October 20th, 2016

The Most Fun-To-Drive Porsche 911 SC Isn’t Actually Meant To Be Driven On The Road

While the Porsche 911 has had its far share of rallying through the last few decades, the brand’s true racing prowess is best known at road circuit events like Le Mans. After all, the Porsche 911 is specifically built to provide the pin-point precession and feedback to the driver when driven on tarmac. While that being said, it hasn’t let down the ambitions of a certain American racing driver to make his classic Porsche 911 SC worthy of going off-road, and that too, in the most majestic fashion of things.

The 1981 Porsche 911 SC in the video below by Tuned is owned and built by professional racing driver Leh Keen. While Keen has kept the drivetrain pretty standard spec, where it produces a decent 204hp from the 3.0-litre flat-six mated to a five speed manual transmission, he has done something very unique to the rest of the car. Leh has gone ahead and installed long-travel shocks while also upgrading the torsion bars to lift the car up by a whole 4-inches. The result is a rear-engine, rear-drive car that find perfect balance between decisively incredible handling and predictable fun when taken off-road.

Although the levels of tweaking aren’t as extensive as the Luftauto Porsche 911, but they are quite enough to keep the price of the car lower and parts easily replaceable in case there is a crash or damage from all the raucous driving around. Which makes perfect sense when one is actually trying to wring a Porsche 911 SC off-road for maximum fun. Classic Porsche 911’s aren’t cheap, and the mods on top to make it dirt-worthy aren’t cheap either. But what Leh has ended up in his hands is a “fun AF” machine that can give thrills matched my almost nothing else. Lets have Matt Farah talk you through how much fun it actually is in the video below.

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