A unique 911 Turbo S to honour a Porsche racing legend
A one-off 917 homage will go under the hammer in Mexico
Pedro Rodríguez is regarded as one of the greatest sports car racers of all time. The Mexican’s remarkable tally includes one outright win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and four at the 24 Hours of Daytona alongside a total of 11 victories in the World Championship of Makes, the predecessor to the World Endurance Championship. Eight of those wins came aboard the Porsche 917 Kurzheck, painted in the famous blue and orange of Gulf Oil, which sponsored semi-works team JW Automotive in 1970 and 1971.
At the Norisring in Nuremberg on July 11, 1971, Rodríguez lost his life when the Ferrari he was driving left the circuit at high speed. Liked and admired by all his contemporaries, the talented and charismatic Rodríguez was just 31 years old.
To mark 50 years since the tragedy, Porsche Latin America and Porsche de Mexico commissioned Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur to customise a unique car: the Porsche 911 Turbo S 'One of a Kind' Pedro Rodríguez. The car will be auctioned later this year with proceeds going to various charitable causes.
“Pedro Rodríguez continues to be the Latin American driver who has given Porsche the most triumphs and joy," said George Wills, President and CEO of Porsche Latin America. "With this unique car we want to pay tribute to a unique, irreplaceable driver, an idol of the past and a legend of today."
The one-off 911 features numerous distinctive details amid its striking overall design. Its specially designed wheels are painted in high-gloss black, with an aluminium centre lock. The doors have number 2 racing roundels as a nod to the 917 in which the Mexican won the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1970 and 1971 and the 1000 Km of Monza later that same year.
Another distinctive element is the plaque located on the B-pillar, which features the silhouette of the 917 KH in the colours of the Mexican flag alongside both the name and signature of Pedro Rodríguez. This same detail is reflected in the carbon mouldings on the illuminated lower door frames.
The Gulf theme carries on inside with an interior fully upholstered in graphite blue leather with orange stitching. It also includes unique details such as an embossed 917 silhouette on the headrests and Rodríguez's signature on both the armrest and dashboard. The car's personalisation even goes as far as the accompanying key, which not only features the signature of the two-time world endurance champion but is painted in the same trademark Gulf blue. Also included is a set of luggage that fits perfectly in its trunk, all in graphite blue leather with orange stitching and details.
“This car has unique elements that cannot be seen on any other car in the world,” explains Camilo San Martin, Director of Porsche de Mexico. “For example, the name of the eight races won by Pedro Rodríguez with 917, are engraved under the rear spoiler. Furthermore, the car’s configuration has been locked out on the Porsche configurator and in the production system, so this unit is literally unrepeatable.”
The Rodríguez family were involved in the project from the beginning, assisting Porsche Latin America, Porsche de Mexico, Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur and the Porsche Museum in creating this remarkable car. The project has served to underline the shared history between Porsche and Mexico, which hosted the infamous Carrera Panamericana road race after which the 911 Carrera and Panamera take their names.
911 Turbo S fuel consumption combined: 11.1 l/100 km (NEDC); CO2 emissions combined 254 g/km (NEDC)