The Coolest Examples Of Automotive Weight Saving

Colin Chapman's famous adage "simplify, then add lightness" is basically the Gospel around these parts. Engineers go to incredible extremes to take out unnecessary weight in a car, all in the name of performance and efficiency. What's the coolest example you've seen? » 2/06/15 3:15pm 2/06/15 3:15pm

The Porsche 917 Chassis Looks Like The Best Jungle Gym Ever

The 917 was a Le Mans- and Can-Am-dominating racecar that appeared in races starting in 1969 all the way up to its last appearance under Kremer Racing in 1981. Here's what it looks like underneath all of its gorgeous bodywork. » 10/21/14 10:23am 10/21/14 10:23am

I Might Rob Banks To Buy This $20 Million+ 1969 Gulf Porsche 917K

If one were to make a list of the greatest race cars of all time, the Porsche 917 would easily be at the top. Its wins at Le Mans in the late 1960s and early '70s, stunning Gulf Oil livery, and move star status all cement it as an icon. Now a fantastic 917K is for sale, and I might rob banks to buy it. » 9/18/14 4:09pm 9/18/14 4:09pm

Your Ridiculously Awesome Porsche 917K Wallpaper Is Here

The Porsche 917K is not only famous for its successful racing career, but also how it looks. It is the epitome of early 1970s racing style, all flowing lines and swoopy bodywork. And in Martini livery, possibly the prettiest of them all, its looks alone could probably win some competitions, too. » 8/02/14 5:00pm 8/02/14 5:00pm

Richard Attwood Interview. 1970 Le Mans Winner. Porsche 917

crankandpiston.com catches up with former 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Richard Attwood to ask how significant his 1970 win really is, how close he really came to securing victory a year earlier, why Porsche may have its work cut out on its return to Le Mans in 2014, and why the iconic Porsche 917 is actually a bit of a… » 11/01/13 7:06am 11/01/13 7:06am

Here Are Some Classic Le Mans Porsche Wallpapers, You're Welcome!

As you probably have heard, Porsche is heading back to Le Mans next year with two hybrid LMP1 cars. And what better way to celebrate than lots of brand new hi-res pictures? » 10/25/13 3:00pm 10/25/13 3:00pm

Thanks to a loophole, one team built their own Porsche 917 and raced it at Le Mans in 1981, ten years after the car was effectively banned. Maison Blanche has the whole story. (H/T!) » 6/19/13 3:42pm 6/19/13 3:42pm

This Shitty TV Show Had A Porsche 917 Versus BMW M1 Procar Police Chase

This is "Alarm für Cobra 11 - Die Autobahnpolizei," a schlocky, popular German TV serial about a two-man highway patrol. Somehow, the show got its hands on what appear to be a BMW M1 Procar and a 1970 Porsche 917. » 4/01/13 2:13pm 4/01/13 2:13pm

Two gauges, some Dymo, a medium-sized tach, a steering wheel with zero buttons: this is how simple the Porsche 917/30’s cockpit was. Then again, with 1,500 hp on tap, maybe it’s best not to multitask. » 2/18/13 4:34pm 2/18/13 4:34pm

Auto Journalist Sued For $174,000 After Destroying A Rare Porsche's…

"You bend it, you mend it," right? That's the basis of a lawsuit by famous racing driver David Piper against a car journalist who blew the engine on Piper's $2 million Porsche 917. » 1/21/13 4:00pm 1/21/13 4:00pm

Über collector buys 14 Gulf Oil race cars

An unidentified collector with a fetish for classic liveries has assembled a collection of 14 famous cars that raced under the famous blue/white/orange colors, including the first Gulf-liveried car to race at Le Mans. Finally, a sheik with good taste. » 2/02/11 10:30am 2/02/11 10:30am

Say Oink To The Trufflehunter of Zuffenhausen

One of Porsche's entries for the 1971 24 Hours of Le Mans was a racing pig. Developed with French help in a quest for harmony between downforce and drag, it was the fastest thing on track. Until dawn on Sunday. » 12/16/10 1:00pm 12/16/10 1:00pm

The Porsche 917 Was Really Damn Small

Think about it: One of the most successful racing cars ever built was barely larger than a 914. 200 mph, paper-thin bodywork, and handling that scared Brian Redman. We are not worthy. [Porsche] » 2/11/10 5:15pm 2/11/10 5:15pm

So Much Acid-Trip Porsche Art It Hurts

A Time To Get has a fantastic collection of trippy Porsche racing posters from the 60s and the 70s, full of 917’s and hot Sportwagenweltmeisterschaftslauf action. [A Time To Get] » 1/14/10 9:30am 1/14/10 9:30am

Even On The Ground, Steve McQueen Is Cooler Than You

In case you were wondering, no, you cannot lie on the ground in a Nomex racing suit and expect to look cool. Only Steve McQueen can pull that off. » 10/26/09 5:30pm 10/26/09 5:30pm

Porsche 917 Chair: Feel Like You're Going 250 MPH While Sitting Still

Fantasies of beating Ferrari at Le Mans without leaving your dining room shall now be addressed by Torgny Fjeldskaar’s Ch.air Motorsports carbon fiber chair, based on the Gulf-liveried Porsche 917 race car. » 8/17/09 4:30pm 8/17/09 4:30pm