Rounding off a week of posts from our visit to the Essen Techno Classica 2014 is a few shots of the Porsche Museum’s 917-30 Spyder, which was shown on the Porsche stand as part of its 40 Years of Turbo Porsche. I’ve nicked the first one off Magnus’ blog:
The most famous, most powerful turbo Porsche ever, the 917-30 was built to demolish fellow CanAm competitors. Capable of reaching 200 mph in a little over 13 seconds, the 850-kilo car could go on to almost 240 mph. This was in 1973!
I’m not sure what chassis number this machine is, but I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen the back off it. That seems surprising given the awesomeness that lies beneath. I have no idea why Porsche didn’t make a bigger song and dance about the technical side of the 917-30 at Essen, as that is what the heart of this show should be all about: i.e. TECHNO CLASSICA. They used to show much more 917 stuff.
Back in the Porsche museum lies a cutaway exhibit of the flat-12 917 engine: really incredible to see it. Also some great photo and film history of this car, which was run up the Goodwood hillclimb a few years ago by Brian Redman. Here’s some video: