To help keep the hype alive, Porsche has released a series of photos of its upcoming 918 Spyder decked out in full Martini Racing livery. Spy photos already captured have shown the 918 in a black-and-white version of the famous livery, though these are the first full color images.
Martini, the official racing partner of Porsche between 1973 and 1978, became immortalized through those years, but first earned its place in the racing livery history books when the brand’s colors adorned the Porsche 917 when it won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1971.
Porsche is currently testing the 918 on the Nurburgring where it has set a goal of besting a 7:22 lap time. While that’s still well shy of current record holders, and four seconds off the pace of Porsche’s own GT2 RS, it should be a record for a production hybrid car. Using electric motors at each axle, the 918 will also be powered by a V8 engine delivering a total system output of 770 hp as well as a remarkably good 78 mpg.
In a release, Porsche has announced a new partnership to make the livery available on the 918 Spyder for customers. The partnership also raises questions as to how far this agreement will go, with Porsche planning an LMP1 entry at Le Mans in 2014.