A Look Back at the Porsche 917 at Le Mans

Porsche LogoThe 1970s are often regarded as a golden era in racing. Cars were fast, courses were incredible, and the energy was electric. No single race quite captured the spirit of this racing better than Le Mans, and no vehicle captured the flag at Le Mans better than the Porsche 917.

Many racing experts agree that the Porsche 917 is the greatest racing vehicle ever created. Right at the turn of the decade in 1969, the 917 made its debut at Le Mans. That year, the 917 failed to capture the winning trophy, due to an underestimated lack of stamina during the course. However, a year later in 1970, the 917’s winning streak would commence.

The 1970 Le Mans race was defined by a heated rivalry between the Porsche 917 and the Ferrari 512. Throughout the race, both vehicles were neck and neck. However, the 917 was eventually able to power through and reach the victory circle first.

The Porsche 917 repeated its victory in 1971, securing its place as one of the best racing vehicles of the decade.

Le Mans continues to be one of the longest standing races in the world. Meanwhile, the Porsche 917 continues to be a large part of the Le Mans legacy!

Spotlight on the All-New 2016 Porsche 911 R

Porsches are for racing–but they’re for the road, too! The all-new 2016 Porsche 911 R reflects exactly that. After its premiere at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show, it was clear that Porsche was tipping its hat to its past.

2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

The first road-homologated race car bore the “911 R” name in 1967 (The “R” stands for “Racing”). The original was entered in rallies, in world record runs, and in the Targa Florio. Porsche hopes to continue that tradition with the 2016 911 R.

This car is more lightweight than ever, and is actually the lightest version of the 911 R available, weighing in at only 3,021 pounds. This car is truly “unfiltered” and you wouldn’t believe how streamlined it is.

This light, simplified 911 R comes without the “luxuries,” so there is neither air conditioning nor radio! But don’t worry, those can be added right back in, for free, at the customer’s request. Even the inside door handles are gone! Technically, they’re not gone, but there are door-opening loops instead.

This lightness means it can go up to 200 mph. So, if you want a lightweight race car, the new Porsche 911 R is the one for you.