A one-of-a-kind Porsche 911 to honour Mexico’s greatest racer
There are not too many professional drivers in the world that can show two Formula One Grand Prix wins, a victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and four triumphs in the 24 Hours of Daytona, 50 years ago … Pedro Rodriguez is probably the most successful driver Mexico ever had, sadly he lost his life at the Norisring street circuit in Nuremberg, Germany on 11 July 1971 after he managed to secure the championship win for Porsche in 1970 and 1971 in the World Championship of Makes, called the World Endurance Championship (WEC) today, Pedro held 11 titles in this series.
To commemorate this amazing Mexican driver, Porsche Latin America together with Porsche Mexico commissioned a bespoke build from Zuffenhausen … a tribute version of the Porsche 911 Turbo S, with the help of Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, this one of a kind 911 was put together, the Porsche 911 Turbo S ‘One of a Kind’ Pedro Rodríguez to be unveiled at a Sportscar Together Day at the Centro de Alto Rendimiento Pegaso, in Toluca, Mexico.
A total of 8 of those 11 victories in the World Championship of Makes were behind the wheel of the famous Porsche 917 KH racecar, in the very distinctive, but immensely famous, Gulf Oil livery, the combination of Gulf blue and bright orange that adorned numerous racecars over the years, with the Porsche 917 KH being among the most famous cars from Germany ever, so this tribute 911 just had to wear this dress again, 50 years later.
This one-of-a-kind Porsche 911 Turbo S tribute will remain a unique car forever, Porsche actually locked this specific configuration in their configurator, nobody else in the entire world will be able to order a Porsche 911 Turbo S exactly like this, with these specific options. “This car has unique elements that no other car in the world can have,” says Camilo San Martin, Director of Porsche Mexico.
This specific Porsche 911 Turbo S comes with custom-designed wheels in a glossy black finish and aluminum center-locking bolts, but the light blue body also features a racing cartouche, populated with the number 2 in this case. Another amazing detail is the custom plaque fitted onto the B-pillar of this car, showing the silhouette of the famous Porsche 917 KH for this occasion in the colors of the Mexican flag accompanied by Pedro Rodriguez’s name and signature.
As yet another tribute to a unique, irreplaceable driver, an idol of the past and a legend of today, the names of the eight races he won with the 917 KH are engraved under the rear spoiler, while more attention to detail can be found on the door sills, when you open the door the carbon fiber trim on these sills contains an illuminated version of the plaque from the B-pillar … simply amazing.
The interior of this unique Porsche 911 Turbo S Pedro Rodgriguez tribute is just astonishing with a graphite blue upholstery in soft leather with contrasting stitching in bright orange to match the outside livery, and while these might just be small details, you’ll find the 917 profile as embroidery on both headrests again, in orange naturally, and Rodriguez’s signature embossed into the armrest between the seats, and additionally on the carbon fiber dashboard trim.
And that’s not even all of the bespoke elements for this special car, even the key for this Porsche 911 Turbo S was color-coded to the Gulf blue exterior … and shows the signature of the two-time world endurance champion as well. To complete the extensive options list of this one-off, there is a bespoke luggage set that comes with the car, finished in Graphite Blue leather with orange stitching and details, so it matches the interior upholstery perfectly.
Interested in adding this car to your collection, despite the fact you will not be able to order a second, similar one from Porsche directly? Fear not, this Porsche 911 Turbo S “One of a Kind” Pedro Rodríguez will be auctioned off later this year with all proceeds going to various charitable causes.