A very special air-cooled Porsche provides the inspiration for EV restomod
The RSR badge is reserved for the most special of Porsche 911s; these days it’s kept for the race cars (including the GTE car that moved the engine ahead of the rear axle), and the few production models it can be found on command the megabucks. This 2.8 RSR from the early 70s – because a 2.7 RS is just a bit common – is two million euros. They’ve always looked spectacular and enjoyed a reverential following thanks to the rarity and motorsport association. Any RSR, therefore, is the perfect subject for a reimagination.
Don’t worry, first off – this Everrati build has not sacrificed one of the 3.8-litre 946 RS road cars (of which just 51 were built) or a 3.8 RSR race car with this build. It is (or rather was) just a standard 964 and, honestly, which one of those isn’t being backdated or overhauled in one way or another? (Soon enough there will probably be a market for getting a glut of modified 964s back to production specification.) Regardless, from that base Everrati does what it’s been doing for a few years now: junking the flat six and installing an electric motor that’s supplied by a 63kWh battery pack.
New second-generation tech for the powertrain promises better cooling, refinement, performance and efficiency; though there’s not a power output (previous builds were 500hp), Everrati claims 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds and a range in excess of 200 miles. The weight distribution is said to be similar to the original car to retain some of the old-school feel.
The RSR evocation is an extensive overhaul, with Everrati taking a narrow-body 964 and grafting on carbon body extensions alongside a completely new aero package and 18-inch HRE wheels. It looks as good as every other motorsport-inspired, air-cooled 911, which is to say very. The interior is down to two very racy seats (albeit trimmed in Bridge of Weir leather), with a roll cage behind. There’s TracTive suspension, too, as might be found in something like a Theon 911. Everrati says the setup ‘offers multiple settings designed to optimize and enhance driving dynamics, comfort and performance, whether on the road or track.’ Imagine the stares of disbelief arriving at a circuit in a silent 911. No concerns about noise tests, at least.
As with all the Everrati 911 projects (as well as its GT40s, Mercedes SLs and Range Rovers), the idea is preservation: ‘Everrati is honouring the 964 RSR’s influence and legacy with its redefined model, creating a fully futureproofed example of sustainable luxury in the process, a rolling piece of art, a vehicle that can be enjoyed by generations to come’, suggests the press release. We’ll leave the debate about that claim to the forum thread; it certainly doesn’t feel like anybody will be neutral…
The introduction of the RSR style means Everrati has a 911 lineup to rival Porsche’s, with a Targa, Cabriolet, Coupe and S/T inspired model to complement this one. A price hasn’t yet been released, but given an Everrati widebody build is from £290,000 (plus a donor car), you can see the ballpark being operated in. Less than an actual RSR, but still a heck of a lot of money. And have you seen what just a 964 costs these days?!