Porsche has been a long-term supporter of long-distance sports car racing.
- The 917s.
- Powered by 4.5-litre, flat-12, 520hp, air-cooled engines,
Porsche 917s won the Le Mans 24-hour race in
1970 (#23) and
1971 at 222.304 km/h.
That 1971 record stood until 2010.
- 1972+: 917 Spyders, open versions of the 917, with
5+ litre, turbo-charged engines
eventually developing well over 1000 hp, came to dominate the
North American Can-Am sports car series
(until regulations changed in 1974), putting a stop to
the success of the McLarens.
Some said that they killed the series.
1972 Can Am championship winner
- (1972 917/10 5-litre, >850hp.)
- (1973 917/30 5.4-litre, >1100hp.)
- (Chassis #917/30-004, 5374cc, est. 1200hp@8000rpm,
was sold at auction by Gooding and Co for us$4,400,000,
9 March 2012.)
- 1976 and 1977: Porsche 936 won the Le Mans 24-hour race.
- 1979: Porsche 935 K3 won Le Mans.
- 1981: Porsche 936 turbo won Le Mans.
- 1982 to 1985: Porsche 956 won Le Mans.
- 1984: The Porsche type 962 --
(rear-)mid 2994cc, twin-turbo flat-6, 582kW@8200rpm --
was introduced for long distance
racing and carried off many good results through the 1980s and on, inc.
Le Mans 1986 (962C), 1987 (962C), 1994 (962LM).
A 1986 Porsche 962, IMSA GTP,
chassis #962-121, engine #361,
sold for us$810,000 at Bonhams Quail auction
in Aug. 2011.
- 1986: Derek Bell/ Al Holbert/ Hans-Joachim Stuck, 962C.
- 1987: Derek Bell/ Al Holbert/ Hans-Joachim Stuck, 962C.
- 1994: Yannick Dalmas/ Mauro Baldi/ Hurley Haywood, 962LM.
- 1996: Manuel Reuter/ Davy Jones/ Alexander Wurz,
WSC95 won LM.
- 1997: Michele Alboretto/ Stefan Johannson/ Tom Kristensen,
WSC95 won LM.
- 1998: Allan McNish/ Laurent Aiello/ Stephane Ortelli,
911 GT1 98 won LM.