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From the very beginning, racing has played an important role in the development of Porsche automobiles. Ferdinand Porsche and his son, Ferry, both recognized that racing exposed any inherent weaknesses in a vehicle's design and allowed new technologies to be developed and tested. Porsche cars were entered in countless races, often with outstanding results, but it would not be until 1962 that Stuttgart's famous firm ventured into the competitive Formula 1 scene.

In 1958, Porsche entered Formula 2. With Jo Bonnier and Stirling Moss driving, Porsche was successful in its F2 endeavors. Beginning in 1961, F1 rules changed to resemble prior F2 regulations, and these rule changes enabled Porsche to conveniently pursue F1 racing.

The 1961 F1 regulations called for a maximum engine displacement of 1,500cc. Porsche decided to develop an entirely new engine for its F1 debut, and chose a flat-eight configuration. Designated Type 753, the 1,494cc engine was air-cooled in proper Porsche tradition. Its block was constructed of magnesium alloy. The mill used separate aluminum cylinders to better engine cooling, and each cylinder was topped by its own aluminum alloy head with two valves. The twin overhead camshafts operating the valves on either bank of cylinders were actuated by shafts instead of by a belt or chain. Type 753's horizontal cooling fan was mounted above the cylinder banks and surrounded left and right by the eight polished velocity stacks of four Weber carburetors. With the engine cover removed, this arrangement made for a dazzling display of air-cooled pride. Type 753's internals were designed to withstand 10,000rpm, which was essential as peak power of 180hp was not reached until 9,200rpm.

The Type 753 engine transmitted power through a 6-speed gearbox with a limited-slip differential. It was mounted behind the cockpit of the Porsche 804, the car with which the Stuttgart miracle brand was to enter F1. All of the 804's mechanical bits were housed within a steel space frame clothed in sleek aluminum bodywork. Suspension was by double wishbones front and rear, using torsion bars and inboard shock absorbers. The front torsion bars were longitudinally mounted, but the transverse rear unit served double duty as an anti-roll bar. Disc brakes and rack-and-pinion steering completed the capable package.

Racing success followed after Porsche debuted its 804 for the 1962 season. With Dan Gurney driving, a Porsche 804 emerged victorious from the French Grand Prix in Rouen. Just a week later, Gurney and an 804 again captured a first-place finish, this time at the Solitude racetrack in Porsche's hometown. There were 300,000 excited witnesses to this latter win.

Porsche retired from Formula 1 just as abruptly as it entered, pulling out at the end of the 1962 season. The team had been successful, but Porsche could not justify the heavy expenditures necessary to the development of competitive F1 products. Porsche felt that little of its F1 technology could be translated to its street cars, prompting the brand to shift its racing focus back to the grand touring and long-distance events that it considered essential to the development of advanced road cars.

The 804 was a short but successful chapter in the rich history of Porsche. It may have been the only Porsche ever able to secure a Formula 1 win, but it at least proved that the brand could be successful even in racing styles to which it was not accustomed. Porsche constructed four examples of its 804, racing three of them. At least three are believed to survive.


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By Evan Acuña
When the engine capacity for Formula 1 cars was reduced to 1.5-litres in 1961, this change of regulations helped to motivate Porsche to enter the Grand Prix arena since these new rules scarcely differed from those of the previous Formula 2 class.

Porsche nearly achieved its first Formula 1 victory in 1961 wîth its modified Type 787 F2 chassis, wîth Dan Gurney finishing second at Reims in France, and at the Grand Prix of Italy and the ÚSA. However, in 1962, Porsche developed an eight-cylinder Grand Prix racer intent on claiming that first outright win.

In concept and chassis, the Type 804 was similar to contemporary mid-engined racers. It also used an interesting disc brake design and a horizontal cooling fan on top of its air-cooled eight-cylinder engine.

Everything came together in July 1962. Following a promising Monaco, the American Gurney won the Grand Prix of France at Rouen wîth a lap lead over South African Tony Maggs in a Cooper. A week later, Gurney beat Jim Clark's Lotus to win again, this time in front of 300,000 enthusiastic spectators, at the the Solutide track in Stuttgart.

Towards the end of 1962, Porsche ceased its Formula 1 programme. Such technology, wîth only minimal carryover to production cars, required heavy financial outlays. Since motor racing was always the basis for new developments and improvements to production sports cars at Porsche, the company concentrated instead on GT cars and long-distance events once again.

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1962 Formula One Season
Owen Racing OrganisationBRMP57 United States Paul Richard 'Richie' Ginther
United Kingdom Norman Graham Hill 
Team LotusLotus
United Kingdom James 'Jim' Clark, Jr.
United Kingdom Trevor Taylor 
Cooper Car CompanyCooper
South Africa Anthony Francis O'Connell 'Tony' Maggs
United States Timothy A. Mayer II
New Zealand Bruce Leslie McLaren 
Yeoman Credit RacingLola
United Kingdom Roy Francesco Salvadori
United Kingdom John Surtees 
Scuderia FerrariFerrari Italy Giancarlo Baghetti
Italy Lorenzo Bandini
United States Philip Toll Hill, Jr
Belgium Willy Mairesse
Mexico Ricardo Rodríguez 
Porsche System EngineeringPorsche
Sweden Joakim 'Jo' Bonnier
United States Daniel Sexton Gurney
United States Philip Toll Hill, Jr 
Brabham Racing OrganisationLotus
Australia Sir John Arthur 'Jack' Brabham 6
Brabham Racing OrganisationBrabham Australia Sir John Arthur 'Jack' Brabham 6
 Emeryson CarsEmeryson United Kingdom Michael John Campbell-Jones
United States Tony Settember 
 Ecurie MaarsbergenEmeryson Netherlands Carel Godin de Beaufort
Netherlands Bernardus Marinus Pon
Germany Wolfgang Seidel 
 Otelle NucciLDS South Africa Doug Serrurier 
 Gilby EngineeringGilby United Kingdom Keith Greene 
 Scuderia De TomasoDeTomaso
F1 Alfa 
Argentina Nasif Moisés Estéfano 
 Scuderia SettecolliDeTomaso
F1 Alfa 
Italy Roberto Lippi 
 UDT Laystall Racing TeamLotus
United States Masten Gregory
United Kingdom Robert McGregor Innes Ireland 
 Rob Walker Racing TeamLotus
France Maurice Bienvenu Jean Paul Trintignant 
 Scuderia SerenissimaLotus
Italy Nino Vaccarella 
 Ecurie Nationale SuisseLotus
Switzerland Joseph Siffert 
 Emeryson CarsLotus
United Kingdom Michael John Campbell-Jones 
 Ecurie BelgeLotus Belgium Lucien Bianchi 
 Ecurie FilipinettiLotus
Switzerland Heinz Schiller
Switzerland Joseph Siffert 
 Autosport Team Wolfgang SeidelLotus
United States Daniel Sexton Gurney
Germany Wolfgang Seidel
Germany Günther Seiffert 
 Ecurie ExcelsiorLotus
United States Jay Chamberlain 
 John DaltonLotus New Zealand Tony Shelly 
 Gerald AshmoreLotus United Kingdom Gerald Ashmore 
 Scuderia Jolly ClubLotus
Italy Ernesto Prinoth 
 Dupont Team ZerexLotus
United States Roger S. Penske 
 Jim HallLotus
United States Jim Hall 
 Mecom Racing TeamLotus
United States Robert Schroeder 
 Ernest PieterseLotus
South Africa Ernest 'Ernie' Pieterse 
 Neville LederleLotus
South Africa Neville Lederle 
 Ecurie GalloiseCooper
United Kingdom Jackie Lewis 
 Anglo-American EquipeCooper United Kingdom Ian Burgess 
 Bernard Marie François Alexandre Collomb-ClercCooper France Bernard Marie François Alexandre Collomb-Clerc 
 James SharpCooper United States James 'Hap' Sharp 
 John Maxwell Lineham LoveCooper
Rhodesia John Maxwell Lineham Love 
 Mike HarrisCooper South Africa Mike Harris 
 Ecurie MaarsbergenPorsche
Netherlands Carel Godin de Beaufort
Netherlands Bernardus Marinus Pon 
 Scuderia SerenissimaPorsche
Italy Nino Vaccarella 
 Ecurie FilipinettiPorsche
Switzerland Heini Walter 

1962 Season Review
RaceCircuitDateWinning DriverConstructor
 Dutch Grand Prix  ZandvoortMay 1962  Norman Graham HillBRM 
 Monaco Grand Prix Monaco Grand Prix MonacoJun 1962  Bruce Leslie McLarenCooper 
 Belgian Grand Prix  Spa-FrancorchampsJun 1962  James 'Jim' Clark, Jr.Lotus 
 French Grand Prix  Rouen-Les-EssartsJul 1962  Daniel Sexton GurneyPorsche 
 British Grand Prix  AintreeJul 1962  James 'Jim' Clark, Jr.Lotus 
 German Grand Prix  NürburgringAug 1962  Norman Graham HillBRM 
 Italian Grand Prix  MonzaSep 1962  Norman Graham HillBRM 
 United States Grand Prix  Watkins GlenOct 1962  James 'Jim' Clark, Jr.Lotus 
 South African Grand Prix South African Grand Prix Prince GeorgeDec 1962  Norman Graham HillBRM 

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