Ludwig Heimrath’s 2015 Porsche 911 Turbo S
We had racing legend Ludwig Heimrath's 2015 Porsche 911 Turbo S in our shop recently. Ludwig and G TEK owner Jack have been longtime friends, and G TEK Auto is the only place Ludwig trusts to take his Porsche’s.
The front hood lock of his Porsche was giving the wrong reading on the panel; showing that it was unlocked, even though it was locked. Diagnosing a panel problem is a complex process; every area is computerized and has a switch that needs to be analyzed. There was also a possible leak in the air conditioning system. We charged the AC system and scanned the front hood switches for diagnostics.
This was a gorgeous and very unique vehicle. Featuring carbon ceramic brakes, a carbon fibre interior, and custom steering wheel; this was truly a privilege to work on.
As shown in the photos, Ludwig has a custom modified steering wheel in his Porsche 911 Turbo S. The reason being that there are air bag sensors behind the wheel; by cutting the wheel in half, it allows the car to still be “street safe”, and not classified as a dedicated racecar. This is a very powerful, top of the line vehicle. By having a lift installed at home, Ludwig is able to do a lot of these types of modifications in his own garage.
At the same time, we were also working on an engine rebuild of one of Ludwig’s other Porsche’s. This was in preparation for an upcoming race.
While working on the car, we were able to chat with Ludwig about some of his racing and family history. Previous owner of Heimrath Porsche, Ludwig brought the first Porsche into Canada. The first Porsche dealership in Canada opened in 1961 in Toronto at Lawrence and Pharmacy Avenue. Over the years, the Heimrath family opened thirteen dealerships across Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Ottawa.
The entire family is composed of racecar drivers; from the famous Ludwig Heimrath Sr., to Ludwig Heimrath Jr., as well as his wife Kathy and son. Ludwig Sr. won the Trans Am Series Championship in 1977. Wife, Kathy Rude, was the first woman to win a major international sports race in 1982.
In 1996 Ludwig retired from competitive racing, and now races for sport and pleasure. With 50 years of experience with Porsche, Ludwig was inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame, and always stands by the Porsche name.
“It is the best car to drive. I’m in love with Porsches; I have driven many different cars, but I always come back to Porsche. I love to race them, and I love to drive them”.