Porsche unveils liveries of 2015 Le Mans race cars

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 29, 2015

Porsche has shown off its liveries for the upcoming Le Mans race. The 2015 Porsche Le Mans race cars will make their world debut at the official Pre-test. These race cars will be seen in their individual colors. For the first time ever, the three Porsche 919 Hybrids will feature their base colours of red, black and white. They’re dubbed as Tradition, Technology, and A Return.

Following tradition, Timo Bernhard of Germany, Brendon Hartley of New Zealand, and Mark Webber of Australia will drive the red prototype with starting number 17. The car number and color pay homage to Porsche, which in 1970, achieved the first of 16 overall wins in Le Mans.

Porsche possesses the record for the most number of victories at Le Mans, which is considered by many to be the most demanding endurance race in the world. In addition, red is the color of the base of the Porsche 917 KH (short-tail) in "Salzburg Design" that raced on June 14, 1970, approximately 45 years ago.

Back then, the drivers who won the race were 87-year-old German Hans Herrmann, and 75-year-old Richard Attwood from the UK. With a starting number of 18, the black LMP1 symbolizes the close technical relationship between the Porsche 919 Hybrid racing car and the Porsche 918 Spyder super sports car, which also comes with a hybrid drive.

On Sept. 4, 2013, a black 918 established a record for street-legal production sports car by finishing a lap of over 20 kilometres on the North Loop of the Nürburgring in six minutes and 57 seconds. The driver who set the record was Marc Lieb from Germany. Furthermore, Lieb will be the driver for the black 919 this year in Le Mans.

The two other drivers are Romain Dumas of France and Neel Jani of Switzerland. The third car is the white 919 Hybrid with the starting number 19. It will compete in Le Mans in the color that Porsche picked out for its return to top-notch racing after having been absent for 16 years. The two Porsche 911 RSR factory cars that will race in the GTE Pro Class will also be white, which is regarded in Germany as a traditional color for the cars.

The third 919 in Le Mans will have the following drivers: Earl Bamber of New Zealand, Formula One driver Nico Hülkenberg of Germany, and Nick Tandy of Great Britain. Different colors were used for the liveries of the three Porsche 919 Hybrids and the two Porsche 911 RSRs but they all have the same philosophy. On their chassis are the words: “Porsche Intelligent Performance.” This is a summary of Porsche’s core ambition for the highest level of sportiness and the best efficiency.

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