Porsche by Design: Seducing Speed – Featured Photo Gallery Page Four
1971 Porsche 917K, Collier Collection – This car, serial number 917-019, raced for Porsche Salzburg in 1970. In 1971 it competed with Louise Piech’s Martini Racing Team. The Piech/Martini team won Le Mans (in another 917), and the John Wyer Racing team won everything else, capturing the 1971 World Sports Car Championship.
1971 Porsche 917K, Collier Collection
1969 Porsche 917 16-cylinder Prototype, Porsche Museum – The flat-sixteen engine could be built in four displacements: 6.0, 6.6, 6.7 and 7.2 liters, with power ratings as high as 880 horsepower. Thanks to the use of aluminum, carbon fiber and titanium, the massive engines weighed just 706 pounds each.
1968 Porsche 908K and 1990 Porsche 962C
1962 Porsche 804 Formula One, Ranson Webster – This is the winning car that Dan Gurney drove to victory at Porsche’s first Grand Prix race in Rouen, France. Soon afterward, at Solitude, Gurney won the race in the same car after setting a new lap record. Jo Bonnier finished second, giving Porsche a 1-2 finish. The Type 804 is powered by a 1.5-Liter flat eight cylinder engine with a magnesium crankcase and alloy twin-cam heads producing 180 hp at 9,200 rpm. Two other 804s survive, one in the Porsche Museum and the other in the Donington Collection.
1962 Porsche 804 Formula One, Ranson Webster
1977 Porsche 935 “Baby”, Porsche Museum – In 1977 German National Television announced it would only cover the Division II race at the Norisring, where BMW and Ford were battling. With its larger displacement, the normal 935 was ineligible, but the formula also permitted a smaller engine and a lower weight of 1,700 pounds. Porsche engineers built a special engine for what would be the lightest 911 ever, weighing in at 1,650 pounds. Much of its steel chassis was replaced with a tubular aluminum space-frame. The gas pedal and gear lever were titanium. The experimental 935 was nicknamed “Baby,” and it was so light that the engineers had to add weight to meet the minimum. At the Norisring, the “Baby” and Jacky Ickx suffered from record heat. Porsche skipped the next round and prepared for the DRM support race at the 1977 German Grand Prix, where Ickx beat the Fords and BMWs and set the fastest lap. Having proven its point, Porsche retired the victorious “Baby.”