Sneak Peek: Porsche Experience Center, Los Angeles

by Khiem Dinh


The Porsche Experience Center in Los Angeles is just a mile down from my work office, so a few of us go there for lunch every couple weeks. There’s always some type of awesome race machinery in the lobby, and the cars are changed out every so often. There were some particularly tasty cars on this trip, so I whipped out the cell phone for some quickie snaps. 


The Champion 911 GT1 Evo features fender louvers which the GT1 variant we saw at the Petersen Automotive Museum did not. Different race tracks have different aero requirements. 


The front wheel well geometry is different too between the two cars. I love how the front of the wheel well wraps down and around with the tire. You can’t do that on a street car which has more than just a few inches of suspension travel. 


Allan McNish, one of my favorite drivers, drove this car. Looking into the side air scoop, there’s a little divider in the lower portion. My guess is it directs air to an oil cooler. There’s a NACA duct on the lower body panel which I’d guess is for rear brake cooling. 


A massive rear wing is paired with the massive rear spoiler to generate downforce at the rear. Those wing endplates are pretty massive too and extend almost down to the body. 


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Dan DeRosia
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Thursday, September 28, 2017 6:50 AM
Quick comment - I think we can say for certain that that's not a radiator coolant overflow on the 917 - air/oil cooled. ;) Probably a last overflow bottle.

On the 935 wheel fan, you're right about how the fins are attached to the disc. The disc is attached to the wheel with those 5 bolts around the centerlock nut. Most of the BBS wheel centers back then still had provisions to bolt wheel fans on.

Good god I love the crazy-years Porsche stuff.
Dan DeRosia
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Thursday, September 28, 2017 6:51 AM
Er, breather overflow bottle I meant. Can't edit, oh well.
Thursday, September 28, 2017 8:34 AM
Duh.... good catch! Brain fart.
Thursday, September 28, 2017 3:09 PM
If you think that 917/30 was awesome sitting still you should have seen it on the track. I had the pleasure of seeing it at Mosport with Donohue at the wheel, 1973 if I recall correctly. It was just an incredible piece for its era. But then again, CanAm cars were just outrageous machines in general. The McLaren M8's and their ilk with the 494 and 512 cid aluminum Chev engines just shook the ground coming out of 5b. I've never seen anything as spectacular in racing since.
Dan DeRosia
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Sunday, October 01, 2017 5:37 PM
I've seen the 917/30 brought out to vintage races a couple times, but don't recall them getting it on track. The McLarens and Shadows are cool too.
Monday, October 02, 2017 7:37 AM
Talk about balls to the wall racing. No rollbar??? That's instant death...constantly waiting for you.
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