Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 2.8 - Targa Florio 1973 (diecast 1:43, Minichamps)

  • Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 2.8 - Targa Florio 1973 (from 1973)
  • Minichamps
  • 1:43
  • Showcase model / No engine
  • diecast
  • silver (brilliant finish)
  • Antonio Pucci / Günther Steckkönig - Martini Racing Team #107 - 6th Targa Florio 1973 - Martini
  • 430736907
  • Limited to 4.896 pieces
  • In near mint condition
  • Original package exists
  • Not for sale
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Chosen as base for the new Carrera RSR was the Porsche 911 S, that had been successful in events like the Rally Monte Carlo and the Tour de France. Main design focus was to save weight and increase the output of the flat 6 engine. The bore of the 2.4 litre engine was increased by 6 mm to 90 mm and with it the output of the now 2.7 litre engine grew with 20 bhp to 210 bhp. To get the added power on the road, Porsche fitted wider rear than front tires on a roadcar for the first time in its history. A lot of weight was saved by stripping the 911 of all luxuries and the use of fiberglass and thin gauge steel for various bodyparts. One of the most legendary Porsches, the 911 Carrera RS 2.7, was born!
To be homologated for the Group 4 class, at least 500 examples of the model had to be constructed. Production of the RS 2.7 started in 1972 and its stunning performance made it an immediate hit. More than enough cars were constructed, securing the Porsche's entry in the 1973 GT Championship. The rules allowed for some modifications to be made to the racing cars compared to the road cars. Most obvious difference between the Carrera RS 2.7 and its racing counterpart, the Carrera RSR 2.8 was the slight displacement increase.
The engine was bored out even more to 92 mm which resulted in a displacement of 2.8 litres. The compression ratio was raised to 10.5 : 1 and together with the displacement increase it resulted in a stunning leap of power of almost 100 bhp. Even wider rear wheels were fitted and to accomodate them the arches were flared even more, giving the RSR 2.8 a very aggresive stance. Porsche 917 derived vented and cross drilled discs replaced stock brakes to ensure that the fastest 911 to date stopped as quick as it went.
At its racing debut at the 1973 Daytona 24 Hours, the 911 Carrera RSR 2.8 immediately proved to be the car to beat that season. After the 3-litre prototype racers retired Peter Gregg and Hurley Haywood took the overall victory, beating the 7 litre Corvettes and 4.4 litre Ferraris. Further success was had at the Sebring 12 Hours and the Targa Florio of the same year. In the European GT Championship, where the RSR 2.8 was originally designed for, it was almost unbeatable, winning six of the nine rounds and the championship.

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