1962 Porsche Type 804 Formula 1 Race Car by Susana Weber

1962 Porsche Type 804 Formula 1 Race Car by 

The only Formula 1 car that Porsche built driven by Dan Gurney in 1962. A commissioned drawing that was printed in a limited edition for use as a trophy.

Colored pencil drawing.

(From Porsche Press Release) When the engine capacity for Formula 1 cars was reduced to 1.5-litres in 1961, this change of regulations helped to motivate Porsche to enter the Grand Prix arena since these new rules scarcely differed from those of the previous Formula 2 class.

Porsche nearly achieved its first Formula 1 victory in 1961 with its modified Type 787 F2 chassis, with Dan Gurney finishing second at Reims in France, and at the Grand Prix of Italy and the USA. However, in 1962, Porsche developed an eight-cylinder Grand Prix racer intent on claiming that first outright win.

In concept and chassis, the Type 804 was similar to contemporary mid-engined racers. It also used an interesting disc brake design and a horizontal cooling fan on top of its air-cooled eight-cylinder engine.

Everything came together in July 1962. Following a promising Monaco, the American Gurney won the Grand Prix of France at Rouen with a lap lead over South African Tony Maggs in a Cooper. A week later, Gurney beat Jim Clark’s Lotus to win again, this time in front of 300,000 enthusiastic spectators, at the the Solutide track in Stuttgart.

Towards the end of 1962, Porsche ceased its Formula 1 programme. Such technology, with only minimal carryover to production cars, required heavy financial outlays. Since motor racing was always the basis for new developments and improvements to production sports cars at Porsche, the company concentrated instead on GT cars and long-distance events once again.

Technical Specification

Engine: Eight cylinders, horizontally-opposed pistons, normally aspirated, air-cooled, two-valve, four shaft-driven overhead camshafts
Output: 180bhp at 9200rpm
Displacement: 1494cc
Fuel system: Four dual-downdraught carburettors, 150 litre fuel tank
Driveline: Six speed gearbox, limited-slip differential
Chassis: Steel-tube space frame, independent suspension, torsion bars, Porsche disc brakes, 5.00 × 15 R front tyres, 6.50 × 15 R rear tyres
Dimensions and weight: Wheelbase 2300mm, length 3600mm, weight 452kg
Performance: Top speed 168 mph (270 km/h)
Chassis number: 804 – 04

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  • Barbara Ingersoll
    Barbara Ingersollalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent drawing, really awesome! The sense of speed is incredible!

  • Oh, I’m happy to hear you say that! That’s what I was going for! Just popped it in for a Challenge. Thanks so much, Barb!

    – Susana Weber

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotalmost 4 years ago

    Wow! Awesome, Susanna. Barbara took my words…an incredible sense of speed!
    You have such a great talent!!

  • Thank you so much, Dot! I wish there were more hours in the day to work with all the different mediums that I love! Right now, the photography is on top!! :-)

    – Susana Weber

    HAMID IQBAL KHANalmost 4 years ago

    So beautiful as usual

  • Hamid, thank you for your kind comments and encouragement! Truly appreciated, my friend!

    – Susana Weber

  • A. L.
    A. L.almost 4 years ago

    wow i can feeel the speeeed

  • Many thanks, Ms A.L.! Much appreciated, truly!!

    – Susana Weber

  • Ann Reece
    Ann Reecealmost 4 years ago

    I am impressed – excellent drawing and you captured the sense of speed so expertly!!! I know what you mean about needing more hours to dedicate to the different mediums – I have that problem also and sometimes I don’t know what I want to do the most and I nearly short-circuit – LOL : )

  • Hey Ann… how did I miss your lovely comment?! Sorry about that! Thank you and … tell me the mediums you are working with now… besides your photography are you are watercolorist? I’ve never taken the time to really feel like I can really control watercolor. :-)

    – Susana Weber

  • Lady  Dezine
    Lady Dezinealmost 4 years ago

    WOW awesome!!! love it GREAT WORK!!!!! My son LOVES IT!!!!

  • Yikes! Thanks for the nice comment, Lady D!! That is so nice of the two of you to say! Cool!

    – Susana Weber

  • feinsteformen
    feinsteformenalmost 4 years ago

    Thats amazing! Awesome effect!

  • Thank you so very much for that nice comment, my friend! And, welcome to Redbubble!!

    – Susana Weber

  • Danny Pettinger
    Danny Pettingerover 3 years ago

    I was scrolling on a few enteries for the latest competition and had to stop at this! really impressed how you captured the feel of speed here! dont see that in many drawings…infact this is the first lol =]

  • Danny, thanks so much! Totally nice of you to stop and take the time to comment. I’m kind of a speed freak myself… have raced for years… club stuff… bragging rights only. LOL! Anyway, I’ve always loved that sense of speed and the way the world looks at speeds we hardly ever experience at ground level… high speed trains for some, i suppose. Fun to try to project that and … so happy it stopped you! Cheers!

    – Susana Weber

  • MSport-Images
    MSport-Imagesover 3 years ago

    Stunning image – Could you add this to the Formula One 1950 – Present Day group, please?

  • Thanks so much, MSport! Fun group concept and I’m sure I have some of those old negs that will see the light of day again! LOL!!

    – Susana Weber

  • MSport-Images
    MSport-Imagesover 3 years ago

    Sorry I should have said drawing or work, “image” implies a photograph.

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