Porsche has one of the best motorsport legacies of any automotive brand in the world, and some truly beautiful racing liveries are part of that history. To celebrate this heritage and advertise its compact crossover, the company has covered five Macans in these classic paint jobs and photographed them around Singapore.
The Martini Racing livery's combination of a white body with red, dark blue, and light blue stripes is among the most famous paint jobs in motorsports, but it always seems to look best on Porsches. Martini & Rossi's sponsorship of Porsche race cars goes back to 1968. The color scheme looks great on this Macan, too, particularly with the use of black trim and wheels on this crossover.
Where the Martini Racing look is understated, Porsche's pink pig livery on a Macan is far more irreverent. The words on the body refer to the various pieces that butchers get when breaking down a pig, and the dotted lines refer to where the cuts would happen. The whimsical design dates back to the one-off 917/20 from the 1971 24 Hours of Le Mans. This experimental car blended elements from the short- and long-tail variants of the 917. While it didn't finish the race, the pink pig posted the fastest top speed during qualifying.
While Porsche's corporate home is in Zuffenhausen neighborhood of Stuttgart, Germany, the Porsche family and its massive holding company have their roots in Salzburg, Austria. In 1970, the Porsche Salzburg racing team scored the automaker's first ever overall victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and it achieved the victory in a 917 with the red and white color scheme on this Macan.
The Gulf Racing livery rivals the Martini color scheme in its iconic status among Porsche lovers. The combination of light blue and orange is handsome and eye-catching without being gaudy. John Wyer convinced Gulf Oil to sponsor his racing team, and the color scheme appeared on a variety of cars, including the Ford GT40. Wyer's crew later campaigned Porsches and brought the fantastic paint job to the German firm's racers. It was the perfect match.
In 1982, Porsche's racing efforts gained the sponsorship of the tobacco company Rothmans, and it brought a dapper livery to the company's race cars. A red stripe breaks up the dark blue lower section of the body and white upper area. Without the racing number on the side, someone might think this is just a stylish custom Macan, rather than a crossover paying homage a famous motorsport color scheme.
Gallery: Porsche Macan Turbo Exclusive Performance Edition
Gallery: Porsche Macan Motorsport Liveries
Porsche is giving a taste of its motorsport heritage by releasing a series of five Macan, specially rendered in its iconic motorsport livery designs.
The models add further colour to the vibrant streets of Singapore. Designed to pay tribute to Porsche’s proud motorsport heritage, these colourful Macan aim to bring its success on the racetrack to the roads of Singapore.
Five iconic locations in Singapore were chosen to showcase the special models. These locations represent an integral part of Singapore’s history, and spotlight the country’s diverse culture and heritage.
Venue: Holland Village, Singapore
One of the world’s most timeless and iconic motorsport liveries, the Martini Racing embodies passion for motorsport and innovation in design. The historic combination of blue, red and silver began in 1970 on the Hockenheim circuit in Germany, with the livery donned on the Porsche 917. It is inextricably linked with the successes of the Porsche teams in rallying, touring car racing and, above all, in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. After the sponsorship from the Italian beverage company Martini & Rossi began in 1968, Porsche enjoyed a series of victories.
Venue: Armenian Street, Singapore
Debuted at the 1982 Le Mans, the Porsche 956 is a new type of winner. The Porsche 956s left a strong impression because it marked the start of a new era. Not only because there was a triple victory where the cars finished neatly in their number order: one, two and three during the 1982 Le Mans, but also because it flew past the finish line in a record breaking time of 6:11.13 minutes at Nurburgring, setting a record for drivers in their future machines. The 956 was unstoppable as it went on to dominate the 1984 and 1985 races, setting a new brand record.
Venue: Chinatown, Singapore
The “Pink Pig” with the power of a horse is deeply etched in Porsche’s racing history. At Le Mans 1971, the Porsche 917/20, a one-off experimental car, was sent into the race. Not only was it the fastest car during the pre-race qualification session, but it also managed to steal the show even from its own winning car. This car was a combination of the short and long tail versions of the 917. With an extremely wide body and exceptionally rounded wheel cutouts, its wheels were hidden deeply in the wheel housings, with its nose equally low and flat like that of the new long-tail coupé, but shorter. As a one-off version, Porsche Style decided in favour of the pink body colour and labelled each of the body parts according to butcher-style cuts. It was the most frequently photo-graphed race car of the year, and is still very popular amoung the Porsche Museum visitors in Stuttgart, Germany.
Venue: Ann Siang Hill, Singapore
Red symbolises the colour of the Porsche 917 KH, the first Porsche to secure the first of 19 impressive Le Mans victories. The iconic red Porsche first made its debut 45 years ago on June 14, 1970 where Hans Hermann and Richard Attwood secured Porsche’s first victory at Le Mans.
Venue: Haji Lane, Singapore
Another Porsche classic is the charismatic light blue colour, made famous on tracks all around the world thanks to John Wyer, who successfully convinced Gulf Oil to sponsor his new car, the Mirage M1, before he came to represent Porsche. At that time, Gulf Oil had just purchased a smaller firm that featured a blue and orange colour scheme and they picked the colours for the cars that Wyer raced. During the 1970 and 1971 Le Mans, Wyer led the Porsche team to the world championships and with that, he sealed blue and orange into the minds of the racing world forever. Not to mention, this blue and orange Porsche 917 also became the star car in Steve McQueen’s legendary racing movie, Le Mans, in 1971.
Macan: Fuel consumption combined 7.4 – 7.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 172 – 167 g/km