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La Carrera Panamericana 2022.

A timeless race.

Get ready for a special edition of La Carrera Panamericana. A race full of passion, adrenaline, and pure emotion behind the wheel. Because exactly 70 years ago, Porsche raced for the first time on Mexican soil, and from that moment on, nothing would ever be the same.

Once again, let's be a part of history. A history that began in 1952 and still writes itself today. One full of speed, rivalry, and camaraderie. One that started as a dream traveling at full speed in the legendary 356 S Cabriolet. A history that showed us how nothing is impossible for those who value true sportsmanship.

The route.

Stretching from south to north, La Carrera Panamericana is much more than a race against time–it’s a journey fueled by passion and sportsmanship. A gathering that brings us together for one week to share our passion for Porsche.

This edition will have seven stages. Starting in Veracruz, along the Gulf of Mexico, we will travel north to Oaxaca before arriving in the magical capital, Mexico City. Going at full speed, we will reach Querétaro, Morelia, and Guanajuato, located in the heart of the country. Finally, after an intense week, our last stop will be Durango.

Stage 1 Veracruz - Oaxaca

Start your engines. We are about to rewrite a legend that began in 1952 with our Porsche 356. From Veracruz to Oaxaca, crossing through Puebla, our starting point will lay down the foundation to make history once again.

Stage 2 Oaxaca - CDMX

Oaxaca is where magic merges with reality. The route will be painted in colors and guide the cars from small town traditions to modern life in Mexico City.

Stage 3 CDMX - Queretaro

In the country's largest metropolis, Porsche engines will roar like never before temporarily turning Mexico City into the capital of pure adrenaline.

Stage 4 Queretaro - Morelia

Queretaro will pause the fame of its vineyards to let its roads take center stage. Each curve and straight line will add to the plot of this story, in which every second counts.

Stage 5 Morelia - Guanajuato

Our journey will take us to Morelia, a world heritage center, where classic and modern Porsche models will run through its streets lined with pink quarry.

Stage 6 Guanajuato - San Luis Potosi

Guanajuato, Mexico’s cradle of independence, will vibrate once again with the sound of engines, applause, and shouts from the fans.

Stage 7 San Luis Potosi - Durango

From the woods to the city and now through the desert. The roads of San Luis Potosí and Durango will serve as the perfect setting for a finale that promises everything, and leaves nothing to be desired.

The history.

Porsche - A new challenge.
A new challenge.
The international press called the original version of “La Carrera Panamericana”, the most challenging race in the world. A 3,000-kilometer journey across Mexico where more than half of the competitors failed to cross the finish line due to the harsh roads conditions and dangers that occurred in each stage. There were many obstacles such as cliffs, huge potholes and even hundreds of fans very close to the road. It was a brutal week that required a sporting spirit and a passion for speed.
Porsche - Two engines. One great dream.
Two engines. One great dream.
The Porsche team consisted of two cars. There was number 10, a Porsche 356 S Coupé 1500 cc, driven by Conde Graf Berkheim and Herbert Linge, the copilot and only mechanic of both Porsches. And number 11, a 356 S Cabriolet, driven by racing veteran prince Fürst von Metternich and diplomat Baron Manuel De Teffé. They were all ready to make history.
Porsche - Our secret weapon.
Our secret weapon.
The Porsche team had a secret tool, which was a novelty at the time: an automatic gearbox. As the driver braked and deaccelerated hard for a corner with his left foot, he could accelerate with the right foot, causing an automatic downshift and the desired boost. La Carrera Panamericana, in addition to being one of the biggest competitions at the time, was the ideal testing ground for the teams’ new technologies.
Porsche - Exceeding the goal.
Exceeding the goal.
After a tough week, the Porsche wearing the number 11 crossed the finished line. The 356 S Cabriolet dealt with mechanical problems and went through 32 tires but that didn’t stop the car from proving what the Porsche team is capable of. It won its category and finished eighth overall in the race, reaching unthinkable speeds (averaging 169 km/hr!) during that era of racing. The world witnessed Porsche make a name for itself, and the entire 356 ended up dented. Not because of the road but because of the hundreds of Mexicans who jumped on top to celebrate.