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1969 was the year when two historic icons would come to light; one in the realm of motorsport, the other in commercial aviation. While French and British Aerospace were leaping towards their first supersonic commercial flight with Concorde, engineers at Porsche were cooking up a recipe that would shake endurance racing to its core for ears to come with the 917.

While the Porsche 917 would take one more year of development to prove its might, its aerodynamics were in practice taking inspiration from machines in aerospace; the likes of Concorde. When implemented, it gave Porsche the weapon it needed to dominate the World Sportscar Championship for the next two seasons while continuing its lead over at Can-Am till 1973.

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