A fine art original painting of the iconic number ’23’ Porsche 917 at the Le Mans 24 hour race. The original canvas is 36″ x 24″ along with limited edition signed A2 pigment prints on Somerset ragroll paper. The canvas was painted to celebrate the iconic Porsche 917 Group C racing car that dominated at Le Mans 24 hour motor race for many years.
The Porsche 917
is a sports prototype race car developed by German manufacturer Porsche. The 917K gave Porsche its first overall wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1970 and 1971. It is powered by the Type 912 flat-12 engine of 4.5, 4.9, or 5 litres. The 917/30 American Can-Am variant was capable of a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time of 2.3 seconds, 0–124 mph (200 km/h) in 5.3 seconds. The ‘long tail’ Langheck version had a maximum measured top speed of 362 km/h (225 mph).
In 1971 the Porsche 917 featured in the Steve McQueen film Le Mans. In 2017 the actual car driven by McQueen in the film was sold at auction for $14m, a record price for a Porsche. For the 40th anniversary of the 917 in 2009 Porsche held a special celebration at the Goodwood Festival of speed.
Background – In an effort to reduce the speeds generated at Le Mans and other fast circuits of the day by the unlimited capacity Group 6 Prototypes (such as the seven-litre Ford GT40 Mk.IV and four-litre V12 Ferrari) the Commission Sportive International (then the independent competition arm of the FIA) announced that the International Championship of Makes would be run for three-litre Group 6 prototypes for four years from 1968 through 1971. This capacity reduction would also serve to entice manufacturers who were already building three-litre Formula One engines to adapt them for endurance racing.
Well aware that few manufacturers were ready to take up the challenge immediately, the CSI also allowed the participation of five-litre Group 4 Sports Cars, of which a minimum of 50 units had to be manufactured. This targeted existing cars like the aging Ford GT40 Mk.I and the newer Lola T70 coupe.