Porsche 919 Hybrid Le Mans 2015Porsche will run three 919 Hybrid LMP1 racers in the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours race – including a red one that pays tribute to its first LM24 victory in 1970.

Its #17 prototype, driven by Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and ex-F1 star Mark Webber, will boast retro red colours that harks back to the 1970 Porsche 917 KH driven to victory by Hans Herrmann and Britain’s Richard Attwood.

Porsche 917 Le Mans win 1970

This was the first of 16 victories for Porsche at Le Mans: no brand has won more.

It will run its #18 car, driven by Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Mark Lieb, in a black livery; this is to commemorate the black 918 Spyder road car that set a new Nurburgring Nordschleife lap record of 6 minutes 57 seconds in 2013.

The third #19 car, driven by Earl Bamber, Nico Hulkenberg and Brit star Nick Tandy, will carry the traditional German national racing car colour of white.

Despite the differing colours, adds Porsche, all 919 Hybrids are the same underneath.

The German sports car brand revealed the colours ahead of the official Le Mans 24 Hours pre-test; on 31 May, teams will get eight hours of track time to prepare for the race, which start at 1600h on 13 June.

At its first Le Mans appearance, adds Porsche, it didn’t have to worry about paint colours. The 1951 356 SL 110 had a bare aluminium body, for maximum weight-saving…