Top five Penske sportscars

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Porsche’s 917K was the car of the five-litre Group 5 era, but Penske’s 1971 work showed what the ri­val Fer­rari 512M could do. With Traco-pre­pared V12 en­gines giv­ing (ini­tially at least) over 600bhp, Penske’s blue Fer­rari also sported other de­vel­op­ments, in­clud­ing a rear wing. Mark Dono­hue out­paced the works 917s at Day­tona, Se­bring and Watkins Glen, only be­ing de­nied by a com­bi­na­tion of clashes and nig­gly prob­lems. It’s hard to ar­gue with Dono­hue’s as­ser­tion that, “We knew it was the fastest five-litre car on any track be­sides Le Mans.”

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