Porsche showed five favorite liveries for 917December 27, 2019
The Porsche 917 may not be the most successful model in the history of the 24-hour Le Mans, but it is definitely one of the most amazing cars ever racing at La Sarthe.
You can always change “stunning” to “terrifying” when describing 917, seeing how many drivers were afraid to drive it because of how cruel and rude the legendary sports car was. Not many riders were able to tame the Porsche 917, but those who did it felt great satisfaction, winning the race on it.
As the first Porsche to win Le Mans 24 hours, the 917 will always have a special place in the history of the automaker and in the hearts of motorsport fans around the world. 917 owes its fame to the many cool livery that he demonstrated for three years, in which he participated in the world championship in sports cars, including 24 hours of Le Mans.
Without further ado, here are the five coolest Porsche 917 liveries evaluated by the automaker.
N5: Porsche 917-001 with green and white colors
Porsche introduced the 917 at the Geneva Motor Show in 1969 in this cool combination of green and white, just two days after its completion. Fast forward to 50 years ago, and this particular car will be restored in its original condition and in the paint scheme using advanced 3D technologies.
N4: 917/20 “The Pink Pig”
This is one of the most recognizable Porsche 917 cars due to its pink color, thanks to which it earned the nickname “Pink Pig”. Why a pig? Because it was more than 240 mm wider than the regular 917, and underwent further modifications to improve aerodynamics. In addition, designers used markings that show cuts of meat when the car was built in 1971, showing that the Germans have a sense of humor.
N3: Porsche 917 Long Tail with Martini livery
The Porsche 917 Long-Tail with Martini livery also dates from 1971, when it received the iconic colors of the Italian beverage brand. A year earlier, the psychedelic green-violet streak did not bring him luck, as she left Le Mans due to engine failure. She failed to cross the finish line in 1971; however, it was the first race car to set a record average speed of over 240 km / h at Le Mans.
N2: Porsche 917 in Gulf Oil livery
The Gulf-based Porsche 917 doesn’t need a presentation because the light blue and orange schemes became known mainly due to his appearance in Steve McQueen’s Le Mans film. To this day, it has remained one of the most valuable 917 models.
N1: Porsche 917 in Salzburg Red
The most special livery of 917 in Porsche’s book – Salzburg Red Car – and not without reason. Red and white is 917, which gave the automaker its first overall victory at the 24-hour Le Mans in 1970. Interestingly, the livery is inspired by the colors of the Austrian flag, which should not be surprising, given that both Porsche and Pieha families come from Austria.
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