Stunning Futuristic-Looking Porsche 917 model discovered.
When It comes to talk about old Racecars we can`t avoid talking about the Porsche 917 as one of the greatest Porsche Racecars ever made without counting the legendary 956 driven by Walter Rohrl
However before the Porsche 917 "Pink pig" was born it was obvious that Some research had to be done with new aerodynamics and designs, it is also worth mentioning that this stunning find also coincides with the 50th birthday of said racecar since it`s debut on 1969.
In the form of a 1:4 scale model from 1970 it has been discovered a more striking potential version of what could have been the Porsche 917, it represented a alternative version of the "Pink pig" 917/20, although it was never built as a proper prototype car the rather "small" model looks futuristic for the standards of 1970 with a sleek and aggressive aerodynamic body and no wheel cutouts in order to maximize aerodynamic efficiency.
Now for public display the 1:4 model is available for everyone to view for the first time, as part of the ‘Colours of Speed—50 Years of the Porsche 917' special exhibition, which is running at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart until September 15th.
The model of the alternative design for the Porsche 917 has been displayed for decades on the Staircase that led to the basement of "The Hexagon" a large office building of Porsche in the town of Weissach, Where Porsche`s design department studio used to be.
Over the decades the aerodynamic model no longer was used for testing and it just became part of the furniture around it being ignored without almost anyone noticing it.
When the Porsche design department studio moved to a new building 3.5 years ago the model got sidelined forgotten during the moving process being astray only to be found later on an old garage.
The model in question was born when Porsche sought a Development of the 917-short tail version in order to create a equivalent of the Longtail model with reduced air resistance and adopting a two-pronged approach instead, of the two teams involved in the development the first worked at the SERA wind tunnel In Paris while another team worked in-house led by Porsche Designer Richard ‘Dick' Söderberg. It was the SERA team's design that ended up being built in 1971 becoming the famous "Pink pig" as we know it racing on Lemans, However Söderberg's team came up with a more radical design.
Although Futuristic and ahead of its time the model proved not to be all that good during wind tunnel testing especially if it came to talk about uplift terms
Even so, various changes were applied to the design resulting in better ciphers at the aerodynamic testing and wind tunnel, the model was visually improved with input from several Porsche designers piece by piece, Moving it away from the look of the typical Porsche Racecars of that era.
And... the surprises didn`t end here the Model`s looks were certainly futuristic from the outside the Interior was as futuristic featuring a screen on the left-hand side on the cockpit and a computer with a tape or disk drive on the right. The model even had a removable glass—another thing unusual for 1970 to allow people to take a look inside of the car`s cockpit.
The amazing design and innovative features of the Porsche Model were neglected for years afterward even if they delivered a lot of great ideas. The only influence this little model managed to make was on the Instrument panel layout of the Porsche 928 launched in 1977, at the next year the 917 models appeared as the cover image for an article named "Porsche the car of tomorrow" eight years on from its creation still being a visual encapsulation of a futuristic design.
If you wish to see this Stunning Porsche model you can head over to the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany before the 15th of September.