New 911 Carrera S special to go on sale in Europe from this month, and celebrates Porsche's return to Le Mans with the 919 hybrid racer

A new 'Martini Racing Edition' of Porsche's 911 Carrera S has been revealed ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race this weekend.

Set to be sold in Europe from this month - with China, Japan and Latin America following later - just 80 models of the special-edition car will be put up for sale. The car features black or white paintwork, with Martini racing decals covering the boot lid, hood, rear wing and sides. A new front spoiler lip is aso fitted, while special door sill panels feature inside as well as new Martini badging and dashboard accents. A special steering wheel also comes with the car, while Porsche's Sport Chrono Package is fitted as standard.

Standard equipment on the model includes Porsche's infotainment system with satellite navigation, an upgraded stereo, a special tachometer and black leather sports seats.

Power for the Martini Racing Edition comes from the same 3.8-litre flat six engine as the regular 911 Carrera S. That means a total of 395bhp available, a 0-62mph sprint time of 4.1 seconds when fitted with the firm's PDK gearbox and with Sport Plus mode activated, and fuel consumption of 32.4mpg alongside CO2 emissions of 202g/km.

No pricing information on the special edition has been released. Porsche will also begin selling Martini decal kits on the aftermarket for selected 911 models.

The 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans race marks Porsche's return to endurance racing, with the petrol-electric hybrid 919 LMP1 car. It's powered by a 2.0-litre V4 direct-injection engine, and will be driven by Mark Webber alongside Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas as well as ex-Formula 1 test driver Neel Jani. 

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11 June 2014
Very nice i'm sure,not exactly Martini colors though.

Peter Cavellini.

11 June 2014
"The 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans race marks Porsche's return to endurance racing". Get your facts right please Autocar. Porsche as a works team returned to world endurance racing, and more specifically the WEC, last year when they teamed up with Team Manthey racing the 911 RSR. And this year's 6 Hours of Silverstone marked Porsche's return to the top category of world sportscar racing with the 919 Hybrid. I know sportcar racing very rarely features in Autocar, but when you do, correct facts would be nice.

11 June 2014
In fact, I've had the idea of applying retro race livery to modern cars as my lottery business (something to keep me focused on and out of trouble!)

Pretty confident that as a freelance artworker and graphic designer I could apply a similar treatment for far less than Porsche, Audi, Renault, Toyota, etc would charge.

Gulf wrapped Cayman anybody???

11 June 2014
I'll have a white one please.

11 June 2014
...not a patch on the original.

When Porsche first did this in the mid seventies on the 911 and 924 and most notably the turbo, the result was spectacular - flowing down the flanks and opening out over the rear arches.

Now THEY were Martini stripes!

A pity that with the passage of time, creativity has taken a backward step.

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