Этот весьма странно выглядящий образец Porsche 911 один из поклонников марки по имени Ти Джей Рассел построил, чтобы продемонстрировать на выставке в Лас-Вегасе. Оказалось, что завладеть подобным спорткаром хотели бы многие, и Рассел и его компания Russell Built Fabrication решили наладить серийное производство самого, возможно, хардкорного 911 среди внедорожных.

Базой для проекта становится Porsche 911 964 серии, но спорткар подвергают весьма основательной переделке. Скажем, колесную базу увеличивают на 75 мм, а колею – сразу на 350 мм. Ходы переработанной подвески вырастают до 300 мм спереди и 340 на задней оси, а практически все панели кузова изготавливаются заново – из алюминия либо композитных материалов. В итоге вес спорткара уменьшается на 180 кг, а вся машина весит лишь 1 270 кг.

Russell Built Fabrications 911 Baja
Russell Built Fabrications 911 Baja
Russell Built Fabrications 911 Baja
Russell Built Fabrications 911 Baja

Штатную оппозитную "шестерку" при помощи специалистов ателье Rothsport Racing "растачивают" до 3,8 л и снабжают множеством новых компонентов, благодаря чему мотор развивает 365 л.с. При этом внедорожник Ти Джей Рассела может быть как задне-, так и полноприводным. Стоимость спорткара не сообщается, но, учитывая широчайшие возможности для персонализации непосредственно в ходе строительства каждого экземпляра, она может оказаться как относительно приемлемой, так и просто заоблачной.

Стоит отдельно отметить, что компании Russell Built Fabrication удалось оформить на свой спорткар допуск для дорог общего пользования.

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Sun Valley, CA – After debuting its prototype vehicle in the Toyo Tires Treadpass display at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas last month, Russell Built Fabrication has announced it is officially taking orders for its ultimate race-inspired, off-road outfitting package for the 964 generation of the Porsche 911. Using a multitude of custom components created with modern technology and engineering, Russell Built Fabrication transforms each outfitted vehicle into the most capable, versatile, dual sport air-cooled 911 on the planet. Each outfitting package will be hand crafted and can be custom-tailored for its desired use, allowing clients to spec their Porsche 911 as a daily driver, class-legal race car, or anything in between.

Structure and Suspension

To transform the 964 911 into a capable off-road vehicle, Russell Built Fabrication has strengthened both the chassis and suspension systems to handle even the harshest of terrain. The track has been widened an incredible fourteen inches and wheelbase increased three inches, allowing for a more balanced center of gravity and increased stability.

At the front of the car a set of custom structural towers have been added, allowing the suspension system to be mounted to the chassis via factory bolt provisions while being supported by the tube structure integrated into the factory tub. This enables consistent placement as well as easy replacement of damaged components if the need arises. The structural towers are fabricated from 4130 chromoly plate and then heat-treated to increase strength and durability. Custom spindles and upper a-arms are machined from billet 7075 aircraft aluminum along with box plate heat-treated 4130 chromoly lower a-arms. This setup makes for the best combination of both strength and lightweight materials, and along with a set of 2.5 inch 3-way adjustable coilover shocks yields a full 12 inches of suspension travel.

At the rear of the vehicle is a buggy-style chromoly box plate and tube trailing arm that utilizes the factory pick up points to maintain the handling characteristics Porsche 911 engineers intended with an incredible 13.5 inches of wheel travel provided by 3.0 inch 3-way adjustable. An adjustable NASCAR-style rear sway bar keeps the car planted and level during cornering. 


A great deal of pride and respect was used in creating and designing the exclusive body parts used in each outfitting package, with great importance placed on maintaining the DNA that the Porsche 911 is known for.  The goal was to develop something that might have come out of the Porsche race factory had they continued their efforts in off-road racing into the 1990s with the 964. From the widebody fenders, molded rally-style hood, to the lightweight doors and hard top, every panel is custom-formed from composite materials to provide the lightest, most durable parts possible. In total, the vehicle weight has been reduced by 400+ pounds by replacing all the factory steel body parts, bringing the weight from 3200 pounds down to 2800 pounds in full luxury spec. 


For the engines fitted in each outfitted Porsche 911, Russell Built Fabrication has partnered with Rothsport Racing, who boasts a thirty-year pedigree of building Porsche 911 engines capable of handling both on and off-road. The factory 3.6L engine has been enlarged to 3.8L with custom internals, throttle bodies and intake manifold controlled by a Motec ECU. The result is an efficient and reliable engine that produces 365 horsepower and 310 lb-ft torque. The engine is mated to the stock Carrera C4 drivetrain, with both 2WD and 4WD sequential systems available as an option.


For its prototype vehicle Russell Built Fabrication has fitted 15x7-inch fifteen52 Integrale wheels at all four corners, wrapped with Toyo Open Country A/T II tires.


The interior of each outfitted 911 can be ordered in a variety of specifications, from bare bones race car to full luxury. For safety, all vehicles are outfitted with a chromoly race-spec roll cage, with door bars pushed out for side impact protection. The entire inner sheetmetal surfaces are welded up and sealed from the front fuel supply and rear engine bay, then sprayed with a layer of sound deadening and ceramic coating to insulate the cabin from noise and heat. A Motec digital display is used to help monitor any and all components as well as log data for any troubleshooting and fine tuning. In the rear seat area behind the folding Sparco SPX carbon seats is a locking storage box for spare parts, tools or anything needed to be kept contained. Clients can choose from a variety of carpet and leather finishes to complete the look of the cabin.  

For addition details and information, please contact:

TJ Russell