We are not sure if it is the strange shape, the breath-taking power numbers, or the striking blue, orange livery but here at Simply Petrol, there is always a room available for one more Porsche 917 Gulf #20 art. This time, it is created by a genuinely spectacular artist like Jochen Paesen.
This Porsche 917 Gulf #20 art is nothing less than captivating
The Porsche 917 story is one of the most interesting automotive tales ever happened. Porsche progressed steadily in Le Mans, but they lacked both the funds and technology to join the top tier competition where Ferrari and Ford bite each other to death. The 917 project became possible only because of a contradictory person like Ferdinand Piech, who later will be blamed (less or more) for the VW diesel mishaps.
Back in the late 60`s Mr Piech secured 2/3 of the project funding as payment from VW, willing to promote their air-cooled engine and made Porsche 917 became possible at all. But the absolute excellence of the Porsche engineers was the key element of the 917 success. With less than ten months to go before the 1969 24 Hours of Le Mans race, Porsche set out to design the new car, which represented the single most significant step in their racing history. No design & engineering mistakes could be allowed at any stage.
Unfortunately, Porsche 917 didn’t work as well on the racing track as it looked to work on the drawing boards. The car appeared extremely unstable at high speeds, even one of its drivers lost his life at 1969 Le Mans competition. The following, 1970 season proved not just victorious but glorious for the Porsche team. During preseason tests, the engineers of JWA Gulf Racing discovered that a 917 Can-Am shows significantly better handling due to its short tail. Porsche picked up the golden move and produced a bunch of new and shortened tails. The Kurzheck or Porsche 917K was born.
It was Steve McQueen, who sent this car in stardom status. Porsche 917 Gulf #20 was cast for the main appearance in his epic Le Mans movie. Now we are more than delighted to share with you this Porsche 917 Gulf #20 art, beautifully created by Jochen Paesen and carefully issued by Simply Petrol.