The Legendary Porsche 917

Porsche 917The legendary Porsche 917 which dominated sports car racing in the early 1970s. The most powerful Can-Am variant of the car produced roughly 1100 horsepower from a turbocharged flat 12 engine, and was capable of hitting speeds of 245 mph on the 6km Mulsanne straight at LeMans. Incredible speed combined with little downforce for reduced drag, many components being made from lightweight but explosively flammable magnesium, and a driving position that placed the pilot’s feet out ahead of the front axle made racing the 917 a formidable undertaking.

Posted @Whippstagram on Instagram, April 2015

The Legendary Porsche 917

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