Fancy Building a ‘New’ Air-Cooled 911R?
The original Porsche 911R – as pictured in the header image – is a bona fide icon within the marque’s long history. It remains the lightest 911 to have ever been produced, coming in at just 800kg – over 200kg less than the 911S it was based upon. This was achieved by taking pretty much anything bolted onto the steel shell and recasting it in glass fibre – doors, bonnet and wings for example. Combined with lightweight, wider wheels and an uprated Type 901/22 engine producing 210hp, the 911R was ultimately a very successful race and rally machine.
An original Porsche 911R is going to set you back a small fortune, but there are specialists out there producing reproduction panels to the same specification as the originals enabling owners to replicate the 911R in a way that’s honest to the original. One such firm is Yorkshire-based EB Motorsport, which has been producing lightweight panels since mid-2015.
“The original 911R is an important car in Porsche history and there is great interest in this rare Porsche racer amongst enthusiasts,” says EB Motorsport boss, Mark Bates. “Our full 911R body panel kits substantially reduce the weight of an early 911, so restoring a SWB car which may have rusty body panels using our 911R panels is a straightforward way to go about building a great racing car, an entertaining road car or both.”
EB has seen a large proportion of purchases come from America, where there is still a healthy flow of SWB 911s being unearthed as barn finds or simply being recommissioned. In Japan, 911s using the EB 911R kit have seen success in historic racing against stiff competition, demonstrating that the benefits of lightweight panels for those building a race car are more than skin deep.
“Like so many other EB parts, we started building 911R kits when there was nothing else out there. Now we can supply everything seen on our own 911R, including Deep 6 and 7-inch Fuchs. Historic racing is an incredibly competitive arena, so we believe lightweight 2-litre 911s will become ever more popular as drivers chase maximum performance within vintage racing regulations.”
To see the full range of EB Motorsport parts, including the 911R kit, point your browser towards www.eb-motorsport.com.