Video: 50 Years of Porsche 917

By Peter Nelson

May 03, 2019

With Luftgekühlt coming up this weekend, we thought it would be topical to talk about one of our favorite race cars of all time: the Porsche 917. With 600 horsepower on tap to move just 1760 pounds, its easy to see how these were able to sprint up to, and slow down from, 200+ mph all day long at Le Mans. The slowing down part we’re certain was terrifying with 1970s brake technology, big 12-inch rotors or not. Hemmings published a great piece on the technical details of the 917, and check out the video below by Porsche, beautiful flat-12 music and all: