Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:31 pm Post subject: 2017 911 British Legends Edition  Carrera 4 GTS
Richard Attwood, Derek Bell and Nick Tandy. Red, white and blue. In special honour of these three British racing drivers who each took historic wins in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Porsche is proud to announce the British Legends Edition - a limited series of 911 Carrera 4 GTS developed by the legends themselves and Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, available only in the UK.
Each British Legends Edition echoes the design language of the three unique race cars at their heart, and incorporates features selected especially by the British drivers who took them to victory. Identified by the number of their winning Porsche racing car and the colour scheme incorporated into the livery, the authenticity of each car is underlined by the motif of the driver’s signature.
With an unrivalled 19 wins, Porsche is the most successful manufacturer in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The first of these was in 1970 and 47 years later, this June saw the achievement of a remarkable hat trick 2015-2017 – a feat meaning the Porsche team will keep the Winners’ trophy forever.
In celebration of this success, and in special honour of three British racing drivers who helped deliver these victories, a special series of the 911 Carrera 4 GTS has been developed by Porsche Cars GB and Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur – the ‘British Legends Edition’.
These special 911 models pay homage to British race drivers Richard Attwood, Derek Bell and Nick Tandy, who each took historic wins in the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the factory Porsche team in 1970, 1982 and 2015 respectively. For each driver there is a unique 911 Carrera 4 GTS British Legends Edition, identified by the number of their winning Porsche racing car and its colour scheme incoporated into the livery.
The drivers played an important role in the design and configuration of their edition, incorporating personal preferences and experiences of racing with Porsche at Le Mans. Joint workshops between Porsche Cars GB and the drivers ensured their passion was built into each 911.
The influence of the distinctive livery of the race winning cars is clear in the colour choice of each 911 Carrera 4 GTS British Legends Edition:
1970 Le Mans winner, Richard Attwood
Porsche 917 #23 580 hp, flat-12 cylinder, 4.5-litre, 340 km/h top speed
‘Porsche Salzburg’ red and white livery
British Legends Edition Guards Red
1982 Le Mans winner, Derek Bell
Porsche 956 #1 680 hp, flat-six cylinder, twin-turbo, 2.8-litre, 350 km/h top speed
‘Rothmans’ blue, white, red and gold livery
British Legends Edition Sapphire Blue Metallic
2015 Le Mans winner, Nick Tandy
Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 #19 >900 hp, V4, single turbo, 360 km/h top speed
‘DMG MORI’ white, black, grey livery
British Legends Edition Carrara White Metallic
The 911 Carrera 4 GTS British Legends Edition is on sale from 9 October priced as follows:
There is a 911 Carrera 4 GTS British Legends Edition unique to each driver, identified by the number of their winning Porsche racing car and its colour scheme incorporated into the livery.
A Union Jack symbol combined with the driver’s signature is a further motorsport-inspired leitmotif, and underlines how authentic each car is.
The drivers played an important role in the design and configuration of ‘their’ British Legends Edition, incorporating personal preferences and reminiscences of their own experiences racing with Porsche at Le Mans. For instance, Alcantara® interior trim creates a link to the focussed ambience of a racing car cockpit. And to offer a manual gearbox or the Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) double-clutch transmission was important, to allow each car to be specified according to driving style.
Using the design of the winning race cars as the starting point of each car, joint workshops between Porsche Cars GB and the drivers ensured their passion was built-in to each 911. The ideas were then taken forwards by the design team at Style Porsche in Weissach and the craftsmen at Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur in Stuttgart.
Each British Legends Edition is finished intricately by hand in the new Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur workshop. Special features such as the Satin finish black door mirrors, carbon floor mats with Alcantara® edging and a steering column casing in Alcantara® make their first appearance on this 911.
All three versions also include adaptive LED headlights in black and a subtlety kicked up tail courtesy of a newly optional sport design package. They are all available in both 7-speed manual and PDK options for £122,376 for the Attwood edition and £123,210 for the others (accounting for the metallic paint). At over £21k more than a standard Carrera 4 GTS, these special editions don’t come cheap, but we imagine Porsche won't be short of enough interested parties.
Race to road technology transfer
Porsche 917; Porsche 956; Porsche 919 Hybrid - three icons, each with a common link – victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours. Each of these racing cars has also played a valuable role in helping hone technology on the track that has then translated to Porsche cars for the road.
And not just in their specific era, for this legacy of innovation continues to influence the design and development of Porsche sports cars today.
The British Legends Edition also recognises the British motor sport fans’ generous spirit through the years, cheering on Porsche from the trackside. Le Mans in particular sees tens of thousands of enthusiasts travelling from the UK to support the teams and drivers, and this special 911 acknowledges this passion.
During the development of the British Legends Edition, it became clear that, to the racing drivers, it was particularly important that a performance-oriented 911 would result and one that expressed its distinctive motorsport character in sound, appearance and its dynamics, too.
Derek Bell commented; “I expect Porsche to give me the best chassis when I race, and I expect the same from my road car.” In support of this, rear axle steering - offering higher cornering agility and lane-change stability - and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) - to ensure optimum resistance to body roll and increased tyre contact to the road through corners - are both standard.
Bearing in mind the all-weather, day and night rigours that success at Le Mans places on a car and driver, driving safety and comfort features take priority also. Thus, LED headlights (which replicate those fitted to the 919 Hybrid) for seeing long into the night are included, along with 18-way adjustable sports seats and automatic rain-sensing windscreen wipers. A distinct motorsport ambience is a feature of the interior, with the use of Alcantara® and carbon materials an obvious highlight.
Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS British Legends Edition in detail
With this in mind, the 911 Carrera 4 GTS is the ideal starting point for the British Legends Edition. The 3.0-litre flat-six cylinder ‘boxer’ engine in the 911 GTS offers 450 hp (331 kW). This engine delivers 30 hp (22 kW) more than the 911 Carrera S. Every 911 is renowned for its scintillating power delivery, but with its 10% greater maximum torque the GTS offers even better acceleration and responsiveness. The 550 Nm of pulling power is available between 2,150 and 5,000 rpm.
As with the 911 Carrera, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) is standard on GTS models. The British Legends Edition features PASM sports suspension and PDCC, which lowers the body by 10 mm. Each GTS also features the Sport Chrono Package incorporating dynamic engine mounts and steering wheel-mounted mode switch, plus a switchable, modified sports exhaust system.
The Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive delivers assured all-weather traction, and leads to the 911 Carrera 4 GTS being the fastest sprinter in the 911 Carrera family. Fitted with the optional PDK transmission, it can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds with Launch Control activated.
To these impressive credentials, the British Legends Edition also adds the following highlights:
- Rear axle steering
- Sport PASM chassis including Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC)
- Decal set in contrasting colour
- Badge on B-pillar with Union Jack motif and signature of the driver
- LED headlights in black with Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus
- SportDesign package featuring extended rear spoiler
- SportDesign mirrors painted in Satin black finish
- Rear engine lid air intake grilles painted in the exterior colour
- Door sill guards in carbon with a Union Jack motif and ‘911 Carrera 4 GTS British Legends Edition’ lettering (illuminated in corresponding exterior colour)
- Door panel trim and centre console finish in carbon
- Dashboard trim in carbon with Union Jack motif and ‘911 Carrera 4 GTS British Legends Edition’ lettering
- Alcantara® GTS interior package with Rhodium Silver contrasting stitching, GT sports steering wheel in Alcantara® and ’12 o’clock marking’ in red, steering column cover in Alcantara®
- Centre console lid in Alcantara® embossed with name and signature of the driver
- Unique floor mats in carbon with Alcantara® edging and decorative stitching in Rhodium Silver
- Adaptive Sports seats Plus with 18-way powered adjustment and memory package
- Automatically dimming exterior and interior mirrors with integrated rain sensor
- Cruise control
i suspect there will be quite a few special editions with 992 imminent. what a pile of tosh
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Posted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:51 am Post subject:
so inspired by race cars that they have.......comfort seats _________________ current: 993 carrera coupe, manual, iris blue, bilstein pss10
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Posted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:25 am Post subject:
so inspired by race cars that they have.......comfort seats
and four wheel drive.
Another example of rubbish PGB marketing, or should I say "another example of PCB marketing rubbish". _________________ 2007 Guards Red 997 Turbo Tiptronic
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Given their historical basis, I would have thought that both the red and blue cars should be manual not PDK and they should all come with one of Kimbo's liquid wraps as a no cost option. _________________ 2015 Cayman GTS. No more PDK but still red.
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Posted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:07 am Post subject:
its getting to be if theres an r in the month Porsche have another ltd edition car to introduce _________________ Stirlings The Low Mileage Porsche Specialists email@example.com
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Posted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:38 pm Post subject:
Just another 'run out model' roll on the 992 _________________ Porsche fan
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Posted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:56 pm Post subject:
and four wheel drive.
Another example of rubbish PGB marketing, or should I say "another example of PCB marketing rubbish".
919 is 4WD....
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Posted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:25 pm Post subject:
Why didn't they give the cars the actual colour scheme of the race car
And seats was my first thought too, along with racing square style removable steering wheel and some sort of wing/duck tail
And a small pit crew that lives in your garage and charges £25 to do your MOT at least
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