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Why Porsche’s black sheep was doomed to fail
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Why Porsche’s black sheep was doomed to fail

By:
, Autosport Plus Editor

Green shoots of potential were visible when Porsche raced in Indycars 30 years ago. But politics and technical complexity proved its undoing

As Porsche celebrated its 70th birthday in lavish fashion at the Goodwood Festival of Speed with a sonorous parade of its most famous and successful cars - among them multiple Le Mans winners, the iconic Can-Am 917/30 and even the 804 Dan Gurney used to win the 1962 French Grand Prix - it was apt that the sole representative from the company's largely forgettable foray into Indycar racing remained on static display, silent and unloved.

The Norbert Singer-designed 2708 was the first in a (short) line of Weissach-blessed cars that summarily failed to take the US open-wheel world by storm between 1987 and '90, at which point Dr Ulrich Bez pulled the plug after a grand total of one win and three pole positions.

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