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Porsche celebrates Le Mans return with 911 'Martini Racing Edition'

Team OD  /
11 Jun 2014 15:37:07 IST

Martini Racing livery has been exclusively reserved for cars which have proved their mettle on the racetrack. From rallying to Formula 1 to Le Mans, even powerboats, they have adorned high performance machines. These have gone on to win both drivers' as well as constructors' championship titles. This has enabled the Italian vermouth brand with the unique red and blue stripes to cement its place in motorsport folklore.

Porsche 911 Martini Racing (2)

To commemorate their return to 24 hours of Le Mans, Porsche have launched the Carrera S 'Martini Racing Edition', maintaining the exclusivity by producing only eighty units of this model. The Martini Racing livery is a reminder of the Porsche cars of the 1970s especially the 917 and the 935 'Moby Dick'. The 917 was the first Porsche car with the Martini Racing livery to win the 1970 Le Mans. Porsche have been the most successful marque at the Circuit de La Sarthe, with 16 wins to their credit but only one of these race winners was actually based on the 911 - that was the Porsche 935 K3, so this limited edition seems more of a tribute to the winner of 1979. Porsche has no plans of introducing this model in the USA or in India. It will make its way to Europe this month, followed by China in August. The Japanese and Latin American markets will be the last to get it by October.

The limited edition will be available only in monochrome body colours white and black. The interiors come with 'Martini Racing' badging as well as red illuminated stainless steel panels. Sporty steering wheel and performance enhancing Sport chrono package come as standard. Porsche Communication Management, which includes Voice Control system for navigation assistance comes as option. The options list also includes a Bose sound system, black faded tachometer and black leather sport seats.

The mechanicals and power train underneath the bonnet remain unchanged. It gets the same 3.8-litre flat six which churns out 400PS and 440Nm of torque. The car is claimed to hit the ton in 4.1s with the PDK gearbox and the Sport Plus button engaged. Sure the Martini Racing Edition may not be the most practical nor the fastest Porsche out there, but for a price tag of 102,862, what you get is a piece of motorsport history.

Porsche commemorates Le Mans return with 911 'Martini Racing Edition'


911 in traditional race outfit for Le Mans comeback by Porsche Stuttgart. Porsche Exclusive is issuing the "Martini Racing Edition" of the 911 Carrera S to coincide with this year's 24 hours of Le Mans race. Marking the return of Porsche to endurance motorsport is a limited edition 911 in traditional Martini racing design, which reflects the styling of Porsche race cars of the 1970s. The 911 Carrera S pays tribute to the successes of the legendary Porsche Le Mans race cars such as the 917 and the 935 "Moby Dick". The special edition is limited to 80 units and will be exclusively sold in select markets of Europe, in China, Japan and in Latin America. For select 911 models, Porsche Tequipment will be selling the exclusive Martini decal set as an aftermarket kit in Germany and other markets. The "Martini Racing Edition" of the 911 Carrera S is available in the monochrome body colours white and black. The boot lid, roof section, rear wing and vehicle's sides are accentuated by the "Martini Racing Design" decor set with the characteristic blue-red Martini colour pattern. The special front apron of the Aerokit Cup has an optimised spoiler lip which gives the vehicle an even more distinctive appearance. The aerodynamic counterpart is the fixed rear spoiler of the Aerokit Cup, which rounds out the car's sporty look. When entering the car, the stainless steel door sill panels with the red illuminated "911 Carrera S Martini Racing Edition" badge already identify this car as an exclusive limited edition. The interior package includes dashboard accents in body colour with the "Martini Racing Edition" badge. The Martini Porsche also has a sport design steering wheel and the Sport Chrono package as standard. The extensive standard equipment is complemented by such features as Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with navigation module, a Bose sound system, tachometer with black gauge dial and all-electric sport seats in black leather. The heart that beats in the Martini Porsche is a 3.8-litre flat six-cylinder engine with 400 hp. This 911 matches the level of dynamic performance of the regular 911 Carrera S: The car accelerates to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds with a PDK gearbox and activated Sport Plus button. Its combined fuel consumption, on the other hand, is familiarly moderate at 8.7 litres per 100 km (CO2 emissions: 202 g/km).
  

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