Porsche 718 was based on former Formula 2 car of the late fifties when Porsche moved up to Formula One in 1961. Powered by Porsche 547/3 1.5 F4 engine the 718 was slightly outdated even in the first 1.5-litre F1 season when it was raced by Porsche works team. For 1962 Porsche built a newly developed flat-eight powered and sleek Porsche 804 which brought Porsche’s only win as a constructor in a championship race, claimed by Dan Gurney at the 1962 French Grand Prix. The 718 model continued to be used in 1962 by several private teams including Ecurie Maarsbergen by Dutch Carel Godin de Beaufort; Swiss Ecurie Filipinetti; and Italian Scuderia Serenissima. The latter, known in 1962 as Scuderia SSS Republica di Venezia, was founded by Giovanni Volpi to ran his own formula and sports cars. In 1961, Scuderia Serenissima entered the Formula One World Championship with Cooper and De Tomaso cars. In 1962, now called Scuderia SSS Republica di Venezia, the team entered Lotus and Porsche cars for Nino Vaccarella. The Italian from Palermo debuted in F1 in 1961 driving Scuderia Serenissima De Tomaso in Italian Grand Prix. In 1962 he did not qualify in Monaco driving Lotus 21, was 15th in Germany in Porsche 718, and 9th in Italy in Lotus 24.
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