Flashback Friday: Porsche 917 (Video)

Flashback Friday: Porsche 917 (Video)

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Porsche 917 Le Mans

Legendary Formula One driver Derek Bell, on driving the Porsche 917 very, very fast. Derek Bell is a British racing driver who won the Le Mans 24 hours race 5 times and the Daytona 24 hours race 3 times. He also raced in Formula One for Ferrari, Wheatcroft, McLaren, Surtees and Tecno.

The Porsche 917 is a race car that gave Porsche its first overall wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1970 and 1971. Powered by the Type 912 flat-12 engine of 4.5, 4.9, or 5 litres, the 917/30 Can Am variant was capable of a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time of 2.3 seconds, 0–124 mph (200 km/h) in 5.3 seconds, and a top speed of up to 240 mph (390 km/h) This is not, however, representative of the majority of 917s. The highest official speed ever clocked for a 917 at Le Mans is 362 km/h or 224.4 mph.

 

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