Porsche has given us another look back at its successes at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This time it's 1971, the year that its 917 set records that haven't all been eclipsed. It's 45-kilogram magnesium tube frame was the lightest, Jackie Oliver set the fastest in-race lap with a time that still stands, and winning drivers Helmut Marko – the same Helmut Marko currently with Infiniti Red Bull Racing – and Gilles Lethem did so many laps that their distance wasn't exceeded until the Audi R15 TDI did it in 2010.

1971 was also the year of the "Pink Pig." With bodywork created by a French aerodynamics firm, the wider, rounder 917 earned the porcine moniker so Porsche painted it pink and labeled it with the cuts you'd get from a pig. Sponsor Martini was so miffed they demanded all Martini branding be removed. No one can remove the thousands of photographs taken of the car ever since. Enjoy that and more in the video below.


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      larshafner
      • 1 Year Ago
      917 ♡ !!!
      Nowuries
      • 1 Year Ago
      Best of luck Porsche--I hope to be there to cheer you on!
      hyspeedllc
      • 1 Year Ago
      Marko's co-driver was Dutchman Gijs van Lennep...
      Best Car
      • 1 Year Ago
      In terms of comfort and safety i find the Audi the best car. It makes the journey comfortable.
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Go go go. I understand that Audi is the sister (or parent??) company, but send 'em home smarting. I really can't wait. The 917 is so over the top. How do those tires survive with all the sliding and abuse?
      OopsISuck
      • 1 Year Ago
      Makes me sad that ALMS is dissolving and joining with Grand Am. I wish I would be able to see the new Porsche prototype. It's sad Audi hasn't been in ALMS in years, too. Now neither will be in the US. I wonder what kind of cars the new United SportsCar Racing series will bring?
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      Paul Ricketts
      • 1 Year Ago
      ...without question THE most beautiful race cars ever made....and the most dominate......ahhhh...those were the days...............
      sp33dklz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Too bad they didn't put any sound in the video. Shame.
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