Le Mans, 1971. For the second time in the company's history, Porsche triumphs in the "world's most important race". So far, so good. It can be better than that. Because when Porsche sends its 917/20 with start number 23 into the race, it steals the show from the actual winning car. The reason? It was not so much the combination of the short and long tail versions, but rather the strikingly wide bodywork combined with a pink paint finish and drawn-in fillet pieces.
Not everyone liked it. "Do you find it very tasteful to start as a German team in France, of all places, with a 'sow'?", Martini Press Manager Paul Goppert noted. Others, on the other hand, celebrated “the sow" as a sensation and probably saw it as a refutation of the prejudice that people in Swabia like to save on humour.
Head of design Anatole Lapine, father of the idea, could not really understand all the excitement, since "the sow" was only the consistent continuation of the hippie Porsche from last year, painted with wild spots of paint. Be it as it may: "The sow" caused a sensation, both positive and negative. In 1971 it was the most photographed racing car and today it is an absolute cult.