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Celebrating a Dutch motor-racing icon: the one-off 911 featuring Gijs van Lennep’s fingerprint

Gijs van Lennep is one of the most legendary drivers in Dutch motor-racing history and has always had close ties with Porsche Now, Porsche Netherlands is celebrating this national icon with a unique 911 Carrera S, featuring the former team driver’s fingerprint, courtesy of Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur.

It's no surprise that van Lennep was declared ‘Best Dutch racing driver of the twentieth century’ in 1999. He drove many of the marque’s illustrious racing cars, including the Carrera 6, with which Van Lennep made his international breakthrough in 1966, and the classic 911 in which he competed in many touring car races. At a time when motor racing was a dangerous pastime he could be found behind the wheel of the 908/02, and Van Lennep also drove the Carrera RSR Turbo and the 936. Naturally the 917 played a prominent role in his career: no one drove this iconic racing car in more races than Gijs van Lennep. Now, Porsche Netherlands has the privilege of celebrating both Van Lennep’s rare talent and his massive contribution to Dutch motor racing with a unique Porsche 911 Carrera S.

The original intention was to unveil the remarkable one-off in August, during the 10th edition of the Gijs van Lennep Legend. The anniversary edition, where rally drivers and touring car drivers come together and race to raise money for charity, had to be postponed to 22 August 2021 due to COVID-19. Porsche ambassador Van Lennep is already looking forward to making an appearance there with 'his' 911 Carrera S.

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The most eye-catching element of this special 911 is Gijs van Lennep’s fingerprint on the bonnet. This has been applied using an innovative direct printing paint process developed by Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, which enables graphics to be applied to painted bodywork with the highest quality. The printing head can apply paint to three-dimensional surfaces without ‘overspray’, enabling Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur to render complex shapes such as fingerprints flawlessly.

The Lava orange colour is also a head-turner and is a nod to Van Lennep’s time racing Porsche for Racing Team Holland, where he made a big impact alongside illustrious drivers like Ben Pon, Rob Slotemaker, Henk van Zalinge and Carel Godin de Beaufort.

Alongside the extensive standard equipment on the 911 Carrera S, this tribute to Gijs van Lennep also incorporates many unique and exclusive extras. This special 911 Carrera S is also equipped with adaptive Sport Seats Plus, finished with Sport-Tex fabric. The Gijs van Lennep car also features various details in Race-Tex, a high quality microfibre material that is partly made from recycled polyester fibres. Both the GT sport steering wheel – which is heated and has a matt carbon inlay – and the roof lining are covered in this material.

The 911 Carrera S (911 Carrera S: fuel consumption combined: 10.0 - 9.6 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 227 - 220 g/km (as of 11/2020)) is powered by a 3.0-litre six-cylinder boxer engine with twin turbos which generates 331 kW/450 hp and 530 Nm. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels using an eight-speed PDK transmission.

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Nov 19, 2020 at 04:43

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