Porsche has chosen the 2022 Los Angeles Auto Show to debut its rally-themed 911. Named Dakar, it’s a tribute to the company’s heritage in off-road racing, and it’s even available with a special two-tone exterior finish in the style of the classic. Rothmans livery. Turns out this paint job is really special, not only in appearance, but also in the way it is applied to the car.
Speaking to Porsche at the Los Angeles Auto Show, we learned that it takes around 34 hours in total to complete this two-tone treatment. It is part of the Rallye Design package and also includes many stripes managed by Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur.
It all starts with a white painted 911 body, which is sprayed with clear coat and sanded. The car is masked and prepared for the first coat of gentian blue metallic paint, which is applied manually. Once everything is dry, the masking is removed and the first of two additional coats of clear varnish is sprayed on. According to Porsche, this is a process of around 7.5 hours.
Once everything is dry, the body of the 911 Dakar is sent to the production line to be assembled, but this is not the end of the special process. The completed 911 is then entrusted to Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur for the gilding process. This requires partial disassembly of the body, adding another 8.5 hours to the process. Once the car is reassembled, it undergoes a final inspection and then covered for transport to the dealership.
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