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Porsche’s Legendary Racecar Designs – Centennial 24H Le Mans and “Pink Pig” Taycan

Porsche’s Legendary Racecar Designs – Centennial 24H Le Mans and “Pink Pig” Taycan


The Centennial Version of the 24Heurs de Mans race is across the nook and this text has a glance into a few of Porsche’s iconic racecar liveries. Talking of which, we drove a Porsche Taycan Turbo S in Switzerland with the well-known “Pink Pig” livery, an actual head turner and picture magnet in public.

First let’s put together for the 24hours of Le Mans race this weekend. The Porsche Penske Motorsport works group showcases a spectacular foil wrap on its three Porsche 963 automobiles to mark this yr’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The designs pay tribute to traditionally important motor racing colors and acknowledge the joint celebration of the seventy fifth anniversary of Porsche sports activities automobiles and the a centesimal yr because the tradition-steeped occasion was first contested in France.

The colors of sponsors reminiscent of Martini, Rothmans and Gulf in addition to the long-lasting designs just like the “pig” and “hippie” have been recaptured – by way of to the crimson of the Porsche Salzburg group. All of them honour wonderful and spectacular performances on the biggest and most historic long-distance race on this planet.

Seven distinctive stripes in yellow, crimson, darkish blue, mild blue, inexperienced, pink and orange adorn the three Porsche 963 entered within the Hypercar class at Le Mans. These colors pay tribute to legendary racing automobile liveries from Porsche’s lengthy and illustrious historical past.

Let’s choose one of many stripes: Pink, the legendary “pig” unfortunate within the race. In 1971, the Porsche 917/20 delighted followers, drivers and officers at Le Mans. Porsche’s designer Anatole Lapine sketched the butchers’ cuts of pork on a basecoat of pink and labelled them accordingly: snout, ham, pork knuckle and mind. Endearing nicknames had been fast to look. The automobile pushed by Willi Kauhsen and Reinhold Joest was dubbed, amongst different issues, the “truffle sniffer from Zuffenhausen”.

Finally, the time period “Sau” prevailed in German-speaking international locations, whereas in English, the automobile obtained the identify “Pink Pig”. In 1971, the meaty automobile did not carry out in sporting phrases: whereas operating in fifth place, Kauhsen/Joest retired shortly earlier than the top of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. On the revival of the livery, the state of affairs improved: the Porsche 911 RSR decked out within the “Pink Pig” design scored the GTE class win on the Sarthe in 2018 with works drivers Kévin Estre, Michael Christensen and Laurens Vanthoor.

GTspirit photographer David Kaiser had the pleasure to shoot a “SAU” themed Porsche Taycan Turbo S close to Lake Constance and later drove the automobile within the close by hills.

After the driving motion the evaluation finishes with some extra photographs of the Pink Pig surrounded by farmland and exquisite mountain surroundings.

Photographs by David Kaiser, you may observe the 24Hr of LeMans on @porsche.motorsport. The Taycan was kindly offered by PZ St.Gallen through Porsche Schweiz



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