How do you start a Porsche 917? Spoiler: it is not easy or simple (+ video)

Pay attention, when you are a billionaire and can buy your own Porsche 917, this graphic document will come in handy. Normally we do not pay attention to the process of starting a car, which today is limited to pressing a button. However, in the cars of yesteryear it was a much more methodical, laborious and complex process. And more, if we are talking about a competition car. From Lanzante they teach us to starting the twelve-cylinder turbocharged boxer engine of a Porsche 917K. You never know when you may need this information.

The first step is check that the oil level is correct in the tank – it is a dry sump lubrication car. If it is cold, we must heat the oil to about 60 degrees, plugging the car’s oil heater into the current. After that, we have to turn on electric current in the car, using two switches, one in the passenger compartment and the other in the engine compartment. Then you have to activate both fuel pumps and the ignition coils on the race car’s own dashboard.

It is a methodical and exhaustive process, but it is not as complex as it might seem.

On the engine itself, we have to remove the fan and intake trumpet protection covers. Although the car has a choke, Lanzante affirms that it is easy to drown the engine if we “pull the air” too much, and therefore, apply a small stream of brake cleaner to each intake trumpet. After turning the key, the engine starts very quickly and must be kept at a speed below 2,000 rpm until it reaches operating temperature. Good things, as the saying goes, take time to wait.

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