This Is The One True Engine Of Incredible Exhaust Sounds

It’s amazing that in the decades since Porsche built the giant flat-twelve engines in the Le Mans-winning 917 racers of the late 60s and early 70s, mankind has not been capable of making a more aurally pleasant engine. The prophecy was foretold that one true best-sounding engine would come, and it did. Porsche nailed it with this one.


Rumble. Grumble. GRAWP GRAWP GRAWP. Gumble wumble wumble. ROOOOOOAWWWWW.

It isn’t often you’ll see a proper 917K doing fast laps at a vintage car day, but this one is, and it rules so much. This is the kind of car that sparks enthusiasm in future generations of car folk, and reignites the child-like fire in all of our gullets. Or maybe that’s just the heartburn talking...


Either way, this 917 rules the school, and is happy to go wailing around the track at what seems like a million miles an hour. This thing looks like a rocket ship now, I can’t imagine what it must have been like to see it racing in France in 1970. Too awesome to fathom, I assume.

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Gaseous Clay

I have a question about people’s viewing habits when they watch these, so anyone who can answer would be appreciated. Whenever some guy posts a video like this, I’m always super bored by the first like HALF the video where it’s a guy just revving the car. Necessity of warmup procedures aside, I just don’t think it’s exciting listening to an engine hit its redline super fast because it’s under no load (especially on a race car like this where there’s hardly any rotating mass, the revs build and drop so fast it’s pointless. Like playing a song at x50 speed). But the guy just sits there stabbing the pedal over and over, it’s always the same no matter what car it is

So basically my question is does anybody else skip to the part where homeboy actually takes the racing car out to drive? Because if it’s more than half of you I want to petition these 19bozzy types (edit: lol it actually is them, what a fuckin’ surprise) to stop including that junk at the start and let me watch the car go like she’s supposed to