The Porsche 917
Motorsport events come and go as the years go by, few able to maintain the running costs and keep up with our ever developing world. Those that stick however, provide the proving grounds to which automotive manufacturers and drivers pour their heart and souls into. Out of all the automotive racing events around the world, few can evoke such passion as seen in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This electric event has stood the test of time - a whopping 94 years. Porsche is no stranger to this event holding 18 overall victories. With cars racing at full capacity for 24 hours straight, this is the ultimate testing ground for vehicle reliability. The first car to ever claim a victory for Porsche was the 1970 Porsche 917K, a vehicle that has been a trailblazer for modern deign, engineering and reliability. From the Macan to the 919 Hybrid, aspects of the 917 continue to live and breathe.
Refinement to perfection is the mindset of all Porsche engineers. The 917 had 11 different variants of its model, all of which contain changes unnoticeable without a measuring tape. This engineering method is found within all Porsche models - the obsession with creating the perfect vehicle for the task. Originally, the 917 was powered by the Type 912 flat-12 engine, which was capable of 0-100 in 2.3 seconds. Clocked at Le Mans for reaching 362 km/h, this car was nothing short of fast. The iconic blue and orange paint scheme is a symbol of Porsche’s ability to incorporate style into incredible performance.