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Porsche Unveils Retro Liveries for Petit Le Mans

Factory Porsche 911 RSRs to carry retro liveries from 1998 Le Mans winner at PLM…

Photo: Porsche

Porsche has unveiled retro liveries for its pair of factory GT Le Mans class entries that will compete in this weekend’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-ending Motul Petit Le Mans.

The CORE autosport-run Porsche 911 RSRs will carry the iconic design from the Porsche 911 GT1-98, which claimed overall victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1998 and also took part in the inaugural Petit Le Mans that year.

Twenty years later, the blue, red and orange stripes will be wrapped on the GTE-spec Porsches, to be driven by Patrick Pilet, Nick Tandy and Fred Makowiecki (No. 911) and Earl Bamber, Laurens Vanthoor and Mathieu Jaminet (No. 912).

The cars will additionally sport a special decal memorializing Dave Maraj, whose Champion Racing team claimed GT1 class victory in the inaugural Petit Le Mans with the previous-gen Porsche GT1 Evo.

To further call to mind the Champion entries, the distinctive lines will be reflective as the cars charge into the final hours of the ten-hour race. The Champion liveries are well-remembered for its reflective decals.

It is the second set of retro liveries to be adorned on factory Porsches this year, following the Rothmans and “Pink Pig”-inspired designs that were on the Manthey-run Porsches at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where it claimed a 1-2 finish in GTE-Pro. 

Photo: Porsche

Photo: Porsche

Photo: Porsche

Photo: Porsche

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

29 Comments

29 Comments

  1. Dave

    October 8, 2018 at 6:51 am

    A+, Porsche

  2. JBV

    October 8, 2018 at 7:43 am

    Superb!

  3. Azuma

    October 8, 2018 at 7:45 am

    Keep the Retro liveries coming, Porsche. They’re Fantastic. Two Thumbs way up there!

    • jason

      October 8, 2018 at 9:16 am

      For 2019, should go with Champion and Rohr liveries.

  4. jason

    October 8, 2018 at 8:23 am

    Good stuff. The Porsche GT1 era was awesome. Lets not forget this also includes the Champion and Rohr GT1s that ran in 1997 and 1998. Very brief but exciting time. The sad thing is that there was no video streaming back then and I think sportscar races was only on Speedvision which had few households on cable. So it was both a dark era and a glorious era at the same time.

  5. Steven

    October 8, 2018 at 9:36 am

    Beautiful!!!

    That livery should have been at Le Mans also.

  6. Robert

    October 8, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Wicked cool liveries!

  7. Andy Flinn

    October 8, 2018 at 11:56 am

    I’m tracking Hurricane Michael from Florida. I’m scheduled to fly into Atlanta on Thursday evening for this race.

    My fingers are crossed it passes and we’ll see some racing.

    • Matt

      October 8, 2018 at 2:16 pm

      It’s supposed to pass through Thursday. Friday and Saturday currently look like they’ll be beautiful.

      • Larry

        October 8, 2018 at 7:52 pm

        I hope you are correct Matt.

        I’m working corners.

    • Stormchaser

      October 9, 2018 at 5:04 am

      You’ll be fine. Looks like Wednesday is the day. I’m driving up from Florida starting early in the morning.

  8. Greg Rojas

    October 8, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    “Badass”
    – Plato

  9. Av

    October 8, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Get ready for a storm.

  10. Daniel

    October 8, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    AWESOME!

  11. John

    October 8, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    Porsche should rethink its racing liveries and move on to a new theme.

    The 911 is an attractive car by nature, and would look good unadorned, so it’s puzzling why Porsche has chosen to give it such boring paint jobs and mask the ends off with dark paint.

    Maybe it got a good deal on some surplus plastidip and couldn’t find any other place to use it…

    • gmfansaredelusional

      October 8, 2018 at 7:50 pm

      Oh waaahhhhhhhhh, John must be a gm fan.

      • JR

        October 9, 2018 at 1:34 pm

        What grade are you in?

    • jason

      October 9, 2018 at 8:46 am

      Disagree 100%. The current factory livery is excellant. Looks Porsche to me. It is far better than the livery of 2014-2016. So for me big thumbs up on 2017-2018 livery. Hope it continues for a long time to come.

  12. dave henrie

    October 8, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    American based Champion ran the only two Audi’s the year Pescarolo was supposed to win. The French organizers did everything they could via the rules to guarantee the victory for Pesca. But the Champion team prevailed. These liveries look splendid!

    • Steven

      October 8, 2018 at 7:53 pm

      Not exactly, Oreca also ran a Audi R8 in 2005 and finished 4th overall. But the history was spot on. The R8 was pegged back so much that it was 3 seconds/lap slower, yet it was far more reliable.

    • sick of dave

      October 9, 2018 at 8:27 pm

      No one cares. This isn’t about Audi, Champion, Pescarolo, etc. Why even post that?

      • dave henrie

        October 10, 2018 at 1:07 am

        lol you are correct. I was crossing the Champion livery in my head and went down Audi lane instead of Porsche avenue. Anyhow, it does look great and is more eyecatching than the pink pig. Looking forward to Petite, especially since F1 has really fallen flat these past few races.

  13. the esses

    October 8, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    Magnificent.

  14. Kevin Lourenco

    October 8, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    Hopefully more GT Teams follow suit. It would be cool to see that in honor Dr. Panoz

  15. Robson

    October 9, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    incredible!
    I hope they can do the same double in le mans.

  16. Steve

    October 10, 2018 at 9:25 am

    This is a horrible idea. Seems like nobody remembers what happened to the GT1 at Petite Lemans 1998.

  17. paul

    October 10, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    This is great. It´s unfortunate the psychedelic 1970 livery wasn´t applied to a 919 while it was racing though. Not “works” colours, but it would work!

  18. Frank Murphy

    October 11, 2018 at 4:20 am

    That’s great!
    Where can I get more detailed pictures about the liveries, because I want to reproduce this designs for a virtual simrace version of the 911 RS-R.
    I’ve also made a virtual repliqe skin of a 1975 Kremer RS-R on the new one, you can see on my insta-account: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bmu0658BLXv/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet

  19. paul

    October 11, 2018 at 5:41 am

    Next up is the 1974 RSR Turbo livery?

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