For some time the Porsche 914 has never really been appreciated by fans of the brand. Perhaps because it didn’t look like any of the other models of Zuffehausen, or more likely due to the modest performance of the four-cylinder engine variants.
So, the new project by British restorer and coachbuilder Fifteen Eleven Design was to create a much more eye-catching version of 914. How? Using the mechanics of a Porsche Cayman.
It’s time for restomod
Behind the driver is the 3.4-liter six-cylinder boxer with a six-speed manual gearbox. The same complex that equipped the first generation Cayman S. The gases exit through a custom stainless steel exhaust.
Fifteen Eleven adopts the Cayman’s suspension architecture, but has updated them with adjustable coilover dampers. The four-piston brake calipers of Porsche origin – with perforated and ventilated discs – complete the equipment of this deeply revised 914.
Automotive technology has evolved significantly since the 914 was on sale. Fifteen Eleven abandons the original retractable headlights and installs the LED lamps, positioned where once there were the direction indicators.
Since the Cayman’s engine is liquid-cooled, compared to the original 914’s air-cooled, the company also had to adapt the front bumper and hood to make room for the water and oil coolers.
The removable roof is still present, but Fifteen Eleven has made it transparent so that the cabin remains brighter. Some aerodynamic appendages are in carbon fiber, among other things even slightly wider, so much so that they protrude beyond the doors.
The rear section has been reworked: it now features a duck-tail spoiler that actively adjusts to vehicle speed. The exhaust exits from the center, rather than from the driver’s side as on the original.
More “spacious” sportiness
Inside, Recaro sports seats with bespoke leather upholstery stand out. Changes to the bulkhead of the 914 – and the displacement of the fuel tank – have resulted in more legroom for the occupants.
Fifteen Eleven is ready to make more units of this 914 in restomod version, building them with both left hand drive and right hand drive. Prices are not yet available, but the British restorer intends to complete the first example in 2021.
Source: Motor1.com Italia – News by it.motor1.com.
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