We're sure Pedro Rodriguez would be proud.
Porsche became one of the world's most iconic performance brands by creating fantastic sports cars for the road and winning races on the track. Highlighting past successes reminds buyers of its motorsport legacy and the latest comes from Porsche Latin America and Porsche Mexico that decided to celebrate the life and exploits of Mexico's greatest racing driver ever, Pedro Rodriguez.
Rodriguez died 50 years ago at the Norisring street circuit in Nuremberg, Germany, on July 11, 1971, but before then, the man achieved a Formula One Grand Prix win, a victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and four first-place finishes at the 24 Hours of Daytona.
These accomplishments make him the most successful Mexican racing driver of all time, but that's not all he achieved. He drove all sorts of cars and won 11 titles in the World Championship of Makes (now the World Endurance Championship), helping Porsche achieve a series win in 1970 and 1971 in the Porsche 917 KH.
In honor of these wonderful achievements, Porsche has worked its magic on a 911 Turbo S. It's painted in the iconic Gulf blue with an orange stripe and features specially designed wheels painted in high-gloss black with an aluminum center lock. The doors get a black number two in a white circle while the B-pillar houses a plaque bearing a silhouette of the 917 KH in the colors of the Mexican flag with the name and signature of Rodriguez.
The illuminated element of the carbon moldings in the lower door frames features the same detail, while the names of the eight races Rodriguez won with the 917 KH are engraved under the rear spoiler. Inside, graphite blue leather with orange stitching is seen, along with Rodriguez's signature on the center armrest and carbon dash trim. Finally, the key of the car also features his signature and the two-tone color scheme.
Porsche has not said exactly when, but the 911 Turbo S 'One of a Kind' Pedro Rodriguez will be auctioned off later in the year, with the proceeds going to various charitable causes.