This 1972 Porsche 917/10-008 was the subject of a restoration by Freisinger Motorsport in Germany. You may remember the shop from our recent previous feature of their “Moby Dick” 935 renovation, which can be found linked in “Related posts” at the bottom of the following page. The shop is involved with restorations of a number of historic Porsche race cars and this particular 917 is no exception. It is an ex Vasek Polak Can Am racer formally driven by Milt Minter and said to have crashed in 1972 during “training”, which we assume translates to “practice”. The pictures of the project are fascinating, as are the performance numbers that these brutal animals produced…
Weighing in at just a scant 1,700 pounds, these twin turbocharged flat 12’s are said to generate almost 1,000 horsepower and 900 ft. lb. of torque. That translates to 0-60 mph in 2.1 seconds, 0-100 mph in 3.9 and 0-200 in just 13.4. Yeah, hold on to your bloomers.
While those figures are absolutely astonishing, what’s even more mind blowing is that the following year’s 917/30 models made 1,600 horsepower in qualifying trim.
The engine and transmission in the car featured here are said to have been built by former works mechanic Gustav Nietzsche completely out of new parts obtained by the legendary Carl Thompson, of Vasek Polak fame.
If you have ever wondered how one of these 917/10 engines are tested, the video attached below may shed some light on the answer. Although certainly out of the norm, Bruce Canepa decided that road testing the car on the public highways around his Northern California shop was the best place to test the turbos out that he had just replaced. We would have to agree: