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Richard Attwood drives a 964 3.8 R restomod

road car. A race car. An engineer’s car. The 911, more than any other car, is a product of continual automotive evolution. Porsche’s enhancements have kept it relevant for the road, competitive on the track and have cemented its reputation as the enthusiast’s car of choice. That evolution isn’t just limited to Porsche itself; an entire industry out there takes 911s backwards and forwards in time, improving, re-imagining, personalising. The 911 is an eminently adaptable basis upon which owners can build the car they want from it.

With this 964, that’s exactly what RPM Technik has done for its owner Ian Humphris. The idea was for a fast road car that could be track driven, adding contemporary performance while being respectful to the classic feel and engagement a 964 brings. Using a Carrera 2 as its basis, the build process has been meticulous, seeking improvements in every area, this now a 964 that can run with its more recent GT department relations, yet offers a driving bandwidth that enables it to be enjoyed on the road, too.

Of all the many branches of 911 evolution and sub-species, this visceral, exciting 964 arguably represents the most appealing opportunity for perfecting and personalising, taking a tired Carrera and reviving it as a car that can be enjoyed. Its performance absolutely eclipses a 964 RS that you’d be too scared to drive. What RPM and Humphris have created is the perfect riposte to a zeitgeist where vehicular value takes president over the value of driving itself.

PART ONE: ON TRACK

It’s a sunny day at Bedford Autodrome, our track time exclusively reserved for RPM Technik’s 964 3.8. Owner Humphris likes his cars too: there’s a 997 GT3 RS in his garage, alongside some other special machinery, but it’s the 964 he’s animated about.

It’s obviously not standard, but to the uninformed could just be a neat, small, red Porsche 911. Its lowered stance could be missed, its split-rim BBS alloys less so. Humphris admits that they’re his road wheels, having a set of Cup 17-inch wheels with some cut slicks for serious track work. There are subtle hints to its revisions visually then, the black-rimmed headlight surrounds an RSR nod, the small lip splitter a neat addition under the front bumper.

There’s no surprises seeing the brake intakes on the front bumper, though they’re framed by darker indicator lenses. These, like those headlight surrounds, contrast perfectly with the red bodywork. Around the back the build follows the same understated enhancement route, this 964 retaining a single exhaust pipe, though the engine cover suggests that single pipe is attached to something a little bit different from the norm. The sticker, not badge, says 3.8 R, a model that’s entirely of its owner’s making, and justifiably so. Specification or naming purists be damned, this is a car that defines purity, a car built for an individual, with their – and only their – ambition and goals for it driving the entire project.

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Video: Magnus Walker’s Tokyo Outlaw

As you may have guessed, we love a good video lavished with the sight and sounds of a Porsche – and luckily, our friend and Urban Outlaw Magnus Walker is adept at making quite a few of them. His latest offering is the result of a trip to Japan to visit the new Crosspoint 25 Porsche garage, where he got to drive a replica of his much-loved #277 P-car around the night-time streets of Tokyo. Need we say more?

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Video: Magnus Walker talks outlaw Porsche 911s at SEMA

As you all know, we love a bit of Magnus Walker here at Total 911. The guy even guest edited our 100th issue! So, forgive us for getting a little bit excited as the Urban Outlaw talks about his latest project, seen in progress at this year’s SEMA Show.

The Outlaw style is one that Magnus has very much made his own in recent years, and there certainly aren’t many builders who do it better. So listening to him talk modified 911s is a lesson in the art of custom creations.

Magnus’ latest 911R-inspired build is still a little way from being finished but, we’re more than happy to wait until the short wheelbase ‘S RT’ is truly perfect. It could be the next STR II in the making…

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more 72STR 002 shakedown

More shaking down of my latest hotrod.

now full aligned,lowered & corner balanced-full report coming soon

car weighs 2197 lbs with 10 gallons of gas…..!

putting on the miles & fine tuning as we go..

a few sneak peaks…








full detailed report & build/spec breakdown coming soon..

 

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