Hands down one of the best replicas we've ever seen.
There's no shortage of replica supercars out there. Some are almost embarrassing to look at while others are truly outstanding. This is one of the latter cases. What you think you might be looking is not really 991 generation Porsche 911 GT3 RS but rather a heavily modified 2005 Boxster.
Showcased on the Modified Porsches Facebook group, its self-taught builder/creator is a guy named Paul Lucas and this isn't the first time he's built a replica GT3. His first and successful attempt was on a 986 generation Boxster. He also did a Ferrari 430 replica using a base third-generation Toyota MR2 donor. This time around, he upgraded to a second-gen Boxster, the 987.
Lucas says this is essentially a body conversion, meaning all of the body panels have been replaced with the exception of the doors. He even swapped out the lights and glass for real 991 911 components. At the mechanical level, he added BC coilovers and air components for a lifted front end, a feature from the real 911 GT3 RS allowing for a pain-free experience going over speed bumps, and larger front brakes for the 20-inch alloys. Parts for the rear are on order.
Behind the driver and passenger seat lies the stock 2.7-liter flat-six rated at 236 horsepower and paired to a five-speed manual. It's a far cry from the GT3 RS's rear-mounted 490-hp 4.0-liter (later upgraded to 493 hp) but that's not the point.
This is purely a labor of love Lucas says he drives daily. He makes no attempt to hide the fact it's a replica. If someone asks, he proudly admits it. More often than not, they're blown away by his work and attention to detail. Mad respect. And speaking of details, Lucas writes he swapped out the original top dashboard cover for that of a 997 generation 911 simply because he prefers the look. He even added a replica engine cover in the rear trunk with "GT3 RS" written across the top.
"Why do I do it?" he asks. "I love cars and DIY/Home Improvements, so I combined both passions."