The 83rd annual running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans this June won’t be the first race of the 2015 WEC season to see three Porsche 919 Hybrid race cars fielded; that honor belongs to the race at Spa-Francorchamps in early May.
But of course, as we all well know, Le Mans is the “big one.”
Ahead of this year’s endurance race at Le Mans, the manufacturer presented the three Porsche 919 Hybrid race cars pictured above at the Paul Ricard Circuit in France. These are the exact colors and decorations of the three examples which will take their respective places on the grid on June 13th, 2015.
Besides looking tremendous, the different paint schemes shown on each of these three Porsche 919 race cars are symbolic, as well. The red car, for instance, is an homage to the red Porsche 917K that secured Porsche’s very first overall victory at Le Mans, in 1970. The black car is a nod to the color of the technically-related 918 Spyder which broke the Nürburgring world record for production cars in September, 2013. It set a time of 6 minutes and 57 seconds on the Nordschleife loop in the hands of Marc Lieb, who will be one of the black Porsche 919’s three pilots at this year’s Le Mans race.
Finally, the white Porsche 919 race car is a very traditional color for German racing cars, says the manufacturer. It pays little heed to Porsche’s rich sporting past, and instead celebrates the marque’s return to top-tier racing competition after a 16 year-long absence.
As viewers, we most identify with the white Porsche 919 example; we have deep respect for – and appreciation of – Porsche’s storied racing past, but mostly, we celebrate the legend’s long-overdue return.