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Watch The Bizarre Porsche 961, The First All-Wheel-Drive Le Mans Car, Run Again

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The Porsche 961 was the endurance racing version of the Porsche 959 meant originally for rally. Only one was ever made and its racing career was brief, but thanks to Goodwood we can see and hear what it’s like again.

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The 961 ripped up the hill this year, with its 640 horsepower (up from 450 for the regular Paris-Dakar off roaders), Porsche 956/962 brake rotors, and class-minimum 2,535-pound weight.

Like the 959, it was all-wheel-drive, the first of its kind to race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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It is a wonderfully strange car, racing before it was homologated for the road and thus relegated to being classed as an IMSA prototype. Even so, it finished 7th overall and hit 207 miles per hour on the Mulsanne. Wild car.

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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This makes me wish that they pushed through with Group B in sports car racing. Not only would it have been a much safer venue for the cars (and less traumatic for the mechanics - no worries of finding severed fingers in the bodywork), but it would have allowed a few more cars to race. Imagine, the Porsche racing against Ferrari’s 288 GTO Evoluzione at Le Mans. Maybe, even Toyota could have raced their stillborn MR2 222D there as well.