The ‘Pink Pig’ Returns
Porsche will field two special 911 RSRs at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, which takes place on 16-17th June. In its 70th anniversary year two of Porsche’s entries for the world’s most famous race, the No91 and No92 RSRs, will compete wearing traditional Le Mans liveries of the 1970s and 1980s. The No91 car will sport the iconic blue-and-white Rothmans livery with red and gold stripes, while the No92 car will adopt the famous ‘Pink Pig’ design from the 917/20 of 1971.
The No91 RSR will be driven by Gianmaria Bruni, Richard Lietz and Frédéric Makowiecki, their car’s Rothmans-style paintwork is reminiscent of the 959 which won the 1986 Paris-Dakar rally. In circuit racing, Porsche 956 C and 962 C cars also celebrated major successes in the colour scheme – each of the Group C sports prototypes clinched overall victory twice at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1982, 1983, 1986 and 1987.
The No92 car, shared by Kévin Estre, Michael Christensen and Laurens Vanthoor, harks back to the 917/20 that tackled Le Mans in 1971. The car was dubbed the “Pink Pig” due to its pink paintwork with sections of the car labelled in butcher-style cuts. The idea was implemented under Porsche designer Anatole Lapine, and it caused quite a stir at Le Sarthe. Today the 917/20, also known as the “Truffle Hunter”, is one of the most famous Porsche racing cars of all time.
In total ten 911 RSRs will contest the 86th edition of the Le Mans 24-hour race – four fielded by the factory and six by customer teams. The two permanent vehicles from the Sports Car World Endurance Championship (WEC) will line up on the grid sporting the custom designs, while the No93 and No94 works vehicles will compete in the usual white, black and red livery of Porsche Motorsport.