Record speed

21. Aug 2021 
by Ziv Knoll

The 1971 24 Hours of Le Mans took place on 12 and 13 June 1971. This year would be the last year of the mighty 5-litre engines, soon to be replaced by a 3-litre limit on engine capacity.

Good weather, a long fast track and the most powerful racing cars yet seen, were the right ingredients to produce the fastest race in the event’s history to date, setting a record (over 5000 kms) that would stand for almost 40 years.

It was a race of attrition and only twelve cars were classified at the finish. Winners, at an incredible record average speed of 222 km/h, were Gijs van Lennep (picture above) and Helmut Marko (picture below) in their Team Martini Porsche 917K.

It was the second overall victory in succession for Porsche.

Source: DR

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