Canepa Motorsports has spent the better part of the last three years restoring his Porsche 917 race car. It’s updated the world on the build’s progress via Instagram with photos and videos of the rebuilt flat-12 engine and refreshed chassis, giving us an unprecedented look at one of Porsche’s most legendary cars. Today, the restored car has taken its maiden drive. And it did it on the street.
The firm on Tuesday uploaded footage to YouTube of founder Bruce Canepa taking the 917K—chassis 017, one of two in his collection—on what looks to be its first drive since the rebuild. Instead of trailering it to the nearest race track, Canepa elected to simply go out on the street and drive it amongst normal traffic.
While this might not seem like too big of a deal for someone as wealthy as Bruce Canepa, the video is pretty nerve-wracking to us. Seeing a $20 million race car drive alongside much larger cars and SUVs means there’s a real possibility that someone could miss Canepa in their mirrors and run him off the road. Sure, the car is still wearing its bright blue and orange Gulf livery, but it’s so low to the ground that it might not matter. To all of the other 917 owners out there—of which I’m sure there are many reading—perhaps don’t do this! For the full story and video, check out this article from Road & Track.