The coming of the Porsche 917 was driven by rules modifications to slow speeds of the Group 6 Prototypes. The result was a car that still holds the fastest lap at the Circuit de Sarthe in the configuration they ran in 1971.

Porsche #23 917/20   1971 Race Car Germany

The outlandish design of the P34—it drew gasps from the crowd when it was unveiled—had its share of success. During the 1976 season, it earned 10 podium finishes, and Elf Tyrrell's two drivers, Jody Scheckter and Patrick Depailler, earned a 1-2 finish at the Swedish Grand Prix. The team took third place in the Constructors' Championship.

Problem was, the P34 wasn't especially good at finishing races, and in F1, reliability is a big deal.

F1 Car

Drivers : René Arnoux, Jean-Pierre Jabouille

Renault is of the more successful mainstream manufacturers in Formula 1, having won back-to-back constructors titles in 2005 and '06. We look back all the F1 cars from the French maker.

Just one of the display cabinets containing the racing cars