This Porsche 911 (964) restomod might look sexy in red, but you might not like what it’s sporting under the hoodby Robert Moore, on
There’s nothing quite like a classic Porsche, and the 964-gen 911 holds a special place in a lot of hearts. When the 964 911 entered production in 1989, it was considered to be 85-percent new compared to the model it replaced – not only a bold move, but a hard thing to achieve considering it had to retain that timeless 911 look. The 964 is long gone and is now considered a classic, and that’s why so many restomods are popping up these days – the 964 is at that ripe age. Not all restomods are created equal, though, and that’s where this 500-horsepower Porsche 911 (964) restomod comes into play. Fair warning – it might not please the purists.
2021 Porsche 911 (964) EV Restomod by Everrati
This Porsche 911 (964) Is An EV
We’ve seen a lot of restomods lately. Take the Porsche 356 restomod on a 911 chassis, for example or the 2017 Porsche 811 by Singer Vehicle Design. More recently, we even got to enjoy the 2021 911 DLS by Singer. Even tuner jobs like this Porsche 964 by Ares Design can keep you feeling nice and warm on a cold night, but nothing so far will compare to the car you see here: A fully restored 1991 Porsche 911, with work done by a tech company known as Everrati Automotive Limited. Restoration details aside (we’ll discuss these later) what really makes this car different is it doesn’t have that typical flat-six like that found in other 964-gen 911s.
Instead of that flat-six, this 964 has been fitted with a modern, battery-powered electric drivetrain that is apparently good for 500 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, making it impressively more powerful than the car it once was. As a point of reference, the 964-gen 911 Carrera was good for just 247 horsepower and 228 pound-feet of torque. The 911 Turbo Coupe was good for 315 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, and the range-topping 911 Turbo S pushed those numbers up to 322 horsepower and 354 pound-feet. Needless to say, this electric powertrain is a huge improvement over the stock powertrain, regardless of trim. Well, if you can get past the whole purity thing, anyway.
As for straight-line numbers, Everrati says this car car now hit 62.1 mph (100 km/h) in “less than four seconds” and can run for around 150 miles on a single charge – the latter of which is its biggest downfall as that is a very limited range and equal to that of the cheapest Nissan Leaf. For what it’s worth, the 964 in stock form was able to do 60 mph in 4.8 – 6.4 seconds depending on the model and equipment (back then, models with a manual transmission were faster to 60 mph than those equipped with an automatic.)
Making the Everrati Porsche 911 (964) Restoration – A Major Undertaking
The cool thing about restomods is that they usually take a lot of work that sees the car in question stripped to the bone, and that’s exactly what happened to this 911. Everrati started by stripping the car to its bare monocoque chassis, with all bodywork, suspension, powertrain, and interior components being removed. The company then water-blasted the car back to its original bare zinc coating, at which point it began designing and constructing the car’s new carbon fiber widebody kit.
The end result replaced the original steel front bumper, rear wings, and hood with custom-built carbon fiber components. The company shaved a little more weight by making doors out of the same material, but they did reinforce them with high-strength steel for better protection in the event of a side impact.
Chassis Tuning to the Highest Degree
The modifications didn’t just stop with the body, interior, and drivetrain, as the chassis had to be able to support all the extra twist provided by the new electric powertrain. These modifications weren’t taken lightly, as the company even asked for the help of Tim Harvey, a former British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) champion and Porsche Carrera Cup Driver’s champion. Now, the chassis is a combination of original parts and modern or upgraded parts. As an example, the aluminum rear trailing suspension arms are all original, but this car is also equipped with adaptive dampers supplied by Tractive.
"The Signature widebody has the essence of an iconic 911, in terms of its rear-biased weight distribution and the ‘feel’ of its controls, brought right up to date thanks to the incredible performance from its electric powertrain. In this way, it is great to think that future generations will still be able to enjoy the 964 in an era of zero-emission mobility.”
All of this is great, but how well does an electric 964-gen Porsche sit with you? Is swapping out the legendary flat-six for a battery and electric motor doing the car an injustice? Well, if it doesn’t maybe the price will, because the whole package will set you back £250,000 or about $350,000 at today’s exchange rates, and that’s assuming you have the donor car already. If you are by chance interested, though, Everrati is currently performing the final tests and expects to begin customer delivers by the end of 2021, so you might not have too long to wait.