Porsche 911 2.8 RSR Evocation
The 1973 911 2.8 RSR is one of the most iconic racing 911s of all time and also one of the most successful road-going racers in history. Its flared front and rear arches and massively wide track give it a considerably more aggressive presence than the 2.7 Carrera RS of the same year and it is incredibly rare - just one right-hand-drive car left the factory.
This stunning car is an evocation of the RSR rather than an out-and-out replica, designed to evoke the style and character of the original car but with enhancements to the driving experience.
The car was built on a galvanised 1986 shell by a reputed specialist and includes lightweight composite front wings, bonnet, bumpers and ducktail. It retains glass windows and screens all round for more comfortable road use. It is painted in period-correct Porsche light yellow and has always been covered by Paintshield protective film across the front of the car, protecting it from stonechips.
The engine was built by Tuthill Porsche and is based on a 3.0 litre unit, with a larger bore taking it to 3.2 litres, this gives a quicker-revving character than a standard long-stroke 3.2. It is fitted with Jenvey Individual Throttle Body fuel injection and a fully mapable Omex ECU providing firing to two spark plugs per cylinder. This set up gives both the aural and mechanical feel of the original 2.8 car but provides easy all weather starting, comfortable round-town manners and decent fuel economy whilst still screaming to 8,000rpm and providing 290bhp.
The gearbox too was rebuilt at Tuthill with a lower ratio final drive for improved acceleration and a limited slip differential. It also features a factory short-shift kit and longer gear lever.
Suspension is 930 911 Turbo spec with Bilstein sport dampers and a front strut brace and brakes are the excellent C12 6-pot items which provide monstrous stopping power. Wheels are 9x15 front and 10x15 rear Fuchs style by Braid fitted with Michelin TB15 tyres all round.
The interior has a rear roll cage fitted (the front half is available if required) but is otherwise relatively comfortable with full lightweight carpeting, period style bucket seats, lightweight door cards and even a decent stereo system. This is very much a useable road car, it even has Porsche fit remote central locking.
This car is rock solid, mechanically perfect and astonishingly good to drive. It will run rings around most things on track but has been built predominantly as a fast road car so retains a good degree of comfort and refinement, even at speed. The character of the drivetrain, in particular the way the engine picks up revs, is truly glorious and a fine tribute to the original.