Rumors of a rally-inspired Porsche 911 surfaced earlier this year, so it's interesting to note the company's latest installment of Porsche 911 Secrets highlights the car's off-road heritage.

Rumors of a rally-inspired Porsche 911 surfaced earlier this year, so it's interesting to note the company's latest installment of Porsche 911 Secrets highlights the car's off-road heritage.

As the Porsche Museum's Chief of Archive Dieter Landenberger explains, "The Porsche 911 is the most successful race car in motorsports ever. It has made more than 20,000 class victories not only on circuits as well as in rally racing."

While the company begun rally racing in 1965, the video focuses on a 911 that competed in the 1978 East African Safari Rally. Landenberger says the rally car is "very close to a production car" as it only has a modified suspension and underbody / front end protection. The car was leading the race but hit a large rock which damaged the rear suspension. Despite the damage, the car still managed to come in second. It was then retired and placed in the Porsche Museum.

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