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Porsche 917 - Development History and Success

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Bruce's recent post on 8 and 16 cylinder engines made me think of Hans Mezger's 1972 Institute of Mechanical Engineers paper on "The Development of the Porsche Type 917 Car by Han Mezger, Dipl Ing".

But I couldn't find it as a single pdf without having to join the Institute's library!

However I did found it in amongst a whole lot of other 917 magazine articles from the time.

For those that see the 917 as one of the coolest cars ever, I think it's worth downloading this pdf, even if just to read Mezger's paper:

http://porschecarshistory.com/wp-content/old/biblio/17/Porsche-917.PDF

  

 

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Awesome! Thanks for sharing, keen to have a read of this. The 917 is my favorite car of all time.

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I have this book, mainly pictures but with a good description for each one.

https://www.amazon.com/Porsche-917-Zuffenhausens-Champion-Ludvigsen/dp/1583881808/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1506909450&sr=1-5&keywords=PORSCHE+917

The 60s, 70s and Group C was the golden era for motorsport for me, today's are a pale imitation of race cars......

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I have this book, mainly pictures but with a good description for each one.

https://www.amazon.com/Porsche-917-Zuffenhausens-Champion-Ludvigsen/dp/1583881808/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1506909450&sr=1-5&keywords=PORSCHE+917

The 60s, 70s and Group C was the golden era for motorsport for me, today's are a pale imitation of race cars......

And the white racers one is also a must have for those that like to pore over great pics from the past!

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For me, the 917 is just about my all time favorite racing car. Perfect looks, and one of the greatest sounding engines of all time...

My other top race cars would be...

 JPS Lotus 97T 

BMW M3 Group A

Lotus 49

Williams FW14

McLaren MP4/8

Ferrari P4

Ferrari 512

Alfa Romeo Tipo 33

Alfa Romeo GTA

GT40

Audi Quattro (yes its a rally car)

Porsche 908

And Dick Johnsons Greens Tuff Mustang :) 

Plenty of others but the 917 has to be king of the hill.. mostly because of Steve McQueen and LeMans! 

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Thanks for posting. I used to have a copy of Hans Mezger's 1972 Institute of Mechanical Engineers paper on "The Development of the Porsche Type 917 Car by Han Mezger, Dipl Ing", but who knows where it is. I see you have it on page 44. 

I finally got to see the 917 and variations of it in 2015 and 2019 at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. It would be a real treat to see one on the track. In my case, YouTube is the next best thing.

Museums

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5 hours ago, IXLR8 said:

Thanks for posting. I used to have a copy of Hans Mezger's 1972 Institute of Mechanical Engineers paper on "The Development of the Porsche Type 917 Car by Han Mezger, Dipl Ing", but who knows where it is. I see you have it on page 44. 

I finally got to see the 917 and variations of it in 2015 and 2019 at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. It would be a real treat to see one on the track. In my case, YouTube is the next best thing.

Museums

I don’t have an account to access.

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1243/PIME_PROC_1972_186_005_02

I would really enjoy reading this if someone can access a copy.

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I don't know if this has been posted on this forum or if any of you speak or understand German, but here are a few interviews with Hans Mezger...

 

 

 

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