First completed car project in the Sonderwunsch programme -Porsche 911 GT3: based on the 956 that won at Le Mans in 1985

First completed car project in the Sonderwunsch programme -Porsche 911 GT3: based on the 956 that won at Le Mans in 1985

08.11.2021: Pictures, cups and racing suits – the typical mementos of a motor sport career. Paolo Barilla, overall winner of Le Mans in 1985 in a private Porsche 956, has chosen a different, far more dynamic reminder of his greatest sporting success: on his 60th birt

 

Pictures, cups and racing suits – the typical mementos of a motor sport career. Paolo Barilla, overall winner of Le Mans in 1985 in a private Porsche 956, has chosen a different, far more dynamic reminder of his greatest sporting success: on his 60th birthday, he was the first customer to complete a car project together with Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur as part of the new Sonderwunsch programme.



It became known as the "dream car". The Italian entrepreneur wanted to design a unique Porsche 911 GT3 (992) based on his Le Mans winning car and to be fully involved in its creation.



In addition to the characteristic racing look in Summer Yellow, white and black, this special car has the winning race number 7 on its bonnet and doors. Other features such as the rear wing and the gear lever were also reinterpreted and in part developed independently.



"The unique customer experience is at the heart of the Porsche brand," according to Alexander Fabig, Vice President Individualisation and Classic at Porsche AG. "That's why the significantly expanded Sonderwunsch programme is another milestone in terms of customer enthusiasm worldwide. And this car project is the jewel in the crown of customisation by Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur."



"In the Eighties, I had the chance to drive the wonderful Porsche 956, an iconic car in terms of performance and beauty," says Paolo Barilla, ex-racing driver and Deputy Chairman of the Italian food company. "The interpretation of some elements in a modern GT3 makes that memory exciting and vital – for me and for people who are close to me.”



As Alexander Fabig, Vice President Individualisation and Classic at Porsche AG explains, "the cooperation with Paolo Barilla was a very special project for Porsche too. Because not only is the handcrafted 911 GT3 itself highly individual, but its design process is also unique."






Unique from every angle


One of the special features of this 911 GT3 is its striking exterior paintwork in Summer Yellow, white and black. It reinterprets the striped design of the historic racing car. The front apron and the trim rings on the headlights are also painted in Summer Yellow. The design of the centre-lock wheels is inspired by the rims of the Porsche 956. When used in racing, these had White aeroblades. The 911 GT3 rims are also white at the front, while the rear axle is painted in a modern gold colour.



The side plates on the rear spoiler are also influenced by the design and geometry of their historic predecessor. Sample components were initially developed using rapid prototyping. Naturally, aerodynamic performance and, in particular, the balance between the front and rear axles needed to be retained, so the aerodynamic engineers from the series-produced 911 GT3 were included in the project at a very early stage.



The modified rear wing had to prove its flow characteristics in the wind tunnel. "PB 60" is blazoned across the flanks, representing Paolo Barilla's initials and age. The style of this logo is inspired by the graphic of the then main sponsor of the Le Mans winning car.



Black dominates the interior, as you would expect in a racing car. The door entry guards and the decorative trim in yellow on the passenger side dashboard are decorated with a logo specially designed with the customer in mind. It combines the type code 956, the "Le Mans 1985" logo and the stylised silhouette of the racing car. This logo and the 1985 circuit are embroidered in the headrests.



The gear lever is reminiscent of the magnesium ball in the 956 racing car and is an elaborate custom-made product: the top part was milled from an aluminium block and the surface was sanded.




From initial sketch to finishing touches in three years


Within the new Sonderwunsch programme, the client assumed the role of project manager. As part of the project team, made up of experts from Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur and the Style Porsche design department, Barilla collaborated directly in the creation of his dream car.



The process took a total of three years, from the first design sketch to the technical feasibility check and construction. Development started on the basis of the predecessor GT3 car, as the type 992 was still in series development.



"Many times in this project we would have had good reason to say 'It's not going to work' or 'It's too complicated,'" said Philipp Setter, Head of Sonderwunsch Customer Consultation at Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur. "Once we decided to take on the challenge, we pushed the boundaries and were able to achieve a lot. With his clear vision and grasp of tight schedules and decision-making, Paolo Barilla was the right client and project manager for this ambitious project."




Summer Yellow from the "Colour of Choice Plus" programme



"Direct contact with the customer is the best thing that you can have as a designer," according to Grant Larson. Together with Harm Lagaay, Grant Larson designed the first Boxster and is currently the Director of Special Projects at Style Porsche.



"I work for Porsche because that is where I can design dream cars. But the Sonderwunsch projects are in another dimension: The personal exchange with the client is extremely satisfying and helps us to better understand our customers' wishes in our daily work."



The biggest challenge for Larson was to transfer the graphic design from the extremely flat and square racing car to the more rounded shapes of the current 911. "Geometrically these are very different cars," said Larson. "The layout couldn't be transferred 1:1." First, he worked digitally on the computer, then the lines were projected onto a test body with a laser device and these were painted accordingly.



The trial paint was applied three times before designer Larson and project manager Barilla were satisfied. The warm, yellow shade also had to be carefully chosen to closely match the historical model and to work in both artificial and daylight. The team finally opted for summer yellow from the extensive "Colour of Choice Plus" programme at Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur.



"I originally wanted to move the race numbers on the doors further towards the centre of the white strip, but Paolo Barilla insisted that the "7" should be very close to the edge, like on his racing car," Larson recalls. During the project phase, he placed a 1:43 model of the racing car on his desk for inspiration.




Integrated into the Porsche family



Barilla visited Porsche three times during the concept phase to actively take part in the project from specification to completion. During the implementation phase, frequent consultations took place via telephone, email and video conference, followed by further visits – with his very own works ID.



"Paolo Barilla was very pleased about this detail," says Setter. "When the Porsche works ID was handed over in person, he officially became part of the team and our Porsche family."



He also became an official production employee because Barilla himself flanged the gearbox to the engine in his unique car using a torque-controlled screw device. "Authentic experiences like these are ultimately what makes Porsche Porsche," according to Setter. "Our customers have generally seen and experienced a lot, but for projects of this size, we always try to open a few more doors that would otherwise be closed, for very good reason."





About the Porsche Sonderwunsch programme



Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur and Porsche Classic enhance and restore unique sports cars with a combination of skilled craftsmanship and attention to detail. As part of its Co-Creation strategy, the sports car manufacturer is now offering a new interpretation of its legendary Sonderwunsch programme from the late 70s, which will make it possible to design individualised, one-off cars in future – co-created by the customer and professionally produced by Porsche.


The expansion of this offering is divided into the areas of Factory Commissioning for individual customer colour and material requests directly in production as well as subsequent Factory Re-Commissioning and Factory One-Off after vehicle delivery to the customer.




 Whereas Factory Re-Commissioning is also aimed at the implementation of individual colours and materials, the Factory One-Off is a systematic technical new development. Depending on the vehicle age, the technical experts of Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur or Porsche Classic take care of implementation.






About Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur



A sports car as individual as your own fingerprint, as unmistakable as your own lifestyle: Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur in Zuffenhausen creates very personal customer vehicles through a combination of perfect craftsmanship and high-tech. Highly qualified employees with decades of expertise devote their full attention to every detail and enhance it through hand craftsmanship.



The experts can draw on a wide range of visual and technical customisation options for the exterior and interior. Visible examples include Sport Design packages, custom rim designs and interior trims, as well as the comprehensive "Colour of Choice Plus" range for all Porsche models. Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur fulfils the highest demands with regard to materials and craftsmanship.




 Alongside individual customer vehicles, Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur also produces limited small series and editions. Here, high-quality materials are combined with modern production technologies to create a harmonious overall concept.



The fuel consumption and CO₂ emissions data were determined in accordance with the new WLTP measurement procedure. For the time being, the NEDC values derived from this new measurement procedure are still to be specified. These values are not comparable with the values determined in accordance with the former NEDC measurement procedure.



Further information on the official fuel consumption and official, specific CO₂ emissions of new passenger cars is available in the publication entitled “Guidelines on fuel consumption, CO₂ emissions and power consumption of new passenger cars”, which is available free of charge from all sales outlets and from DAT.





Nadine Toberer- photos Porsche

Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/-first-car-projekt-sonderwunsch-programme-porsche-911-gt3-956-won-le-mans---230986.html

08.11.2021 / MaP

More News

Daimler Mobility and Visa form Global Technology Partnership to Integrate Digital Commerce into the Car
08.11.2021
Seamlessly and Conveniently    From spring 2022, Visa's technology will allow Mercedes-Benz customers in Europe to pay for goods and services by using their fingerprint in the car.    Daimler aims to make the car a payment device to initiate two-factor authentication. more >>
SEAT : Leaders inspiring leaders, video
05.11.2021
"LEADERS INSPIRING LEADERS": Juan José DíazMeet Juan Diaz Ruiz, a phenomenon in the car industry The second ep more >>
Autoliv and the Piaggio Group join forces to develop a scooter and motorcycle airbag
05.11.2021
Autoliv, Inc. (NYSE: ALV) and (SSE: ALIVsdb), the worldwide leader in automotive safety systems, and the Piaggio Group, one of the leading manufacturers of scooters and motorcycles, are collaborating to develop an airbag for powered two-wheelers, for greater rider safety. more >>
Typically Opel: Cosy Comfort in Winter
05.11.2021
    Good for the back: Heated AGR seats with massage function    Nice and warm: QuickHeat system and heated steering wheel    Comfort for the second row: Heating for rear seats and footwell    Ready for take-off: ThermaTec heated windscreen for clear vision    more >>
Goodyear and Sarta collaborate to advance intelligent tire technology and sustainable mobility
05.11.2021
Goodyear intelligent sensors and prototype tires to fuel extra energy savings for SARTA hydrogen-powered busesThe Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA more >>
Aiways - Standing still is a step backwards, especially if you come from tradition"
05.11.2021
•    Under the title "What’s next?", Aiways continues its series of interviews with experts from industry, business, and politics  •    Tradition is only strong if it does not lose touch with modernity •    Above all, a brand is built with added value that brings the customer more >>
The star in the ring becomes a globally known trademark
04.11.2021
    Anniversary of the trademark: 100 years ago, Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft applied for trademark protection of the Mercedes star in the ring    The signet became one of the world’s best-known trademarks    As early as 1909, DMG had the three-pointed star and Benz had the laurel wreath placed under protec more >>
The CUPRA UrbanRebel Concept on the move
04.11.2021
100% electric       The prototype unveiled in Munich takes to the track for the first time with Dr. Werner Tietz at the wheel    The car reaches 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds thanks to its maxi more >>
Mercedes-EQ and Riot Games present “Making of” the Championship Ring
03.11.2021
Documentary shows the creation process of the new League of Legends World Championship Ring.Shortly before the highlight of the League of Legends World Championship (Worlds 2021 for short), Mercedes-EQ and Riot Games provide an insight into the d more >>
SKODA AUTO showing first sketches of new SLAVIA
03.11.2021
ŠKODA AUTO has released two official design sketches that tease the new SLAVIA for the Indian market. The second new model from the INDIA 2.0 project follows the KUSHAQ SUV introduced in early 2021 and is a classic notchback saloon for more >>
BYD sets new milestone in Indian EV market with all-electric MPV, says GlobalData
03.11.2021
Following the news that Chinese EV manufacturer Build Your Dreams (BYD) launched all-electric MPV in India; Bakar Sadik Agwan, Senior Automotive Consulting Analyst at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers his view:  more >>
Nexen Tire debuts two all-new tires at annual SEMA Show
03.11.2021
– Next-Generation Tires Hit the Stage at Premier Aftermarket Trade Show in Las Vegas –  Nexen Tire America, Inc., a worldwide leader in high-performance, passenger, SUV/light truck and winter tire technology, today announced the launch of two al more >>
Kia America announces 2022 Rio and Rio 5-door pricing
03.11.2021
The 2022 Rio and Rio 5-door arrive wearing Kia’s new corporate identity. The sporty subcompact is loaded with essential technology and wrapped in a stylish, space-efficient package. An immobilizer is now standard across the entire line. more >>
Alpine enters the virtual world of NFTs - From the Alps to the metaverse
02.11.2021
    Alpine at the forefront with the release of a new concept car exclusively as NFTs: a world first for a car manufacturer.    Alpine GTA Concept: an exclusive design in five unique liveries.    Five liveries created by the designers  of Alpine Cars and Alpine F1 Team.  &nb more >>
Green light for the joint company Bugatti Rimac
02.11.2021
New chapter in the history of the automotive industryPorsche, Bugatti and Rimac are writing a new chapter in the history of the automotive industry. On 1 November, less than four months after it was first announced, o more >>
Nine out of 10 driving instructors say learners have picked up bad driving habits from their parents
02.11.2021
    Not following ‘mirror, signal, manoeuvre’ is the number one habit they hate, followed by steering incorrectly, not observing and coasting    App, book and L-Plate package launched to help learners and their parents more >>
UN Decade of Action on road safety: Businesses to play their part in global plan to cut road risk
02.11.2021
The United Nations launches its Decade of Action on Road Safety 2021-2030, with the target of preventing at least 50% of the current level of road traffic deaths and injuries by 2030. Businesses have a major part to play in achi more >>
UK manufacturing urged to act now on digitalisation or risk being left fighting for survival - report
02.11.2021
    The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a renewed focus on digitalisation and automation, particularly with the summer’s ‘pingdemic’ bringing many factories to the point of closure &n more >>
Shmee150 goes ‘supersonic’ as he purchases a Zenvo TSR-S as his first hypercar
02.11.2021
    Zenvo Automotive can confirm that world renowned YouTuber and car collector Tim Burton has ordered a brand-new Zenvo TSR-S    The first hypercar in his collection, Tim will take delivery of his bespoke TSR-S in 2022, which he has already started specifying    Otherwise known as Shmee150, Tim boast more >>
Hagerty Appoints Mark Roper as Managing Director of UK Operations
02.11.2021
Today, Hagerty announced the latest addition to its executive leadership team to further drive the company's growth as a global automotive lifestyle brand. Mark Roper joins as Managing Director of Hagerty International Limited taking charge more >>
Ford Announces Next-Gen Ranger Reveal Date - with video
01.11.2021
Ford Motor Company will reveal the much-anticipated next-generation Ford Ranger pickup on November 24. Ford has reimagined, redesigned and reengineered the Ranger to be the smartest, most versatile and most capable Ranger yet for customers in more than 180 markets more >>
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing to Reproduce and Sell Spare Parts for the AE86 Corolla Levin / Sprinter Trueno
01.11.2021
TGR Heritage Parts ProjectTOYOTA GAZOO Racing (TGR) has announced that it is reproducing spare parts for the Corolla Levin / Sprinter Trueno (“AE86”)*1, and will start selling them both domestically and overseas on November 1, as part of the GR Herit more >>
Ford Wildlife Foundation supports African Wild Dog conservation
29.10.2021
•    The Kruger National Park has the largest contiguous population of Wild Dogs in South Africa •    The African Wild Dog’s population is currently threatened by a combination of factors•    FMCSA contributes to conservation actions by allocating Ford Ranger vehicles towards environmental an more >>
BMW to Open BMW M Driving Experience Center at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2022.
29.10.2021
    A new, purpose-built BMW M Driving Experience Center will open at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway following a successful pilot program last summer.      The partnership will feature BMW Performance Driving School classes taught by BMW certified drivers, driving experiences and a newly developed two-story ex more >>
Ultrafabrics Partners with Jaguar Land Rover to Define the Future of Sustainable Luxury with the New Range Rover models
28.10.2021
Ultrafabrics is pleased to announce the most recent chapter of its partnership with Jaguar Land Rover in the form of the revolutionary Range Rover, JLR's most ambitious luxury vehicle to date. The elegant new Range Rover defines modern luxury, providin more >>
bp and Infosys to Develop 'Energy as a Service' Solution for Campuses and Cities
28.10.2021
bp, a global integrated energy company, and Infosys, (NSE: INFY) (BSE: INFY) (NYSE: INFY), a global leader in next-generation digital services and consulting, today announced that they have agreed to develop and pilot an energy as a service (EaaS) solution, which will aim to help businesses improve the energy efficiency of infrastructure, and help meet their decarbonization goals. & more >>
Lexus and the University of Miami to present immersive installation at Design Miami 2021
28.10.2021
    Lexus enters fourth year as the Automotive Partner of Design Miami/    This year’s installation to explore Lexus’ electrified, carbon-neutral vision for the future    Project led by Germane Barnes, Principal of Studio Barnes and Assistant Professor at the University of Miami School of Archit more >>
World Opening of CAKEsite :Stockholm
28.10.2021
CAKE's first Showroom/ Retail/ Test Ride & Service Space is now open. In a key initiative to accelerate from global start-up towards vehicle industry operator, Swedish electric motorbike manufacturer CAKE is launching the very first CAKE more >>
All-New 2023 KIA Sportage Undergoes Total Transformation: Gets Bigger, Gets Bolder
28.10.2021
Kia’s Longest Running Nameplate Debuts with Stylish and Trail-Ready Versions, with Electrified Versions on the Horizon         2023 Sportage upstages subcompact SUV segment with larger and more capable lineup featuring more >>
Renamed telematics system aligns with Kia’s new future-focused EV brand direction
28.10.2021
    Kia Connect enhances UVO catalog of features with new updates and added amenities including Map Over the Air (OTA) updates starting with all-new 2022 EV6 crossover1    New name emphasizes the importance of connectivity, as Kia Connect is now available on at least one configuration of all Kia models  &n more >>
Goodyear and Waze team up
28.10.2021
...TO BRING COLLEGE FOOTBALL ANALYST KIRK HERBSTREIT AND THE ICONIC GOODYEAR BLIMP TO YOUR DRIVES THIS COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASONNew integration brings the stadium experience to your vehicles all season longEmmy award-winning college footba more >>
BMW Group Plant Munich goes fully electric
27.10.2021
- Plant Munich launches production of the fully electric BMW i4 - At least half of all cars from Munich plant will be electrified by 2023 - Project for emission-free transport logistics in home plant gets under way - Nedeljković: “BMW i4 is a milestone on the road to electric mobility.” more >>
Renault and Mathieu Lehanneur reinvent the 4L
22.10.2021
THE POP ICON IS GIVEN A MAKEOVER BY FRENCH CREATOR TO CELEBRATE ITS 60th ANNIVERSARYTo celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Renault 4, the brand decided to team up with designer Mathieu Lehanneur to reinvent the vehicle. The result is SUITE N°4, an origin more >>
Hyundai’s global brand value continues to grow
22.10.2021
The Hyundai Motor Company continues its steady climb in Interbrand’s Best Global Brands Rankings with a 35th place overall for 2021, up one notch from 2020. Furthermore, according to Interbrand’s comprehensive assessment, Hyundai Motor’s more >>
EPA-estimated 42 MPG city! All-new Ford Maverick Hybrid is now America's most fuel-efficient hybrid pickup
22.10.2021
    The all-new 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid – the first standard hybrid pickup in America – officially has an EPA-estimated rating of 42 miles per gallon in the city    The first Maverick Hybrid pickups are expected to start shipping in December with customer deliveries expected to start in January, arriving with an EPA-est more >>
Silex Insight offers low-power embedded video solution for manufacturing and automotive
21.10.2021
Silex Insight – leading provider of video codec and AV over IP solutions – has engineered a hardware solution for easy, low-energy, low-resource compression, and transport of high-quality video in industrial environments. The IP block implements the Colibri video codec and can be easily integrated on all FPGA platforms used in the industry. more >>
Kia America Teases All-New SUV
21.10.2021
Kia’s all-new, boldly designed and highly capable SUV will make its North American virtual debut October 27. Going on sale early next year with a variety of powerful and efficient engines and available in FWD and AWD, this all-new SUV will arrive with more >>
BMW Group plans to source steel produced with green power and hydrogen from northern Sweden
20.10.2021
Harnessing wind and hydroelectric power from the Arctic Circle: - Agreement with Swedish startup H2 Green Steel: first deliveries for Neue Klasse from 2025 -  Up to 95% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to conventional methods more >>
New Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS excels during final testing
20.10.2021
World premiere in NovemberThe Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 is getting a big brother: the 718 Cayman GT4 RS. The new top model of the 718 family is well prepared for its world premiere in November. During final testing and evaluation drives, the first 718 to carry the RS b more >>
2001-2022 copyright automobilsport.com