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Frankfurt Motor Show: 30 Years of Turbocharging Celebrated by Porsche

Snapshot: In the year 1973 at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show, Porsche kept a silver archetype on the stand. This car quickly became the center of attraction only because of its unique manifestation. Everything from the engine cover, rear spoiler, and air intake valves was nothing like the people of that generation has ever seen.

In the year 1973 at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show, Porsche kept a silver archetype on the stand. This car quickly became the center of attraction only because of its unique manifestation. Everything from the engine cover, rear spoiler, and air intake valves was nothing like the people of that generation has ever seen. By the looks of it, this car was the evocation of the Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.0, which was just launched in the market. But the badges on the wheel arches brought to light that this car was something different, even though it resembled the RS 3.0, it was not the same.

This was the time when the company decided to go one step further with something called “Turbo”. This would factually create a new legend in the sports car industry that we now know as the Porsche 911. So the silver car unveiled in 1973 hid a 3 liter flat 6 turbocharged engine under the rear spoiler that was capable of churning out 280 BHP. This engine enabled the car to hit a top speed of 258 Kmph. This created a new era in the history of purebred racing automobiles and mankind alike. Although this wasn’t the brands first race car, it was definitely the first one to have a turbocharger wedged it.

 The engineers were trying to find new ways to increase power of the car, way before 1973. One such example occurred in 1969, the engineers gave birth to a 6.0 liter flat 16 cylinder naturally aspirated ‘Can-Am’ block which was able to produce 770 HP. The engineers also calculated that a bigger engine like a 7.2 liter would be able to pump out 880 HP, but both these engines never kicked off due to many reasons, and they could not use it on street legal autos since these engines were developed on a racing platform. Apart from this, there was also another engine that barely saw daylight, it was 5.0 liter turbocharged flat 12 with 900 HP. It was predicted that this engine would go on to become one of the most powerful engines in the whole world which had the capacity to hold 1,200 HP inside. Hence began the saga of Porsche and turbocharging.

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