Two Porsche 911 RSRs to Compete at Le Mans in Historic Livery
To celebrate 70 years of its Le Mans history, two 911 RSRs will be sporting traditional liveries of the 1970s and 1980s.
The 86th annual 24 Hours of Le Mans will be taking place on June 16 and 17, and Porsche is ready. Porsche will have 10 of its 911 RSR racers competing. However, the factory-run cars with the starting numbers 91 and 92 will have a little bit of classic Porsche motor sport history on their side.
The #91 contender is decked out in the iconic blue and white finish with red and gold stripes, reminiscent of the Rothmans sponsor colors of that era. The #92 car adopts the famous “Pink Pig” design of the 917/20 from 1971. Porsche unveiled the two circa-510 horsepower racers at the official test for the Le Mans 24-hour race.
Porsche commemorated its eventful 70 years of Le Mans history with these designs. The two cars sure to be true 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. One example is the Porsche 959, which won the 1986 Paris-Dakar rally flying the colors 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.