Porsche 917 construction report part 1 tube frame
In consideration of the fact, that I’ve to learn very much for my studies the next weeks and having no time for my RB7, I’ll show you a little bit of the car I’ve finished before I began with the Red Bull Racing RB7. It’s a pure racing legend. Maybe the most famous and common sport car in motor racing history. Built from an austrian-german factory, the Porsche AG, the type 917 was the epitome of the endurance championship in the early 1970’s. He gave Porsche its first win at Le Mans in 1970. I made the unique “Hippie” Porsche 917 043 LH from Le Mans 1970, driven by Gérard Larrousse and Willibert Kauhsen. It was the best finishing position of a 917 LH (long rear – from the german Lang Heck) – although the 917LH dominates the LM race in 1971 only to retire three hours before finishing. By the way, that race have won a praticular Dr. Helmut Marko, today motorsport advisor at Red Bull Racing.
I began with that car in july 2010 and got help from the book Porsche 917: Archiv 1968 – 1975 from Walter Näher, a former engineer at Porsche motorsport. The first thing to make was the tube frame. I reinforced the paper tubes with a 1.2mm metal wire.