Porsche and Le Mans
What is there to say about the iconic Porsche 911, that hasn't already been said, or in this case written before. The legendary silhouette continues to push the envelope and each new car or special edition offers something unique, which has seen some models of the Porsche 911 become some of the most sought-after cars on the planet. The connection with Porsche and motorsport has certainly enhanced the appeal - a connection with motor racing is always going to further enhance the want of a car, especially if the connection is with the 24 Hours of Le Mans - the most prestigious motor race in the world.
Le Mans is the most celebrated endurance race in the world and is the ultimate test for a racing driver and the car selected for the job. For 24 hours the car is put through immense wear and tear, which of course is also the case for the driver, who will go through mental and physical strain whilst having to keep 100% focus at all times.
Legends are created at Le Mans, both the racing drivers and the cars. It is no surprise then, that Porsche are in fact the most successful manufacturer at Le Mans winning the race an impressive 19 times, with 3 British drivers taking success at the wheel over the years. These have been Richard Attwood (Race winner in 1970), Derek Bell MBE (5 times Race winner in 1981, 1982, 1986, 1987), and Nick Tandy (winner in 2015). Porsche therefore decided to create a special edition of the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS - which celebrates these legendary drivers, and the colour schemes adorned on their legendary racing cars. The Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS British Legends Edition was born.
Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS British Legends EditionThis special edition variant of the Porsche 911 uses the superb 911 Carrera 4 GTS as the basis. This means the car houses a glorious 3.0-litre flat-six engine producing 450 hp, with power sent to the road via an assured all-wheel drive system (hence Carrera 4). This makes this particular 911 the fastest 911 Carrera in the range, achieving 62 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds, with 'Launch Control' activated.
In celebration of racing drivers and of course the fact that the car is a Porsche 911, it was never going to disappoint in terms of performance either. Therefore the car is further complemented by a Sport PASM chassis, which includes Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) to give this 911 handling which is second-to-none and pin sharp to say the least - as this also lowers the car 10mm. To give this 911 racing characteristics on which it celebrates, the car also comes with a Sport Chrono Package. This gives the car dynamic engine mounts along with a steering wheel-mounted mode switch - so you can select a different driving mode totally dependent on your mood, along with a switchable sports exhaust too, so you can select how loud or quiet you would like it, depending on the drive at hand!
But what makes the British Legends Edition stand out from a regular Carrera 4S? Three versions are available.
In 1970 Richard Attwood drove car number 23, the Porsche 917 with 'Porsche Salzburg' red and white livery - a hugely iconic racing car to victory. Therefore, a Guards Red version of this special 911 pays homage to the 917 and Attwood with a subtle white graphic along the lower side of the vehicle, featuring the number 23, with white detailing emulating the legendary racing car. Attwood's signature and union jack flag motif complete the subtle details on the car.
Derek Bell is the most successful British racing driver ever at Le Mans with five wins. But it was car number 1 which he drove to victory in 1982; a Porsche 956. This legendary racer featured a well-known 'Rothmans' livery featuring blue, white, red and gold - and so this British Legends Edition features those colours too, presented on a Sapphire Blue Metallic body with subtle side decal featuring white, red and gold detailing, along with the number 1, and Derek Bell's signature on the car, along with a subtle union jack too to complete the look.
Nick Tandy won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2015. His homage 911 celebrates the 'DMG MORI' white Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1. Therefore, a Carrera White 911 celebrates this car, complete with black and grey side decal with number 19, along with Nick's signature and subtle union jack too.
It all comes down to your personal favourite really. With three legendary drivers and three legendary Porsche racing cars celebrated, it's not an easy task, but a nice problem to have for sure.