The famous Martini Racing stripes will once adorn a Porsche racing car, in this case the 911 GT3 Cup set to compete in this year's Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. The move coincides with the 150th anniversary of Martini and the 50th anniversary of the Porsche 911. It's the first time a Porsche will race with the livery since 2008.
The dark blue, light blue, and red stripes of the distinctive Martini Racing livery have been absent from Porsche racing cars for several years, despite the long history between the drinks maker and car company. Martini stripes first adorned a Porsche 906 in 1968; in 1971, the Porsche 917 debuted at Le Mans with the livery, and Martini Porsche cars took wins at the endurance race in 1976 and 1977. Martini Racing branched out into rallying in 1982, applying its classic stripes and colors to a Lancia 037.
There were, of course, several hints that Porsche and Martini Racing would resurrect their partnership. First we saw Walter Röhrl testing a 918 Spyder prototype on the Nürburgring with a black-and-white version of the famous graphics, and then Porsche showed official photos of the 918 Spyder wearing full-color versions of the livery.
"The resurrection of the celebrated partnership between Martini Racing and Porsche is the start of a new chapter in this legendary story," Martini official Arnaud Meysselle said in a statement.
One Martini Porsche car will debut on May 12 at the Catalunya circuit in Barcelona, driven by nine-time rally champion Sebastien Loeb. Another driver, as-yet unnamed, will take the wheel in Monza, Italy, on September 8.
Source: Martini Racing