Porsche unveils 911 GT1 retro liveries for Petit Le Mans

After its Le Mans success with two retro paint jobs, Porsche is at it again with two 1998-inspired liveries for America's endurance classic

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With every week comes a new 70th anniversary gift from Porsche, and this week's special announcement is another blast to the past. Porsche's fleet of cars for the 21st running of Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta will race in liveries in homage to those worn by the 1998 Le Mans winners.

The white background with swirling blue and red lines that featured on the Porsche 911 GT1-98 finished 1-2 overall at Le Mans, with Lauren Aiello, Allan McNish and Stephane Ortelli driving the winning car.

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Racing retro liveries isn't new to Porsche, having finished 1-2 at Le Mans this year in the GTE Pro class with cars with the ‘Pink Pig’ livery adorned by Porsche's 917 in 1971, and the Rothmans colours of the 956 and 962 Group C cars from the 1980s.

The Petit Le Mans livery will mark 20 years since the manufacturer's 1998 Circuit de la Sarthe success, and three years since when Nick Tandy took overall Petit Le Mans livery in a GT car with Patrick Pilet and Richard Lietz. The first two will be racing together again this year, with Frederic Makowiecki as their team-mate.

Unlike Porsche's current GT racing cars, the 911 GT1 was designed and developed with racing solely in mind, and racked up almost 50 wins in its competition history. Although it wasn't the strongest car over the length of the 1998 sportscar racing season, at Le Mans its rivals BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Toyota all encountered problems, and Porsche took its 16th win, at the time almost double of its closest rival Ferrari.

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