It’s a new year and what better way to get it off to a racing start than with a review of Icon Engineering’s reinvention of the Porsche 917. Motor Authority calls it “one of the most insane automotive creations ever dreamt up by humanity,” and we’d have to agree. The 917 was once a legend of Le Mans and other racing circuits where it demonstrated speeds of over 240 mph in an era unaccustomed to such power. Now, UK-based Icon Engineering has recreated a fabulous replica of the 70s race winner and it looks like its designers and engineers had a real party when they went to work on it.
The replica is based on British racing driver David Piper’s original 917 built in 1969 and involved a five-year reverse engineering process. According to press reports, this eye-catching, mind-boggling model should be available some time during 2017, but no exact date has been announced yet. Unlike the original, the replica has been designed for both road and race track. It will look otherworldly on a race circuit, so you can imagine just how traffic-stopping it will be powering up a motorway or roaring around urban streets. Naturally, the engineering has had to go through some changes to ensure it meets all the rules and regulations for a street car. Fast and furious? It certainly has a large helping of Hollywood glamour. And, if you do want a version engineered just for the race track, then Icon can supply one.
It has a fibreglass body shell and aluminium tubular structure, with a carbon fibre construction available for those drivers who would prefer it. The engine bay is built to accommodate the Porsche engine used in the original, but other engines can be fitted. Icon has even said that it may offer an electric version and that the engine bay is suited to housing a battery.
It’s a turnkey car where the customer can dictate the ultimate engine and transmission configuration. As Icon Engineering has pointed out to motoring journalists, you would be lucky to find an original Porsche 917 for sale and if you did, the price would be astronomical and in the range of “tens of millions of dollars.” At £95,000, or just over €100,000, this replica is certainly more affordable. If you want to rev up your 2017, then this might be the car to do it.
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