Magnificent seven 4/7: the 959
It's 1985 and porsche Introduces the fastest road-going car the world's seen
Jump forward another decade in our series – to the 1980s – and Porsche is in the midst of a technological space race.
Conceived for the hugely advanced and wildly deregulated Group B rally series, the 959 was also homologated to satisfy FIA regulations, which meant a handful of people (292, to be exact) suddenly found themselves in the fastest road-going car ever made.
In 1985, the 450bhp twin-turbo 959 could hit 195mph, but reined it all in with four-wheel drive, ABS and computer-controlled differential. This was cutting edge stuff, yet within a few years it would be standard issue on the 911 Turbo.