Special Le Mans designs: Porsche celebrates world title and U.S. successes
The Porsche GT Team will line up on the grid at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with race cars in special liveries. Distinctive decals will be affixed to the two ca. 510 hp Porsche 911 RSR with the starting numbers 91 and 92 from the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) to honour an early manufacturers’ world championship title.
In recognition of this achievement in the fiercely competitive GTE-Pro class, the popular design of the cars was revamped: all red surfaces of the two Porsche 911 RSR racers will be finished in gold for the season finale at Le Mans, with the roof of both 911 RSR from the WEC emblazoned with the world champion logo. The pits of the Porsche GT Team will also reflect these colours.
The identical models from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship compete bearing the design of the legendary Brumos team. The two Porsche 911 RSR flying the colours white, red and blue have already delighted fans at the first two rounds of the season at Daytona and Sebring. The American squad won the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1973, 1975, 1978 and 2009. Brumos Racing is indelibly linked to the name of Porsche’s current brand ambassador, Hurley Haywood. After scoring three overall victories at Le Mans, the American is considered one of the most successful drivers at the 24-hour marathon. Haywood will act as Grand Marshal at the long-distance classic in France on 15/16 June. Hollywood star Patrick Dempsey has immortalised the life of the charismatic racing driver on film. Since March 26th, the documentary “Hurley” can be viewed on numerous streaming services.
“The gold paintwork on the two 911 RSR racers from the WEC symbolises the early win of the world title for manufacturers, which is something we’re very proud of,” says Porsche’s vice president of motorsport Fritz Enzinger. “The Brumos design is one of the most famous and popular vehicle liveries in motor racing. This year this finish celebrates its Le Mans debut. In 2018, our cars sported a special design and yielded us a brilliant double victory at Le Mans. We hope to achieve a similar result this year.”
Like last year, Porsche will tackle the 87th edition of the world’s toughest automobile race with four works cars. The 2018 winners Michael Christensen (Denmark), Kévin Estre (France) and Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) take on the competition in the No. 92 Porsche 911 RSR. The No. 91 sister car is driven by Gianmaria Bruni (Italy), Richard Lietz (Austria) and Frédéric Makowiecki (France). Sharing the cockpit of the No. 93 car are Earl Bamber (New Zealand), Nick Tandy (Great Britain) and Patrick Pilet (France). The German works driver Sven Müller shares the No. 94 cockpit with Porsche Young Professionals Mathieu Jaminet (France) and Dennis Olsen (Norway).
Porsche has won the manufacturers’ title in the Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC) for the second time in a row. At the final race of the season on the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in South Africa, Matt Campbell from Australia and the two Frenchmen Mathieu Jaminet and Patrick Pilet finished in third place with GPX Racing’s Porsche 911 GT3 R.
Australian Matt Campbell will continue as a Porsche works drive in 2021. Confirmation came as Porsche AG announced its plans for the coming year, highlighted by two factory programs, at the first virtual Night of Champions.