Porsche is part of the fabric of Le Mans, with a record 19 outright wins under its belt. And a significant part of that success over the years has been shared with a rich seam of British racing drivers. To celebrate this happy and ongoing union, Porsche GB is poised to release a series of highly exclusive and limited 911s that pay homage to some of Porsche’s greatest Britons.
Each 911 Carrera 4 GTS ‘British Legends Edition’ has been designed by drivers Richard Attwood, Derek Bell and Nick Tandy as a tribute to their winning cars. And they all feature carefully considered details that best reflect each man’s memories and preferences.
The first recalls the big one, in 1970, when the 917k took Porsche’s maiden overall victory at Le Sarthe, with Richard Attwood sharing the famous no.23 Salzburg car with Hans Herrmann. Finished in Guards Red, with white decals and the instantly recognisable racing number, Attwood’s GTS is a subtle paean to one of the most familiar and admired Porsche sports cars on the planet.
No less a figure in the Porsche Pantheon is five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell, who dominated the World Sportscar Championship in both the 956 and 962. His famous 1982 Rothmans 956 is revisited here in a Sapphire Blue GTS with white and gold stripes and racing number ‘1’.
Flying the flag for today’s cutting-edge endurance campaign, 2015 Le Mans winner and LMP1 stalwart Nick Tandy has finished his car in Carrara White Metallic, offset by the bold white-on-red number ‘19’ from his winning 919 Hybrid.
Every British Legends Edition will feature a Union Flag and the driver’s signature on the B-pillar, a theme that’s echoed on the carbon door sills and Alcantara centre console. Further unique features include carbon floor mats with Alcantara edging, a steering column casing in Alcantara and door mirrors finished in Satin black.
Porsche has thrown the kitchen sink at these cars, too, with a mighty options list that ranges from rear axle steer and Sport PASM to the SportDesign Package and a carbon dash – that also bears the union flag and ‘911 Carrera 4 GTS British Legends Edition’ just in case it slipped your mind.
Finished at Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur in Zuffenhausen, each car is both timeless tribute to three of the most significant models in Porsche’s racing arsenal and a doffing of the cap to the bravery and skill of the men who chiseled out their history from behind the wheel.
Forced to choose one, which would it be? Attwood’s Genesis, Bell’s dominance, or Tandy’s technology? Each a vital slice of history, and a none-too-shabby set of wheels into the bargain.