One thing to know about the Porsche 917, the top-rung prototype that went from beating Ferrari at Le Mans to beating McLaren at CanAm: The pedal box sat ahead of the front wheels. That is to say, if you crashed, your feet were your crumple zone.
There were only 37 Porsche 917s ever built, with the car reaching new heights for Porsche by winning Le Mans in 1970 and 1971, doing exactly what it was designed to do. Something it wasn’t designed to do? Hit the streets. But that didn’t stop Claudio Roddaro from making his 917 street legal in 2016.
You may have built model cars as a kid, but did you ever envision using a 1/18th scale edition to replicate the real thing? That’s what the builder of this homebrew Porsche 917/10 did, and it’s not even its most amazing aspect.
Porsche is the winningest manufacturer at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The great Peter Leung put together all of those winning cars in infinitely-looping form.
From their classic 1950s 550 racers to their newest 24 Hours of Le Mans winner—this is the history of Porsche, told in 20 race cars over a single lap of Laguna Seca.
[Here is the legendary Pink Pig widebody Porsche 917 hanging out by a playground. Porsche set this shoot up for a night at the museum deal at their place in Stuttgart. Photo credit: Porsche]
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
The Porsche 917 is what happens when Ze Germans focus all their energy on global domination... in a good way.
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]
It’s big. It’s fast. It’s held the lap record on the Nürburgring for 27 years. Ready?