Call it a coincidence but just as Porsche is celebrating the 911's 50th anniversary this year, the Martini brand of alcoholic beverage is celebrating its 150th year. As part of Martini's anniversary celebration, the all-new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car will make its racing debut at the opening round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in Catalunya, Barcelona, on May 12, wrapped in the iconic Martini Racing Stripes livery with no less than nine-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb driving it.
As the official partner to the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, Martini is resurrecting an important part of its rich 150-year heritage by having the car sport the distinctive dark blue, light blue and red stripes of Martini Racing, which was last used in 2008.
As for Loeb, other than the Catalunya leg of the series, the 39-year-old Frenchman will also compete in the Monte Carlo round on May 26.
"From the first day the beloved stripes of Martini Racing decorated a Porsche 906 in 1968, the illustrious pairing has gone on to claim some of motorsports' most coveted titles, including numerous Le Mans 24 Hours titles, during what is now considered to be a classic period of racing," said Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup chief Jonas Krauss. "We are excited to be once again partnering with Martini for its 150th anniversary."