The Flying Lizard race team from Sonoma, CA has revealed its commemorative livery for the #80 and #81 Porsche 911 GT3 RSRs they have entered in the 2011 24 Heures du Mans race this weekend.
Created by Californian artist Troy Lee, the livery celebrates the history of Porsche at Le Mans. It features the 28 drivers who have won the 24-hour race in a Porsche.
The car designs are identical, but in different colors: candy metallic orange for #80, and candy metallic blue for the #81; both anchored by a deep ocean blue. Primary colors provide a backdrop for the driver’s names and flags, which weave throughout the design on the Porsches.
Troy Lee described the concept of the design: “I started with the vibrant colors of the drivers’ flags: imagining how they could come to life on a racecar, as if they were driving by on the front straight. Once we had the theme, we focused on making it come to life in 3D. The challenge was to show off the depth and movement of these amazing cars, while maintaining the integrity of the Porsche design."
President of Porsche Motorsport North America, Jens Walther, added, “We are proud that Flying Lizard chose to honor the 28 drivers who have stood on the top step of the podium for Porsche at Le Mans. This design exemplifies the effort that Flying Lizard puts into every aspect of their race preparation, and shows why Lizard drivers have won the American Le Mans Series GT championship for the last three years.”
Flying Lizard initiated the project with Troy Lee in late 2010. They worked with Troy’s team for several months to finalize the concept and design. The livery is a combination of candy paint overlaid with vinyl. The vinyl was custom-tailored to each Porsche and applied at the race shop in Sonoma by Iconography Studios. Each car has a clearcoat to protect the graphics.
The Flying Lizard driver line-up includes Joerg Bergmeister (Germany), Patrick Long (USA) and Lucas Luhr (Germany) in the Flying Lizard #80 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in the GTE Pro class.
Darren Law (USA), Seth Neiman (USA) and Spencer Pumpelly (USA) will pilot the Flying Lizard #81 Porsche in the GTE Am class.
Part of the Le Mans race will be broadcast live on SpeedTV in the United States. Flying Lizard will broadcast the team radio live throughout the race; read the team race blog for frequent team updates at http://www.lizardms.com.
Watch a video of the cars’ creation at