Porsche’s 911 Dakar was already cool, but now it’s even better.Photo: Porsche
The Porsche 911 Dakar rips, and so does its Rothmans Racing-inspired heritage livery. What are you supposed to do, though, if you want your very-extremely-expensive 911 to have the classic rally look, but the Rothmans thing doesn’t do it for you? Porsche has an answer for this, and it comes in the form of three appearance packages featuring designs from Porsche’s rallying efforts in the 1970s.
Rallye 1971Photo: Porsche
The first is called Rallye 1971, inspired by the 1971 Polish team, which took fifth place overall in a grueling 3,100-mile rally across Kenya. The racing livery for the 1971 cars was fairly simple, with black decals on the hood, doors and front fenders. Porsche’s Rallye 1971 pack recreates this and features the number 19, as this was the highest-placing car for the team.
Rallye 1974Photo: Porsche
Next is the Rallye 1974 pack, which draws inspiration from the 1974 East African Safari Rally in which famed Swedish rally driver Björn Waldegård was able to eke out a second-place finish after a damaged suspension arm cost him over an hour to repair, and the top spot on the podium. This pack features blue stripes running over the shoulders of the car and Porsche logos at the bottom of the door.
Rallye 1978Photo: Porsche
Last is the Rallye 1978 pack, which once again takes inspo from East African Safari Rally cars, this time the 1978 911 SC 4. This time, Waldegård was only able to manage a fourth-place finish, owing to even more mechanical trouble, but another team with South African driver Vic Preston Jr managed to walk away with second place. This livery features a classic Martini Racing inspired layout.
Porsche is pretty proud of these designs, which you can tell because they’re charging a veritable boatload of greenbacks for them. The Rallye 1971 and 1974 packs will set you back $5,260 and can be ordered as a factory option or as Porsche Tequipment from your dealer. The 1978 pack costs an even more bonkers $7,510 and can only be ordered from the factory.