Without a shadow of a doubt, the sporting legend of Porsche is represented by the 550 from 1953: a small Sports car powered by a four-cylinder air-cooled boxer engine with a very rigid tube chassis that made it very light and virtually unbeatable. In 1957, built on the same base as the 550 but with improvements in every possible detail, Porsche introduced the 718 RSK, where the “K” reflected the shape of the car’s revised torsion-bar suspension.
The engine, named Fuhrmann after the engineer who designed it, still with four air-cooled cylinders, now had four overhead camshafts and was the evolution of the same version previously tested on the 550.
The handling, the excellent power-to-weight ratio and outstanding braking performance made it a winning model in every type of race: roads like the Mille Miglia and Targa Florio, long-distance circuits like Le Mans and Sebring and hill climbs where it dominated in the European Championship.
The emotion offered by this technological jewel made pure though simplicity, can be discovered by getting behind the wheel of the Pininfarina and Zagato simulators by eClassic.
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