Fancy the idea of a budget RSR IROC? Well, budget must be used quite loosely in this instance, since this 911 3.0 RSR IROC Evocation— just rolls off the tongue—seems like a bargain when compared to the vehicles it takes its inspiration from. Those $1,000,000+ items are too pricey to roll to the grocery store in, let alone race in, but this might do the trick. Plus, it might convince those on the sidelines you’re a wealthier, more tasteful man than perhaps you are.
This particular Evocation is a classic car infused with with an appealing balance of style and purpose. Based upon a 1990 964 Carrera 4, a platform not commonly used for such restomod projects. The reason for this? Though the 964 provides classic looks and creature comforts of late air-cooled Porsches like power steering and ABS, they are often not chosen due to their greater entry cost and value in comparison to those of earlier 911 alternatives such as the SC and 3.2 Carrera. To build a car to this sort of standard, expect to spend somewhere north of $100,000.
Though the money was not be spent on obvious bits of bling, it went to good use. This car embodies the ethos of “simplify and add lightness” and makes other examples of meticulous work seem rushed. Over two weeks were needed just to remove the glue and insulation. Next, the chassis was thoroughly reworked to IROC standards with steel fender flares and a bevy of lightweight components to shed more weight.
In place of its rear seats went a cage and light Perlon carpet. Up front, the RSR bucket seats and a simple Momo help complete the feel of a true RSR IROC-inspired driving experience. Then came lightweight doorcards, lightweight bumpers, and that signature ducktail that straddles the fence between garish and graceful.
And the motor? Nothing more than the standard 3.6-liter which came in it, albeit with a blaring exhaust. In something weighing so little and looking so good, that power should be more than sufficient. After all, this restomod was made to infuriate purists and make a fashion statement—not set Nordschleife records. For many Porschephiles, the former two hold much more potential as pleasure generators.
For more on this car, visit Lakeside Classic’s listing here.