Is the Porsche 911 the Perfect Rally Racing Supercar?
The Porsche 911 is one of the more versatile supercars on the market. Since it first hit the market, the 911 has been involved in all sorts of private and public racing events worldwide. What makes the 911 such a great off-road rally vehicle? Everything.
The Porsche 911 and it’s history of racing
The Porsche 911 first hit the market in 1964 in Porsche’s hometown of Stuffgart, Germany. Since its inception, the 911 has participated in all kinds of races. It has also won races like the 24 Hours of Le Mans, World Championship for Makes, and the East African Safari rally. Porsche even made the 911SC back in the late 1970s, spawning a race version, the 911 SC RS.
These are some of the rally-inspired and rally-capable projects involving a 911 that are out there right now. Earlier this year, Driving.ca spotted a Porsche 911 992 Safari driving at the Nürburgring. Racing is basically in Porsche’s DNA, and this new Safari is an ode to that. It seems that Porsche is taking the Safari trend seriously and might be working on a mixed-use car based on it.
The rally-ready Porsche 911 (992) Carrera 4S
According to Autoevolution, the Porsche 911 SC Safari won the East African Safari Rally back in the 1970s. The race was 5,000 kilometers and took place in Kenya. By the 1980s, the 911-based 953 and 959 won the Paris-Dakar rally. Enter the people at delta4x4. The delta4x4 group was famous in the 1980s for Dakar-related shenanigans, is working on something new.
This one involves a custom Porsche 911 (992) Carrera 4S ordered by a German entrepreneur. He wanted to drive the 911 992 on the road and run the rally route for fun. This meant being able to get from Germany to Dakar on the streets. While all delta4x4 has released so far are renderings, this 911 will be pretty legitimate when it comes out.
Delta says some modifications will be a reinforced chassis, custom spotlights, a roof rack, and a ground clearance of 250mm. That probably means upgraded suspension as well. The first look at the new 911 is available on the delta4x4 YouTube channel, and it doesn’t disappoint.
Porsche doesn’t approve of the safari option from Singer ACS
The people at Singer combined efforts with Tuthill Porsche to create a Porsche 911 off-road racing buggy. The All-terrain Competition Study (ACS) is a project between the two brands that set out to break down all the barriers. The client wanted an air-cooled 911 that could handle the most intense terrain around the world.
This particular 911 pays homage to the 1980s rally Porsche 959 Safari. It is about as ridiculous as it sounds and might be the coolest option yet. However, the Singer ACS Porsche 911 is one of “the most extraordinary things I’ve ever seen,” Top Gear noted on YouTube. It wasn’t long after Singer announced this build that Porsche was seen testing an in-house production version. We love competition!
As you can see, the Porsche 911 is ready for any adventure you want to throw at it. Plus, if Porsche is testing a version at the Nürburgring, perhaps a few of those factory specials will hit the market.