Its first win at Le Mans came in 1970, just after the reign of the Ford
GT40. The car which took the win was the 917, one which has since become almost as big a legend as Ford’s Le Mans car. But it was prototypes like the 936, 956 and 962, all of which used engines derived from the one found in the 911 Turbo, which secured Porsche’s dominance in endurance racing. We tend to think today of Le Mans being primarily Audi
’s game, but there was a time when Porsche ruled La Sarthe to an even greater degree. So thorough was this dominance that even if Audi wins the next five years in a row, it will only tie Porsche's record.