Porsche pays tribute to legendary driver Gijs van Lennep with one-off 911 Carrera S

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Porsche is celebrating one of its most prominent racing drivers with a special, one-off 911 Carrera S model. Designed by Porsche Netherlands on special order through Porsche Exclusive, this unique sports car pays tribute to Dutch racing driver Gijs van Lennep by featuring his fingerprint of the front hood. The coupe also boasts extra features like a a carbon-fiber roof, the Turbo SportDesign Package, and adaptive sports seats.

This Special Porsche 911 Carrera S Features Gijs van Lennep's Fingerprint Exterior
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Finished in the company’s eye-catching Lava Orange paint, this unique 911 Carrera S stands out thanks to the big fingerprint on the front hood.

Taken from Gijs van Lennep himself, the fingerprint has been applied on the hood using a direct printing paint process similar to that of an inkjet printer.

The printing head can apply paint to three-dimensional surfaces without overspray, enabling Porsche to render complex shapes on any part of the body. Porsche says it will offer this printing option on its production models starting late 2020.

The Lava Orange paint itself was selected because it’s similar to the livery of Racing Team Holland, for which Van Lennep raced back in the day. The 911 Carrera S is also fitted with a carbon-fiber roof, Exclusive taillights with a darker tint, and a Turbo SportDesign Package with high-gloss black trim. It also comes with an Aerokit rear spoiler for a sportier look. The lower doors feature black "Porsche" lettering and stripes, a tribute to the first-gen 911s that Van Lennep drove on European race track.

This Special Porsche 911 Carrera S Features Gijs van Lennep's Fingerprint
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The interior is also packed with unique and exclusive extras, starting with Van Lennep’s signature on the illuminated door sills and adaptive Sport Seats Plus wrapped in Sport-Tex fabric. The steering wheel and roof lining are covered in Porsche’s Race-Tex material, a high-quality microfiber made from recycled polyester. There’s also a GT sport steering wheel with carbon inlay, Lava Orange stitching, and carbon-fiber elements throughout the cabin.

The 911 Carrera S remains stock under the hood, but that’s hardly an issue given that the coupe features a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter flat-six engine rated at 444 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough to push the coupe from 0 to 62 mph in as low as 3.7 seconds (this model is equipped with a PDK) and toward a top speed of 191 mph.

Porsche 911 Carrera S specifications
Cylinder layout / number of cylinders Boxer 6 Twin-Turbo
Displacement 3.0 l
Engine layout Rear engine
Max. Power 444 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Torque 391 LB-FT @ 2,300-5,000 RPM
Top Track Speed 191 mph
Acceleration 0 - 60 mph 3.7 seconds
This Special Porsche 911 Carrera S Features Gijs van Lennep's Fingerprint Exterior
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How much does this unique 911 cost? Well, Porsche didn’t say, but it’s safe to assume that a similar upgrade will add a premium of at least $5,000 to the 911 Carrera S, which retails from $115,100.

Who is Gijs van Lennep?

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Born in 1942 in the Netherlands, Gijs van Lennep started his career in 1967 for Porsche. The Dutchman drove many of the company’s iconic race cars back in the day, including the classic 911, the Carrera 6, ad the Carrera RSR Turbo. But Van Lennep also drove more radical race cars like the 908/02, the 936, and even the 917. Actually, van Lennep drove the 917 in more races than any other racing driver out there, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the process.

Van Lennep raced for seven consecutive years at Le Mans, from 1970 to 1976. After he failed to finish in the 917K in 1970, he won the race outright with the same car in 1971, when he also set a distance record that wasn’t surpassed until 2010. Van Lennep returned in 1972 with the Lola T280 but switched back to Porsches, this time around the Carrera RSR, in 1973, 1974, and 1975. Following a second overall finish in 1974 and a class win in 1975, Van Lennep won Le Mans for the second time in 1976 while driving the 936.

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The Dutch driver also won the grueling Targa Florio race in 1973 behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 Carrera RSR. A year before, Van Lennep had become European Formula 5000 champion in the Surtees TS11. Van Lennep also drove in Formula One from 1971 to 1975 with modest results. In 1999, Van Lennep was declared the best Dutch racing driver of the 20th century.

Ciprian Florea
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