Porsche 918 Spyder shows up in Martini Racing livery

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 1, 2012

To sustain the interest in Porsche’s upcoming 918 Spyder, the automaker has released several full color photos of this model decked out in full Martini Racing livery. The previous spy photos of the 918 were in black and white. Throughout those years, Martini (which served as the official racing partner of Porsche between 1973 and 1978) has become immortalized.

It first made a mark in the racing livery history books when the brand’s colors decorated the Porsche 917 when it triumphed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1971. Porsche is currently conducting tests on the 918 at the Nurburgring where it has achieved its target of surpassing a 7:22 lap time.

It doesn’t beat any records and it’s even four seconds off the pace of Porsche’s own GT2 RS but it would be a record for a production hybrid car. The 918 uses electric motors at every axle.

It will be equipped with a V8 engine that delivers a total system output of 770 hp as well as an impressive 78 mpg. Porsche divulged that there’s a new partnership to make the livery available on the 918 Spyder for customers. This partnership raises doubts of how far this deal will go. Porsche is planning a LMP1 entry at Le Mans in 2014.

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