Porsche 918 Spyder prototype looks stunning in Martini Racing designAugust 1, 2012 by: Rituraj Mishra
What Gulf Racing livery means to 917, cannot be equaled, but Martini Racing livery comes the closest to being as famous as Gulf Racing livery in terms of being a sponsor to Porsche. Martini has donned both 917 and 911.
For Porsche’s new 918 hybrid supercar, Martini Racing livery has been chosen. After taking permission from Martini owner Bacardi & Company of Switzerland, Porsche dressed the supercar with the livery and has released some official photographs of the same.
History with Martini dates backs to 1969, when they supported Porsche by entering two 907’s in several races. After winning the 1971 Le Mans 24 Hours, it took only a couple of years for Martini to become factory partner of Porsche. This successful partnership lasted till 1978 and these were very successful years as they won at various competitions including Targa Florio in ’73, the Sports Car World Championship in ’76, and Le Mans in ’76 and ’77.
The Martini influence can be judged from the fact that almost every Porsche in the 70’s was in red, white and two-shades of blue. We would expect the car to be coming out with the same livery but it is unlikely that history will be repeated here.
918 Spyder prototype in attractive Martini Racing design
Stuttgart. Driving trials of the Porsche 918 Spyder are entering the next phase. A permanent fixture of the test programme for the 918 Spyder – and in the tuning process for all Porsche vehicles – is the 20.8 km long challenging Nürburgring-Nordschleife race circuit. After all, a lap time of less than seven minutes and 22 seconds is one of the development goals of the innovative super sports car with a plug-in hybrid drive.
The 918 Spyder combines a high-performance internal combustion engine with electric drives at the rear and front axles to achieve extraordinary driving performance and excellent efficiency. The system power of all three drives together is 770 hp. The car’s NEDC fuel consumption is forecast to be only around three litres per 100 km, which is equivalent to CO2 emissions of about 70 g/km. The monocoque, consisting of carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP), reduces the car’s weight and delivers remarkable rigidity and precision. Other highlights are the car’s fully variable aerodynamics, adaptive rear axle steering and “top pipes” exhaust system which routes the pipes upwards. All of this makes the Porsche 918 Spyder a super sports car for the future, even though the styling of the prototypes is reminiscent of historical models.
The latest test vehicle is now turning laps in the legendary Martini® Racing look of many historic Porsche race cars, particularly from the 1970s. More than nearly any other race car design, the Martini® Racing look quickly attained cult status in those times and is still in vogue today. Martini® was already the official partner of the Porsche factory team between 1973 and 1978. Back then, the attractively designed “Martini® Porsche” race cars with their numerous victories were a centre of conversation. These victories included finishing first overall at Targa-Florio in 1973, winning the Sports Car World Championship in 1976 and overall victories at the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1976 and 1977. As early as 1971, a Porsche 917 finished first in the legendary endurance race in Le Mans with the support of Martini®. Whether a Porsche 908, 917, 935 or 936 or one of various 911 RS or RSR models, common to all of these race cars was the memorable Martini® Racing design implemented in a wide variety of forms.
Now, a new edition of this successful partnership is making the Martini® Racing design exclusively available to the innovative 918 Spyder. Porsche AG and the Martini® brand, represented by Bacardi & Company Limited of Switzerland, have once again signed a partnership agreement to make this possible.