34 hours for the “rally” painting of the Porsche 911 Dakar

Porsche has chosen the 2022 Los Angeles Auto Show to showcase its rally-themed 911. Named the Dakar, it pays homage to the company’s off-road racing heritage, and it’s even available with a special two-tone exterior finish in the style of the classic Rothmans livery.

Obviously there is no longer any question of putting the brand of cigarettes forward on this 911 Dakar, so it is now written “Rough Roads”, “difficult roads” in English. But beyond this illusion, this painting proves really special, not only in its appearance but also in the way it is applied to the car.

During an interview with Porsche at the Los Angeles Auto Show, we learned that it took about 34 hours in total to achieve this two-tone treatment. It is part of the Rallye Design Pack, and also includes extended stripes which are supported by Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur.

It all starts with a white painted 911 body, which is clear coated and sanded. The car is masked and prepared for the initial 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 varnish is sprayed on. According to Porsche, this process takes about 7.5 hours.

Once everything is dry, the 911 Dakar body is sent to the production line for assembly, but that’s not the end of the special process. The finished 911 is then sent to the Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur for the filming process. This operation requires the partial disassembly of the bodywork, which adds an additional 8.5 hours to the process. Once the car is reassembled, it is given a final inspection and then covered up for transport to the dealership.

The strongly retro-flavored exterior is the highlight of the Rally Design Pack, which adds €26,280 to the 911 Dakar’s €226,689 base price. This pack also includes black seats with Shark Blue seat belts and Ceramica trim, but we can imagine that most of the cost is due to the complexity of the paint.

Of course, the 911 Dakar doesn’t just look like a classic Safari. Porsche tweaked the suspension settings and raised it two inches, which rises to just over three inches when the electronic lift system is activated. It’s shod in Pirelli Scorpion off-road tires specially designed for the 911 Dakar, and at the rear you’ll find the same twin-turbocharged 480-hp flat-six engine found in the 911 GTS.

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