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Rod Emory’s Outlaw 356 RSR Blends Classic Style with Modern Speed

What could the 356 have evolved into had Porsche kept developing it? Rod Emory, a man whose life has revolved around Porsches and hot rodding in all its various forms, wanted to find out. His creation, the 356 RSR, is his idea of what a racy, widebodied, turbocharged and very focused 356 racing car would’ve been. Imagine an early 1970s 911 RSR, but in a 356 body. However, this one’s a street car with a unique style.

The car was initially drawn up as a pie-in-the-sky build for Emory with little intention of actually seeing the car built. In late 2014, however, Emory was approached by MOMO Chairman Henrique Cisneros, and ideas of a sharper-edged 356 were given life in sheet metal. Cisneros was inspired by the classic MOMO five-spoke wheels which once adorned the 935, 956, and 962 racers of the seventies and eighties. These wheels would drive the theme behind this unique creation.

This meant that it had to be a little raw and slightly rough around the edges. The widebody’s fit and finish isn’t exactly Concourse-quality, though it carries over that used-and-abused quality that racing cars have. There’s something purposeful about the way it sits on its MOMO Heritage 5 wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires. That athletic stance has something to do with the KW coilovers, the Tarrett swaybars, and the 964 rolling chassis underneath. It needs to have some asphalt-peeling grip to harness the power it possesses.

The engine is a far cry from the original 60-horsepower mill. This 911/4 powerplant, a four-cylinder built by taking the center two cylinders out of a 964’s flat six, uses sand-cast engine case halves, custom cut Elgin cams, a custom crankshaft, and 100mm pistons for a healthy 2.4 liters of displacement. When force-fed by two Garrett ball-bearing turbochargers Emory has roughly 400 horsepower to push this 1,950-horsepower racer around. That’s… sufficient.

The interior is all business, but it still brings some age-old style into the mix.

The interior is fitted with plenty of attractive items from the MOMO catalog, including a Prototipo wheel, RSR-inspired seats trimmed in red fire-retardant fabric, and a Heritage Line Targa shift knob to row the G50/03’s gears. There’s just enough flash with this otherwise spartan machine to make it stylish. Purposeful, gruff, and intimidating, but still classically cool.

Check out the video from Petrolicious to see the whole thing in all its glory. It may look odd, but it sounds so great!

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Porsche 356 RSR : une création Emory Motorsports (vidéo)

Dans la nomenclature des modèles Porsche, il y a les 356 Pré-A, 356 A, 356 B et 356 C mais, bien sûr, aucune Porsche 356 RSR. Emory Motorsports s’est chargé de combler ce vide avec une extraordinaire 356 B de 1960 largement modifiée en une « version de compétition » aux trois lettres RSR. Alors que les […]

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Rod Emory’s Pipe Dream Became Reality In This Twin Turbo 356 Monster

If you are anything like me, you have a ridiculously ambitious idea for your project car and what you want it to be like when it’s « done ». For many of us, a project will never truly be done, but for someone with the fabrication and mechanical skills, a full shop of tools, an intelligent and diligent staff, and an appropriate budget to finish the project, like Rod Emory for example, it’s going to come to fruition. This project idea started as a pipe dream, a napkin sketch that Emory posted to Instagram. The idea revolves around the concept of « what if Porsche had built an RSR version of the 356? »

Using lots of sheet aluminum, a few accents of amber fiberglass, and a fuel-injected four-cylinder with a set of big honkin’ turbos hanging off the back, this 356 embodies a what if moment in Porsche history. It’s an alternate history of motorsport heritage. We all know the 911 RSR Turbo of the early 1970s, but if Porsche had somehow had that idea a decade before, this car might be what Werks 1 could have spawned. Built on behalf of Momo’s Henrique Cisneros, this is the new king of the 356 hill.

Aesthetically it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. And honestly, I can see why. It’s a radical departure from anything we’ve seen in 356 land before. That’s exactly why I love it to death. This mess of fender flares, louvers, ducts, and inlets is exactly the kind of spiritual extension that the 911 RSR Turbo was. That car was hardly an aesthetic masterpiece, especially compared to the street cars that were available from Porsche in the day. The RSR has always been a function over form racer, and that’s what this 356 is. It spits flames, it goes like stink, and it handles like it’s on rails. This is the automotive equivalent of shooting first and asking questions later. Well done, Mr. Emory.

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’60 Porsche 356 – Emory Motorsports Rock’n roll !

Je ne connaissais pas John Oates avec de découvrir sa voiture… Mais aux States, c’est une star du Rock’n roll. Il a enregistré 21 albums qui se sont écoulés à plus de 80 millions d’exemplaires. Et comme tout bon rockeur, John ne voulait pas rouler dans n’importe quoi… Et n’allez pas imaginer qu’il s’est offert […]

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The Story of the 1957 Emory Outlaw Speedster

About two years ago I had the pleasure of sitting down for dinner with Rod Emory. Over the mutli-course meal provided by our friends at Michelin, I had the opportunity to listen at length to a bona-fide Porsche legend. Rod turned out to be soft-spoken and unfailingly modest. His calm manner seemingly only built in furor when discussing clever solutions to the quirks of classic Porsches. Though best known for his signature Outlaws, which range from relatively tame to the wildest 356-based creations ever conceived, Rod also restores classic Porsches to their former glory. This car, a 1957 Speedster, is a mix of the two styles.

A racecar from nearly new, this ’57 Speedster was one of about twenty similar cars that participated in the Speedster Wars on California circuits in the 50s and 60s. By the time it came to Rod in the late 1990s, decades of competition had left the car rather ragged. The owner wished to continue to race the car, and as such it received a new nose, extensive bodywork, and chassis stiffening. Rod also crafted a custom headrest, faring, metal tonneau cover, and even integrated concealed suspension adjusters into the cockpit.

Curiously though, the car was to remain road-legal, allowing it to participate in road rallies as well as circuit events. After years of use in its open-top configuration, the owner commissioned a brave addition- a Glaspar removable hardtop that accommodated the faring behind the driver’s headrest. To the average home fabricator, this would be an unbelievable challenge. To Rod, this, and all the other difficulties involved in constructing this car, were just another day at the office for the world’s most demure Porsche fabricator.

Build photos for this distinctive Speedster can be found on the Emory Motorsports website.

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