Porsche Drops More Photos Of Its Retrotastic Yet Stillborn 917 Concept

In March this year, Porsche lifted the veils of a concept car very few people knew about: the 917 Concept.

The stunning creation was unveiled as part of the celebrations surrounding the Porsche 917 race car’s 50th anniversary. Back in March, the automaker didn’t reveal much about the design study but said it would be part of an exhibition titled “Colours of Speed – 50 Years of the 917.”

Until the exhibition opens on May 14 at the Porsche Museum, we can admire the Porsche 917 Concept in a new set of photos released by the automaker. We also get to learn new things about it, such as the fact that it was built in 2013 by “a small team of twenty people recruited from Porsche’s design and development department.”

Their goal was to build a concept car that would pay homage to the red-and-white Porsche 917 which won the company’s first overall victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1970 in the hands of Hans Herrmann and Richard Atwood. The concept was also built to mark Porsche’s decision to race again at Le Mans as a factory team — something that became a reality in 2014 when the Porsche 919 Hybrid debuted in the LMP1 class.

Sadly, the 917 Concept never advanced beyond the clay-model stage. Yes, what you see is actually a foil-clad study that was put in storage from 2013 to 2019 and only shown internally during that period. The Porsche Museum exhibition will be the first public outing of the concept.

Will Porsche leave a stunning design like the 917 Concept to go to waste, though? Maybe not, as a recent report suggests Porsche could use some design cues from the 917 Concept on the brand’s next hypercar due in 2025. Mind you, nothing is decided at the moment regarding the styling of the 918 Spyder‘s successor.

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  • SteersUright

    They truly should’ve sold a few hundred of these.

  • nastinupe

    I like. Looks very 1960’s Speed Racerish.

  • Zandit75

    How do you see past the front fenders?

  • Rob Banks

    Sexy. Everything about it. Just so in your face. Still, looks never before performance. With that in mind, it’s successor will have some big shoes to fill regardless of its design, which really, should be an after thought i.e. form follows function.

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