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Tesla-Powered Porsche 911 Revealed for SEMA 2019

Porsche have so-far resisted the urge to electrify the Porsche 911. It might still be in the plans for the latest Porsche 992 generation. Regardless, Porsche has been beaten to it by EV West. The California-based EV specialist revealed a drop-in EV kit for the SEMA 2019 show. The car was built last year but […]

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Porsche 911 E-RWB par Street Fighter LA : Quand RWB rencontre Tesla !

Je suis surpris… Cette Porsche 911 toute de blanc vêtue a fait son apparition lors du dernier SEMA Show… Posée sur le stand de Toyo Tires, avec son kit Rauh Welt, ses BBS RS… et son moteur de Tesla ! Oui, une 911 habillée par RWB et passée sous atomes, je suis surpris que si […]

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The Porsches Of SEMA 2018

It’s that time of year again when Porsches are deployed to sell everything from oil, toolboxes, and shock absorbers to wheels, tires, and leather seat covers. The SEMA trade show in Las Vegas was an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the coolest cars to ever come out of Porsche’s factory, and some that didn’t. As has been the case for a few years now, the RWB cars remain popular to display in booths. There were a few cars featured both last year and this year, like Rod Emory’s monster 356 above, now in a more complete but not quite all the way complete state. He says it will be ready to debut in finished form at Luftgekuhlt next year.

A cherry 356 at the Kenda Tires booth.

A slammed Macan at the Maxxis tires booth.

This GT3 RS is promoting a tire pressure monitoring system company.

Spyder showed this facelifted 996 last year, but it was joined by a few more 996s this year. It might be the breakout year for 996s.

Turn 14 had this 911 with a turbocharged Honda K-series engine powering it.

The shared NASCAR and IMSA booth featured the Petit Le Mans winning 911 RSR in all its dirty.

This aerodynamic mirror stalk remains my favorite detail of the 911 RSR.

Bisimoto debuted its center-seat Boxster at SEMA last year, and this year showed off a second example in the Momo booth. It featured Momo’s new Hot Wheels anniversary edition steering wheel and shift knob.

One of the coolest Porsches at SEMA was this GT3 with genuine 911 GT3 R race car bodywork and suspension. The car still features its original 485-horsepower naturally aspirated flat-six, but the builder, BBI Autosport, says that they’re working on a turbocharged engine with at least 700 horsepower for this build.

BBI also brought a pair of mildly modified GT cars, a new GT3 RS and a new GT2 RS.

Hmmmm, what could this be?

Moton’s GT3 Cup display.

The paint on this RWB at the VDO Gauges booth was almost as bright as the backlight on their Tachs at night.

Speaking of bright visuals, this Panamera was every color under the sun.

The Makellos Safari car was on the Momo rally with us just last month, and it was super cool. I absolutely love that they went out and got it filthy before bringing it to SEMA.

I had to give it a second look as I walked away.

This V8-powered 944 was EXTRA WIDE.

Emory had a total of three cars at SEMA this week. His Specials are rapidly becoming a staple of mainstream car culture.

In this case it was being used to promote the revival of Pirelli’s iconic CN36 tire for vintage cars.

Remember what I said about 996s? Here’s another one.

And one more.

This GT3 RS was promoting a flash tuning device.

These OldNewJapan slant nose kits are growing on me. I wish they weren’t so expensive.

I’m still baffled by this one. Falken Tire is a large international name, and they chose to do this with their booth. It’s E-Motion Engineering’s Project Nasty in an otherwise empty booth with no banners or anything. Bizarre.

This lawyer brought out his Carrera GT to grab eyeballs.

My favorite, and the Porsche that got the most attention at SEMA, was this RWB-backdated 911 with a Tesla powertrain by EV West. It’s fully electric and fully badass.

Presumably the batteries are held in the front trunk, while the motor and inverter are hanging out back here in the engine compartment.

Nakai San was nice enough to sign the gas door, which is probably where the charging port now resides.

This interior is the best part. Such great attention to detail. A great combination of vintage and modern.

This wild 964 was another favorite.

And rounding out the Porsche experience in the Toyo booth is this custom 993 « Speedster ».

The cleanest Porsche, and the one I’d probably most want to take home, is this 1983 911 SC.

Just look how clean that engine compartment is. You could eat off of it.

And it’s certainly Rennsport focused.

Chris Runge’s customs aren’t officially Porsches, but they’re certainly inspired by old Porsche racers and use period-correct manufacturing methods.

Chris asked if I wanted to sit in this one. It was tight, but I could see it being a lot of fun. It was a very aviation-style experience.

More RWB in the Motul booth.

One more RWB, this time with awesome wheel fans from DLng Design.

A track-focussed GT3 in the Shark booth.

And one last 996 with a slant nose kit in the Air Lift booth.

I hope you enjoyed this retrospective of all of the Porsches at SEMA.

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Akira Nakai And EV West Tease Electric RWB For SEMA

 

Porsche has pretty much bet the farm on the future of driving enjoyment being electrified. With a new Taycan, as well as reports of an electric Sport Turismo on the horizon, plus the myriad of performance hybrids Porsche has committed to, it’s basically a given that your future Porsches will come with wall plugs. That’s a good thing for the future of performance, as well as the potential benefits for cleaner air quality. It’s great to see that Porsche is moving forward in these avenues, technology has the ability to improve our driving enjoyment. It would seem that the Porsche aftermarket is jumping on the EV bandwagon as well.

 
 
 
 
 
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EV West has been building high-powered electric sports cars for quite a few years now, and they may be the best known name in electric conversions here in the U.S. According to this post on Instagram, they’ve teamed up with RWB impresario Akira Nakai to produce an electric wide-body 911 for the SEMA show that happens in just a couple weeks. We don’t yet know what exactly this motley crew of car customizers is going to unveil at SEMA, but we’ll be there to see it as it happens. It could be a long-nose conversion, it could be a 964 or 993, or it could be something completely out of the ordinary. Check back in a couple weeks for up close and personal shots of the teased electric RWB 911.

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Take A Deep Dive Into Bisimoto’s Wild Center-Seat 986 Boxster Track Car

When this 2000 Boxster was purchased new, the owner likely never imagined their 2.7-liter base model would one day become a twin-turbocharged track monster. The mind of Bisi Ezerioha is an incredible thing, because he and his crew continue to build seriously impressive machines, building crazy power with unorthodox methods. There is very little in this Boxster that remains stock Boxster, as it’s been stripped down to minimum weight with a serious carbon fiber diet, including a set of 19″ Carbon Revolution wheels in 997 GT3 sizes. We know that GT3-sized wheels won’t fit on a 986 without fender flares, because we’ve done it. This car was built for SEMA last year, and fender flares are all the rage there anyhow, so why not? With a carbon fiber roof, a giant wing out back, and a huge splitter on the front, this Porsche is ready to hit the track with a bunch of downforce. Obviously it no longer looks like a 986 Boxster with the complete 997 GT3 front end swap, which is actually pretty slick if you ask me. Check out the full build details in the Hoonigan-produced Build Biology video below.

Two Items to Consider With Bisimoto’s Center Seat Boxster

There are really two mega wild components of this project that stick out to anyone who spends a few minutes looking at it. The first being the turbocharged engine, with exposed turbos sticking out of the rear bumper of the Boxster. The second is the Porsche’s incredibly engineered center seat that allows for perfect corner weighting, no matter who is driving. That engine, still a 2.7-liter unit, features a wild air-to-water-to-air intercooler setup in the rear trunk, runs on a giant tank of E85 mounted up front to produce a metric ton of boosted power, and it makes this lightweight Boxster scream like bloody murder. If that wasn’t enough, Bisimoto plans to drop a 3.4-liter 996 motor in the middle of this thing, still with the same twin turbochargers, to really pump up the power. All of that power magic is felt from the mid-mounted driver’s seat. Obviously, without a driveline tunnel in the Boxster, the seat can really be mounted wherever you want once the full interior is stripped out. The shifter is cable-operated, so as long as you move the full shifter assembly, it doesn’t really matter where it is mounted. Take a seat, move the pedals and the steering wheel where you want it, and you’re on your way, perfectly corner balanced for the next track day.

Perhaps the best part of this center seat Boxster is that it is used as it was intended to be. Obviously it had to be pretty for SEMA, but since then, it’s been to six different track test days to work out the bugs and make it as fast as possible. Clearly Bisi has an awesome supercar track monster that is built on base model bones, and that’s the best way for this Boxster to live out its life. It has reached its true potential.

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