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Porsche has discovered time travelYou've seen the stuff used on the Lamborghini Aventador, the McLaren P1, the Ferrari LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder.Well, three decades ago Porsche was using Kevlar to build the body panels for the 959 . Still, we're talking about the car industry, and more specifically Porsche, where all these factors are meaningless unless they translate to functional benefits. Fortunately they did, because three decades ago the 959 used a 2.85-liter twin-turbo DOHC flat-six – derived from the mill that powered the 956 and 962 Group C racers – to produce 450 horsepower and 500 Newton-meters of torque and accelerate from zero to 100 kilometers an hour in 3.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 317 kph, the fastest at the time.Not only had Porsche heard of it, but it had developed such a system and installed it on the 959 .Thirty years ago the 959 also wore lightweight wheels made from magnesium, the stuff that's only now being used to make the roof of the latest 911 GT3 RS. Are you convinced yet that Porsche discovered time travel?
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