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Factory-built resto-mod will be Porsche’s 70th Anniversary trophy

July 23, 2018, 06:54 PM IST by Omkar Thakur
Factory-built resto-mod will be Porsche’s 70th Anniversary trophy

We have been raving about the Singers and the RUFS for building cutting-edge modern-day Porsches from the age-old 964s or the classic 993s. These are called resto-mods, known to find the perfect balance between restoration and modernisation for those who want the nostalgia of the pure era of cars along with speeds that only the modern sportsters can give.

Well, after innumerable privateer Porsche resto-mods, the German marque has decided to build on its own to celebrate 70 years of engineering excellence. From the video that has been published by Porsche Classics, the special-projects arm of Porsche, it looks like a blend of the 959 and the 997.

The 959 was the legendary Porsche built for Group B rallying to slay the competition, but it never really made it big. If this is an ode to that unsung hero, we are certainly all-ears and eyes, as well. Now, while the 959 had louvered fenders, this bare body shell in the video has a 997-like fascia.

Underneath, Porsche will certainly want to have the classic 2.8-litre twin-turbocharged six-cylinder boxer engine. While it did produce close to 450bhp 25 years ago, modern engineering and building techniques complete with electronic wizardry would certainly push it close to 600bhp. Add to that a four-wheel drive besides Porsche’s heart and soul into its ride and handling, and this might well turn out to be the 959’s swansong for centuries to come.

 
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