Porsche Folio "Readers Corner"

Why Porsche Cars Wear The Name 'Carrera'

Porsche Carrera


Many of todays Porsches are denoted as 'Carrera'. We take it for granted these days that there will be a model of Porsche which has the Name Carrera somewhere in the model name. But how and why did Porsche start using the Carrera name.

We all know that Porsche loves racing. So much so that its now part of its DNA. Not only do Porsche love racing, they are very, very good at it, with a list of wins under their belt that is longer than the Gettysburg Address. Porsche entered the famous Mexican endurance race, The Carrera-Panamericana in 1950. They won on their very first outing and then won again in 1952, and again in 1953 and yet again in 1954. From that point forward Porsche added the Carrera marking to their best cars as a badge of excellence. Since then Carrera has found its way onto many of Porsches production cars. Most recently they named their GT car, The Panamera after the same race. To have used 'Carrera' so much since their racing victory is in itself an indication of how high regard they had for the event. The race wasn't even German!


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