After lying idle for forty years, the Porsche 917 exhibited in the 24 Hours of Le Mans Museum took to the tarmac again on 8 June 2010 at an exceptional demonstration on the 24 Hours of Le Mans circuit, for the greatest pleasure of all car racing buffs. On this occasion, the equally legendary Gérard Larrousse, former pilot of this car and Le Mans winner in 1973 and 1974, took the wheel again to drive back and forth a few times in the straight section in front of the grandstand. A car of superlatives, probably the most spectacular racing car having raced at Le Mans in the twentieth century, it has been dubbed 'competition car of the century'.This phoenix-like rebirth is the end result of painstaking efforts by the Fondation du Patrimoine and Motul working together to safeguard and enhance heritage cars.
Après quarante années de repos et pour le plus grand plaisir de tous les passionnés de course automobile, la Porsche 917 exposée au Musée des 24 Heures a repris du service le 8 juin 2010 lors d'une démonstration exceptionnelle sur le circuit des 24 Heures du Mans. A cette occasion, le non moins légendaire Gérard Larrousse, ancien pilote de cette voiture et vainqueur au Mans en 1973 et 1974, a (re)pris place au volant pour effectuer quelques allers-retours sur la ligne droite des tribunes. Voiture de tous les superlatifs, probablement le plus spectaculaires des bolides ayant couru au Mans au XXe siècle, elle fut nommée « voiture de compétition du siècle ». Cette formidable renaissance a été rendue possible grâce à l'action de la Fondation du Patrimoine et de Motul, associés au service de la sauvegarde et la valorisation du patrimoine automobile.
Porsche 917 at LeMans
The Porsche 917 is a racecar that gave Porsche its first overall wins at
the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1970 and 1971. Powered by the Type 912 flat-12
engine of 4.5, 4.9, or 5 litres, the 917/30 variant was capable of a 0-62
mph (100 km/h) time of 2.3 seconds, 0--124 mph (200 km/h) in 5.3 seconds,
and a top speed of over 240 mph (390 km/h).
There are at least nine variants of the 917. The original version had a
medium-long tail with flippers, but had considerable handling problems at
high speed because of poor bodywork aerodynamics. The Weyer-Gulf team then
experimented with a shorter tail, and solved the aerodynamic and handling
problems at testing sessions at the Österreichring, at the expense of some
top speed. Porsche adopted these changes into the 917K, which dominated in
the 1970 and 1971 World Sportscar Championships. In 1971, a variant of the
917K appeared with an altered tail and shark fins, which together reduced
drag and maintained down force. These versions produced around 620 bhp.
There were also streamlined versions for Le Mans (1970 917L and 1971 917LH)
that were 20 mph faster in a
straight line. In 1971 Jo Siffert raced an open-top 917PA Spyder (normally
aspirated) in the 1971 CanAm series.
There is also the "Pink Pig" aerodynamic research version (917/20), and the
turbocharged 917/10 and 917/30 CanAm
Spyders. Porsche 917s also raced in the European Interseries in various
configurations. In the 1973 Can-Am series, the turbocharged version Porsche 917/30 developed
1,100 bhp (820 kW).
The 917 is one of the most iconic sports racing cars of all time, largely
for its high speeds and high power outputs, and was made into a movie star
by Steve McQueen in his 1971 film Le Mans.
Source Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porsche_917
Porsche 917-021 Spa Francorchamps 2012
This is the legendary Porsche 917 that was driving on a test day at Spa
This flat 12 boxer beast didn't run a lot but you are able to see the
great lines of the car.
Well there where some problems with the gear changing that you will hear.
This car has won in 1970 at Zandvoort and keimola.
PORSCHE 917 FIRST TIME
first time in he cockpit of the porsche 917 since 30 years.
this 917 was not used for 30 years it was discovered by a collector and is
now being restored by gunner racing.
more vids abaout it at teamgunnar at youtube.
1972 Porsche 917/10 Road Test
How do you test rebuilt turbos on a 1000
million dollar, championship winning Can-Am race car? Road test, of course.
Fast forward to 5:23 for the freeway section. Apologies for the foggy lens
as the video progresses.
Ride along in a 1969 Porsche 917K
Ride along with Bruce Canepa as he pilots his Porsche 917 to a first place
finish in the race for FIA Manufacturers Championship Cars (1964 - 1969) at
the 2010 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.
Porsche 917-30 driven by Brian Redman Goodwood 2011
Watch a legendary car being driven by a legendary Porsche driver.
Here Brian Redman drives the 1200 bhp 917-30 up the Goodwood hill. Powered
by a 5.3 litre, flat 12 engine, the car was the very first turbocharged Porsche.
For more visit: http://www.porsche.co.uk/origin
Le Mans 1977 Qualifying (Onboard Porsche 936)
Le Mans 1977 one lap without chicane. Top speed over 350 Km/h! Onboard with
the Porsche 936. This car has 540 PS (HP). The driver is Jürgen Barth.
This car won Le Mans in 1976 and 1977.