Originally Posted by JasonCSU
I wonder what the mechanical condition of the 917 was before the journalist drove it. Weren't these engines designed to be rebuilt after every race back in their day? It's possible the engine was going to blow no matter who was driving it.
Pretty much. They were one off engines that needed servicing every race (like most race tuned engines). The 917 engine was extremely temperamental, lots of heat, and would blow a lot even during the race. I'm actually surprised he didn't get some waiver that he wasn't responsible for any damage to the vehicle.
This is one of the reason I don't let friends drive my car, and I don't drive their car. You never know what calamity may strike randomly, and I treasure friendships.