And this 911 isn't just all show and no go.
A new trend has taken the air-cool Porsche 911 community by storm - safari builds. The 911's rear-engined grip provides a surprisingly effective base for an off-road rally vehicle, which is why we have seen several safari 911 builds from a variety of companies. The latest safari 911 creation comes from a company called Russell Built Fabrication, which based its creation on the 964 generation car. RBF showed off the car last month in front of the Toyo Tires Treadpass display at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas but has just announced it will be taking orders.
To transform the classic sports car into an off-road warrior, the RBF strengthened both the chassis and suspension, widened the track by 14 inches, and stretched the wheelbase by three inches (for better stability). Under the front sits custom structural towers allowing the suspension to be mounted to the chassis via factory bolt provisions. Custom spindles and upper a-arms are machined using billet 7075 aircraft aluminum for strength and reduced weight. RBF says the suspension gives 13.5 inches of wheel travel, which should be handy when you land the car off a jump. An adjustable NASCAR-style rear sway bar helps keep the car stable during hard cornering.
Outside, every panel you see is made from custom-formed composite materials to keep the weight down. By replacing all of the steel body panels, the weight has dropped from 3,200 pounds down to 2,800 pounds. And with a bored-out 3.8-liter flat-six engine fitted with custom internals, throttle bodies, and intake manifold, this 911 produces a healthy 365 horsepower and 310 lb-ft torque. Rear-wheel-drive comes standard but AWD is also available.
The interior can be ordered to suit customer taste, so you can opt for a 'full-on race car' or more of a luxury specification. No matter how the car is ordered, all examples include a race-spec roll cage. The company hasn't given any specific numbers on pricing but we are sure it varies depending on how the customer orders the car.
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