Who needs a lurid paint job to attract attention?
The Porsche 911 is one of the greatest sports cars ever made, and it doesn't matter what model you have, they all handle brilliantly. However, some models are loved a little less than others. The 996 variant is one that many dislike for a number of reasons, but it's still phenomenal to drive. Even so, some will opt to extract more performance from it, but one enthusiast has taken an altogether different route. While shoving an LS7 motor into a Porsche is sacrilege, some may argue that what Brock Keen has done to his 996 Carrera 4S is just as reprehensible. Meet the world's best handling camping companion. But before you break out the pitchforks, Porsche itself shared this story with us, and if Stuttgart approves, so should you.
As you can see from the images, Keen's 911 Carrera 4S has been fitted with roof racks and a tent, making it an unlikely yet exciting recreational vehicle. We've seen something similar done to a Ferrari F40 before, and while some purists may take exception to such modifications, we have to applaud anyone who finds a way to use their sports car or supercar more often than would otherwise be possible.
For Keen, this 911 started out as a daily driver and had only covered 60,000 miles when he acquired it. It was also a travel companion for ski and snowboarding trips. It's no surprise then that Keen spotted a roof tent at a discount and felt that it would be a good addition to his Range Rover. Unfortunately, it didn't work with that vehicle's roof bars. Propitiously, it did fit with the roof rack fitted to the Porsche that used to carry his and his wife's mountain bikes.
Interestingly, after attending an open-air concert with the Porsche and its tent, an Instagram photo of the car went so viral that the tent's manufacturers got in touch. After testing revealed that the roof rack and car were both strong enough for the tent setup, Keen decided to keep the car in this configuration. There were a couple of subtle performance enhancements made too, including a cold-air intake, rally fog lamps, and a one-inch-lower suspension setup. Even with the tent on the roof, this 911 still handles brilliantly on track and will even cock a wheel in a corner. Yes, it's not conventional, but what is it that Magnus Walkeralways says? Get out there and drive. This lets Keen do just that, all the time.