Porsche won its first overall 24 Hours of Le Mans with a Porsche 917 and went on to dominate endurance racing with it in the early 70s. The car was built around a light spaceframe chassis and powered by a type 912 flat-12 engine.
The Hippie: Purple, green and white. The swirling ‘hippie’ design was created by Porsche designer Anatole Lapine allegedly using no less than 1500 spray cans. The ‘Psychedelic’ 917 has become one of the most famous racing liveries in the world.
This Artwork depics the Porsche 917K ‘Psychedelic’ Martini Racing Team car used throughout the 1970 Endurance World Championship. The 917-021 raced at Spa-Francorchamps, the Nürburgring, Monza, Le Mans, Hockenheim, Kyalami and Watkins Glen.
‘K’ stands for ‘Kurzheck’ (German for short-tail) which was developed to enhance aerodynamic stability. The 917L ‘Langheck’ (Long-tail) was used for the faster circuits. Both the Langheck and Kurzheck versions could be used on the same car depending on the type of circuit.
More recently this car was famously restored and from time to time it can be seen in action at events such as Le Mans Classic where it still attracts a lot of attention.
Feel free to enjoy these work-in-progress photos. This artwork was produced using AD Markers on Vellum paper. Prints are available in 3 sizes at my online shop. Custom sizes are available if you are looking for something in particular.
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