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Not a Restoration: 1978 Porsche 935 “Moby Dick” Build

This 1978 Porsche 935-007 was the restoration project of the marque experts at Freisinger Motorsports in Germany. Serial number 006 and 007 examples of “Moby Dick”, as they came to be known, were the latest developed iterations of the factory 935 series turbocharged race cars. Their elaborately shaped aerodynamic bodies were designed for high speed tracks, while still retaining the classic 911 silhouette. Many unique pieces on the factory racing specials, such as their “upside down” transmissions, larger one piece aluminum brake calipers and 3.2 liter, four valve, twin cam water cooled Type 935/71 engines had not yet been made available to private race teams. And who could blame them, because what hugely-funded factory racing effort wants a lowly privateer to beat them at their own game? In any case, continue on the following page for a brief history of #007’s journey from a 9 year hibernation stint in a Porsche storage unit in Germany to it’s new owner in Los Angeles in 1988, and then back to Germany again for the epic project seen here to begin. The predecessor to this feature car, Moby Dick number 006 seen above, won at the 1978 running of the Silverstone 6 hour race and qualified in […]

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Porsche Boxster BSR Race Car Build by Patrick Motorsports

This Porsche 986 Boxster BSR racer was the project build of Patrick Motorsports in Phoenix Arizona, who has been in business for over 23 years specializing in creating Porsche street and track machines. The car featured here was built to compete in the single-marque Boxster Series Racing in the PCA (Porsche Club of America) & the POC (Porsche Owners Club), where all of the cars are mechanically equally matched against each other as a true competition to test a driver’s skill rather than any possible equipment advantage. The SCCA, NASA, & HSR have also adopted the 2.5L Boxster racer into their series with some slight rule changes and amendments. These little Porsche’s can be scene as direct descendants of the original 550 Spyders from the 1950’s, which were legendary light-weight factory racers. Any silly myth that had been floating around of the Boxster not being a true man’s car should hopefully be fully dispelled by now. If not, we strongly recommend continuing this read for a further enlightenment. …   This particular racer has a host of Cup car parts and quite a bit of trick custom fabrication, as well. To start the build, it was first gutted to it’s shell […]

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Porsche 911 GT3RS 4.2L Pumpkin Build

Happy Halloween! When better than today to post a story about an orange, pumpkin-looking Porsche 997 GT3RS being built into a 4.2 liter track monster? Champion Motorsports in Florida is the shop who is responsible for this track day build thread, who you may remember from a feature we did not long ago about a Turbo S being transformed into the ultimate RSR street/track car. They have done quite a few 997 Turbo engine builds, but this time they have turned their attention to a naturally aspirated GT3RS owned by 6speedonline.com forum member “Ranger”. We wouldn’t be surprised to see this brute savage overtaking Cup cars on the straights like a possessed pumpkin as it’s sound alone is unbelievable, if nothing else. Trick-or-treaters will be scouring for cover when they hear this evil jack-o-lantern come-to-life barreling towards them, taking shelter and ducking into any shallow hallow near by in fear of what lurks in the deep recesses of it’s darkened heart… Ok ok, not to worry, that will be our last and only attempt at Halloween humor so please continue on the next page without concern to cheesy amusement, we promise… This particular GT3RS is a bit more of a […]

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2011 Porsche 997 Turbo S to Street RSR Build

This wild beast started out innocently enough as a stock 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S before it was swooped off of the showroom floor and made the subject of a custom build by Florida’s own Champion Porsche. We like the theme that is going on here, as it seems to be 997 RSR-bodies-on-street-cars-day here at CarBuildIndex.com. They both have come out of the Sunshine State which is home to some of the most serious Porsche shops in the country, including  Brumos, Orbit Racing and Gunnar for the vintage stuff, to name a few. This example retains the stock car’s automatic PDK transmission, full leather interior and all wheel drive, which were all key ingredients to their goal of producing the ultimate road-going RSR race car with all of the comfort and safety required for everyday driving. If you like what you are seeing so far, just hold on because it only gets better… Ultimately, the project took a year and a half to complete and uses original Porsche Motorsport RSR carbon fiber body parts, including a sunroof replacement panel to remove 29 pounds of weight from the top of the car. We understand the race car connection of this project’s […]

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VIDEO SERIES: 2011 Porsche 997 GT3 RS to RSR Specs

This 2011 Porsche 997 GT3RS was the subject of a build to RSR specs by Orbit Racing in a 4 part video series attached on the following page. Members of Porsche forums are quick to spot the carbon fiber bodywork out as more likely “R” spec, but still factory supplied and stunning, none-the-less. The South Florida shop kept the 435 horsepower 3.8 liter flat 6 from the street car and upgraded it with a re-tuned ECU and an RSR exhaust. Kevlar inner wheel liners and custom carbon fiber fabrication were necessary to adapt the racing body work to the street car’s body structure, and then installed a fully modified suspension to back up it’s competition looks. It’s full interior was left intact with the addition of a roll bar, as this was built with the intention as being a dual purpose street/track car. The final results look nothing less than something that rolled straight out of the factory Motorsports department. Enjoy the following build videos for all of the juicy details.   Find the shop here at: http://www.orbitracing.com/

 

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