Porsche 550 Prototype Spyder 

  • built in Germany
  • 1953
  • 110 HP 1.5L
  • 137 mph
 
In 1953 Porsche created a series of 550 prototypes and 550-03 became the most important car in Porsche history by winning the 1954 Carrera Panamerica with Hans Herrmann at the wheel.
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This singular victory lent the Carrera nameplate to future models and also marked the first international victory of a mid-engine car.
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Road Tests Real world tests of the Porsche 550 Prototype Spyder

Top speed

550 Prototype Spyder
137 mph
Agera R
260 mph
Veyron
253 mph

Data points Key details of the Porsche 550 Prototype Spyder

Number built

550 Prototype Spyder
12 cars
Veyron
300 cars
Veneno
4 cars

Horsepower

550 Prototype Spyder
110 HP
Agera R
1,115 HP
Veyron
987 HP

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Porsche 550 Prototype Spyder

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In 1953 Porsche created a series of 550 prototypes and 550-03 became the most important car in Porsche history by winning the 1954 Carrera Panamerica with Hans Herrmann at the wheel.
Only 12 prototypes were made until regular production began in 1954 of the Porsche RS Spyder.

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Brand Porsche
Type of car Race car
Year 1953
Number built 12 cars

transmission

Drivetrain RWD
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 4 gears

engine

Displacement 1,498 cc
Cylinders Flat 4
Air compressor None
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Bore/stroke 3.35 in / 2.6 in
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 2 valves

road tests

Top speed 137 mph

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 11.03 lb/hp
Maximum hp 110 HP @ 6,200 RPM
Maximum torque 88 ft-lb @ 5,000 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 1,213 lb
Width 60.6 in
Height 41.3 in
Length 141.7 in
Front track width 50.8 in
Wheelbase 82.7 in
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