Limited edition Porsche 992 911 celebrates 75 years of Jacky Ickx
In the world of endurance racing, Jacky Ickx is one of the most recognisable names. Behind the wheel of countless racing icons, the Belgian driver took six Le Mans 24 Hour victories. He also found great success in Formula 1 with 8 wins and even conquered the infamous Dakar Rally.
With Ickx turning 75 at the turn of the decade, Porsche has decided to pay tribute to the legend with a limited-edition car.
Dubbed the Belgian Legend Edition, it is based on the new-for-this-year 992 generation 911 Carrera 4S. The 444hp car will feature a rather elegant paint job combining a unique colour called “X-Blue” and a few white accents reflecting Ickx’s old racing helmet design. That regal, historic body sits on the Stuttgart brand’s Carrera Classic alloy wheels to add to the car’s timeless look.
Inside, the subtle hints at the car’s uniqueness continue with special X-shape stitching paying tribute to the man of the hour’s name. Furthermore, the centre console features the legend’s signature embroidered into the leather. The autograph is replicated on the key holder and the key itself as well as on the B-pillar next to the Belgian flag.
There’s no denying the Belgian Legend Edition’s beauty. However, its visual unicity is up for debate. Unless one really looks out for the white accents around the windows, or can identify this new shade of blue, the car looks just like any bog-standard 992 Carrera 4S. The same can be said for its performance as, under the surface, nothing has changed.
Porsche has a history of creating somewhat pointless limited run cars to attract collectors. In fact, just two years ago, we saw the unveiling of the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series and were rather disappointed with the result.
When it comes to celebrating the life of one of Motorsport’s most iconic figures, it could have been nice to see a more unique and special car.
Either way, this is the first limited edition Porsche to be based on the new 992 generation of 911 sportscars and I’m sure all 75 models won’t take long to be spoken for. Porsche has failed to announce a price for the Belgian Legend Edition. Although, I guess that’s on a need to know basis and considering it’s only going to be sold in Belgium, not many of us need to know that information.