Porsche 917 concept: patents show GT Sport car

Published: 21 May 2020

► Porsche 917 concept study
► Made before Porsche’s entry into LMP1
► Marks 50 years of the 917

Porsche and Gran Turismo recently revealed the 917 Concept would be coming to GT Sport, and now we’ve got new pictures that suggest the project is well on its way. The new pictures are actually renders from the German patent office. Found by Car and Driver, they show the mid-engined concept in 3D-form, with a few minor tweaks. 

This is just one of three Porsches coming to the PlayStation’s flagship racer; the Taycan has already arrived, but there’s also a more extreme Vision Gran Turismo in the pipeline, too. 

And why don’t we think this is a production car? A spokeperson told Car and Driver it wasn’t related to any production car, and Stutgartt also filed this patent under ‘Automobiles, Vehicles [Toys].’ Oh well. 

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What you need to know

Porsche has revealed more pictures of its 917 concept racer. Finished in the red and white livery of the 917KH Coupe and first Le Mans winner, the new design study marks 50 years of the 917; the original was shown at the 1969 Geneva motor show.

Stuttgart plans to celebrate the original car – which won a total of 19 gold medals at the famous Le Mans 24 Hours – wtth a special exhibition in the Porsche Museum this year, and we’re told it’ll include 10 original 917s as well as this concept study. The exhibition will run from 14 May to 15 September 2019.

According to Porsche, the concept was actually made before the brand’s entry into LMP1 – something it’s since pulled out of – but is now finally being shown to the public.

Like most of these projects, it was the work of a small team of engineers within the company. 

We’ll update this article with more pictures and information soon.

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By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast