Friday, May 25, 2018

Porsche 917 KH

Helping Porsche claim its first overall win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 917 KH marks the 1970s. It was the company’s first 12-cylinder car, packing a 5.0-liter unit with 630 hp (463 kW) on tap for a remarkable top speed of 224 mph (360 kph). It allowed Porsche to win Le Mans not only in 1970, but also the following year when the race car was featured in the “Le Mans” movie starring Steve McQueen. The movie car was sold at an auction in 2017 for a cool $14 million.
The car had remarkable technology. It used many components made of titanium, magnesium and exotic alloys.
After their successes with the 917 mainly in Europe, Porsche decided to focus on the North American markets and the Can-Am Challenge. Over 50 chassis were built in total.