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 photograph magnet in public.

First let’s put together for the 24hours of Le Mans race this weekend. The Porsche Penske Motorsport works staff showcases a spectacular foil wrap on its three Porsche 963 vehicles to mark this 12 months’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 vehicles and the a hundredth 12 months because the tradition-steeped occasion was first contested in France.

The colors of sponsors corresponding to Martini, Rothmans and Gulf in addition to the enduring designs just like the “pig” and “hippie” have been recaptured – via to the purple of the Porsche Salzburg staff. All of them honour wonderful and spectacular performances on the best and most historic long-distance race on this planet.

Seven distinctive stripes in yellow, purple, 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 automotive 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 have been fast to look. The automotive 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 nations, whereas in English, the automobile acquired the identify “Pink Pig”. In 1971, the meaty automobile did not carry out in sporting phrases: whereas working 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 scenario 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 automotive within the close by hills.

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

Pictures by David Kaiser, you possibly can observe the 24Hr of LeMans on @porsche.motorsport. The Taycan was kindly offered by PZ St.Gallen by way of Porsche Schweiz



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