Porsche 911 Dakar Gets Epic Martini Racing-Inspired Livery

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Two other options will also be available, paying homage to Porsche's rally greats.

Porsche has announced a trio of decorative wraps for the new 911 Dakar inspired by historic liveries worn by successful Porsche 911 racers of the 1970s. These are in addition to the 'Roughroads' livery the car debuted with late last year, which is an unmistakable homage to the Rothmans one worn by 911 rally cars in the 1980s.

The new Porsche 911 Dakar was one of the most pleasant surprises of 2022, and alongside the Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato, is one of the freshest takes on the high-performance sports car concept. The two ring in a bold new era of off-road performance for the well-heeled, and for Porsche at least, continue a decades-long legacy of off-road racing. Its name even pays tribute to the 911 Carrera 3.2 4x4 that won the 1984 Paris-Dakar Rally. However, the new liveries pre-date this, paying tribute to Porsche's rally pioneers that came before.

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2023 Porsche 911 Dakar Driving Back View

The first livery is in honor of the Polish 911 team's exploits at the 1971 East African Safari Rally - the first year in which Porsche fielded a works team. The race took place over 3,100 miles of savanna and desert scrubland through the Kenyan highlands. It was in this race that Polish drivers Sobieslaw Zasada and Marian Bien finished fifth, with their 911 wearing a subtle black-and-white livery and the competition number 19. Porsche has recreated this livery in the Rallye 1971 package.

Similar in its simplicity and also bearing the number 19, the Rallye 1974 package honors the efforts of Bjorn Waldegard at the East African Safari Rally. This was one of the toughest challenges Waldegard had to face, despite coming into the race a two-time Rallye Monte Carlo winner behind the wheel of a Porsche. He and co-driver Hans Thorszelius nearly managed to pilot their 911 Carrera 2.7 RS to victory and started the third and final leg of the race with a 36-minute lead. Sadly for the duo, a broken wishbone resulted in a 72-minute delay, and they had to settle for second place.

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The last livery is arguably the most desirable, as the unmistakable blue, red, and white patterns are synonymous with the Martini Racing Team founded in 1958. Perhaps that's why this package, dubbed Rallye 1978, is the most expensive of the three at €5,950 ($6,391) compared to the €4,165 ($4,473) of the other two. Without bearing the Martini logo, it's still immediately identifiable and pays tribute to Bjorn Waldegard once more. That's because Bjorn returned to Kenya in 1978 behind the wheel of one of two 911 SC Group 4 cars entered for the race. Sadly for Waldegard, like before, a broken wishbone - this time in conjunction with a shock absorber and a drive shaft issues - prevented the Swede from securing victory, settling for fourth while South Africans Vic Preston Jr. and John Lyall took home second in the sister Porsche that bore the number 14.

Despite its complexity, this livery likely won't take as long as the 34 hours needed for the Rothmans livery.

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All three decal packages are available to order with the 911 Dakar via Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, but the Rallye 1971 and Rallye 1974 options can also be purchased at a later date and installed at Porsche Centres via the Porsche Tequipment catalog. That's in part due to their simplicity compared to the Martini-inspired option.

However, before you start saving, it's worth remembering that the 911 Dakar's production is limited to just 2,500 units. It's likely that Porsche has already had an influx of deposits for the off-road model, but if you're unable to secure one, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume has confirmed that the Dakar concept will live on in future 911s and that more special edition heritage Porsches are on their way.

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2023 Porsche 911 Dakar Driving Front Angle
2023 Porsche 911 Dakar Forward View

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