Jim and Jason Faulkner, father and son co-founders of Classic 9 Motorwerks, share decades of combined Porsche racing experience together and have now earned a reputation for their careful and correct restorations of Porsche 911s. their mission, the elder Faulkner, who also brings an aesthetic sensibility honed by more than 25 years as a practicing architect, says: “We envisioned Classic 9 Motorwerks as a company that honors Porsche’s legendary racing heritage.
In homage to this history, Classic 9 caused quite a stir at the 2020 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, as well as Luft 7 last September, showing off its handcrafted car showcase, the C9 RS Turbo. Wearing Outlaw Gray paint and red graphics, the sleek yet familiar form appealed to Porsche enthusiasts who appreciate the meticulous execution and creativity of a boundless 911 build.
On the genesis of the C9 RS Turbo, the young Faulkner explained: “Our car is an evolution of the 1973 Porsche 911 RS and is inspired by Porsche’s 911 RSR Turbo racing car. Porsche’s first 911 Turbo hit the market in 1975, with the factory needing 400 examples to homologate its 911 for Group 4 racing. But public demand was fierce and eventually around 21,000 911 Turbos from G-series were made until 1989, when production switched to the new 964 iteration of the 911. public for them. It was a car that didn’t suffer from fools, as ferocious as a drowsy gila monster that instantly wakes up, slamming and biting an inattentive or inexperienced driver.
In hindsight, the evergreen 911 has a longer lifespan than even the oldest gila (36 years in captivity), and so Classic 9 can use a donor chassis (supplied by the customer) from two decades of 911 production , spanning from 1969 to 1989. In the spirit of the 1973 Carrera RS from the Porsche factory, the C9 RS Turbo is offered in Touring and Sport configurations.
The heart of the C9 RS Turbo is a 3.0-liter twin-socket turbocharged flat-six with Motec engine management that develops 420 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque; huge numbers for a 2,340-pound car. A proven G50 five-speed transmission and limited-slip differential enable rapid sprints from zero to 60 mph, all in less than four seconds, as the car cruises to a top speed of over 170 mph.
The original Carrera RS, and certainly the track-focused RSR, were anything but luxurious when they were introduced. Conversely, the C9 RS Turbo is simple but sophisticated. Classic 9 Motorwerks takes a page from the bespoke textbook to offer hand-crafted leather and aluminum finished interiors that complement the C9’s build quality and $510,000 starting price, which doesn’t include the 911 donor. client.
Classic 9 Motorwerks is headquartered in a brand new 8,000 square foot facility in Jacksonville, Florida. Featuring a showroom and extensive assembly facility, the new base of operations provides ample workshop space for the design and development of an upcoming range. The latter includes the C9 GT6, an evolution inspired by the heritage of the 914/6 GT of 1970 (in touring configuration), as well as the C9 CS, an interpretation of the light and elementary 911 ST, of which only 24 examples have been products. built for racing in 1970 and ’71.