Porsche fields two special Porsche 911 RSR at this year’s 24 Hours of Le
Mans: The factory-run cars with the starting numbers 91 and 92 will compete sporting
the traditional Le Mans liveries of the 1970s and 1980s. The #91 contender is decked
out in the iconic blue-and-white finish with red and gold stripes, reminiscent of the
Rothmans sponsor colours of that era. The #92 car adopts the famous “Pink Pig” design
of the 917/20 from 1971. Porsche unveiled the two circa 510 hp racers from
Weissach on Saturday at the official test for the Le Mans 24-hour race.

By presenting these special designs, Porsche commemorates its eventful history at
the prestigious marathon in the Sarthe Department on the occasion of its anniversary
year “70 Years Porsche Sports Cars”. Moreover, the two cars are real head-turners
for fans. “With these much-loved designs, we want to thank our loyal supporters who
have cheered for us both on and off the track at every race, but particularly at Le
Mans, where we as record winners with 19 outright victories received incredible
support every year,” says Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and
GT Cars.

The 911 RSR with the number 91, driven by Gianmaria Bruni (Italy), Richard Lietz
(Austria) and Frédéric Makowiecki (France), echoes the Rothmans paintwork of various
Porsche race cars. An example is the Porsche 959, which won the 1986 ParisDakar
rally flying the colours of the British tobacco manufacturer. In circuit racing, the
Porsche 956 C and the Porsche 962 C celebrated major successes: Each of these
two blue-and-white Group C sports prototypes clinched overall victory twice at the 24 Hours of Le Mans – the 956 C in 1982 and 1983, and the 962 C at the 1986 and
1987 races. 

The finish of the number 92 car, shared by race drivers Kévin Estre (France), Michael
Christensen (Denmark) and Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium), harks back to the Porsche
917/20 that tackled Le Mans in 1971. This one-of-a-kind race car was designed to
combine the aerodynamic advantages of the short and long-tail versions of the 917
and thereby ensure that the previously untested car would win the qualification. The
917/20 was dubbed the “Pink Pig” due to its pink paintwork with sections of the car
labelled in butcher-style cuts. The idea implemented under the Porsche designer
Anatole Lapine caused a stir at the Sarthe. Still today, the 917/20, also known as the
“Truffle Hunter”, is one of the most famous Porsche cars ever.

A total of ten Porsche 911 RSR racers will contest this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans –
four fielded by the factory and six by customer teams. The two permanent vehicles
from the Sports Car World Endurance Championship (WEC) will line up on the grid
sporting the custom design; the #93 and #94 works vehicles will compete under the
usual white, black and red livery, which from a bird’s eye perspective alludes to the
emblem of the Porsche brand. The 86th edition of the Le Mans 24-hour race will be
contested from 16-17 June.

 

 

 

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