Porsche 917 EVO

Porsche 917 EVO

Depending upon ones age, some of us inevitably played with toys or models of these while watching them run originally — or viewed them in the vintage racing world since. Fortunately as part of my past career, a few customers had several iterations of these (along with a 962) and they are memorable for use on the track and once down the road with a trip permit in the window.

Thus my version of the immortal 917 that I’d want (and for the street): First it would have a bit longer wheelbase as the original has a tendency to porpoise a bit when dealing with bumps on the street. It needs bigger door openings for normal sized people! The original nose is way too long and scrapes everything on a regular basis. (and requires fixing!) Modern LED lights are mandatory. A resculpted tail as they are difficult at best to see out the back of and the downforce isn’t needed for the modern highway. I’d add modern Porsche 919 tires, wheels and modern brakes. Engine itself — a modern electronic fuel injected watercooled 911-derived flat-6 with modern synchromesh gearbox as it works and they aren’t a maintenance nightmare like that original V12 wonder motor with its quirky rubbery linkage gearbox. Air conditioning and a heater/defrost are mandatory. Mirrors would be cameras with LCD’s inside. And of course a very simple color — no race track lipstick or war paint and definitely no garish graphics — who needs the extra visibility which would probably only attract the police…

This is another example of digital restyling and design by ModenaWest