Unlike certain supercars, Porsche has always been known for keeping their “produce very lean” among other positive attributes.
The latest, facelifted Porsche 911 GT3 RS for example, weighs just 1,430 kg while the highly-coveted 911 R only carries 1,370 kg of fat. As Porsche has revealed, its lightest ever model, not known to many, weighs merely 384 kg – a full tonne lighter than the already light-footed 911R.
It’s called the Porsche 909 Bergspyder. Powered by a 2.0-litre 8-cylinder Boxer engine, it produced 275 hp with 0 to 100 km/h done in just under 2 seconds. This was because its outer shell was made entirely of plastic composites, as it sits on a lightweight aluminium chassis.
It was built to challenge Ferrari in hill climb competitions in the 1960s but it wasn’t an easy car to drive. According to reports, driver Ludovico Scarfiotti was killed when his 909 went out of control and smashed into some trees. Safety clearly was not a concern then.