Porsche returns to Le Mans in 2014, remembers the 1971 season and the 917 [video]

Porsche 917

In preparation for Le Mans return in 2014, Porsche is taking a look back in history and its successes at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

This time Porsche takes us back to 1971 and the 917, which set records that haven’t all been eclipsed yet.

The 917 was an impressive race car, featuring a magnesium tube frame, it was the lightest at the time, weighing just 42kg.

Jackie Oliver set the fastest lap that is still standing, with an average speed of 155 mph.

Drivers Helmut Marko and Gijs van Lennep drove the 917 at the 24h Le Mans for 5,335.3 km (3,315.2 miles) setting a new distance record with an average speed of 138.13 mph – a record which survived until the Audi R15 TDI broke it in 2010.

Porsche’s new LMP1 prototype is expected to use hybrid tech for a better fuel efficiency.


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