Porsche has unveiled a set of special liveries for its GTE-Pro cars at the 24 Hours of Le Mans commemorating 50 years since the manufacturer’s first outright victory in the race.
The No. 91 Porsche 911 RSR of Richard Lietz, Gianmaria Bruni and Frederic Makowiecki will contest this weekend’s edition in a new red scheme with white highlights.
This resembles the design worn by the ‘Salzburg’ Porsche 917K that won the 1970 edition of Le Mans with Richard Attwood and Hans Herrmann at the wheel.
Their victory marked the first of 19 for Porsche at Le Mans, with the brand’s latest overall triumph coming in 2017 through Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber.
On the No. 92 GTE-Pro car, which will be driven by Kevin Estre, Michael Christensen and Laurens Vanthoor, Porsche has replaced the red coloring with black.
Both cars will have the number ‘1970’ spread over the top of each design.
“Le Mans will be completely different this year because of the lack of spectators and the heavily modified schedule,” said Porsche factory motorsport director Pascal Zurlinden.
“Still, I’m expecting a fantastic highlight for the fans. This year’s event is hugely significant for Porsche. Fifty years ago, Porsche’s winning streak began with the first outright victory for the 917.
“We commemorate that triumph with spectacular vehicle designs and special pit fit-outs.
“Our sporting aim is clear: After our win at the virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans in June, we now set our sights on claiming Porsche’s 109th class victory with the real 911 RSR.”