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The Porsche 550 Spyder was introduced at the 1953 Paris Auto Show and it was designed specifically for racing. The first Porsche 550 Spyder appeared at the Nürburging in May 1953 winning its first race (between 1953 and 1965 it was able to win 95 races and 75 class wins). It was moved by a Type 547 flat-4 engine with a max power of 110 bhp and 120 Nm.
The car shown in this video is chassis 550-0031 and it has its own story:
It was entered at Le Mans in 1955 but an engine issue ended the race early. The car was then entrusted to a young engineer named Michael May. He used to experiment with what was one of the first adaptions of an adjustable wing to generate downforce in motorsport from which it earned the nickname ‘the first winged Porsche’. Mounted above the cockpit, the massive wing had to be tilted upwards to allow access to the car.
May found the wing to substantially improve the Porsche’s cornering speeds and in fact when he entered the modified 550 Spyder for the 1956 Nürburgring 1000 km The car proved a full four seconds faster in qualifying than the works Porsches. Porsche’s team chief Huschke von Hanstein used his influence to have the wing banned from the race to ensure no further embarrassment for the works entries. Although May’s efforts were eventually awarded with contracts at both Porsche and Ferrari.
Michael May’s Porsche survived and eventually ended up in Italy with the wing long removed. The current owner recognised his car’s unique history and set about restoring the 550 to the configuration used to embarrass Porsche’s works team at the Nürburgring in 1956. May himself inspected the car, fittingly in May of 2015, and confirmed that the wing was installed and functioned just like it had done almost 60 years earlier.
History and info of this car taken from www.ultimatecarpage.com
Camcorder: Canon Legria HF G40 + Canon DM-100 Microphone
Event: Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2016
Where: Cernobbio, Italy
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