PORSCHE 917/30 DONOHUE CREATES A MONSTER
Porsche’s 917 is a truly great sports car. But in its ultimate form, as
developed by Porsche, Penske and Mark Donohue, it became an icon.
orsche’s 917 truly is a story in two acts.
First conceived for Le Mans and the World
Sportscar Championship, it was transformed
from the ill-handling beast of1969 into a
poised, powerful machine that gloriously
owned sports car racing in 1970-’ 71.
But when the FIA turned the WSC into
a 3-liter, “F1 with extra bodywork” series
in 1972, Porsche needed to find another
place for its 917 to fulfil its destiny.
It found it with act two, Can-Am, where
the Group 7 turbocharged versions of the
917 showed just how much potential the
car had if a series allowed it to happen.