Fifty years after the death of the Mexican pilot Pedro Rodriguez a single instance of a Porsche 911 Turbo S to auction it off for charity.
With a victory in a Grand Prix of F1, a victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and four wins in the 24 Hours of Daytona, Rodríguez is, without a doubt, the Mexican rider with the best record of all time.
Throughout his illustrious career he achieved eleven victories in the World Championship of Makes, now known as the World Endurance Championship (WEC), and helped Porsche win it in 1970 and 1971. Eight of his eleven victories were with the Porsche 917 KH with the distinctive decoration of Gulf.
Now, 50 years after he lost his life on the Norisring street circuit in Nuremberg, Germany, on July 11, 1971, Porsche Latin America and Porsche Mexico They have commissioned a special car to honor this great driver.
In collaboration with Porsche Exclusive Manufactory a unique model has been manufactured: the Porsche 911 Turbo S Pedro Rodríguez, which was presented during the Porsche Sportscar Together Days at the Pegaso High Performance Center, in Toluca, Mexico.
"Pedro Rodríguez continues to be the Latin American driver who has given Porsche the most triumphs and joys", explained George Wills, President and CEO of Porsche Latin America. "With this unique car in the world we want to pay tribute to an irreplaceable driver, an idol of the past and a legend of today."
DISTINCTIVE DETAILS AND DESIGN
Paying tribute to a unique racing driver, the 911 created in his memory should have a distinctive design and details. "This car has elements that no other in the world can have"Says Camilo San Martin, Director of Porsche Mexico. "This configuration, with these specific details and equipment, has been locked in the Porsche configurator, as well as in the production system, so this car is literally unrepeatable."
In addition to collaborating with the Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, Porsche Latin America and Porsche México worked together with the Rodríguez family and the Porsche Museum to create a car that It not only pays tribute to the legendary Mexican pilot, but also to the 917 KH with which he achieved glory.
THE PORSCHE 917 KH BLUE GULF AS INSPIRATION
Painted in iconic Gulf blue with an orange stripe that runs it from end to end, this unit is based on the 911 Turbo S. The specially designed wheels with an aluminum center nut are painted in high gloss black. The doors have a number two black in a white circle.
Another distinctive element is the plate located on the B-pillar, which bears a silhouette of the 917 KH with the colors of the Mexican flag, the name and the signature of Rodríguez. This same detail is reflected in the carbon trims on the lower door frames, which light up when they are opened. In addition, The names of the eight races he won with the 917 KH are engraved under the rear wing.
Inside, the 911 is fully upholstered in graphite blue leather with orange stitching. The silhouette of the 917 appears on the headrests of the front seats, while Rodriguez's signature can be seen on the center armrest and the carbon fiber cladding of the dashboard.
The personalization of the car comes down to your key, with the signature of the two-time world endurance champion and painted in Gulf blue. The vehicle also includes a custom suitcase set, in graphite blue leather with orange stitching and details.
This unique unit of the Porsche 911 Turbo S dedicated to Pedro Rodríguez will be auctioned later this year. The proceeds will go to various charitable causes.