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We all know that Porsche has a race history that can be called one-of-a-kind. No other brand can show you a palmares of victories and racing successes, in as many different racing series and classes. Both the factory team and customer racing teams have won thousands and thousands of races. There’s no secret about that. But how many of us know that there are several very succesful race cars that did not really bear the name Porsche, but were powered by Porsche ? Who knew there were cars like Lotus, Elva, Lola or March that had a Porsche heart beating inside? The book “Powered by Porsche : The alternative race cars” by Roy Smith will learn you all you need to know about this previously uncovered subject.
From previous books like the one Roy Smith wrote about the Porsche 924 Carrera GT, we know the author does not like a medium job. His books are very accurate and detailed, and tell you the complete story without hiding anything. For the book “Powered by Porsche : The alternative race cars” , Roy Smith interviewed both the team owners, the pilots, mechanics and the people at Porsche that co-operated with the teams that built their own cars using a Porsche engine. Even the Hybrid cars that the old professor Ferdinand Porsche designed are covered and it goes all the way through history to the Daytona Prototypes.
Even though dozens of alternative race cars, powered by a Porsche engine were built, all of them are covered by Roy Smith. The book contains both unique details and previously unpublished pictures about the different cars, and tells anecdotes from the people involved in racing these wonderful cars. Especially in the late 70’s and 80’s Porsche had not the ability to deliver all the cars, chassis and parts that customer race team wanted. So some of these customers started designing and developing their own chassis, but they still wanted a Porsche engine. Plus with many new projects in the rapidly expanding Porsche organisation, race car projects had to be prioritised. This would lead to the creation of the replicas, as opposed to the factory built works race cars, even Porsche was building ‘replica’ Porsche 935s to supply to clients, this was to continue into the Porsche 962 era.
Definitely a book you need to have in your Porsche or race library !!!
Models covered in the book “Powered by Porsche : the alternative race cars”
Argo – Porsche
Bobsy – Porsche
Brickyard Indy- Porsche
Cooper – Porsche
Fageol – Porsche
John Paul –Porsche
Kelly – Porsche