Reimagined 993 revealed by Guntherwerks
We’re all familiar with backdating and re-imagining, but Guntherwerks 400R has taken the 933 and re-engineered it for today. “Aesthetically and technologically, the 993 is considered by many Porsche aficionados as the last real Porsche. With the 400R, we set out to build a car that incorporated modern technology while still appealing to the enthusiasts who covet these cars today,” says Peter Nam, CEO of Guntherwerks
To achieve that a donor 993’s monocoque is stripped and seam welded, before carbon fibre body panels are fitted. The front and rear wings, bonnet, bumpers engine cover and roof are all carbon fibre, supplied by Guntherwerks affiliate company Vorsteiner. Visually it draws heavily on the 993 GT, though the large rear wing can be replaced by an evolution of the classic ducktail spoiler if the customer prefers. Underneath either engine cover is a naturally-aspirated flat-six completely re-built by Rothsport.
The now 4.0-litre capacity unit features Mahle pistons, billet crankshafts, rods and barrels, twin-spark Motec engine management coil over plug ignition an individual throttle bodies for a 7,800rpm redline, over 400bhp and 300lb.ft of torque. Lightweight headers lead to a 997 GT3 rear silencer.
The transmission is a re-built Porsche/Getrag G50 with custom ratios, a new shift linkage, single mass flywheel and upgraded differential. The suspension features unique billet wishbones, RS uprights, KW Clubsport coilovers with a front lift kit, the steering getting an electric pump; Guntherwerks promising modern 911 handling, but retaining the 993’s steering feel. The wheels are bespoke 3 piece forged aluminium in 9×18 front and 12×18 sizes front and rear, behind these are six and four, respectively, piston Brembo R35 GTR brakes.
“In essence, the 400R is the car we imagine Porsche would have built if the advanced technology within the 400R was available,” says Nam. Like the exterior, the interior benefits from lightweight revisions. There are carbon seats, a rear-seat delete carbon panel, modern air conditioning and custom upholstery. The lighting is all LED, from the unique headlights to the taillights. Unveiled at Quail, USA, the 400R will be built in series of 25 cars, with a starting price of $525,000 (£407,600, before taxes). Production starts later this year.
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