These Five Porsche Macan Flaunt Their Motorsport Roots

December 28, 2017

While the Porsche Macan is considered as a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) by classification, car enthusiasts know that it possesses the Porsche DNA. The drive has been described as being that of a true Porsche. And we refer to the German luxury sports car maker’s racing and motorsport heritage no less.

Porsche celebrates this link between modern offering and rich heritage via a series of 5 specially-designed Macan dressed in iconic motorsport livery. Each one even uses the culturally rich sites in Singapore as a backdrop. Take for instance the Rothmans Design that blends well with Armenian street in Singapore.

Rothmans, many motorsport fans will note, had its start in 1982 with the Porsche 956. This was memorable as the 956s finished in first, second, and third places that year. Moreover, the cars set a new record around the Nurburgring with a 11:13 minute time. And as history would show, the cars even went on to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans yet again in 1984 and 1985.

Next up is the Pink Pig, seen in Chinatown, Singapore. With its combination of a short and long tail, rounded contours, and yes, a pink exterior color, the Porsche 917/20 was the highlight of the 1971 Le Mans pre-qualifying race. The one-off creation from Porsche Style was the fastest car on track, not to mention the most photographed (the latter shred by the Macan Pink Pig)

Salzburg Design, as seen at Ann Siang Hill, Singapore, pays tribute to Porsche’s very first winner at Le Mans. The Red Macan traces its roots to the Porsche 917 KH that secured the very first victory at the historic race. And as we all know, this win in 1970 was followed by 19 more victories over a period of more than 45 years.

Haji Lane, Singapore, hosts the Gulf Design showcase. Motorsport aficionados may recall John Wyer’s efforts to convince Gulf Oil to sponsor his new car, the Mirage M1, which was eventually followed by a Porsche 917 in 1970 and 1971. The Blue and Orange color—signature hues of Gulf Oil—not only graced the racetracks but the big screen as well as the car was the star in Steve McQueen’s epic flick, Le Mans.

And of course, one of the most iconic racing liveries to ever adorn a Porsche is that of Martini Racing. Seen at Holland Vilage in Singapore, the Macan that wears the blue, red, and silver colors are the signature hues of the Italian beverage company Martini & Rossi’s sponsorship. Since the partnership began in 1968, Porsche and Martini Racing have enjoyed successes in rallying, touring car, and of course, Le Mans.

And this is what these Macan liveries symbolize—the passion for motorsport and above all, driving.

About the Author

Mr. Gerard Jude Castillo
Gerard has been a self-confessed car nut ever since he was a little boy. As a grown-up, he indulges in his passion by collecting toy cars (which he started since childhood) and reading up on the latest cars out there.  As Associate Editor, he will ensure that you get your fill of the latest cars in the market, as well as a load of automotive features.