Hans Mezger, who led the development of the Le Mans-winning Porsche 917, has died at the age of 90.
Also responsible for the 911 boxer engine and McLaren’s triple world title-winning TAG V6 turbo, the German was key to forging Porsche’s reputation. As chief engineer of the 917, Mazger oversaw the development of the chassis and its 12-cylinder engine, which formed an unbeatable combination at Le Mans in 1970 and ’71, as well as in World Sportscar racing. That work led to success in Can-Am, and the road-going 911 Turbo in ’74. The 1980s brought Formula 1 success, with the Mezger- developed TAG turbocharged engine which later produced 1000bhp and took titles for Niki Lauda and then Alain Prost in ’85 and ’86.
Mezger spearheaded the Le Mans-winning 917’s engine and chassis design