsche Legends - Die Rennsport-Ikonen aus Zuffenhausen / The racing icons from Zuffenhausen

Porsche Legends - Die Rennsport-Ikonen aus Zuffenhausen / The racing icons from Zuffenhausen

Language: English + German

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Porsche en course 1953-1975

Porsche rime avec course. Cet ouvrage détaille les exploits de la marque au plus haut niveau de la compétition en décrivant toutes les voitures construites pour courir, qui menèrent Porsche au succès en assurant sa réputation mondiale.
Année par année, le récit des exploits des automobiles Porsche de compétition, depuis les 550 Spyder de 1953 jusqu'aux fabuleuses 917 de la Can-Am, est illustré par plus de 650 photos d'époque sélectionnées parmi les plus significatives.

Voici l'histoire complète des machines spécifiquement faites pour la course, mais aussi celle d'une marque familiale et des hommes qui les ont conçues, construites et pilotées dans tous les pays du monde.

Author:Brian Long
Specs:272 pages, 25 x 25 cm / 9.8 x 9.8 in, hardback
Illustrations:665 b&w photographs
Publisher:ETAI (F, 2010)
Book: Porsche en course 1953-1975

Porsche en course 1953-1975

Language: French

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Porsche Renn- und Rennsportwagen - seit 1948 (Typenkompass)

Ce livre de référence présente chronologiquement toutes les voitures de compétition Porsche, construites depuis 1948.

Pages of the book [TK] Porsche Renn- und Rennsportwagen seit 1948 (1)

Chaque type est présenté à l'aide d'une photo, d'une description historique et d'une fiche technique.

Author:Peter Schneider
Specs:136 pages, 20.5 x 14 cm / 8.1 x 5.5 in, paperback
Illustrations:26 b&w and 157 colour photographs
Publisher:Motorbuch Verlag (D, 2007)
Series:Typenkompass
Book: Porsche Renn- und Rennsportwagen - seit 1948 (Typenkompass)

Porsche Renn- und Rennsportwagen - seit 1948

Language: German

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Porsche Sports Racers (1952-1968) - Brooklands Ultimate Portfolio

Brooklands Portfolio book about the Porsche racing cars from the years 1952-1968. Describes the Porsche 550, 718 RSK and RS, Abarth GT Carrera, 904, 906 Carrera 6, 910, 907 and 908.

  • The articles, taken from contemporary British and American car magazines, provide much information about history, model changes and technology.
  • Also driving impressions, tests, comparison tests, technical specifications, etc.

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Specs:208 pages, 27 x 20 x 1.3 cm / 10.6 x 7.9 x 0.51 in, paperback
Illustrations:b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Brooklands Books (GB, 2006)
Book: Porsche Sports Racers (1952-1968) - Brooklands Ultimate Portfolio

Porsche Sports Racers (1952-1968)

Language: English

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Porsche Carrera - Der Porsche Carrera-Motor / The Porsche 4-Cam Motor (1953-1965)

Carrera - this term is as much part of the Porsche vocabulary as is "Turbo" or "911". lt roots in a race win of a Porsche 550 Spyder at the legendary Carrera Panamericana in Mexico in 1954. The racing engine they used was unique: termed "Carrera motor", it became part of automobile history.
The remarkably powerful engine with four camshafts, constructed by Dr. Ernst Fuhrmann, was used successfully in a row of famous Porsche racing cars, from the 356 Carrera to the 550 and 718 Spyder to the 904 Carrera GTS.

Pages of the book Porsche Carrera - Der Porsche Carrera-Motor (1)

The Porsche archive and two exceptional authors worked together on the history of this racing engine and its cars. Rolf Sprenger, Porsche employee for 40 years, explains the technological development of the "Fuhrmann engine", which was used from 1953 to 1965, so that laymen and experts alike comprehend its impressive technological refinement. Along with that, lots of previously unpublished documents and photos from the factory's archive are presented - unveiling exceptional backstage views of the then young brand Porsche, plus interviews with directly involved contemporary witnesses.

Moreover, US-American Porsche expert Steve Heinrichs researched every single race of all Porsche racing cars with Carrera engine- there where about 14 000 - so that this book gives the first full account on the history of those races. ln doing so, he gained a full documentation of all chassis and engine numbers with condition on delivery and motorsports' history.

Pages of the book Porsche Carrera - Der Porsche Carrera-Motor (2)

Author:Rolf Sprenger
Specs:840 pages, 24.5 x 30.5 x 5.9 cm / 9.7 x 12 x 2.32 in, hardback
Illustrations:570 photographs and drawings
Publisher:Delius Klasing Verlag GmbH (D, 2014)
Book: Porsche Carrera - Der Porsche Carrera-Motor / The Porsche 4-Cam Motor (1953-1965)

Porsche Carrera - Der Porsche Carrera-Motor / The Porsche 4-Cam Motor (1953-1965)

Language: English + German

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Porsche Carrera - The Air-Cooled Era, 1953-1998

Follows the development and design of the Carrrera car dynasty, from the origins of the Carrera line in the 550 and 356 models through the highly tuned race cars of the 1960s to the largely hand-crafted, air-cooled cars of the 1970s and the 1980s.

Pages of the book Porsche Carrera - The Air-Cooled Era, 1953-1998 (1)

The book features:
- Detailed profiles of all Carrera models, including roadgoing and race models, prototypes, special builds and rare cars
- In-depth explorations of the engineering and tuning of the cars
- Buyer's guides for the different models
- A series of interviews with racing drivers such as Sir Stirling Moss, Derek Bell, John Surtees and Gijs van Lennep, and key Carrera figures such as designer Richard Soderberg and Klaus Bischof, head of the Porsche Rolling Museum.

Author:Johnny Tipler
Specs:272 pages, 28 x 21.5 x 2.5 cm / 11 x 8.5 x 0.98 in, hardback
Illustrations:410 colour photographs
Publisher:The Crowood Press Ltd (GB, 2014)
Book: Porsche Carrera - The Air-Cooled Era, 1953-1998

Porsche Carrera - The Air-Cooled Era, 1953-1998

Language: English

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Porsche Carrera - The Water-Cooled Era 1998-2018

The complete story of the innovative, iconic and enduring Porsche Carrera. This book takes the reader on a journey from the development of its risky water-cooled design through its racing success and continued production today, to practical maintenance and modification.

This book is a true homage to the Porsche Carrera and covers the concept, design and evolution of the 996,997 and 991, including an interview with harm Lagaaji, stylist in the Porsche design studios.
Other interviews include racing drivers - past and present - Mike Wilds, Timo Bernhard, Richard Attwood, Richard Westbrook, Mario Andretti, Hans-Joachim Stuck, Wolf Henzler, Brendon Hartley and Peter Dumbreck.
There is also a section on how to buy, maintain and modify a Porsche Carrera.

Author:Johnny Tipler
Specs:256 pages, 28 x 21.5 x 2.4 cm / 11 x 8.5 x 0.94 in, hardback
Illustrations:420 colour photographs
Publisher:The Crowood Press Ltd (GB, 2019)
Book: Porsche Carrera - The Water-Cooled Era 1998-2018

Porsche Carrera - The Water-Cooled Era 1998-2018

Language: English

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Porsche au Mans - 70 ans

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Mythos Le Mans - Die Porsche-Sieger

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René Staud, Bernd Ostmann

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Porsche 550 Spyder

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Stefan Bogner

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