Porsche 917

  • Porsche 917 from "Le Mans" film heading to auction

    Porsche's 917 is an iconic racer that planted the automaker as a force to be reckoned with in endurance racing decades ago. With that said, it's easy to understand why the cars are so sought after, and when they do surface for sale, it's a big deal—that makes this 917 extra special. This Porsche 917 was the star car of Steve McQueen's "Le Mans," a film in which the actor portrayed a factory Porsche driver racing in the 1971 24 Hours of Le Mans. The story behind this 917 is pretty special since the filming process required the crew to enter a vehicle into the race in order to secure...

  • Porsche 917 engine rebuild
    Watch a Porsche 917 engine get torn down and rebuilt in minutes

    The Porsche 917 is one of the most iconic race cars to have ever set rubber on a racetrack. Its power, prowess, and capability are recognized to this day. Its flat-12-cylinder powered the 917 to victory at the 1970 and 1971 24 Hours of Le Mans. Today, we have a bit of engine porn for Porsche and...

  • Porsche 917 simulator rig
    Developer of Porsche 917 simulator promises realistic sights, sounds and even smells

    Last year, Project 917 divulged ambitious details to develop a Porsche 917 replica for motorsport fans to relive the iconic racer. Since then, Project 917 has changed its plans, announcing instead a full-motion simulator complete with a 917 cockpit and hood. If all goes to plan, Project 917 hopes...

  • Icon Engineering Porsche 917 replica
    Icon Engineering Porsche 917 is breathtaking in its detail

    The Porsche 917 is one of the most insane automotive creations ever dreamt up by humanity, offering a performance level that remains as impressive today as it was during the 1970s, when it dominated events like the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Some iterations were tuned to deliver as much as 1,580...

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    More details on ambitious project to build Porsche 917 replicas

    We recently told you about an ambitious group setting out to build Porsche 917 replicas aimed at track day enthusiasts keen to live out their Le Mans fantasies in real life. The group’s goal is clear: to build a 917 replica so fans can experience what it’s like to drive the classic...

  • Project 917 group aims to build reproductions of the iconic race car
    Team aims to build 'new' Porsche 917 racers

    An ambitious group of like-minded folks aim to produce a track-day special that should set your senses tingling. Called Project 917, the team is looking to produce a real, track day-oriented Porsche 917 and they're turning to the power of crowdfunding for help. Along the way, the team hopes to...

  • Subaru-powered Porsche 917/10 replica

    The great race cars of yesterday command outrageous prices today, so sometimes putting one in your driveway requires a little creativity. That's what the builder of this beast from Bring A Trailer did. What we have here is a replica 1971 Porsche 917/10 Can-Am racer powered by a pair of Subaru flat-sixes mounted crank to crank. Call it a poor man's flat-twelve. The two engines sit in hand-built chassis that was designed using a 1:18-scale model as reference (hey, work with what you've got). The coil and injector wires were spliced so a single computer will fire cylinder one on the first engine...

  • 1969 Porsche 917 (Image: Mathieu Heurtault via Gooding & Company)
    Steve McQueen's 'Le Mans' movie Porsche 917 up for sale

    The 1971 movie Le Mans is essential viewing for anyone with gasoline in their veins. It's a turgid, plot-less nightmare for everyone else, but if there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that Steve McQueen, the Tag Heuer Monaco watch he wears, and the Porsche 917 he drives are all effortlessly...

  • Porsche 917/10 Can-Am car driven on the street
    Driving a Porsche 917 on the street

    So, you own a 1972 Porsche 917/10--good for about 1,000 horsepower and a championship-winning Can-Am race car--what better to do than take it for a little drive around town? That is, as long as you're a fan of being bumper-high to a MINI and putting $6 million dollars in the hands of the general...

  • George Follmer's 1972 Porsche 917/10
    Rare 1972 Porsche 917/10 hits the block at Mecum's Monterey sale

    Porsche’s 917 series cars were among the fastest and most successful racers ever built, racking up numerous endurance series wins and recording a speed of some 246 miles per hour on Le Mans’ Mulsanne Straight. With changes in competition classes about to make the enclosed 917...

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    Porsche bringing collection of legendary 917 race cars to Goodwood

    The Porsche 917 is one of the most stark raving mad automotive creations ever dreamt up by humanity, offering a performance level that remains as impressive today as it was during the 1970s. That historic car and its success at Le Mans will be playing a central role in Porsche's activities at the...

  • 1971 Porsche 917 long-tail
    Legendary Porsche 917 race car turns 40

    Forty years ago Porsche unveiled a car that to this day remains one of the fastest and most successful racing cars ever built. The car is the legendary Porsche 917 and its history is littered with major titles and even a starring role in the 1971 film Le Mans where it was piloted by Steve McQueen...

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