In the summer of 1968, the management of Porsche decided to build 25 sets of newly developed cars based on the Porsche 908. With a 4.5 litre engine this new car that was developed in less than a year’s time was labelled the 917. The principle objective of this new car and her 11 different variants was solely to win as many races as it could. The raced cars were then sold to the general public.
The original design of the 917 consisted of a detachable long/medium tail with rear wing flaps but this design gave the car a few stability problems because of rear lift at high speeds. On further study that involved a British firm called J. W Automotive Engineering Ltd. it was decided to do away the long tail for a short tail one and this variant was labelled Porsche 917K (Kurzheck in German means short-tailed).
At the Kyalami (South Africa) 9hr. endurance racing event held on 6th Nov, 1971, a Porsche 917K sponsored by the David Piper Racing Group and cigarette makers Lucky Strike was driven by American-Polish Tony Adamowicz and Italian wine maker Mario Casoni.
Though this car came in 4th position, what most don’t know was how this car was built out of nothing with borrowed parts. During the race, the drivers lost valuable 30 minutes after a crash as it got repaired in the pit. Had this not happened, this car would have taken the first place.
This scale model is a rendition of the dirt splatter race car driven by Adamowicz and Casoni at Kyalami.
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|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Non-opening model|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||13 x 7 x 6|
|Color||Red / White|
|Theme||Racing - F1 / GP|