When it comes to racing, few automakers share Porsche’s rich heritage. The brand’s early involvement dates all the way back to the 1950’s, with notable wins in the Carrera Panamericana and Targa Florio, classic races which later influenced the naming of some of Porsche’s most famous models.
Despite Porsche’s racing pedigree, it’s often thought that the automaker has scoffed at the idea of a mid-engine racecar. But as Road & Track recently pointed out, that’s simply not true. Behold the Porsche 910 (or Carrera 10), a factory-built racer with a mid-mounted engine.
The 910 served as the evolution of Porsche’s successful 906 racecars. Despite competing for a single year, Porsche entered the 910 into a number of competitions, including the European Hillclimb Championship, Targa Florio, 12 Hours of Sebring, and Le Mans.
While the six-cylinder 910 was a force to be reckoned with, strong competition from Ferrari and the legendary Ford GT40 made life difficult for the 910, But that didn’t stop it from putting in strong performances throughout the year, and eventually winning its home event at the 1000 km Nürburgring in 1967.
Because it competed for such a limited period, the 910 remains a rare and relatively unknown treasure in Porsche’s long list of fine racing specimens, which is why Park Place Dealerships encourages any and all Porsche fans to watch this video of the 910 looping around the Autodromo Riccardo Paletti in Italy – listen to that glorious engine!