The event is a motorised journey in time back to the period from the 1950s to the 1980s. The Solitude Revival Grand Prix will feature more than 400 cars competing in different classes on the circuit where Formula 1 drivers used to take 26 left and 19 right turns. Specially closed for the event, the track will take the drivers – including in the special “Porsche Classics” race – over a mostly forested circuit of country roads and 130 metres of altitude difference.
Porsche Heritage and Museum will offer spectators a bevy of special historical models, which will be driven by drivers of equal renown. Two-time rally world champion Walter Röhrl, among others, will drive a Type 996 Porsche 911 GT3 RS. The sports car equipped with a naturally aspirated engine and six-speed manual gearbox was presented in 2003 as a motorsport homologation model. The 911 GT3 RS will be powered by renewable fuels for the first time. In this case, the fuel is a petrol based on an advanced biofuel made of food waste products. The fuel has demonstrated its suitability for use in Porsche high-performance engines since the 2021 season in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, where the 911 GT3 Cup race cars of all teams have been fuelled with it in every race since its introduction.
Also appearing on the Solitude circuit, in the 911 Carrera RSR 2.8, will be racing driver Laurin Heinrich. Porsche built 55 copies of this Gran Turismo racing car, which won three international and seven national championships in 1973. Timo Bernhard will present the Porsche 718 Formula 2, following in the tracks of Jim Clark, Dan Gurney and Joakim Bonnier. The Le Mans-winner has achieved success in all major sports car categories for Porsche. The open-wheel monoposto from 1960 recalls the first Formula race on the “Solitude”. Two years later, Dan Gurney won the French Grand Prix in the Porsche 804 Formula 1. The 461-kg winning vehicle from 1962 will be driven in the exhibition by Le Mans- and World Endurance Championship-winner Marc Lieb.
A guest driver will be behind the wheel of the 911 Carrera RS 2.7, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Once the fastest road sports car of its time, the first generation of the 911 reached its culmination as the most powerful model in 1972. It was also the first 911 to bear the designation “Carrera”, the Spanish word for “race”. In the early 1960s, Porsche opted for a lightweight version of the 356 B to remain competitive in Gran Turismo racing. The 778-kg lightweight Porsche 356 B 2000 GS Carrera GTL Abarth with a handcrafted aluminium body will also put its dynamism on display on the former race track just 15 kilometres southwest of the main plant in Zuffenhausen.
Representatives of the current model range will round off the Porsche presence – fuelled with renewable petrol, as is also used in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. One Cayenne Turbo GT, one Macan T and two 718 Cayman GT4 models will be powered by an advanced biofuel called reFuel, which can make an important contribution to reducing CO₂ emissions in the transport sector.
Exhibition of historic racing and road vehicles
The “Solitude Revival” is an exhibition of historic racing and road vehicles on the former Solitude circuit near Stuttgart. Almost six decades after the last Solitude race, the former circuit, which consists of public roads closed for the occasion, has lost none of its fascinating character. The exhibition will include racing motorcycles and sidecars dating back to 1979, racing and sports cars dating back to 1947, racing sports cars and prototypes from 1948 to 1981, GT and touring cars from 1948 to 1981 and Formula racing cars from 1948 to 1981.
With the ticket of the "Solitude Revival", spectators pay only 5 instead of 10 Euro admission to the Porsche Museum. This offer is valid until 31 December 2022. In addition, the sports car manufacturer presents itself with further exhibits and products from the museum shop. Extensive information about the event is available at: www.solitude-revival.org