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Exhibition Martini Racing until the 4th of MayThe Louwman Museum in Den Haag

presents from the 15th of February 2014 until the 4th of May 2014 a major exhibition of cars from the legendary Martini Racing team.

 

Martini Racing immediately conjures up a passion for motors, but also know-how, innovation and design; a brand, a team and a style that occupy a special place in the history of motor racing, not only for having created one of the first sponsorships in history and the unmistakeable car livery, but because in 45 years of history Martini Racing has dominated all the major car racing events, boasting a record breaking list of successes: from the challenging Endurance competitions to Formula 1, and from the gruelling Rallies to the DTM championship, the prime international touring car series.The history of Martini Racing officially began on the 27th December 1970 when, on the Hockenheim circuit in Germany, the official colours chosen to decorate the Porsche 917 cars destined for the 1971 World Sportscar Championship were unveiled: a serie of dark blue, light blue and red stripes on a silver background, a colour combination that would make motor racing history and leave an indelible mark on all major racing events. Even since then Martini Racing has been present alongside the famous names in racing: Porsche, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Lotus, Brabham, Lancia and Ford.

 

A look at the company’s history is ample proof of its success. The first significant victories came in the year of its official debut with Porsche: Martini Racing dominated the 12 hours of Sebring and, in particular, the 24 hour Le Mans race, the classic French endurance competition alone being worth as much as a world victory.The first world title dates from 1976 when the Porsch-Martini Racing team won both the Group 5 world championship (for series grand touring cars), and Group 6 for two-seater racing cars, in addition to the 24 Hour Le Mans, of course. Fans had to wait until 1982 to celebrate another world title, this time with the Lancia team when it returned to win the category with Beta Montecarlo Turbo.As for the Formula 1 title, there was nothing to be done against the huge power of the Ferrari, McLaren and Lotus teams which dominated the scene at the time. However in 2007/2008, Martini won two world constructor’s titles and one driver’s championship with Michael Schumacher.The category that has given Martini Racing the greatest satisfaction, however, is the rally. The Lancia-Martini Racing became synonymous with repeated victories and world titles won by the Delta, from the early 80s, with the success of the Lancia 037 in 1983 and 6 consecutive world titles won by the Delta, from 1987 to 1992 with Juha Kankunnen and Mika Biasion.Last but not least, important victories were achieved by the Alfa Romeo 155 in the DTM (1995/96) and in the Italian GT Championship.Cars on show.

 

The exhibition contents 5 endurance racers; Porsche RSR (1974), Porsche 935 (1977), Lancia Beta Montecarlo (1981), Lancia LC1 (1982), Lancia LC2 (1983-86), 2 Formula 1 cars; Techno PA 123/6 (1973) and Brabham Alfa (1976/77), 6 rally cars; Porsche 911 SC Safari (1978), Lancia 037 (1983), Lancia Delta S4 (1985/86), Lancia ECV2 (1988), Lancia Delta HF (1992), Fiat 500 (1993) and 2 touring class cars; Alfa Romeo 155 V6 (1995) and Porsche GT3 R (2013).

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MARTINI Racing Team Collection

MARTINI Racing Team Collection

MARTINI Lancia Delta S4 1985/86

MARTINI Lancia Delta S4 1985/86

The Lancia Delta S4 is a Group B rally car that competed in the World Rally Championship in 1985 and 1986, until Group B cars were banned from competition by the FIA. The car replaced and was an evolution of the Lancia 037. The S4 took full advantage of the Group B regulations, and featured a midship-mounted engine and all-wheel drive for superior traction on loose surfaces.

MARTINI Lancia 037 1983

MARTINI Lancia 037 1983

The Lancia Rally 037 (also known as the Lancia Abarth #037, Tipo 151) was a mid-engine rally car built by Lancia in the early 1980s purely for the FIA Group B World Rally Championship. Driven by Markku Alén, Attilio Bettega, and Walter Röhrl, the car won Lancia the manufacturers' world championship in the 1983 season. It is the last rear-wheel drive car to win the WRC.

MARTINI Porsche 911 SC Safari 1978

MARTINI Porsche 911 SC Safari 1978

Porsche 911 SC ‘Safari’, designed for the 1978 East Africa Rally with long-travel suspension, bull bar, classic Martini & Rossi livery, and a locking rear differential. Despite being two-wheel-drive, having the engine (and weight) out back over the drive wheels, made it potent off-road performer.

MARTINI Porsche 935 1977

MARTINI Porsche 935 1977

The Porsche 935 was introduced in 1976, as the factory racing version of the Porsche 911 turbo prepared for FIA-Group 5 rules. This example would have been used for Porsche's assault on the 1977 version of the World Sport Car Championship, then called the World Championship for Makes. Martini Porsche easily dominated the proceedings, with wins at Mugello, Silverstone, Watkins Glen and Brands Hatch, thus cementing the 935's reputation as being practically unbeatable in the Group5 category.

MARTINI Porsche 911 Turbo RSR 1973

MARTINI Porsche 911 Turbo RSR 1973

At the 1973 Frankfurt Motor Show, Porsche unveiled a special 911 concept car. One month later, Porsche announced that they would cease factory-backed racing in Group 4 for 1974. In conjunction with Martini & Rossi, however, Porsche entered a turbocharged Carrera in the Group 5 category. To comply with Group 5 regulations, a 2.14 liter engine was a KKK turbocharger which boosted the new engine to over 500 horsepower.Continued development of this package led to the introduction of the 935 in 1976.

MARTINI Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 2013

MARTINI Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 2013

The 911 GT3 Cup is a bonafide bad-boy, built and designed for racing purposes and anchored by a 3.8-liter flat-six engine that produces 460 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque while mated to a six-speed "dog type" transmission. The racecar’s performance numbers allow it to hit 0-to-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 310kph.

MARTINI Lancia ECV2 1988

MARTINI Lancia ECV2 1988

The Lancia ECV (stands for Experimental Composite Vehicle) was a prototype Group S rally car to replace the Lancia Delta S4 in World Rally Championship (1988). The ECV2 show-car was finished in pearlescent white with a hint of Martini sponsorship. The definitive cancellation of the Group B regulations made future vehicle development unnecessary, and the ECV2 mock-up still remains Fiat Property in Torino. Close inspection shows that it is an incredible concept, but not really roadworthy.

MARTINI FIAT 500 Sporting 1993

MARTINI FIAT 500 Sporting 1993

A Race version of FIAT Cinquecento. In 1993 he was made ​​the first sports model, the Cinquecento Trophy , internationally known as Cinquecento Trophy or Cinquecento Rally . With the successes over the years as part of the competition, won the accolades needed to set up the championship exclusive Italian brand called "Cinquecento Trophy." This version was never intended for public road use. From 1995 he was also a booster kit developed exclusively by Abarth.

MARTINI Racing Team Collection

MARTINI Racing Team Collection

MARTINI Lancia Delta HF 1992

MARTINI Lancia Delta HF 1992

This Group A rally car built for the Martini Lancia by Lancia to compete in the World Rally Championship. It is based upon the Lancia Delta road car and replaced the Lancia Delta S4. The car was introduced for the 1987 World Rally Championship season and has dominated the World Rally Championship, scoring 46 WRC victories overall and winning the constructors' championship a record six times in a row 1987-1992, also win drivers' championship titles for J.Kankkunen '87,'91 & M.Biasion '88 and '89.

MARTINI Alfa Romeo 155 TI DTM 1995

MARTINI Alfa Romeo 155 TI DTM 1995

The 1992 season showed that it was a good decision as the newly developed 155 SuperTurismo won 17 of a possible 20 races in the Italian championship. These highly encouraging results inspired Alfa Romeo to look abroad for stronger competition. They found it in Germany where the local manufacturers competed in the 'Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft' (DTM). Fortunately for the Italian newcomers, the regulations for touring car racing were extensively revised for 1993.

MARTINI Lancia LC2 1983/86

MARTINI Lancia LC2 1983/86

The Lancia LC2 (sometimes referred to as a Lancia-Ferrari) was a series of racing cars built by Italian automobile manufacturer Lancia and powered by engines built by their sister company Ferrari. They were part of Lancia's official factory-backed effort in the World Sportscar Championship from 1983 to 1986, although they continued to be used by privateer teams until 1991. They were also the company's first car meeting the FIA's new Group C regulations for sports prototypes.

MARTINI Lancia LC1 1982

MARTINI Lancia LC1 1982

The Lancia LC1 was a sports car run by Lancia under the Group 6 regulations in the World Endurance Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans from 1982 to 1983. The car was built as an attempt by Lancia to move up from production-based competition with the Lancia Beta Montecarlo Turbo in Group 5.

MARTINI Lancia Delta S4 1985/86

MARTINI Lancia Delta S4 1985/86

The Lancia Delta S4 is a Group B rally car that competed in the World Rally Championship in 1985 and 1986, until Group B cars were banned from competition by the FIA. The car replaced and was an evolution of the Lancia 037. The S4 took full advantage of the Group B regulations, and featured a midship-mounted engine and all-wheel drive for superior traction on loose surfaces.

MARTINI Racing Team Collection

MARTINI Racing Team Collection

MARTINI Lancia Montecarlo Turbo 1981

MARTINI Lancia Montecarlo Turbo 1981

The Lancia Beta Montecarlo Turbo is a racing car classified as Group 5 designed by Lancia in 1978 to compete in the World Championship.With this car, the Lancia has won championships in 1980 and 1981 .

 MARTINI Lancia ECV2 1988

MARTINI Lancia ECV2 1988

The Lancia ECV (stands for Experimental Composite Vehicle) was a prototype Group S rally car to replace the Lancia Delta S4 in World Rally Championship (1988). The ECV2 show-car was finished in pearlescent white with a hint of Martini sponsorship. The definitive cancellation of the Group B regulations made future vehicle development unnecessary, and the ECV2 mock-up still remains Fiat Property in Torino. Close inspection shows that it is an incredible concept, but not really roadworthy.

MARTINI Techno PA 123/6 1973

MARTINI Techno PA 123/6 1973

For 1973 the highly experienced and very fast Chris Amon was hired as the works driver. A new monocoque chassis was designed by Alan McCall, which was somewhat of an improvement. Persuaded by Amon, Martini hired Goral's Gordon Fowell to design an alternative for the McCall designed Tecno. Again it took a lot of time to prepare the now monocque PA123 for the season. At the car's debut Amon drove it to a sixth place to score Tecno's first and last point in F1.

Brabham BT45 Alfa Romeo V12 engine

Brabham BT45 Alfa Romeo V12 engine

Alfa-Romeo’s sportscar-derived flat-12 engine had a capacity of 2995 cc and employed fuel injection and electronic ignition. The engine featured a cast magnesium alloy engine block with aluminium alloy crankcase and magnesium or aluminium cylinder heads. There were four gear driven valves per cylinder. In Formula One form by 1978 it delivered about 520 bhp at 12,000 rpm, about 50 bhp more than the Cosworth DFV engines used by most teams, as well as a peak 324 lb/ft of torque.[

MARTINI Brabham BT 45 1976/77

MARTINI Brabham BT 45 1976/77

The Alfa Romeo flat-V12 powered Brabham BT45 and Brabham BT45B were used for the 1976 and 1977 seasons and the Martini colours appeared on a red rosso corsa background. Drivers such as Carlos Reutemann, Carlos Pace,Hans-Joachim Stuck and John Watson all drove for the team during this time.

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