Of all the wonderful old racing-inspired liveries you could specify on the Porsche 918 Spyder, the pink ‘butcher’s diagram’ one showing the various cuts of meat across the body of a pig somehow didn’t feature. That hasn’t stopped one determined owner, though.
This surprisingly awesome (if a little shocking at first) design is a rework of the paint job that graced the experimental Porsche 917/20 that tried to combine the aerodynamic benefits of short- and long-tail designs at the 1971 24 Hours of Le Mans race.
As it happened, it didn’t work. Nor did the brakes, for long; they expired during the night and the car failed to finish, but the livery went down in history. Designed as a bit of fun to mock the bulbous bodywork that made it seem a bit porky next to the other cars in the field, car number 23 went full pig. It was nicknamed the Truffle-Hunter of Zuffenhausen.
Awesomely, this reinterpretation of its shell on the 918 Spyder is designed in a ‘dirty’ state, as the 4.9-litre flat-12 original might have looked as it was dragged unceremoniously away from the track. At least it eventually made it into the loving arms of Porsche’s museum.
The patina across the wrap is pretty convincing from a distance, with the black-on-white ‘23’ looking as though it’s worn through in places and a general layer of black race track grime and torment across the leading edges of the bodywork. It really is a crackling job. Ahem.
The distress stops at the panels. The wheels, brakes and headlights, not to mention the interior, look as fresh and crisp as a little-used 918’s should. We can’t help but think a set of anthracite wheels would look even better beneath the pink.
Other classic liveries that were officially offered as options for the 918 included those inspired by Martini and Gulf colours. The Martini one certainly had a few takers, for good reason, but there’s still something brilliant about the Pink Pig v2.0…