The Porsche 356 had served Porsche well in racing, but by the early 50s, it was clear that even the most heavily modified versions of the production car, the Gmünd coupes, weren't going to win the big races Porsche was targeting. So they designed a car with a singular purpose: To win races.
The Porsche engineers learned from observing the reversed-engine Glöckler specials that there was something to the mid engine-configured layout. That became the foundation for Project 550 – a whole new mid-engine chassis program for Porsche. The first purpose-built race car Porsche. Genesis for the 908, the 917, the 962... All purpose-built Porsche race cars.