On this 50th anniversary season of the Worldwide Motor Sports activities Affiliation (IMSA), a number of particular liveries have been seen within the season-opening Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring.
Now Porsche has elected that for the 10-hour season-closer, through which the 911 RSRs are dueling for the GT Le Mans championship, its vehicles ought to carry the “Coca-Cola” and “Coke Is It!” slogans made well-known by the Bob Akin Motor Racing group’s Porsche 935s and 962s within the 1980s.
Akin’s vehicles ran Coca-Cola themed liveries for seven years and sharing his 962 with Hans Joachim Caught and Jo Gartner, Akin received the Sebring 12 Hours in 1986 carrying the well-known red-’n’-white colours.
The distinction between the 2 911s will see the #911 automobile of Nick Tandy/Patrick Pilet and third driver Frederic Makowiecki working a white windshield banner, whereas the #912 of Earl Bamber/Laurens Vanthoor and third man Mathieu Jaminet will use a black banner. Each vehicles’ BBS wheels shall be painted white.
The press launch describes the partnership as a pure match with the venue, on condition that Porsche Vehicles North America is headquartered in Atlanta, whereas Coca-Cola’s “whole company historical past” has been spent within the Georgia capital.
Pedro Mota, VP of promoting for PCNA stated: “Final fall, we kicked off the IMSA 50th Anniversary celebration with the fan-favorite Mobil 1 livery at Petit Le Mans. We started the 2019 season by highlighting nonetheless one other longstanding and profitable relationship with the well-known purple, white and blue ‘sweeps’ of Brumos Racing and Hurley Haywood.
“Now, as one final tribute to honor IMSA on their Golden Anniversary, we’re bringing again yet one more memorable livery… a neighborhood favourite: Coca-Cola. As an additional advantage, we get to fondly recall Bob Akin, the gentleman who first introduced Coca-Cola and Porsche along with the client 935 and 962 race vehicles he efficiently campaigned.”
Jim France, IMSA and NASCAR chairman added: “I am unable to consider a greater means for followers to have fun the ultimate race of IMSA’s 50th Anniversary season by seeing two of probably the most iconic manufacturers on the planet – Porsche and Coca-Cola – deliver again an unforgettable livery.
“Bob Akin was one in every of a form, very like Porsche and Coca-Cola, and to see this livery at Michelin Raceway Highway Atlanta for this yr’s Motul Petit Le Mans will definitely be thrilling for everybody.”
Petit Le Mans will mark the swansong outing for the current-gen 911 RSR earlier than it’s changed by the brand new RSR-19, which has already debuted within the FIA World Endurance Championship, subsequent season.