One of the most important characteristics of a performance or racing car is the power-to-weight ratio. The goal is to maximize power, but not at the expense of too much weight or unreliability. Not enough power means you can’t keep up with other cars. Add in the engine size limit in your class, combined with the necessity to build a super light but structurally sound, reliable chassis and body and you have quite a challenge. A challenge that was ever more difficult more then 50 years ago without the aid of the computer models we have today.
The men who created the Elva-Porsche were up to the challenge back in the early ’60s, giving birth to a short-lived but exciting racecar that is as intriguing and competitive today at vintage racing events as it was on the track when it was new. The owner of the Elva-Porsche featured on these pages, Gregory Campbell, was and is intrigued by these cars and has demonstrated his competiveness many times on the track since acquiring this rare racer in 2008. The history of this car continues, but to appreciate fully what this car is, we must look into how the Elva-Porsche came about and its place in the Porsche racing legacy.
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