Porsche reveals Le Mans-inspired special edition Carrera

Porsche reveals Le Mans-inspired special edition Carrera

The three limited edition versions of the Carrera 4 GTS were designed to reflect Porsches that won the French race with famous British drivers at the helm

Porsche has unveiled a limited-edition series of the Carrera 4 GTS that were inspired by cars that won at Le Mans with British drivers behind the wheel.

Called the ‘British Legends Edition’, each of the three cars were inspired by a British driver who won with Porsche at the famous French circuit, with each model reflecting the car they won in.

Porsche British Legends Edition Carrera 4 GTS Derek Bell
Derek Bell MBE won four Le Mans races for Porsche, and here he's stood next to the 956 car (right) he won in in 1982

Richard Attwood, Derek Bell MBE and Nick Tandy – who were involved in six race wins for Porsche – were each asked to help recreate the design of their winning cars with specially-specified Carrera 4 GTSs as the base car.

As Derek Bell had won four Le Mans titles with the German carmaker, he chose his 1982 956 winning car for his design, with the final product being finished in Sapphire Blue with white, red and gold detailing.

2015 race winner Nick Tandy won in the 919 hybrid and his version of the Carrera is decked out in an all-white livery with dark grey detailing. It also has the number 19 placed throughout the car in reference to the race car’s race number.

Porsche British Legends Edition Carrera 4 GTS Nick Tandy
Nick Tandy won the 2015 edition in the 919 Hybrid (left)

The final model is the 1970-inspired version that used the 917 as its base and has Guards Red bodywork with white detailing. The 917 was driven by Richard Attwood and was part of Porsche’s first win at the endurance race.

The Carrera 4 GTS has a 3.0-litre, flat-six engine at its heart, which produces 443bhp and gets the car from 0-60mph in 3.6 seconds with the aid of the optional seven-speed PDK automatic transmission. Each model also comes with four-wheel drive, dynamic chassis control and rear axle steering.

To make sure there is no confusion with standard GTS’s, Porsche adds Union Jack motifs to the B-pillar, signatures from the drivers and ‘911 Carrera 4 GTS British Legends Edition’ written on the door sills and on the dashboard.

Prices for the models start at £122,376 and are available to order from British Porsche Centres now.

Porsche British Legends Edition Carrera 4 GTS Richard Attwood
Richard Attwood was part of the first Porsche crew to win at Le Mans in the red and white 917 (left)

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