Porsche lined up two very special Porsche 911 RSRs in the 2108 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The cars, belonging to the factory team, bore the numbers 91 and 92 and were presented with traditional decorations from the 1970s and 1980s.
The Porsche 911 RSR number 91 It was decorated with iconic blue and white shades, along with red and gold lines, reminiscent of the sponsor's colors Rothmans. On the other hand, the car number 92 adopted the famous design "Pink Pig" from the 917 Porsche 20/1971.
With these special liveries, Porsche commemorates its success story in the prestigious and marathon race of La Sarthe when “70 years of Porsche sports cars” are celebrated. These two cars are truly eye-catching to hobbyists.
“With these long-awaited designs we want to thank our loyal fans, who have encouraged us on and off the track, in every race. Particularly at Le Mans, where we hold the record of 19 overall victories, we have received incredible support every year ”, said Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President of Motorsport and GT.
PORSCHE 911 RSR No. 91
The 911 RSR with number 91, piloted by Gianmaria Bruni (Italia) Richard Lietz (Austria) and Frédéric Makowiecki (France) shows off the Rothmans livery once worn by some racing Porsche. An example of this is the Porsche 959 that won the Paris-Dakar in 1986, in the colors of the British cigarette brand.
On circuits, the Porsche 956 C and Porsche 962 C achieved great achievements with this image. These blue and white Group C cars achieved outright victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on two occasions each. The 956 C did so in 1982 and 1983, while the 962 C won in 1986 and 1987.
PORSCHE 911 RSR No. 92
The 911 RSR livery with the number 92, shared by the pilots Kévin Estre (France), Michael Christensen (Denmark) and Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium), recalls the one of the Porsche 917/20 that participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1971. This unique racing car was designed to combine the aerodynamic advantages of the short and long versions of the 917, and thus ensure that a car that had not been previously tested was the best in qualifying.
The 917/20 was dubbed the "Pink Pig" for its pink paint and its "butcher cuts" in the décor. The idea was implemented by the designer Anatole Lapine and caused a stir in La Sarthe. Still today, 917/20, also known as "Truffle Hunter" ("Truffle Hunter"), is one of the most famous racing Porsche in history.
A total of 10 Porsche 911 RSR participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, four of them lined up by the factory team and the other six by private teams.. The two vehicles that compete permanently in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) will sport the personalized decoration; factory cars with numbers 93 and 94 will compete in the usual colors white, black and red, which from an aerial perspective alludes to the Porsche emblem.