1981 Porsche 911 Restored to Lightweight Perfection
Air-cooled Porsche 911s getting restored is nothing new these days. Almost in every corner of the world, there is one getting back into shape every day, as more and more people understand the unique experiences that come from it. This 1981 Porsche 911 restored to lightweight perfection though is a completely different take on how an air-cooled Porsche can be made better. And a lot better it is.
Achim Anscheidt is the design director at Bugatti, an off course a passionate man for both automotive design and functionality. His is also a big DIY fanatic who has been restoring a Bugatti Type 35 from the 1920s in is garage for more than 10-years now. It takes a lot of manual effort, right from tracking parts for such a rare machine to finding them in the right condition, and then finally getting them to fit into a car which is almost a century old. Despite the challenges his Bugatti is now about 60 percent compete.
While the vintage car is slowly crawling towards completion, Anscheidt has already completed his second project, a 1981 Porsche 911 that has been stripped and reduced down to its bare essentials. While most Porsche 911 restorations are aimed more towards an aesthetically pleasing output, both on the inside as well as the outside of the car, Anscheidt’s 911 takes the air-cooled flat six back to basics in pursuit of creating the purest and lightest driving experience that optimises the car’s power-to-weight ratio to the last possible gram.
The bodywork on Achim Anscheidt’s 1981 Porsche 911 has been carried out by car body maker Willi Thom from the northern neighbourhoods of Berlin. The secret behind the 1981 Porsche 911 restored to lightweight perfection comes by completely removing the rear seats, heating system, radio and panelling. Fabric straps now replace door handles and simple toggle switches replace the ones there were previously residing on the bulky dashboard. This extreme weight reduction effort to achieve the most optimal power-to-weight ratio has brought the weight of the car down to a mere 1807lb (819kg). To go any lower, Anscheidt would have to remove important mechanical parts without which the car would have difficulty functioning as one.
The results of Anscheidt’s meticulous reduction has left him what possibly could be one of the most responsive Porsche 911s on the streets today. The incredible agility that comes with a slight tug to the steering makes the lightened Porsche instantly communicate with the driver on whats happening underneath the bare minimal bodywork. Anscheidt, who was a motorcycles trials German Junior Champion a long time before he became an automotive designer, wishes that he could give the car more action that it truly deserves to come into full character from what it has now become.