The legendary Porsche 917 wore some splendid liveries in its time: Martini red and blue, Gulf baby blue and orange, Salzburg red and white, psychedelic “hippie” green and blue…. And the factory offered many of those as options on the 918 Spyder, too.
One that it didn’t offer was the Pink Pig. And not without good reason, we’re sure. (It’s hideous, and the association isn’t exactly positive.) But one example of the hybrid hypercar took the livery out of retirement and put it on display.
Also known as Der Trüffeljäger von Zuffenhausen (the Trufflehunter of Zuffenhausen), the Pink Pig was an experimental version of the 917/20 whose bulbous bodywork already made it look rather swine-like. So rather than try to disguise it, the racing engineers evidently leaned into it, painting it pink with dotted lines and names to look like a butcher’s diagram.
It may not have been pretty, and it didn’t perform very well. But what otherwise might have been a footnote became something of a legend in Porsche lore thanks to the whimsical approach.
The livery was applied here to the 918 Spyder not in the pristine condition, but “dirty” as the original would have looked at the end of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1971. (Or sometime in the middle of the night before its brakes wore out and Reinhold Joest crashed.) While it may not be the color scheme we’d have gone for, it certainly is different. And we’d wager (or at least hope) that’s a vinyl wrap that could easily be removed once the resuscitated novelty wears off.