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Restomodding has been a huge trend, especially with air-cooled Porsches. Singer revamped the 964 mechanically while carrying the signature Porsche looks and soul. RWB presented its unique take on modifying air-cooled Porsches with their widebody kits and double-decker spoilers. Now, there’s a new kid on the block, and it is built under the motto, “The most capable, versatile, dual sport air-cooled 911 on the planet”
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This Baja-ready 964 is created by Ty Russell, who is well known for being the former fabricator of Singer. Since working on the #1 car of Singer, nine years had passed, and Singer has grown so much that Russell’s workshop could no longer keep up with the demand. Still, based on his experience of working with Porsches, he decided to start on something new, and it was the Baja 911 Project.
To begin, the Baja 911 Project customers will have to prepare their own Porsche 964. Then, the chassis and the suspension are strengthened to endure the tough terrains and the typical ‘harshness’ of off-roading. The wheelbase is stretched by 3 inches, and the side-to-side track is now 14 inches wider. This allows the Porsche to stay planted to the ground while allowing no less than 12 inches of suspension travel on the front and 13.5 inches in the rear.
Furthermore, custom body panels have been added to accommodate the ‘extended’ frame of the car. All of the panels are customed formed from composite materials, ensuring durability while shaving off weight. Also, a rally-inspired bonnet has been added, along with seven additional searchlights. Furthermore, the car runs on 15-inch Fifteen52 Integrale wheels which are obviously an homage to the wheels of the Delta Integrale Evo.
The powertrain has also been mildly tuned by Rothsport Racing. Rothsport Racing is famous for participating in desert rallies with their 964s; they finished 3rd and 4th in class in 2017 NORRA 1000, and in 2018, they scored a victorious one-two. The 3.6L flat-six that previously produced 250hp is enlarged to 3.8L now producing 365hp. That is not a lot, but plenty for a stripped out 1,270kg car. The car is available both in RWD and AWD, based on the customers’ request.
The interior has also been stripped out for a pure driving experience. Race-spec roll-cages and door bars had been added, along with bucket seats and a 5 point harness. The 5-gauge dashboard of the 964 has been replaced with a digital one, even equipped with shift lights. Although the prototype shown above is trimmed with leather, it can be totally stripped out without all the luxury for customers who are feeling a bit more masochistic.
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Of course, purists might be chanting “Sacrilege”, but there is no need to worry. According to Russell, all the restomodding work has been done with a “Great deal of pride and respect”. Furthermore, they also focused on maintaining the original “911 DNA” which made this breed of sports car survive for more than 50 years. Most of all, it's road-legal, need I say more?
But the real question here is, how much is it? Sadly, we do not know much about the price information about this amazing Baja-prepared 964. However, when considering the fact that Leh Keen’s Safari 911 conversions are offered around for $120,000, it is expected to be a bit more than that. Are you willing to get one? You’d better grab a donor 964 quick before it appreciates!
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At the end of the day…
If you ask me, “What made you love the Porsche 911?”, I would undoubtedly answer, “Versatility”. Whether stock or modded, Porsche 911s are loved around the community. Some prefer to keep their beloved machines pristine for Concours, while others venture out and experiment with the limits of the car.
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The Porsche 911 is already an astonishing car by itself. However, its capabilities are even more surprising. If you jack it up, it can easily handle rough terrains, and if you lower it, it becomes a street racer. Nevertheless, it still carries the iconic Porsche 911 gene derived from its flat-six located in the ‘wrong place’ of the car. That versatility is what allows us to see amazing vehicles like this Baja-ready 964, making the automotive world more diverse and colourful.