A reunion with legends, that is exactly what you may say about the 2022 Solitude Revival. On July 16 and 17, 2022, the “Solitude Revival” will pay tribute to motorsport for a whole weekend. On the former race track just outside Stuttgart, special vehicles from the Porsche Heritage and Museum department will start demonstration laps on both days. The event is a motorized journey back in time to the fifties to the eighties. There, where Formula 1 drivers once mastered 26 left-hand and 19 right-hand bends, more than 400 vehicles in different classes will compete against each other at the “Solitude Revival Grand Prix”. On the specially closed forest track, the drivers – among others in the special “Porsche Classics” race – master 130 meters of elevation gain over country roads that for the most part wind through the forest.
Legendary drivers in legendary cars
Porsche Heritage and Museum have special historic models in store for spectators, driven by no less heroic drivers. Among others, two-time rally world champion Walter Röhrl will start at the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT3 RS of type 996. The sports car with a high-revving naturally aspirated engine and six-speed manual transmission was presented in 2003 as a homologation model for motorsport. For the first time, the 911 GT3 RS is powered by renewable fuels. In this case, it is gasoline based on an advanced biofuel made from food waste products. This fuel has already proven its suitability for use in Porsche high-performance engines since the 2021 season in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, where the 911 GT3 Cup race cars of all teams have been fueled with it at all races since then.
Also on the Solitude Ring, race driver Laurin Heinrich will compete in the Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 2.8. Porsche builds 55 examples of this Gran Turismo racing car, which wins three international and seven national championships back in 1973. Timo Bernhard presents the Porsche 718 Formula 2 in the footsteps of Jim Clark, Dan Gurney and Joakim Bonnier. The Le Mans winner has scored successes for Porsche in all the well-known sports car categories. The monoposto with free-standing wheels from 1960 recalls the first formula race at “Solitude.” Two years later, Dan Gurney won the French Grand Prix in the Porsche 804 Formula 1. The 461-kilogram winning car from 1962 is driven by Le Mans winner and endurance world champion Marc Lieb at the show run.
A guest driver in the Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS
A guest driver takes his place behind the wheel of the 911 Carrera RS 2.7, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Once the fastest road-going sports car of its time, it completed the first generation of the Porsche 911 as the most powerful model in 1972. At the same time, it is the first 911 to be given the epithet “Carrera”, Spanish for “race”. In the early sixties, Porsche relies on a lightweight version of the 356 B to remain competitive in Gran Turismo racing. The 778-kilogram Porsche 356 B 2000 GS Carrera GTL Abarth with hand-built aluminum bodywork will also be seen dynamically in action on the former racetrack just 15 kilometers southwest of the main plant in Zuffenhausen.
Representatives of the current model range are also part of the Porsche appearance – they are also fueled with renewable gasoline, as it is also used in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. A Cayenne Turbo GT, a Macan T and two 718 Cayman GT4s will be powered by an advanced bio-based fuel, so-called reFuel, which can make an important contribution to reducing CO₂ emissions in the transport sector.
The Solitude Revival
The “Solitude Revival” is a showcase for demonstrating historic racing and road cars on the former Solitude Ring near Stuttgart. Even almost six decades after the last Solitude race, the former track, which consists of public roads and is closed for the occasion, has not lost its fascination. Racing motorcycles and racing motorcycle teams up to 1979, racing and sports cars up to 1947, racing sports cars and prototypes from 1948 to 1981, GT and racing touring cars from 1948 to 1981, and formula racing cars from 1948 to 1981 will start at the show run. With the “Solitude Revival” ticket, spectators pay only 5 instead of 10 euros for admission to the Porsche Museum. This offer is valid until December 31, 2022. In addition, the sports car manufacturer will present itself with further exhibits and offers from the museum store. Comprehensive information on the event: www.solitude-revival.org
You can find the report of our visit to the 2019 Solitude Revival here : https://www.loveforporsche.com/solitude-revival-2019/