Classic vehicle professional Fifteen Eleven Design is developing a modernised take on the 1970s Porsche 914 cars, total with a healthy power hike and a design overhaul.
The Derbyshire company is the classic arm of Mellors Elliot Motorsport, the engineering outfit that developed the R5-specification Proton Iriz WRC rally automobile. Previous classic productions consist of a one-off Mk1 Ford Escort Speedster and a totally brought back 1962 Maserati 3500 GT that bagged a runner-up award at the prominent Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance in 2020.
The 914, however, will be offered for sale on a restricted basis, with both right- and left-hand-drive variations readily available to buy now.
The job is currently in the early stages of development, however sneak peek images offer an idea of what to expect. The resemblance to the initial automobile is obvious, although modern projector LED headlights and expanded carbonfibre arches mean the upgrades underneath.
Power comes from a 3.4-litre flat 6 obtained from the first-generation (987) Porsche Cayman S. Output is unconfirmed but that engine produces in its basic guise 291bhp and 251lb feet of torque – significantly more than the Volkswagen-obtained 2.0-litre flat 4 that propelled the initial 914.
The performance-focused suspension and brake systems are likewise drawn from the Porsche brochure. Like the Cayman, the born-again 914 will send its reserves to the back axle by method of a six-speed handbook gearbox.
In addition to retro-style Fuchs 18in alloy wheels, larger vents at the front for increased cooling and headlight styles motivated by Porsche’s legendary 935 ‘Moby Dick’ racer, the reborn 914 gets a transparent targa top to “offer a sense of open-top driving throughout the year”.
There’s likewise an active ducktail-style rear spoiler that raises and reduces according to speed.
“All frequently, we become aware of graphic renders being produced with no objective of being developed. Here at Fifteen Eleven Design, all our efforts are put into making sure any ideas are carried through to conclusion,” said handling director Chris Mellors.
“Our vision is to recreate classic automobiles into modern-day restorations which anybody would be happy to drive, and the Porsche 914 will be simply that. It has an excellent spec that should deal with the mistakes of the original whilst providing owners many technological advantages these days’s engineering and production processes.”
Costs and schedule of the new creation have not been detailed, but expect the new 914 to cost numerous times what you might pay for a brought back, original-specification vehicle.
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The Derbyshire company is the classic arm of Mellors Elliot Motorsport, the engineering clothing that developed the R5-specification Proton Iriz WRC rally cars and truck. The task is currently in the early stages of advancement, however preview images provide a concept of what to expect.”All too often, we hear of graphic renders being produced with no intention of being constructed.”Our vision is to recreate classic cars and trucks into modern-day repairs which anyone would be happy to drive, and the Porsche 914 will be simply that.