A Leap in Time: McQueen's “Le Mans”
Fifty years ago, Steve McQueen began shooting his movie epic Le Mans—the most famous film sequence featuring a 911. Fifty years ago, Steve McQueen began shooting his movie epic Le Mans—the most famous film sequence featuring a 911.
Scene 1 Scene 2 The first half hour of the film gets by without dialogue, as Delaney arrives in Le Mans in his Porsche 911 S. At the 2020 photo shoot in the style of the McQueen years, the new Porsche 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition takes center stage.
With 331 kW (450 hp; 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition: Fuel consumption combined 10.3 – 9.9 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 235 – 227 g/km), this special model offers two and a half times as much power as the 1970 film original.
Scene 3 Original props: in Le Mans, the German Johann Ritter is one of McQueen’s rivals. Ritter’s helmet from the shoot fifty years ago is now to be found on the cherry metallic paintwork of the new Targa 4S. While a first-generation 911 enlivens the scene in the background, the latest 911 interpretation presents its tail end, featuring a continuous strip of lights and four silver sport tailpipes.
Authentic fiction: Le Mans is made particularly fascinating by its numerous film shots from the real twenty-four-hour race of 1970, which are seamlessly interwoven with the storyline. The race car from McQueen’s film company, Solar Productions—a Porsche 908/02 Spyder—drove along as a camera car and exposed kilometers of footage of real racing scenes.
The Porsche 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition is a loving nod to Porsche history, with gold-colored lettering on the Targa bar and the rear. Scene 5 Final: the race is over. The garage door then opens and releases the new 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition onto the asphalt of the road, where it will write its own story.
Jun 24, 2020 at 13:01