A modern EV powertrain in the charming body of an old-school 911.
Porsche recently expanded its EV portfolio with the arrival of the Taycan Cross Turismo. But whereas the Taycan was designed as an electric vehicle from the start and models like the Cayenne have been successfully hybridized, electrifying its core model - the rear-engined 911 - is a much more complex task. In 2018, Porsche admitted that the 911 would be the last of its models to go fully electric. However, thanks to a technology company called Everrati, a fully electric Porsche 911 is no longer a distant prospect but a reality. The company has just revealed a 500-horsepower widebody 911 based on a restored 1991 964 model.
Everrati has a praiseworthy business model. The company restores and future-proofs iconic cars like the 964 by equipping them with electric powertrains. This gives classic cars a new lease of life and, in the case of this 964, a lot more power. It can reach 62 mph in under four seconds and has a range of 150 miles, about 50 miles less than a base Taycan. With DC fast charging, the 53-kWh battery can be charged from 10 to 100 percent in under an hour. This 'Signature' wide body model was chosen because it was a solid and accident-free original.
Everrati replaced some steel parts with carbon fiber such as the front/rear wings and the hood. These parts make it lighter than the original 964.
To ensure that the electric components don't take away from the 911's handling, Everatti turned to former British Touring Car Championship Champion Tim Harvey to assist in its development. Harvey is one of the top Porsche racing drivers ever. "The 'Signature' wide body has the essence of an iconic 911, in terms of its rear-biased weight distribution and the 'feel' of its controls," said Harvey.
Renewed Brembo calipers, 17- or 18-inch wheels, and a personalized cabin with a modern touchscreen are further touches to this unique 964.
"We believe that it is the very DNA of a car that makes it iconic and that such cars must be preserved for future generations - not be placed in a museum, but to drive," said Justin Lunny, Founder and CEO of Everrati.
Only a limited number of 'Signature' commissions will be available at a starting price of £250,000 ($354,575) but this number is based on the customer supplying the donor car. Deliveries are planned for late 2021.