Porsche 917/20 "Pink Pig" - 1:18 Scale Diecast Model Car
- 1:18 Scale (approximately ten inches in length)
- Diecast metal body, features opening doors and engine cover (note: does not include hood prop)
- Poseable steering
- Limited edition of 1,002 pieces worldwide
Though their Kamm-tailed 917K had already won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1970, Porsche's quest for a better, faster car led them to partner with French racing specialists SERA to develop a variant of the 917 that would blend the K's aerodynamic stability with the raw straight-line speed of the long-tail 917L. The resulting car was the 917/20, a wide, low-nosed prototype that achieved the balanced performance that Porsche sought. Its appearance, however, was met with some derision, drawing comparisons to porcine animals in some publications. Leaning into the joke, Porsche and sponsor Martini painted their new car pink and accented it with butcher-cut trim...and thus was born the Porsche "Pink Pig." On track, however, the Pink Pig was no laughing matter; though virtually untested, the 917/20 was the fastest car on track during April testing at Le Mans in 1971. In the race itself, it would run strong and fast...too fast, it turned out, for its brakes which failed in the race's 12th hour, causing the car to crash out of the competition. The lessons learned from the 917/20 program, however, would prove vital in the development of Porsche's "next big thing," the almighty 917/30 Can Am racer, which borrowed heavily from the Pink Pig's low, wide design.
The Porsche 917/20 "Pink Pig" has been honored with a brilliant 1:18-scale replica by Minichamps, which features all the detail one would expect from a premium-grade scale model car. It includes a wonderfully executed racing cockpit with a host of switchgear and beautifully upholstered seat, as well as a fully detailed engine compartment. This brilliant model of a historically significant race car should not be missed by collectors of Le Mans Porsches.